We took our first vacation in over 8 years that did not include a conference of some sort. Vacation this year included my entire immediate family and a cousin with her husband.
To be honest, I worried that it was not exactly what I would consider ideal for a first vacation without work. Well, luckily I was wrong. It turned out to be the most fantastic vacation we have ever had as the setting was pristine and we all got along splendidly.
Tuscany was nothing short of marvelous. If you have ever read E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View, watched the film adaptation or visited yourself, you know how magical Tuscany is.
The house that we rented slept 13 and much to the delight of the kids it came with an infinity pool. We took drives to the surrounding towns of Castellina in Chianti, Cortona, Florence, Monterrigioni, San Gimignano and Volterra.
Let me share with you a few pictures of the house that we rented with its fabulous infinity pool and a few of the surrounding towns.
Editor’s Note: Thank you for sharing your gorgeous pictures, Sandra! There will be a second part of Sandra’s travelogue about the city of Florence. So stay tuned!
Beautiful pictures Sandra! I would put these pictures on my wall-I need to go somewere beautiful, may be just what the Dr ordered.
Some of the best times in life cannot be planned, they just happen. Thank you for sharing, i really mean it.
Patricia, you are right! Just what the doctor ordered. I hope you get to go somewhere soon.
Thank you Sanda, me to, until then i will come back and gaze again at your photos.
Beautiful. I’ve been to Italy once as a teenager on a camp, but never in Tuscany. I’m sure I will go there someday
I am sure you will get back there Lukas. I left Italy at the age of eight and only went back in 2012. Too long!
I really love the view from the pool. That’s amazing.
My son misses the pool the most. It was so secluded and beautiful.
One can only hope that our friendship grows enough that I can come along next year, perhaps as your cook??? 😉 xxxxxx
You can bribe us with shortbread! We would have a grand old time.
Wow Sandra, I could just dive into that amazing infinity pool right now. I’m glad your first proper vacation in 8 years was such a success and I love the snaps featuring you, your son and his cousins. Gorgeous. I just adore Italy and look forward to your Florence post.
Tara, the pool is reason enough to go back. Let alone the surroundings. It is hard not to love Italy!
Sandra, your photos look like something out of a dream. The kind of dream you never want to wake from! So beautiful – I’m glad you had such a grand time with your family.
Are you going to Italy soon? It was a beautiful dream Suzanne. Missing it since I have been back.
Yes, mid-September to meet with Ines and Asali in Rome! I can’t wait! We’ll all be staying in the same flat, a place that’s close by to that hotel you recommended. My husband and I are also thinking of doing a day trip to Florence (because we’ll be there slightly longer than Ines and Asali), so I’ll look forward to reading your next installment.
Fantastic! You will love that area. May I contact you about the flat? For future reference? Florence is a must. You will fall in love with both cities.
Absolutely, you can contact me about the flat (or anything else for that matter – I loved chatting with you last spring). 🙂
What fabulous photos!
I can almost smell the countryside.
Please be quick with the Florence, we are going next week!
The smell of the broom plants and the vineyards was distinct Jackie. Florence too! 😉
Beautiful photo’s Sandra. I love Italy! Some of my best memories are from holidays spent there. The architecture is amazing isn’t it!
Hi Jane! Loved the architecture in summer so much better than in winter. The warm sun gave the buildings a glow.
Wow! A lovely vacation spot. And the pool looks amazing. 🙂
Ines, you would love it there!
Blissful! Thanks for sharing your vacation Sandra, looking forward to part 2.
Thank you Ringthing. Blissful describes it perfectly.
An infinity pool! How very lucky! Looks like it was a wonderful trip. The light is so beautiful in your photos and I look forward to seeing more in the next installment!
Thank you Baconbiscuit. We were lucky indeed.
Oh my word!! I have never been to Italy and now I want to go there tomorrow. To Tuscany! Absolutely stunning!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. I am glad you had a wonderful and relaxing time.
Thank you Tatiana. I enjoy looking at other people’s photography- makes we want to travel more. 🙂
Dear Sandra, thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. One day I will visit Italy. But for now I’ll enjoy your pictures.
Undina I am sure you will visit Italy soon. Next time on your way to Austria perhaps? 🙂
Very tempting 🙂 I’ll think about it. The only problem is that there are no direct flights from me to Italy – and I hate changing planes.
Nice pics Sandra. We just came back from Tuscany as well and I know what you mean by “most fantastic”. Cant wait to go back
Beautiful pictures… they make me remember my last trip to Siena two years ago.