Archive for the ‘Italy’

The three stars (Le tre stelle)09.08.09

Close to San Gimignano in the southern part of Tuscany you find the Agiriturismo Le Tre Stelle (the three stars). These stars are three women who run an agriturismo with a little special twist. Every day they serve a joint dinner for all their guests at a long table in the patio. This dinner is homecooked and made from their own produce.

They also do nice wines. A white Vernaccia and good red ones. More on them later.

We learned about this agriturismo through a swedish TV-series on food and wine from under the Tuscan sun. This program gave them a bit of attention and some Scandinavian guests. If you are looking for that particular Tuscan experience, this may be the place to go.

Posted in Eating, Italia 2009, Italy, Observations, Winewith No Comments →

Pratesi blue08.26.09

From Pratesi, Toscana

From Pratesi, Toscana

Not suede, but blue (like me and you?). Nice companions from Pratesi in Ambra, Tuscany. A factory which only trades shoes in Tuscany. Three small shops and a small factory in a small village. In fact, if you hurry too much along you will never know you passed the factory. Family-owned business. And I have been lucky enough to meet the owner on one of my shopping trips. Have to go back again this year to look for more niceties, I think.

Posted in Clothes & stuff, Italy, Observationswith No Comments →

Andremo ad Elba08.25.09

Andremo ad Elba e Marciana Marina il giovedi. Forse incontreremo Napoleon Bonaparte :-)

Posted in Flip (videos), Italia 2009, Italywith No Comments →

Viral marketing model08.24.09

I have been waiting for someone to come out with the really smart, new model for viral marketing using the new social media channels. I kind of new it would have to be the travel business which would have to be the ones with the best ideas. But I was happily surprised to see that it was my beloved Tuscany which should be the “product” to be marketed. The people behind Work for Tuscany are offering dream positions for the creative, smart and nerdy people. Their goal is setting up the most creative and most inclusive dedicated team in Florence, Italy, communicating and promoting the best of Tuscany through social media.

Posted in Internet, Italy, Technologywith No Comments →

Countdown08.23.09

One way of preparing for another visit to Italy is by watching one of those classic movies for the umpteenth time and trying to follow the dialogue without looking too much at the subtitles. “Il Postino” is one of the big movies.

Posted in Italy, Movieswith No Comments →

Warming up08.22.09

Just days left for the annual trip to the beloved Italy and some warmer days than here. So why not warming up a bit with some Mediterranean sun dance. Even though it is the Tyrrhenian sea which is going to make me wet in a few days time? And especially when three great guitarists like Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin and Al di Meola are the ones inviting to Mediterranean Sun Dance, who can resist?

Posted in Flip (videos), Italywith No Comments →

A new twist to an old problem07.31.09


Ragazza alta :: For the best videos, click here!

Posted in Flip (videos), Italywith No Comments →

Finnish winemaker in Panzano07.29.09

Stumbled across an interview with a Finnish winemaker in Panzano, Tuscany. As this is close to our annual destination Agriturismo Le Buche di Viesca it shouldn’t be too hard finding the place in a few weeks time. Enjoy the interview.

Posted in Flip (videos), Italy, Winewith No Comments →

Castellina in Chianti – more than excellent wine06.30.09

Sometimes we have been wondering if we are extremely lucky. Because we have happened time and again to end up in festivities when travelling both Italy and other European countries. Maybe more so in Italy than other places :-) , but then the Italians may be a more joyeous kind.

When we went to Castellina in Chianti last year our italian friends “warned” us (jokingly) about all the good wine there. Arriving in Castellina and checking in at that wonderful Palazzo Squarcialupi was positive in itself. And when we commented on the activities in the main street in front of the hotel putting up tables, shades etc. our friendly hosts at the hotel told us that there would be the yearly “San Lorenzo” party next day. Not only had we managed to find a small, nice and friendly hotel with a pool and free spa-facilities in the heart of lovely Castellina. The “San Lorenzo” turned out to be streets packed with smiling people enjoying the taste of good food from a number a small stands and the occasional wine-tasting in between. What a night.

Posted in Flip (videos), Italia 2008, Italy, Ut å spise, Winewith No Comments →

Montepulciano08.12.08

Went to Montepulciano to pick up some shoes from Pratesi (and some wine). This is just a short flip from this Tuscan city

Posted in Flip (videos), Italia 2008, Italywith No Comments →

  • the tuscan cat
    I for one believe that Leonardo (da Vinci) was really smart. And I also believe cats are smart creatures. So when I spotted a nice cat sleeping on a scooter carrying "the signature" Leonardo somewhere in beautiful Italy I just had to "shoot".

    For all you non-norwegian readers: older entries are in Norwegian only. Sorry.