Even the long flight home--in coach on a full plane--was delightful due to a charming steward and a fascinating seat mate whom I hope will become my newest friend.
There were many serendipitous pleasures on the tour too. For instance, on the way from the Pisa train station to the Campo Miracoli to see the Leaning Tower we strolled right through an art fair and found some one-of-a-kind treasures to bring home.
And, we enjoyed some special treats that were not on the itinerary. Perhaps the best was the day we took an early morning bus to the beautiful Casentino area of eastern Tuscany where my friends Martha and Piero welcomed us into their home. Piero took the group on a private tour that included visits to 3 castles (that's the one in Stia in the photo), and on a short hike through the woods. They even found some edible mushrooms. Martha made us a glorious lunch of prosciutto and fresh figs, chestnut risotto, Tuscan rabbit, and much more, all served with excellent Tuscan wines.
I am still a bit jet lagged but I'm recovering quickly. There will be two new articles a week starting next week. I have loads of new ideas and great information to share with you.
It's good to be home, but I am already looking forward to the spring tours