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Under the Tuscan Moon

What better way to end a day than under the Tuscan Moon with your wife at your side? Can’t really think of anything right now. The setting was magical–the moon was drifting above the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria. The great statuary of the Piazza was lit with soft light. The copy of Michelangelo’s David–the real one is in the Accademia just a few streets away–towered above us as we ate our evening meal in an outdoor restaurant in the Piazza. The weather was splendid and hundreds of people were in the Piazza, which is quite expansive, milling around all the great statuary. The Palazzo Vecchio was the city center for centuries. When its mighty bells pealed, it was for only one purpose–to call the citizens to the piazza because the city leaders had something important to convey–oftentimes war was imminent as Florence vied with Siena, Pisa and Genoa for supremacy in the region–a battle that Florence eventually won. Tonight the bells pealed, not for war, but for our enjoyment under the Tuscan moon.

I want a brick oven! Last night brick oven focaccia bread, tonight calzone. The crust was thin and crisp with oven burns on the top. The ham, artichokes and mozzarella blended in wonderful harmony. I am sure it is the intense heat that makes the difference in baking these Italian staples. It is so wonderful! Even more so eaten under the Tuscan Moon. WEG


  1. Nancy McCollum says:

    I can just taste that pizza! Florence must be a dream destination.

    • wgraumann says:

      It is a dream destination for me. I love history and Florence played such a significant role in the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. That makes the architecture not only impressive and of historical significance–not to mention the art that simply permeates the place. Tomorrow is our last full day here before we move on. It will be sad to close the apartment door behind us.

  2. Al & Eva Gerhardt says:

    Did you get any photos? Glad you have had such a great time in Italy.

  3. Hopefully we’ll see the same moon tonight at the German Fest in Tomball!!! We have history here to you know! Not like Itlay though. I loved it over there also!

  4. Jr & Ola Mae says:

    Sounds very romantic for you & Kathy. So glad ya’ll are having such a great time!

  5. Angie says:

    I absolutely loved your romantic comments about your evening “”…under the Tuscan Moon”. Glorious & sweet!!

    • wgraumann says:

      Dear Angie, this is Kathy. Thank you for your beautiful comments. They have been so appreciated. Yes, Wayne is truly superb. We have absolutely loved these two months together.

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