Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It was our last day in
and what did John and I plan to do?
We decided to
hit the road once again
to visit a place
(after watching an Andrea Bocelli's concert there)
we had dreamed of seeing one day...
it was the perfect day for a drive
(this time we told the TomTom that toll roads were a-okay!),
through green rolling hills of fog and vineyards,
past rows and rows of platano trees,
until finally, and at long last,
we saw the sign we had been waiting for!
Driving through the municipality of
Santa Margherita Ligure
and then the several miles to
actually made for one hair-raising ride!
(Narrow, narrow, winding streets....did I mention NARROW?)
But we made it!
Three hours after leaving
we arrived in
It was even more amazing to see it live
than it was
seeing it in the Imax Theatre in Dubai!
Everywhere we looked,
standing in the Portofino Harbor,
was picture postcard perfect!
There was an enormous yacht
called the Lady M
that was moored in the harbor.
(And took up much of the marina!)
It was an absolutely beautiful sight to finally see!
We were so glad we made the trip!
We devoured a pizza and a beer
(we are undeniably addicted)
at a cafe on the water.
(Note my BIG BEER and John's LITTLE BEER!)
It's tough being the designated driver!
We stood in the Marina
and soaked up all the goodness that surrounded us!
It wasn't long before it was time to say
(we will be back someday),
and we began tackling
those narrow winding roads once again!
We loved every single minute of the road trip home.
(Well, at least I did!)
Oh, what a day it had been!
Once we were back at
we spent the evening finishing up several
bottles of wine
that we had opened throughout the week.
(It was a tough job, but someone had to do it!)
We were up and at em early the next morning,
returned the TomTom and the car in
and took the train back to
where we caught our flight back to
DUBAI AND SHALLIE.
how I love you, how I love you!
Monday, October 28, 2013
What a way to start the day.
Relaxing in warm sunbeams, surrounded by vineyards,
smack dab in the middle of
And then Market Day back in
Italians just love their gellato!
(And this was in the early morning.)
I hesitate to admit it, but we devoured a
delicious sandwich for lunch made
from the guy on the left!
(Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm.)
We were picked up by a van for an afternoon of
TOURING TUSCAN WINERIES!
First, a stop in
Then on to our first winery,
This lady was the owner of the winery
and spoke better English than I!
They raised a special breed of pigs and the meat
was cured for months.
They also had acres of olive trees
and made and bottled their own olive oil.
(It was out of this world!)
Then came the really good part --
not only wine sampling but we actually got to EAT!
(Again....out of this world!)
Um, sure I'll have some more!
We ate. We drank. We listened. We learned.
Then off to the next delightful little town,
CASTELLINA in CHIANTI.
And off to the next winery,
(ooops, I forgot its name but it was amazing!)
A long table was set for us amidst old oak barrels.
Let me tell you, it smelled AMAZING!
And the food was AMAZING.
And the wine was AMAZING as well!
I hate that I can't remember the name of this winery.
But don't worry -- John bought some (many) bottles
that will be shipped back to Indianapolis.
(Here he is making out his order!)
I'll let you know when the wine arrives and Jonathan
can read me the name off the label!
(DO NOT DRINK THE WINE, Jonathan!)
how I love you, how I love you!