Our Italian Adventure – When in Rome

Rome at last! We took the Flixbus from Siena to Rome. It took us about three hours, but it was very relaxing. I know I nodded off a few times. We stayed at 9Hotel Cesari, which we chose because of its location between the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. This is one of the hippest hotelsContinue reading “Our Italian Adventure – When in Rome”

Our Italian Adventure – Siena

On to my favorite city of our trip! After the bridges of Venice and the hustle and bustle of Florence, it was nice to stay in Siena. We took the train from Florence to Siena, and it was really quick – only about an hour and a half away. Siena is much smaller than Florence,Continue reading “Our Italian Adventure – Siena”

Our Italian Adventure – Florence

Off to Florence – the second city we were visiting on our Italian adventure. We took the train from Venice to Florence, and it was great! Super comfortable! Florence is Susan’s favorite place in the world, and we were so excited to be there with her. We stayed at the Hotel Pitti Palace al PonteContinue reading “Our Italian Adventure – Florence”

Vino in Florence – Our Visit to the Bibi Graetz Winery

Our friend Jacob really knows wine, and several months ago he had me try the Bibi Graetz Grilli, a wine made from cabernet and merlot grapes. “Grilli” means crickets in Italian, and in Florence to have “Grilli” means to be a dreamer. The label was beautiful, like a beautiful blue painting. It’s All About WineContinue reading “Vino in Florence – Our Visit to the Bibi Graetz Winery”

Our Italian Adventure – Venice

After months of reading Rick Steves, watching Stanley Tucci, and scouring the internet, our trip to Italy was finally here! We spent 15 nights in Italy – three nights in Venice, five nights in Florence, three nights in Siena, and four nights in Rome with our traveling companions Susan and Sarah. We used TripMasters toContinue reading “Our Italian Adventure – Venice”

Vino in Venice – Our Visit to Venissa Winery

I’m not going to lie – I have a crush on Stanley Tucci. It didn’t happen until I started watching his series “Searching for Italy”. While planning our trip to Italy, Tim, Sarah, Susan, and I watched the Venice episode, and decided at that time we were going to the Venissa Winery. If Stanley canContinue reading “Vino in Venice – Our Visit to Venissa Winery”

Beivuma! (Let’s Drink!)

Three of my favorite things to do are drinking wine, talking about wine, and learning about wine. I still feel like a wine novice, so when It’s All About Wine offers their Wine School Wednesdays, I’m all in! Wine School Wednesday is normally held the third Wednesday of the month, but check out It’s AllContinue reading “Beivuma! (Let’s Drink!)”

Oh, Canada! Part 3 – Niagara Falls and Wine Country

When our Canadian friends Greg and Carol realized we were serious about coming up to Ontario for the Mariposa Folk Festival, they suggested we spend a few days in the Niagara Falls area on the way home. Not only would we see the falls, but this area is home to several wineries. Right up myContinue reading “Oh, Canada! Part 3 – Niagara Falls and Wine Country”

So Many Wines, So Little Time (Paso Robles)

This is my second time in Paso Robles Wine Country. We came out here to visit in 2019, and I really fell in love with the area and especially the wine. I think they produce some of the best wine in California. So of course when our friend Cheryl moved to Morro Bay and startedContinue reading “So Many Wines, So Little Time (Paso Robles)”

I’m Just Here For The Halibut

Oh Morro Bay, where have you been all my life? As I stated in my previous post So Many Wines, So Little Time (Santa Ynez and Edna Valleys), our friend Cheryl had moved to Morro Bay and was working at a winery in Paso Robles, living a great life. Of course we were going toContinue reading “I’m Just Here For The Halibut”