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Monte Argentario in May

Monte Argentario in May

Oh the darling buds of May and hardly only the promise of spring….in fact I can guarantee you that as I write this on a sultry, late afternoon here in Argentario after a spot of lunch- summer seems to have well and truly arrived - simply idyllic. Long balmy days, soaring temperatures, a bit more skin on display and a few intrepid bikini bodies that have been somewhat hibernating since September. 

Although short, these few days, have given me enough time however, to seek refuge plunging into the cool invigorating mediterranean, away from the scorching midday sun…a ritual that somehow sets you back in motion and wakes you up from the long winter slumber. The Italians, however, although the first to hit the beach in their new Calzedonia numbers aren’t exactly as gun ho about the whole matter, some might even say a bit wet and insouciant. Carefully posing with their aviator shades and not an inch of sun cream to be seen, they wouldn’t dare to even be ankle deep in the cool water, not yet warmed up by the sun, a bit too bold altogether! I have actually enjoyed days completely by myself on the beach, soaking up the sun and in the company of a good book, truly blissful and something that one can only have the pleasure of enjoying in these early summer months or come September when people are still wrapped up in their busy bustling lives or not yet broken up from school. 

Speaking of good for the soul, although maybe an obvious distinction but the food is just as renowned as ever..apple peaches, fresh ricotta and a thin crust pizza… you wonder how all the young 20 something year-old Italians who congregate to London do it? The lifestyle can’t really be paralleled and any snobbery about food is actually well, true. 

In other seasonal news, there is also the most beautiful spectacle out at sea today, hundreds of sailing boats beetling along, almost suspended in the air like crisp, well-defined clouds. It doesn’t seem to be too competitive though, but the visual is simply stunning, in fact I will insert a few snaps below for you to get the general idea. It has also been the season of the flickering firefly, which dancing against the dark night sky is truly dazzling to behold.

Alas, today is my last afternoon, but it looks like I’m going to have to recreate this little Tuscan getaway come August and book myself in for a few more days…ciao ciao for now!

The Wines of Southern Maremma

The Wines of Southern Maremma