On Wednesday,In the morning I drove into Cortona to meet my friend Liz who is from Boston, but has been at a conference in Italy. We hadn’t seen each other in about ten years and had a lovely time catching up over cappuccino and a walk around the city.

In the afternoon, Kate treated the girls (Alex and Barb) and me to a shared birthday celebration at a vineyard in the Chianti region. We drove up twisty-turny roads through beautiful hillsides to reach the Monterinaldi vineyard — a small family-owned boutique place where we had a tour of the property and a wine-tasting, hosted by the very charming Mauro. All in all, a lovely and relaxing day!