Jessica's Fall in Italy travel blog

I pretty much just hung around the house today and drew random sketches for my drawing class tomorrow. It was nice, though- Sunday is a relaxing day here, because nothing is really open (not even the supermarket). But I did want to say that we all got to go out to dinner with Velario again tonight. We went to this beautiful place even higher up on a hill than Fiesole. It had bay windows all the way around and a beautiful view of the hills. The food and wine, of course, were also wonderful- fried dough with soft cheese, grilled brie, gorgonzola with herbs, mixed veggies (as well as some meat dishes), and an incredibly rich mousse to top it all off.

Also, I know that most of my family has read this, but my Mom sent me a list of all the things you CAN NOT send to Italy. It's pretty funny, so I thought I would share it with everyone:


-Albums of any kind (of photographs, postcards, postage stamps, etc.).

-Arms and weapons.

-Articles of platinum or gold; jewelry; and other valuable articles unless sent as insured packages.

-Artificial flowers and fruits and accessories for them.

-Bells and other musical instruments and parts thereof.

-Cartridge caps; cartridges.

-Clocks and supplies for clocks.

-Compound medicaments and medicines.

-Coral mounted in any way.

-Ether and chloroform.

-Exposed photographic and cinematographic films.

-Footwear of any kind.

-Haberdashery and sewn articles of any kind, including trimmings and lace; handkerchiefs; scarves; shawls, needlework including stockings and gloves; bonnets, caps, and hats of any kind.

-Hair and articles made of hair.

-Human remains.

-Leather goods.

-Lighters and their parts, including lighter flints.

-Live bees, leeches, and silkworms.

-Live plants and animals.

-Nutmeg, vanilla; sea salt, rock salt; saffron.

-Parasites and predators of harmful insects.

-Perfumery goods of all kinds (except soap).

-Playing cards of any kind.

-Postage stamps in sealed or unsealed letter-post shipments.

-Radioactive materials.

-Ribbons for typewriters.

-Roasted or ground coffee and its substitutes; roasted chicory.

-Saccharine and all products containing saccharine.

-Salted, smoked or otherwise prepared meats; fats; and lard.


-Toys not made wholly of wood.

-Treated skins and furs.

-Weapons of any kind and spare parts for them.

(So, I had to open up the envelope I was sending Jess and remove the live bees and treated skins. Who sends this stuff, anyway?)

On a more serious note, I know that today is the 4th anniverasary of 9/11. Not such a big deal here of course, but I found myself wondering if anything in particular was happening back home because of it.

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