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Apr 15, 2013 - Chianti

We drove back up to Chianti today. Stopped first at Castello di Verrazzano to pick up another bottle of balsalmic. Then on to Greve where we found (free?!) parking and wandered the stores. We stopped in for a glass of Sicilian wine (mostly so I could use the bathroom for free). We practiced our new skill of standing at the bar so as not to incur table fees. It was in Greve where we saw the big giant I black rooster sign. The black rooster symbol is reserved Chianti Classico exclusively. We then drove through Panzano in Chianti. We...

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Apr 13, 2013 - Chianti

Chianti Part 1! Weather is freaking amazing. Views are freaking amazing. We keep pulling over to take a picture until we finally realize that the photo opportunities are not going to end. Every 2 minutes would be another amazing picture. We set the GPS to the town of Le Bolle and our first stop was Castello di Vicchiomaggio. There was a very nice lady in the tasting room who is probably British. She taught us a bit about tasting and gave us information on tours. She reminded us a bit of Jona. We then went to Castello di Verrazzano where we...

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Oct 16, 2012 - Pisa Airport... Castelfliorentino, Strada, Greve -- Chianti wine area

Tuesday October 16 Everyone was up early this morning to drive to the airport in Pisa for Robert to catch his plane back home to Scotland (Ryanair direct to Edinburgh). Today was also Robert’s birthday, and we gave him a card during breakfast. It was a shame that he was heading home on his birthday because we could have made a night of it at a local restaurant. We left Treggiaia around 8:00 and were at the airport in Pisa just before 10:00. Since we were really early for Robert’s flight, we had a coffee and chatted for a while. Around...

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Oct 3, 2010 - Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Let’s begin today’s blog with a big congratulations to the Mighty St George Dragons who won the NRL Premiership for 2010. Our family did our bit for the team by staying away, as did a few of our friends who were also absent from the game. We were fortunate enough to have access via the web and listened to the ABC broadcast. We even waited till halftime to have breakfast downstairs so we wouldn’t miss much. A few other hotel guests were listening too. The game was close at halftime, but Melisa and Bailey were soon doing high fives and...

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Sep 20, 2010 - Tuscany - Chianti

Our minibus was waiting outside our hotel, so we and our luggage got aboard and we headed south out of Florence into the Tuscan countryside. Our first stop was at a family-run place that makes terra cottta pieces, mostly ornamental with local clay. We were shown around the small "factory" and watched some of the laborious hand process with molds and kneaded clay. Most of the products are ornamental, such as statues or big pots for plants. The next stop was the town of Greve in Chianti where we had lunch and could shop a bit. We went on to...

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Jul 13, 2010 - Chianti - Jul 11-13

July 11, 2010 Having had around 3 hours sleep, we checked out of the hotel and caught the bus to the station. Even though it was a Sunday, we were glad to find a regular bus service which ran on time! From the station, we caught another bus to the airport and easily found the hire car desks. We had ordered a compact car and we really got what we ordered – it was a Ford Ka and there was barely enough room in it for 2 people and 2 suitcases! I had to take the back seats down just to make enough room! I was a bit nervous about driving the car....

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Jul 10, 2009 - Tuscany - Day 4 - Chianti

Tuscany is so beautiful, over and over again. All through our drives we saw fantastic landscapes - alternating patches of farms, meadows and forests, on rolling hills. But Chianti in particular had incredibly beautiful landscapes. Our first stop was Greve in Chianti, the "capital" of the wine tasting region. The symbol of Chianti is a black rooster, which we saw everywhere. We tasted wine in Greve in Chianti at a very cool wine store that had a hundred wine bottles hooked up to a system where you pay for a tasting, hold out your glass...

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Jun 29, 2009 - Chianti/Greve

After a light buffet breakfast, Franco drove us back towards Florence, to the Art and Wildlife Center started 18 years ago by Lorraine, for mentally disabled young adults. Emma and Nick made their own ceramic tiles that they will paint later in the week. We saw lovely works of art created by the students, along with lots of flowers, herbs and vegetables. I saw my first flowering artichoke... reportedly too late to eat. Emma and Nick also got an introductory horse-back riding lesson, on Lulu. Both were hesitant at first, but loving it by the...

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Apr 28, 2009 - Under the Tuscan Shade and Rain Drops

Today all began as a mostly overcast day, however that quickly progressed to a very wet day. What a bummer! We picked up our rental car, and spent the majority of our day driving around Chianti. Pictures from our walk into Siena to pick up our rental car: The most time effective way to sample the most wines was by going to an enoteca, or wine shop. We stopped in Greve, in the center of the Chianti region, where the enoteca sold over 1200 wines, of which 120 are available to taste. It was a lot of fun! We started by purchasing a 20...

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Jan 29, 2009 - Tuscan Sunsets

Grant, Natalia, Jessie and I returned to Florence Monday night and woke up relatively early Tuesday morning to go to the Accademia where many of Michelangelo’s most famous works are held including his David. We walked in and roamed around the first room that was filled with beautiful paintings and altarpieces. We then entered the second room not knowing what we would find. We walked through the arch, turned right and at the end of a long hallway of sculptures spotted Michelangelo’s David. It was hard to focus on the paintings and the...

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Jun 24, 2008 - Wine and castle daytrip in Chianti country

We decided to rent a car in Lucca and today took a trip to Chianti region south of Florence. It was somewhat challenging to navigate the various roundabouts which were quite a bit more challenging than those in Vancouver. To get there in reasonable time, we took the autostrada which is I guess the Italian equivalent of Germany's autobahns though with some speed limit (we managed to get our little Renault up to about 145 kph). We headed for the main wine town of Greve-in-Chianti before heading out to see some wineries and castles. At...

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