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Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Drive through Tuscany

500 Touring Club

This past month Mr. K and I were on a return trip to Firenze, and I wanted to do something different. We are normally not an excursion/guided tour kind of couple. We like to do our own thing at our own pace. But we decided after reading the rave reviews to try out the sunset Fiat 500 tour with wine tasting. Even though with the publicity and the very polished website this was probably going to be a very commercial tour. But when else would you be able to get behind the wheel of a classic Fiat 500L?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Stefan's Indian Ale (Maisel & Friends)

I'm going back to the basics with this beer notes post. A 5-hour layover hurts less when you're in the fatherland of beer. I passed on the liter of lager for this nod to the English IPA.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: It's clear gold with a frothy white head with a thick layer that sticks around for the full sitting. It leaves moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is more floral than expected for an English -style brew. The orange comes through in the smell.

Taste: Pithy, pithy, juicy orange. That pithiness brings it into the IPA category. The thick may gives it nice body and makes the bitterness fade nicely.

From the bottle:
Inspirierend und exotisch. Überrascht mit Zitrus-noten und floralem Touch. Im Abgang Anklänge von Waldhonig und karamellisiertem  Malz. Eine Reise durch die Welt der Aromen.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Looking Behind You at the Photo Op

When we're on vacation we do what it takes to see the iconic sights. Sometimes we stumble upon them. This is a note to you to look behind you when you get to your destination. Explore.

On a visit to Cinque Terre, I walked up the path that gives you the best, most iconic view of Manarola. I sat and enjoyed the colorful buildings and beautiful sea.

Then, I turned around. I saw beautiful flowers, a closer look of the water crashing into the rocks, and where the blue trail linking the villages was washed away. I saw an amazing view of the villages north of Manarola, their bright colors popping out of the rocky hillsides. It's a rare view of the area. I saw the regional train racing though tunnels.

While all the visitors we're coming up, taking their photos, and turning right back around, we were having an experience. We were soaking in all that the vantage point had to offer.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Seafood by the Sea

When in Omaha you eat steaks. When in Puerto Rico you eat lechon. When in Krakow you eat cabbage and pierogi. When you're in Sorrento... you eat whatever they pull from that beautiful from the Gulf of Sorrento!