One of my very dear friends was getting married last weekend in Tuscany – one of my favorite places in the whole world so, naturally, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go along and help them celebrate. I have known Sylvia and Pascal for over 10 years now and so it was with a little surprise that I learned they were finally ready to tie the knot. I had actually resigned myself to the fact that they would just grow old together outside of marriage – they certainly were the kind of couple that I could never imagine being apart but, having lived together for so long, it was something that I had basically dismissed as never going to happen. So, I was a very happy person as I traveled along the beautiful drive from Montalcino to Siena on a picture perfect morning. The wedding itself was held in the stunning San Pietro D’la Marca Castle near the beautiful old city of Siena and it was truly a fairy tale wedding. From the amazing hand crafted and locally made pearl sequined dress to the fantastic fresh food seafood and, of course the stunning boulder opal pendant and black diamond earrings worn by Sylvia it was something that could have been designed by wed1-300x197Disney! The venue was resplendent in peach and white linen and flowers were everywhere. If there was one criticism it was the weather – it was almost too nice!! We strolled around under perfect blue skies with hardly a breath of wind and the views out over the bay were simply stunning. The castle itself is over 1100 years old but has recently been modernized and is now one of the premier wedding venues in the region – and its not hard to see why. It made a welcome respite from the mid-day heat and, at night, when we ventured out onto the lawns we were treated to a spectacular fireworks display – it was a sight and time that I will never forget. Wine, food and good company, what more could you ask for – well, for me the highlight was, of course catch up with many old friends – and I have to say that the years have been good to all of us – another bonus as we get older. This wedding is the the first chance I have had in recent years to get back to Tuscany, but it certainly will not be the last. As a wedding venue, holiday destination or simply just as a place to kick back, relax and enjoy a slower pace of life, there is nowhere else that I would rather be. And, as we say in Italia “Ne di Venere Ne di Marte non si sposa ne si parte!” – chiao for now friends

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