Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ciao, Ciao, Ciao

Arrivederci, Italia!


Friday, April 5, 2013

One Last Trip to Germany

We took a little trip to Munich for Ryan's birthday (this year we're doing birthday trips, instead of birthday presents - especially now that we have tons and tons to pack all of a sudden...).

It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon so we walked around downtown to stretch our legs after the drive - everyone was out and about, so it was very crowded. We stayed at a funky little hotel right by the center of downtown, which was great and had an interesting breakfast buffet the next morning - lots of creamy spreads and pretzel-y things that we don't have in Italy.

That night we had dinner and drinks at the Hofbrauhaus which neither of us had ever been to, and that was great fun.

Now we're back in Italy for the weekend before leaving on Monday. We're squeezing in one last trip to Venice tomorrow, and then - Arrivederci Italia!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wine Tasting

We've lived in Italy for two seasons now - IN the Veneto, AND only two hours away from the Sud Tirol - and we've never been wine tasting. Pathetic. We decided to fix that yesterday and drove to Bolzano with Stacy, Derek and Baby Gracie to taste some delicious wines from the Alto Adige-Sud Tirol region.

First we stopped at the Girlan winery and then made our way to St. Paul's for a little more. We tasted whites (Chardonnay, Biaca Riserva, Sauvignon) and reds (Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lagrein - my favorite wine of all time) and a dessert wine, Rosenmuskateller (lots of German up there in Bolzano).

We bought a few of our favorites to take home....adding to our already large load - oh well. We also got to eat dinner at a restaurant where you sit in huge wine barrels (awesome).

Next up: Munich tomorrow for Ryan's birthday!