A Taste of Tuscany

I’ve just got back from a short but fantastic trip to Tuscany. I was with my Dad a few other people for some  wine tasting on the Zonin estates, which was a great experience. I’ve been to Tuscany before, but this was the first time learning about wine making and the stories of the historic, mediaeval vineyards. Each wine tasting was accompanied by food which was best suited to the wine; and we got to eat in beautiful homes on the estates such as Castello d’Albolo. We were in the Chianti region of  Tuscany, where the famous Chianti Classico wine is made with San Giovese grapes that have ripened under the Tuscan sun. Here’s a selection of photos which I took on the trip which best represent the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

 

San Giovese vineyards at Castello d’Albolo

 

These scooters can be seen shooting about all over Italy!

 

My favourite pasta dish – Papardelle con Ragu

 

In the gardens at Castello d’Albolo

 

The tourist hotspot of San Gimignano

Vegetable gardens outside Castello d’Albolo

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Don’t forget about Meredith Kercher

Meredith had begun studying in Perugia before she was murdered

It was with some shock last night that I found out that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were being acquitted of the tragic murder of Meredith Kercher. Like many people, I expected their sentences to be reduced, but for their convictions to be upheld.

As I am not familiar with this evidence used in this very unusual and complex case, as well as not having a good understanding of the Italian justice system, I don’t think it’s my place to comment on the result of the trials.

But one thing is certain in my mind – the media coverage of the trial has failed to express fully the nightmare the Kercher family is still living.

Could you imagine finding out that your clever and talented daughter has been murdered in a foreign country? Could you imagine the pain they must feel as they have to relive those moments in courts for over 4 years? Could you imagine having to endure listening to descriptions of the most appalling crimes being committed against your daughter, sister and friend?

I can’t imagine the feelings they have, and I hope anyone who reads this doesn’t either, no person should have to deal with those feelings.

The Kercher family themselves have said that the acquittals have meant that they still don’t know what really happened to their daughter and sister, which must make four years of court trial seem worthless.

I hope for their sake, and for Meredith, that the truth will finally come out, so that they can finally have some peace to remember their daughter, who had so much to live for.