Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Postcards Everywhere!

The first few days of the workshop have been amazing and FULL - first of course, with a fabulous dinner.

First - For you Foodies out there:

Day of Arrival: Our arrival dinner at our hotel was squisito! Our first course (antipasto) was a pecorino cheese souffle served in a celery and basil sauce. Wow. Our primo piatto was zucchini and local saffron risotto. Another wow. Our secondo (main course) was roast guinea fowl served with local wild mushrooms and rosemary potatoes and vegetables. Delicioso! The wine was a perfect Rosso di Montalcino by Fanti. All was topped off with home made coffee gelato served in a zabaione cream sauce... Ok! Not a bad start!

Day 2: The students rose at 5 am for a sunrise shoot their first full day! (no sunrise photos from me, sorry) Then class - Then a walking tour with our lovely guide Anna - Then a delicious lunch at a local osteria (tavern). Then a late afternoon and sunset tour - then another delicious dinner at another fine local ristorante. Mamma Mia!

Day3: The classes are in the field today. We head out to another charming hill town stopping along the way to take in a magnificent cluster of Cypress trees. I was surprised to see a street sweeper sweeping by hand the road and parking area here. Perhaps he enjoys the view as well and wishes to take his time here.

Instructor Joel assists Paula as she checks the settings on her camera at the Banfi Estate.

Of course the meals are always an important part of our day. We enjoyed a three course tasting menu at Castello Banfi paired with their marvelous wines. Castello Banfi is the only vineyard to have a Michelin star-rated restaurant in Italy.

And bella Pienza is turning out to be the ideal place for us to see it all!

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