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Tuscany

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Tuscany is everything that we imagined it would be! Fields of sunflowers, amazing food, friendly locals, classic villas and did I mention the great food! Easily our new favourite place. We're moving there and if we can't manage that then at the very least it is on the 'places to own a bach list'.

If you hadn't guessed by now we had a great holiday with Ness and Deac -The perfect mix of relaxing and touristing it.

We did have a bit of a rough start with shaz loosing it ginger style at the car rental guys who didn’t understand that giving us a dirty car with no fuel wasn’t acceptable and then lying about refunding the money. Long story short Shaz argued the point for about an hour before we ended up with the same car. Then we got to the villa to meet our host Boris who was drunk and offered to drive us to the market. Thankfully we said we would follow in our car as he spent a good deal of the time on the wrong side of the road. Welcome to Italy!

But things picked up the next day with a trip around Pisa. Our villa was only 30min from Pisa so very handy. Spent our first day wandering around the streets and of course checked out the leaning tower. It is quite funny as there are hundreds of tourists doing the same 'push the tower over' pose everywhere. So we made up some other options with Ness and Deac taking it to another level (and starting a trend).304__800x600_.jpg

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Highlights would have to be:

Volterra

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A great little hill town (where the second twilight book and movie is set). We hadn’t seen the movie or read the book but Ness' cuzie was mad keen and we soon all got into the re-enactment of the movie - especially where Bella (played by Fran) saves Edward (played by Gaz) in the exact spot where she does in the movie. Unfortunately the fountain isn’t really there so Bella couldn’t run through it.

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Vamphire Gaz in the actual ally that he is saved in the movie.

Also the best eats of the trip - and that is a hard call. Shaz won 'plate envy' for both courses and dish of the day - Yeah!!

Deac and Gaz either scared or entertained the locals when they got on a massive coffee high and danced bollywood styles in the street, as you can see Ness is more embarrassed than impressed:

Cinque Terre

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What a beautiful stretch of coast! But some extremely terrifying driving (even by Italian standards). Gaz had about 18 heart attacks and has aged 20 years. But we did survive and 'Jake (pronounced Yak) the Muse' was undamaged. Most common saying of the trip would have to be 'forget about it - its in the past' and it was usually in reference to the driving.

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This was one crazy carving - I didnt really notice it until I was swimming and looked up.

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Busti

For our last day we decided to chill around the villa and visit some of the local villages. Turned out to be one of the best days of the trip (tough compitition). We found a great little resurant overlooking the valley with an Irish waiter - Ian. After a great long lunch finished with some lemoncello (Ma Thorn and Till you would of loved it) we headed off to find Ian's recommended local deli. Unfortunately, following the directions werent as easy as expected, but we pulled into a roadside bar and outpoored the locals to help. One got in his lorrey and told us to follow him and he lead us right there - most helpful!

And it didnt disappoint! Have no idea how long we stayed trying out all the different meats, cheeses and wine. They didnt have a word of English but we got along with made up words and gestures. Some locals came in to watch the show. Ended up with a great feast and "we love the busti" was the quote of the night.

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Posted by Gaz n Shaz 09:20 Archived in Italy

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