Sunday, August 10, 2014. Greti, Italy—Moving In

Saint Maria in Radda
Saint Maria in Radda
A little street in Radda.
A little street in Radda.
So many nice inviting doorways in this part of the world!
So many nice inviting doorways in this part of the world!

Panzano is an interesting little town. When we first arrived in Chianti we stayed our first night in Panzano until our villa was ready. We stayed in a tower room at La Villa Barone. Rita and I couldn’t sleep thinking about all those women locked away in tower rooms in those castles in France we visited.   Panzano is dominated by Dario Cecchini, who runs a butcher shop, extraordinare. He also has two restaurants specializing in, naturally……. beef.   And, he has been declared by himself to be the “best butcher in the world”, a humble title, as well as the “mad butcher of Panzano”, perhaps a more accurate title. In any event, he is a great marketer. You walk into his butcher shop and you are immediately offered wine and appetizers. In the evenings, the shoppers spill out into the pedestrian street and drink wine, eat appetizers and share travel stories while shopping for meat at the butcher shop.

Hotel Villa La Barone in Panzano where we spent our first night in Chianti locked in the Tower Room!
Hotel Villa La Barone in Panzano where we spent our first night in Chianti locked in the Tower Room!

5 thoughts on “Sunday, August 10, 2014. Greti, Italy—Moving In

  1. dear norm and rita – we love hearing from you, and of course, have nothing as exciting to tell you. but, ric just asked me to tell you that john bruch passed away last week, was cremated and his ashes were spread on a lake in Minnesota, and a lovely catered wake was given at his home last Saturday which we attended. other than that all is well here, the gardens are doing well, and as soon as I can reorganize my work area i’ll begin painting again. the children are all in school again, and the summer here is over. we love you both and are happy for your happiness in Italy. chaio! Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:44:55 +0000 To: ricmahaffey@hotmail.com

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    • Ric and Rose, thanks for your comment. I am happy you are onboard for this trip. Ric, I was sorry to hear about the passing of John Bruch. I know how very close you were to him. I heard his wake was well attended. Rose, glad to hear you will be painting again. It is important to keep this thread going in your life.. Ric, you would have loved Dario. A master “entertainer”. See you when we return. –Norm & Rita

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  2. It looks absolutely amazing – I don’t think I would ever leave!! Sounds like a wonderful adventure!!! Enjoy every momento!!

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