Generally not expected as it is quite frequently added in to the bill, but it is appreciated. I’ve been told the best way to give a tip is fold the euro bill and palm it in your hand. Shake the hand of the person you are tipping while looking them in the eye. Say thank-you in most any language, preferably theirs, let them accept the tip in their hand. Same goes for a coin, but thoses I generally leave on the table because they are harder to exchage and can be embarrasing if it falls on the floor.
We tend to tip for exceptional service – which for some reason we seem to find at alot of the restaurants we have eaten.
The best ones tend to know what you need before you ask – doesn’t matter if it’s high or low end restaurant, although we seem to notice it more in the less expensive ones.
What I like is they don’t stop at your table to ask “how were the first few bites”. They sense their customers and serve them! They are that confident in their food, they don’t need your approval.
We have a friend Carol, who with her co-owner Debbie, run Crocus and Ivy in Regina. She has impeccable taste in clothing and decore. Everytime we see a store with similar clothes, we take a picture and call it a “Carol Store”. Here are several from our journey:
Don’t worry Deb, I’m looking for some Debbie stores!
It’s a given that you will find art where ever you go, whether contempary, traditional, antique or inspirational. When I see amazing art, I tend to take pictures to share. Well Cortona has it’s share – some amazing ceramic stores with traditional Tuscan painting and fine art galleries.
The ones that caught my eye were by Andrea Roggi at the “Circle of Life Art Gallery” in Cortona ….. breath taking bronze sculptures. I took a picture of one of displays, you can view more at http://www.andrearoggi.it/the_tree_of_life.html
Well it sounded like a good idea when we planned the trip – use an international SIM in our old phones. Unfortunately, at the best we can call and send text but not recieve anything except for email, which is even spotty. Next time we’ll buy the SIM’s each time we go to another country. With our luck we’ll run into a new set of problems. At least the wifi is working so we can do the blog!
We’ll periodically update this page as we discover new shops and make new observations …….