If I had to name one place that resembled what I imagined heaven might be like amongst the many places I have traveled to around the world, it would have to be Le Traverse in the lovely region of Val D'Orcia.
We loved every minute of the three days we spent there, everything from our scrumptious homemade breakfasts served blue and white tablecloths on our terrace overlooking Pinuccia's olive trees and Pienza (the eggs, peaches, figs and baked tarts still warm from the oven are to die for!), to our cozy room decorated in rustic Tuscan furniture, to the complimentary bottle of wine and fruits picked fresh from the garden on our table, to Alessia and Svitlana's warm smiles, and Pinuccia's thoughtful hospitality and expert knowledge of the surrounding area.
We felt more like close friends rather than passing guests of the guesthouse. One morning, when I requested for ketchup to go with my eggs, Pinuccia laughed at me and promised to make me their homemade tomatoe sauce instead. And as promised, I found a little pot of warm tomatoe sauce sitting next to my creamy scrambled eggs, complete with a sprig of basil on top!
As another guest had put it in Pinuccia's thick guestbook, we will return (hopefully in two years' time), and count all the days in between.
Grazie Mille Pinuccia, Alessia and Svitlana - we can't wait to come back!
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