Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Last week our friend, Bill from Seattle, came to visit for a few days.  We spent the time wandering around Arezzo showing him the sights and introducing him to our daily routines.  It was great to see his enthusiasm and interest!  It gave us renewed appreciation for our town and the sights, sounds, and smells that by now have become normal to us.  Bill had read every entry of our blog and had done his own research about Arezzo before arriving.  He came fully prepared with questions and observations, and he even referred to things we had written about that we ourselves had forgotten.  He was an exceptional guest!

One of the unique food items in the area is Bistecca alla Fiorentina.  This is a thick T-bone steak, lightly grilled (very rare) with olive oil, salt and pepper, that comes from a special breed of cattle here in Tuscany.  It’s something Henry has wanted to try since we arrived.  In restaurants the minimum size you can order is usually one kilo, way more than one person can eat, so Henry had not yet had the opportunity to enjoy one.  Bill, being a fellow carnivore, was quite happy help. Needless to say they were both quite pleased with their meal.  Gabriella, of course, abstained.

Partway through the meal

Bill was also on a mission to take lots of pictures.  We realized that we haven’t yet posted any street shots of Arezzo, so we want to share some of his photos with you to give you a better idea of what Arezzo looks like. 

Dawn in our neighborhood

Corso Italia - One of the main streets

Piazza Grande

Arezzo rooftops

Old & New: In the foreground, the Roman Amphitheater, right in the middle of downtown.
Piazza della Porta di Crucifera - our piazza with our building on the right
Our street
At our front door- Welcome!

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