Monday, October 8th

It’s Thanksgiving Day and we are spending it in Tuscany! 

Morning coffee with Alba

We have so much to be thankful for:  wonderful friends, great family, and good health so we can travel to and enjoy beautiful places.

Montegonzi – Castillo at top and white building below is Osteria di Montegonzi

We made a quick trip into Montegonzi for a couple of grocery items that we need for dinner.  The little shop is located at street level above Osteria di Montegonzi, in fact pretty much the entire business district in the village is located in that building.  We found what we needed and returned to Boggioli.

It’s a beautiful sunny day, perfect for sitting outside reading.  Later in the afternoon I take a magazine down by the pool and stretch out on one of the chairs.  Keith had advised us earlier in the day that the pool would be getting drained for the end of the season tomorrow so it was nice to enjoy it one more time, even if it was too cold to go for a swim.

Susan using a mezzaluna

Helen and Keith arrived for dinner at 7 pm.  They came bearing gifts: a beautiful rose, a bottle of their extra virgin olive oil vacuum packed and bubble-wrapped for safe transport home, a signed cookbook written by Helen’s friend, and a bottle of an Australian shiraz cabernet to enjoy on our last night.

We enjoyed sipping Prosecco on the terrace as the last of the sunlight disappeared behind the hills.  Dinner was wonderful.  Susan had prepared an absolutely delicious, perhaps somewhat unconventional, Thanksgiving Dinner.  We started with a tomato and bocconcini salad and moved onto roasted chicken, broccoli, bean salad, and Greek-style potatoes all accompanied by a delicious 2007 Brunello Riserva.  Desert was pears baked in a very tasty sauce accompanied by a glass of vin santo.

Thanksgiving Dinner with Helen & Keith

Helen and Keith are a wonderfully warm and interesting couple.  They have added so much to our enjoyment of Tuscany.  This was their first Thanksgiving Dinner as Italy doesn’t have any similar kind of harvest celebration.  We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with them.

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