Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Elba Island - Days 3 & 4


Days three and four were more of the same excitement :)  Breakfast of fruit, yogurt and coffee on the terrace, then off to the pool or beach...!






^^ More floating for Andy

And more not floating for me...


As appropriate as a light lunch while in a bikini sounds, it was not cutting it for me.  I started ordering pasta for lunch so I wasn't starving by 5 pm!



The weather was hot and sunny from the morning to late afternoon, then it would get cloudy and sometimes rain late afternoon for an hour or so.  That was fine with us, since we're from Michigan we can handle a 180 degree weather change plus we were all set on sun for the day by afternoon.  It was kind of funny though because the locals kept apologizing to us for the weather - ha, we thought it was perfect!




Night three for dinner, we went BACK to La Casa del Vino - are you surprised?  Sure some might want to venture out, get a few different local flavors, but this was a small town!  There were not a lot of options.  The food at La Casa del Vino was fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere and service was cozy and on point.





^^ The "slow fish" palamita on a leafy green salad with onions, tomatoes and vinaigrette was a dinner staple


Our last day in Procchio we decided to mix it up as much as one can mix it up in a small town.  Andy made it into the ocean for a float.  I thought about getting in but then hung back to take pictures...




Then we decided to listen to a server from our dinner spot.  He told us we had to try La Guardiola for lunch.  He said it's really good food for a fair price.  Just walk allll the way down the beach...

So we did.




Andy found a very large Nastro Azzurro and a tasty prosciutto and mozzarella panini...

And I ordered the Spaghetti di Pulpo...



^^ WOW!  This was my kind of lunch.  I hadn't really had a big bowl of pasta yet and I was so glad this was my big one.  The octopus was so fresh and the pasta was perfectly and simply seasoned.  Yum!  I plan to attempt to recreate this one day soon!




The walk to La Guardiola and back was scenic and tranquil...







^^  I finally got a picture of Liz!  Walking through the gardens you could hear him scurrying about, he was fast!  He was everywhere and he was nowhere...

Speaking of creatures, Ariel and James would send us pictures of Jules when they went to take care of him during the day - we were missing him bad!



After a few days on sleepy Elba, we were both ready to get out of the sun and excited to be heading to Firenze in the morning.  We did one last stroll through town before dinner, admiring the fresh fruits and vegetables at the local market...







Then made our last stop at our favorite spot for wine and food...



^^ Something different everyday!


We kept it light and simple on our final night with traditional Bruschetta...


One last "slow fish" palamita salad...


And a simple panini...


Since there wasn't anywhere to go at night, we curled up in our hotel room bed and watch Game of Rome until we fell asleep (or ran out of downloaded episodes).  We had an early morning of travel in the morning!


^^ The sunsets and the sunrises on the island were equally stunning >>>


I'm so glad we had an early morning ferry to take us to catch the train to Florence.  Portoferrario was still quiet when we arrived, although the port workers were busy unloading newspapers and other essentials for the island for the day.



^^ Always a gentleman, Andy was in charge of the suitcases!






^^ Mr. Seagull photobombed my sailboat shot!











Good morning Elba :)  We're off to Florence!


10 comments:

  1. Great shots - looks like you guys had an amazing time! I know how you feel leaving your kitty - it's so hard when traveling!
    xMC

    Please check out my new outfit post below :)
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    1. Thanks! Yeah, it was pretty cool to go to a spot in Italy where Italian families vacation. We didn't hear English spoken for days - besides when people were talking to us, haha. Your off-the-should black top and shorts are super cute - it looks like a romper but without the commitment to purchasing a romper! Something I struggle with ;) Thanks for reading! - Charlie

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  2. We just returned from Florence and loved it!

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    1. Isn't it dreamy?? Thanks for reading :) - Charlie

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  3. OMG your photos are amazing. Looks like so much fun!
    x
    Carly
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    1. Thanks Carly! By the way I love your Elizabeth & James Lele dress you wore on your birthday - peach is one of my favorite dress colors (and yet I have barely anything in that color...something I need to remedy soon!) Happy belated :) - Charlie

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  4. Great pictures!!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
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    1. Thank you! And thanks for reading :) - Charlie

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  5. Great post dear!

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    1. Thank you, Ira! It is always fun to re-live our adventure through blogging :) - Charlie

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