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Trove is a wrap

Our last two weeks at Trove have passed by very quickly.  We house sat for the final 10 days of our stay while Barbara and Ugo were away on tours.  During that time we got into a comfortable routine – waking up around 7:30 each morning, enjoying coffee and breakfast before starting our “work day” around 9:00.

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Our ‘bucket’ list

It seems that everyone has been putting together their ‘bucket list’ lately… during the last month at Trove farm/vineyard in the Tuscany region of Italy, we’ve had plenty of time to contemplate ours.

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A walking tour of Tuscany

Ugo was hosting a walking tour in our area during our second week at Trove and we were invited to join in some of the walks, but only if his clients, an Australian couple, were in agreement.  Ugo and Barbara arranged for us to meet the clients one evening early in the week so that they could size us up to see if they could put up with our company for a few days. 

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Sunshine and tragedy in Siena

At Barbara’s insistence, we began our second week at Trove with a visit to Siena. You may recall that we had attempted a visit to this beautiful Tuscan hill town earlier during my sister’s visit but we had been rained out. 

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Toiling under the Tuscan sun

On our second day at Trove, Ugo gave us a crash course on vine pruning and staking.  He was leaving the next day for a week-long tour and the old vineyard was in desperate need of attention.  Chris got some driving lessons on the tractor, and a lesson on how to empty the poop bucket in Ugo’s absence.

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Our arrival at Trove

Arriving almost two hours late isn’t the best way to make a first good impression, but the train from Rome was delayed, which caused us to miss our connection in a small town called Chiusi.  At least we were able to phone our hosts to let them know of our delay, thanks to the generosity and friendliness of a fellow traveller. 

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Running around in Rome

By the time we arrived in Rome, we were all starting to show signs of travel fatigue but we continued our gruelling pace for the final three days, in fact, I think our pace intensified as there was so much to see in Rome. 

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Getting lost in Venice

Upon the recommendation of one of our guidebooks, we spent two days deliberately getting lost in Venice which is not hard to do when you consider Venice is really a collection of 118 islands connected by 400+ bridges.  

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Follow the shopping carts to the Lido market

As we pulled into the train station in Venice, the sun broke through the clouds promising us a respite from the rain.  Once we figured out the water bus system (conveniently located on the canal immediately in front of the train station), we managed to find our apartment without too many wrong turns along the way. 

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A wet weekend in Milan

Accommodations were scarce in Milan on the weekend we planned to visit because of several events going on in the city including the Milan Marathon.  Sonja managed to find us two nights in an apartment a little outside the city centre. 

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