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Yep.
Traveling around the world had taken me to some amazing locations:  A Tiger Safari in India,  a trip up the Himalayas, laying on my own island in Thailand, drinking a Singha at Sunflowers on Phi Phi, etc.  I honestly didn't think it could get any better...And for the fourth time in my life, I was wrong.  My ex-girlriend (Not ex at the time.  Think more recent.)  met me as I was living in Rome, and we toured Italy and Switzerland for about 3 weeks.

I have been to Italy seven times, and thought I had seen petty much what it had to offer.  Again, I was wrong.  We rented a car, and drove to Florence.
God I loved that place.
  After a couple of days there-and three traffic tickets later-we headed south for about 40 minutes and went to Greve in Chianti.  Now I'm a big wine snob, and I take no pause at driving through Central and Northern California about 4 times a year to procure as many good cases as I can, so this was a big treat. 

We pulled into Greve, and stopped at the tourinst information office.  Ten minutes later we had an agro-tourist B&B booked.  The name of our B&B was Casse le Masse, it's a working vinyard and olive orchard, and they have their own wine and olive oil to boot.  The place was absolutely perfect.  The little lady running it was absolutely perfect.  Our room was perfect.
Holy Mary Mother of God!
  In short, everything was perfect.  Every morning the little lady would have the best breakast spread you could imagine: meats, cheeses, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, rustic breads, coffee, etc.

Our first day there, we headed down into town where they have a wine museum.  It was awesome!  Not only was there an abundance of information on wine, which I could use at a latter date, there were also several hundred bottles which you could sample from.  It was right up my alley to be sure.  So, we tasted a bunch of wine, and then drove up the hill to a little midieval village.  After driving through some narrow lanes, making some wrong turns, and narrowly avoiding a donkey, we made it to the top.  The village was real cool, with alleys and streets paved almost a thousand years ago.
Vinyards.


We also were told of a restaurant named Mangiano Mangaino.  This restaurant is one of my favorites of all time.  As I've told you, this isn't my first trip into Italy, and I've had many great meals.  This place might be the best.  Wild Boar is my favorite meat, and they served it up in abundance.  Stewed,  we had it in a ragu, thinly sliced with shaved parmesean on top of arugula, etc.  It was the tops.

Next day, we headed to a winery named Castello di Verrazzano.  We did a tour of the winery and had a giant meal/wine pairing at the end.  It was real fun to say the least.  There was so much to learn, even for the wine afficianado that I fancy myself being.  As my ex speaks fluent Italian, we recieved special treatment, and were able to sample a few wines others weren't able to.  I brought home-and still have-a great bottle that's going on ten years  right now.  I think it'll probably lay down for another ten years!  Crazy huh?

Anyways-Chianti turned out to be something I will always do when in Italy.  The ex and I even went back for a day on our way home from Switzerland.
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Yep.
Yep.
God I loved that place.
God I loved that place.
Holy Mary Mother of God!
Holy Mary Mother of God!
Vinyards.
Vinyards.
Our Room.
Our Room.
Wine museum.
Wine museum.
Twelfth Century Village.
Twelfth Century Village.
Casse le Masse.
Casse le Masse.
Stupid fresa.
Stupid fresa.
Smart and good looking.
Smart and good looking.
Our Bed.
Our Bed.
Main Piazza.
Main Piazza.
At our vineyard/B&B.  I named the …
At our vineyard/B&B. I named the…
12th Century Village.
12th Century Village.
More 12th Century Village.
More 12th Century Village.
I might end up moving there. And b…
I might end up moving there. And …
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