It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here…despite the threat of rain and even snow. Each little village “paese” has their own way of displaying their joy. This is the quaint citta of Asciano in the province of Siena. We stole away last week and took a little side trip where we had the most wonderfully lazy lunch in a small trattoria…followed by a warm hot chocolate Italian style…imagine a cup of melted chocolate that you almost want to eat with a spoon, and do. I hope that you all are enjoying the holiday season…and taking a little time for yourself as well.