19 July 2010

A room with a view

I invited Caterina to go to Tuscany with my family. Here are some pictures from our journey, we had a wonderful time together. I sent her some books in advance about Tuscany, the food, the landscape, the architecture, living and history, so that she could make some preparations. Though she is italian, she told me that she had not been in Tuscany since her school days.

Our first stop were Pisa, where our plane landed. I bought a large sketchbook and some pencils for Caterina, so she could draw her inspiration for miniatures during our trip. I love doing that myself.

Of course we had to see the leaning tower. I don´t know where Caterina went when I took the pictures. My son and my husband are looking for her at the picture.

The sun was shining bright and it was about 35 degrees, so I realized, why all the people around us wore straw hats. I bought one for Caterina too along with a matching bag. She immideately put her golden shawl into the bag, no need for that on such a hot day.

Then we drove to Montecatini Terme in our rented car. Here is the hotel, that we stayed in. It´s very old and situated in a large park.

Catherina and I spent a lot of time studying the details wanting to do it all in miniature. We realized that it would take some time though.

We had lunch in Montecatini Alto in the mountains, its a very small town with a stunning wiew.

It was also here, I found my special present for her. I won´t tell you what it is, because she hasn´t recieved it yet, but I´m sure, she will let you know, when she comes back home...I sure hpe she likes it...well its something for her garden or courtyard. I´am glad she prefers miniatures, because we had to fly back with Ryanair...

Then we saw Firenze (Florence) with all its amazing statues and the Cathedral...

..but Caterina was hiding again..where did she go? Maybe she doesn´t like to have her photo taken?
Anyway, thanks for a wonderful trip, Caterina, and thanks for organizing this swap! You will recieve your miniatures in the mail very soon..


  1. great post of wonderful things!

  2. Maravilloso reportaje del viaje. Se aprecia que disfrutasteis mucho
    Las vistas desde el hotel son increibles.
    Florencia es una ciudad impresionante.
    ¿Viste el puente Vecchio?
    Las guias de la Toscana, el cesto el sombrero y el bloc de dibujo con sus lápices son una preciosidad.
    Gracias por compartirlo
    Besitos, May

  3. Hi Susanne, your parcel will leave today, I wsas waiting your coming back home. I'm glad you had fun in Italy. Mini hugs Rosanna

  4. What a lovely post! I am still deciding whether Caterina did visit Tuscany with you? :).

    Today I received mine :). Haven't opened it yet. Must go tell Carolina :).

  5. Eine netter Reisebericht und wunderschöne Minis dazu.

    Liebe Grüße PuNo/Monika

  6. I enjoyed your photos. You made me remember my trip through Tuscany. We stayed in Lucca near Piza.Thanks Susanne :-))
    groetjes Ingrid

  7. What a wonderful holiday! And such lovely minis :)

  8. Beautiful gifts and beautiful pictures :-)
    Catherine will be happy on her return home from the mountain :-)
    Mini hugs, flora

  9. What a beautiful holiday and such nice pictures! I loved the way you told the story about your gifts too!

  10. OH WOW! What a wonderful holiday!!!
    Such gorgeous views and so much inspiration for miniature making.

  11. What a wonderfull trip and mini's.
    A trip to Tuscane is now on my to do list.

  12. What a beautiful pictures Susanne. The gifts are very nice and also your story of the holiday.
    Thanks for sharing.


  13. So jealous (= ! Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures!It looks like you had a great time

  14. Great photos as the previous ones. I haven't been to Toscana for a very very long time, your photos made me dream.

  15. Susanne, today I received your gifts from Tuscany!
    how wonderful hat and straw bag! I'm glad I came in Tuscany with you, I enjoyed a lot, thanks!
    and ... um, I had to pee while you click the photos ... ha ha!
    I love the surprise in the red packet!
    I hope soon to publish the photo in my blog ...
    many kisses and thanks again for a wonderful vacation!
    love, Caterina