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Piedmont – Day 10 – Final day in Alba

Both couples needed a chill day. David and I both talked about being tuckered out and Jan and Dave still have another eight days to go. In the early afternoon we met up with Valerie and Martina to pass on … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 9 – A day in Turin

Ok, right off the bat, I promise – no cheap jokes about how our tour was ‘shrouded’ in mystery. We woke up early to catch the train to Turin, which is known as Torino in Italy. We met Luca at … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 8 – A Day in Barolo

On Thursday we visited and praised the Queen of Nebbiolo wine – Barbaresco. Today, we will visit the King – Barolo. Per usual, we met up with Luca at the Piazza Michele Ferrero to start our journey. Our day’s itinerary … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 7 – A Peek Below Alba

Another day to rest up a little bit as we’ll be staying around town. It felt good to sleep in a little bit again. When the alarm went off, it was the snooze button instead of the off button that … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 6 – Market day & Birthday

Saturday in Alba is the big market day; for us, it is the day we celebrate David’s birthday. Settante? Si! More on that later. We did sleep in a little bit today – I guess we either needed the rest … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 5 – Chefs in training

We are looking forward to the day ahead. We will be participating in a cooking class at a farmhouse in the town of Cervere, which is just a short drive from Alba. We started out by meeting Martina and Valerie … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 4 – A Day in Barbaresco

After yesterday’s fun-filled day in the Roero, today it was a visit to Barbaresco. We once again had beautiful weather – a little chilly in the morning and then warm with sunny skies the remainder of the day. Once again, … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 3 – Our Day in Monferrato and the Roero

Up and ready to go early today; we met our guide Luca and headed out for some wine tasting and winery visits. It was a full day of “Grape” fun, plus an awesome dinner to finish it off. We met … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 2 – Getting acquainted with Alba

Our first full day in Alba was an easy day of getting acquainted with our surroundings. After sleeping in a little bit, we walked down to the Piazza Risorgimento to meet up with Jan and Dave for lunch. Many more … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 1 – Getting settled in Alba

It took a couple hours to drive from Milan Malpensa Airport to the town of Alba, but the scenery along the way was wonderful. Looking forward to exploring some of the small towns and vineyards over the next week and … Continue reading

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Piedmont – The Adventure Begins

Usually our journeys start with a quick taxi ride to the airport, but not today. Today, we had our own chauffeur for our ride to Toronto. Ok, we were actually picked up by friends Jan and Dave, who are accompanying … Continue reading

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Counting down to Piedmont

It won’t be long now until we leave for the Piedmont wine region of Italy. In fact, it’s just three weeks away. So I’ve been asked where Piedmont is exactly and what is there to see or do. So I … Continue reading

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Epilogue – Switzerland

Now that we’ve been home and had a chance to digest our travels through Switzerland, I wanted to share a few thoughts and some helpful tips for others who might be thinking about a visit. First and foremost – Go! … Continue reading

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Day 32 – Heading Home – Milan to Zurich to NYC to Buffalo

“Home Sweet Home” “The Thrill of Coming Home has Never Changed” “Traveling is so much better when you know you have a wonderful home to go back to” Who writes that nonsense? Yes, we are back home safe and sound. … Continue reading

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Day 31 – Milan to the suburbs

Our semi-whirlwind stay in Milan ended with one last visit to the Milano Centrale train station. Upon checking out of the hotel, they arranged a taxi for us and off we went. We decided to stay close to the airport … Continue reading

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