Get out of my dreams, get into my car….(Billy Ocean)


Mum and I " Under the Tuscan Sun".

The last four days have been wonderful wondering around the streets of some of the most gorgeous Tuscan towns with Mum and Michael. We even celebrated the Festa of San Giovanni with the locals by watching the fireworks on a bridge over the river Arno.



The procession to the Baptisery on San Giovanni Day

We perused the great art in the Uffizi before walking through the discrete Vasari Corridor, which was built in 1565 to allow the ruling Medici family to commute safely, and without the commoners, between the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Those who have read Dan Brown’s Inferno will be excited now.


Part of the Vasari Corridor


View of the commoners from the Corridor

Then we got wheels…..and the Tuscan countryside was our oyster. Michael and I first drove to the villa that we will be staying at next week to become familiar with the road and the car- a bit tricky on both accounts but for another blog. Siena was also on the “get familiar” drive agenda (and find a reasonable car park!) They are preparing the Campo for the Palio next Wednesday (another reconnaissance project).


The Campo in Siena


Siena's Duomo in the distance.

Then we strapped Mum in the back seat for yesterdays drive. Arezzo was recommended and didn’t disappoint. Quite, hilltop little old town where scenes from A Beautiful Life were filmed, made us all go ahhh.


Street art in Arezzo.


A short drive to Cortona, another beautiful, picture perfect hilltop town, a little more touristy as this is where Francis Mayers resides “Under the Tuscan Sun”.




Then down to Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to a little town called Castiglione de Lago before the storm clouds sent us home to our little Florence apartment. 


Today we decided to lessen the driving stress ( the Italians drive like Fangio ) by catching the train to Lucca. Rimmed with four kilometers of 2000yr old walls, this fortified oasis is flat and perfect for cycling and walking. Michael and I enjoyed cycling around on the wall whilst Mum enjoyed the shops at her pace. Tonight the locals have assemble one huge table for 2000 people on the wall, where they hope to get into the Guinness World record for the largest “One table feast”. It’s a shame we won’t see that but the table was impressive! We all went to the Puccini Museum which is also the house where he was born. He was such a great composer of Opera’s such as La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot ( where the aria Nessun Dorma comes from- think the three tenors).





One end of a very long table.


Giacomo Puccini.

Tomorrow we leave Florence and retrive to our Tuscan villa for the week. The
kids all arrive tomorrow and Ashlee and Cameron crawl in tonight. Let the party begin.


8 thoughts on “Get out of my dreams, get into my car….(Billy Ocean)

  1. Thank you for a wonderful update Michelle, brings back some great memories of Tuscany. Love all the pics. Ah! Cortina, a special place. You must be so excited now with all the kids arriving. Your birthday celebrations are set to begin, and Tania’s very special occasion. All those plans are at last coming to fruition yay!!!! Hope you have time to keep the blogs coming and the pics. Love sue and Michael xx

    • Yes I can’t wait to see all the kids and then do all the things we have planned for such a long time. I only wish Gaye and Drew could have been here. Next time!!?

  2. Oh wow – what a great time you are having. And the fun is only just beginning. Can’t say that I am not feeling sad at not being there with you but I’m so excited for you all, as I know you will have an amazing time at the villa as you celebrate 50 awesome years and Tania and Murray’s special day. Keep the blog coming – I’m loving it!! Love to everyone, Gaye xxoo

  3. Chelle – it looks beautiful – an Arezzo was my FAVOURITE place – such a special hilltop place – so pleased you and mum saw it. Enjoy the kids – what a wonderful week it will be – life doesn’t get any better!!!
    xx Trace

  4. Good morning Michelle – Great to keep receiving your new updates. Amazing – we were speaking with Michael only a few days ago and now he is the other side of the world with you. By now all your family should be together which is great. Enjoy every day you have with them Luv No.11 xxxxooooo

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