We wanted to use the top back balcony for wintering our plants last year, but were too late starting. Finally, the plans reached fruition and the conservatory, built by Sean and David over several weeks out of aluminium profiles and plexiglass, is finished. It wasn’t trivial to build 12 m or so up in the air. It already has plants in it from the terrace, as we had a cold snap over the weekend too.
Joined by David’s American cousin Pauline and her husband Greg, David and Jacqueline spent two weeks enjoying italianità to the full. We started in Zurich and travelled via Novaggio and Lugano (with day trip to Luino) to Milan, Padua, Venice, Bologna, Brisighella, Pesaro, Urbino, Forlì, Ravenna, Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi, Orvieto and finally Rome. The journey was a mix of rail travel and car, and the Americans in the party got to understand why Europeans prefer smaller vehicles (and hate the the ZTL Zona Traffico Limitato in Italian towns)! Pauline and Greg went on to Naples and the Amalfi coast, managing to keep their quota of Aperol Spritz to at least one per day! We never had spaghetti, pizza only once as a main dish, and in Montepulciano we had a fantastic Florentine-Style Steak (Bistecca Alla Fiorentina) – all 1.91 kg of it! In Florence we had a very memorable and classy evening meal in the Leggenda dei Frati restaurant, complete with splendid evening view over the city.