A Perfect Day in Chianti

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Last year, I won a writing competition where the prize was a week-long stay at Villa Cigano, in the heart of the Chianti region. I can’t think of a lovelier place to spend a week in the summer. Perched high up above the small town of Vagliagli, the villa looked out over the rolling Tuscan hillside. The crest of the ridges fell away from us, until at dusk, the faraway hills merged into the inky blue sky…. 

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Hidden Gems

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As a blogger you get sent some extraordinary press releases.

Recently lots of them have been tenuously linked to the Duchess of Cambridge. I’ve been sent ‘recipes for a right royal baby shower’, told that lavender biscuits are all the craze since Catherine ate them to help with morning sickness, and that “jam making is back in vogue” once it emerged that the Duchess of Cambridge “loves to make fruit jam at home while she’s waiting for Prince William”. Sorry – ‘at home waiting for Prince William‘ – apparently women’s lib never happened.… 

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