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Thursday Doors 7/10/21: Doors for lunch

Today’s post is an immersive experience. You will be fed doors for lunch in Tuscany on a glorious September day.

After yesterday’s new moon when our internet went on a 24-hour fast as well and I had to post via my phone, it’s so good to be back behind my big screen.

Our connection is at a quarter speed, but much better than nothing. If internet problems continue, I will be cut from my photo archives and forced to post only those photos that I can find in my email attachments, seeing that my phone takes photos too terrible to be posted.

It’s raining again, after a fully dry summer, and it was the thunderstorm that messed our connection (and bestia, but the older he gets, the more resigned he is). Today’s post is a memory of a lovely lunch from two weeks ago when it was still hot.

Uncle, bestia and I had just done a considerable walk along the Elsa river. It was more up and down than expected and we were tired and hungry. Our next stop was San Gimignano half an hour away, but it was already 2.30 pm and in Italy things stop and shops close for lunch, including most restaurants. I was not so eager to go to San Gimignano and fall into some tourist trap lunch. What do to?

As I was driving, I realised that there was a town around and I didn’t know what it was called. There are countless towns in Italy but I like to keep their names in check, especially of those that I have visited. And now I had no idea where I was. I kept seeing signs for centro storico, historic centre, but not of which town. Never mind, I said and turned that way. Centro storico means lunch.

The rest is history, as the photos will tell. We came, we ate, we conquered. The restaurant was open all day and everything was excellent, the view, the food, the service. I even discovered a new way of taking door photos: sniper style.

And finally, disclosure: The name of the town (and I had to check again since I forgot) is Colle di Val d’Elsa, and the name of the restaurant is Portanova Hosteria Enoteca. Welcome.

For Thursday Doors challenge hosted by Dan at No Facilities

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

39 thoughts on “Thursday Doors 7/10/21: Doors for lunch

  1. This was wonderful!! The views and the food….I could have made a meal off the appetizers alone. I liked this trip a lot. ‘Door sniper mode is on’….you are so funny. Great snaps, Manja.

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  2. “Door sniper mode” brought a wealth of great doors, Manja. That food looks so good, I am hungry now, and I just had breakfast. I like the carefree way you approached this visit. I’m glad you finally figured out where you were.

    Speaking of where you are, I hope you haven’t been affected by the intense rain we’ve been reading about.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. We just spent 19 hours without the internet and it seems it’s because of the first substantial rain in months. Cables got wet or what. However, here it was not nearly as dramatic as in some other parts in Italy, and the rains didn’t last long.

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  3. I am so glad you said to click to read the captions. I am sitting here kind of on a miserable morning, and instead I am transported via your blog to sunny Italy. Thank you, thank you, thank you (imagine hand written in a circle)

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  4. Your ‘sniper’ style photography worked well, Manja. 🙂 and the food looked great. I trust your uncle was duly impressed. Laughing about Crystal’s comment. There are green crosses all over Oregon. –Curt

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  5. My sister-and-law and I have had similar adventures in France, just driving around, sometimes with a destination in mind but finding interesting and tasty places along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed your little adventure!


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  6. Can see so much of Tuscany’s atmosphere here. Oh, how I wish for a lunch at a a patio (it has been soaring hot here!) – a wonderful idea. These appetizers look very inviting. and wow, now that’s a wine cellar! That wall structure looks inviting to stay longer:) What a lovely outing, Manja! Emille (Jesh)

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    1. This is perfect, Smitha. When I’m putting such a post together, this is my intent, to bring you along, tell you what I would tell you if you were here with me, and then we have fun together. Thank you!


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