December 16th 2014 - Montalcino, Italy - Day 121

 Peter captured this long exposure of the fire that warmed us all day.

Peter captured this long exposure of the fire that warmed us all day.

Yesterday was a recovery day for all of us.  After 28 hours of travel and arriving to an apartment with no heat we all needed a down day.  The fact that we had no heat actually made it a little bit fun to bundle up in the living room with a fire and take it easy.  In the morning we all just hung out and then in the afternoon Stacie worked with Lea on her upcoming Science Final while Peter did school and I read the end of All The Light We Cannot See and worked with Mauro to get the heat up and running again. 

Late in the afternoon Peter and I went for a walk around town just to get a feel for where we were.  The town is absolutely charming and it feels like we have it all to ourselves.  There are no signs of tourists, just the locals getting ready for the holidays.  

 Our afternoon walk through a very quiet town.

Our afternoon walk through a very quiet town.

In the evening we headed out for dinner around 6:00.  We arrived at Re di Macchia, a recommended local favorite, after a short ten minute walk, unfortunately they did not open until 7:00.  We called an audible and went and grabbed a bottle of Rosso di Montalcino and went back to the apartment for an appetizer.  After 45 minutes or so we headed back to the restaurant.  It is a casual little place where the husband is the waiter and the wife is the cook.  Our food was fantastic, especially the Bruschetta and the Zuppa di Faggoli.   The dinner was also our first sip of Brunello since we arrived.  This is my favorite wine in the world, so I was in heaven.  

After dinner we were all very tired and although the kids wanted to watch a movie we decided bed and some reading was a better option.  All in all a great recovery day - and the heat got fixed so we are warm and toasty this morning!

 The view from our appartment

The view from our appartment

Lea:

We didn't ALL decide that going to bed would be a better option, you guys decided that you guys wanted to go to bed and read, and we of course had to do the same :).