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Montecarlo Vineyard and Resturant

A lovely drive thru a beautiful countryside and such a shame that we didn't stop to take pictures. We did, however, stop in Luka at the Montecarlo Winery and Resturant. I'm not sure that's the official name but that is what I'm going to call it. After a quick tour thru the vineyard and brief narrative on the history of the location we were served an awsome lunch and we able to taste several wines produced on property. We were given 3 red and 3 white in various stages of aging. The light red was actually pretty good and cheap too. I brought 2 bottles back for friends. I'm generally not much of a red wine drinker, but Yum! They also served a sherry with desert (yuck) and grappa which I skipped entirely. Lunch was pasta, bread (why is all the bread in Italy hard?), brushutto, and extra virgin olive oil that was all grown and made there.

This one is my fav
I also learned that I like sun-dried tomatoes. I Hate tomatoes, but those were good.

Then back on the bus to take a look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It's another one of those things that once you see it all the magic is gone. Like the Mona Lisa, ok I've seen it...let's move on. I may of had different feelings if we actually had time to go in. We were only there for an hour and we would have had to pay just to walk up the tower. Out tour guide said that it's not worth the expense or the wait to go to the top. The courtyard, or Field of Miracles, surrounding the Leaning Tower is disgustingly messy. I guess Pisa is kinda like a college hotspot. There were lots of kids playing soccor and throwing leaving their trash everywhere. The souvenir shops are kind of overwhelming but they were cheap. So do a good bit of shopping at that location, they had some of the best deals. And go all the way down and scope things out before buying. The vendors in the front were more expensive than those further down.

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Montecarlo Vineyard and Resturant
Montecarlo Vineyard and Resturant
This one is my fav
This one is my fav
Bridge at the Montecarlo Vineyard
Bridge at the Montecarlo Vineyard
at the vineyard
at the vineyard
pretty tree
pretty tree
view from the vineyard
view from the vineyard
theres a story about that castle.…
there's a story about that castle…
vineyard
vineyard
my Vanna White impression
my Vanna White impression
vineyard cellar
vineyard cellar
silly winery tour lady...one of th…
silly winery tour lady...one of t…
the white and the red and my new f…
the white and the red and my new …
crazy Helen again
crazy Helen again
the cooks...grandmas
the cooks...grandmas
beautiful
beautiful
Tuscan
Tuscan
country
country
side
side
from
from
the
the
bus.
bus.
Reststop
Reststop
our trolley
our trolley
Bapistry of St. John
Bapistry of St. John
Cathedral
Cathedral
campanile
campanile
wow-different camera makes a diffe…
wow-different camera makes a diff…
good shot
good shot
the top..see the people
the top..see the people
that statue doubles as a water fou…
that statue doubles as a water fo…
guard
guard
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
its hard to get a good picture
it's hard to get a good picture
Im a dork
I'm a dork
yeah I know
yeah I know
King Kong
King Kong
entrace to Campo dei Maracoli
entrace to Campo dei Maracoli
thru the windsheild
thru the windsheild
in the tunnel..hehe
in the tunnel..hehe
if only the truck didnt get in my…
if only the truck didn't get in m…
more countryside
more countryside
Pisa
photo by: jsuuronen