Day 4 - Chianti Region and Vinci

Trip Start Feb 28, 2008
Trip End Mar 11, 2008

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Short blog today - it's late, and we're tired. :o)

Today's excursion began with a trip to the Chianti region.  On the way, the bus stopped at the memorial and cemetary for U.S. soldiers lost in WWII.  It was very moving.

The bus dropped us about 2 miles from our next destination for a nice (though VERY hilly) walk through the Tuscan countryside to a winery and castle - La Bottega del Palagio.  We had a tour of the castle and the wine cellar (formerly the castle dungeon).  Later, we had a fantastic light lunch of bread and cheese, bruschetta, and pasta that included a wine tasting paired with each followed by a biscotti and dessert wine.

We then went to Vinci - home of Leonardo, where we saw the home he grew up in.  We took another nice walk through the olive groves into town to visit a museum of Leonardo's works.

This evening the full group had dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Montecatini.  This is our last night here.  We leave tomorrow for Sienna.  Don't know if we'll have computer access, but we'll blog if we can.
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ahall on

wine walking and more wine.....
I think you guys should carry a bottle in your purse, you could be drinking while walking to all these great places, its a thought! becca hope your new camera is getting some action, I want you to be able to tell me everything when you get back, and I hope you figured out how to get as much wine back over here as you can! I wish you could bring food too!

paulakaye on

More fun !
Leonardo's home sounds way cool, and 'walking through the Tuscan countryside' is a phrase that is making my day !! I'm so happy for ya'll........drink a few for all of us !! or a bunch !!

wordwoman on

LC Photography continues to make its mark
Hey, I was sitting here (at 4:23 on a ho-hum Monday) sending out a photo release from our campaign celebration with FABULOUS photos from Linda J. Curty when your message/photos popped up. What a nice way to end the day! (And yes, I remembered to add your name to the release: Photo credits go to Linda J. Curty/LC Photography.)YOu guys look like you're having so much fun. And the food descriptions...mama mia!

skykingbna on

I was going to ask with all of these adventures if you were actually sleeping at all on this trip?!? LOL

melanieshinbaum on

Sounds awesome!
Hey, gals. Just wanted to say that we're really enjoying your travel blog posts! I can tell you're having a great time, filled with LOTS of good food, wine and walking. Can't wait to hear all about it. Enjoy!!


busygirl on

How cool!
You guys are having so much fun. We are thinking about you back at the office. The photos of Vinci are fabulous (as well as others, of course). Your descriptions are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your trip with us.


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