After a very short (one-night) stay in Madrid, our Iberian adventure started in earnest with a trip to Sevilla - my first trip to this beautiful city in Andalucía. In pre-historic times John visited Sevilla, but since I wasn't with him it doesn't count. Anyway, we decided not to drive a car from Madrid to … Continue reading Our Iberian Adventure, Part II: Sevilla
We have been to Spain many times - individually and together - and John has a whole bunch of cousins living in Madrid. A place neither of us had ever ventured, though, was Portugal. This seems strange even to me, since Spain and Portugal are, well, part of the same peninsula and getting there is … Continue reading Our Iberian Adventure, Part I: Getting Around
Some travel is less intimidating than others. For instance, if we travel to other states in the U.S., this is generally not intimidating because the currency stays the same, everyone speaks the same language, no visa or passport is required, and most of the hotels and airlines are well-known to us. Traveling outside of the … Continue reading Travel to Croatia: Planning the itinerary
The week before last, about 300 hundred wine bloggers and other professionals in the trade convened in Santa Rosa, California for the tenth annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC17). From the title, some might conclude that event is laden with over-indulgence, self-indulgence and downright snobbery. While there was some of that, we were surprised - as … Continue reading Drinking wine, a blogger’s continuing education
As most everyone knows, it has been a devastating four days in Napa Valley and neighboring Sonoma County. Devastating wildfires have raged through our communities since late Sunday night, initially driven by winds that gusted at nearly 70 miles per hour. At 1:30 a.m. Monday, the sound of someone banging on the front door and … Continue reading #NapaStrong. Proud of my community.