October 22, 2012

Is this Tuscany or Provence

Is this Tuscany or Provence

It is possible, that it was the thirst and hunger created by biking over the lunch hour, or maybe it was their recent trip to Italy.  Regardless, both Nutmeg and Ginger both thought they had been transported from Provence to Tuscany.  The hilly rolling terrain, endless vineyards, Cyprus trees, olive groves and small villages are all extremely reminiscent of Tuscany.  It is no accident that the Luberon area within Provence resembles Tuscany.  Roman presence in present day Provence began in 2 B.C.. The Roman rulers heavily influenced architecture and immense construction projects (aqueducts, theaters, arenas) within the region. There is documentation of organized religious activity as early as the 3rd century, in Roman occupied Provencal towns.  During the 14th century, (1309 – 77) seven French Popes led the Catholic church from Avignon. Perched villages and castles in Provence created for defensive purposes are similar to those found in Tuscany. Tuscany or Provence? Provence. (more…)

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August 29, 2011

A Tuscan Sampler

A Tuscan Sampler

A couple years ago Nutmeg had the pleasure of biking through Tuscany with a group of friends. Ginger was at school so he was not able to participate.  The moment Nutmeg arrived at their beautiful bed and breakfast accommodation, in the middle of a vineyard; she knew that Ginger must visit Tuscany.  Anyone who loves wine, history and beautiful countryside should visit, and fall in love with Tuscany in their lifetime.  Ginger and Nutmeg set-off on an early season (April) visit to explore Tuscany.  At this time of year the fields are only just starting to turn green and the gnarled grapevines are showing their first shoots. So what is Tuscany all about? Wine, History and Countryside (more…)

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