“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Ruth and Jeanie

We were up early Saturday morning to get ready for my friends Ruth Bresnick and Jeanie Furtado to arrive. They were due at the train station in Arezzo around noon, so we left a little early to do some local exploring. From the road we could see a village high atop a hill and took a turn we thought would lead us to it. We ended up on a little dirt road that soon ended and started back the way we had come. 

On the wayback to the highway, we saw a cemetery. While I don’t like cemeteries nearly as much as my daughter does, it was so unlike our cemeteries at home that we just had to go in. It was so neat! I was going around, snapping pictures, when I rounded a corner and saw a couple who were obviously tending the gravesites. Boy, did they give me the stinkeye! I snapped one last picture and then spotted Arnold just about to come upon them. I quietly called his name (which of course he couldn’t hear – why did I bother?) and tried to discreetly wave him toward me. He finally saw me and I told him we should probably leave before we got thrown out. It seems as though every little town has a cemetery like this one, but we decided not to intrude on any others. 

View Of The Cemetery Coming Down The Mountain  Inside The Cemetery

Inside The Cemetery  A Shrine To A Loved One

We met Ruth and Jeanie at the train station in the pouring rain. Their train was right on time and we loaded their suitcases into the trunk, except one that wouldn’t fit and had to ride between them in the back seat. 

We stopped at a restaurant along the highway that we had passed many times and had a pasta lunch, including a caprese salad, of course. Then on to the villa! Once there, we gave them the grand tour and they selected their bedrooms. The rest of the afternoon was spent with them unpacking and just unwinding. 

We went to dinner at a great place in Sansepolcro, called Osteria la Ghiandia. The food was great – Arn and Jeanie had pasta with black truffles and Ruth and I had steak with mushrooms and steak with balsalmic – but even better than the wonderful food was the atmosphere. The restaurant is owned and run by a brother and sister and they were so welcoming! They were very eager to please and the service was excellent. At the end of the meal, the brother, who is also the chef, brought out a bottle of wine for us to take home. It was a wonderful experience and very typical of the welcome we have received throughout Tuscany. 

After more wine, limoncello cream, and sambuca at the villa, it was time to turn in.