day 1 & 2 (Frankfurt), day 3 (Frankfurt & Switzerland), day 4 (Switzerland), day 5 (Switzerland), day 6 (Milan), day 7 (Padua & Venice), day 8 (Venice), day 9 (Venice & Florence).
are you sick of our numerous breakfast pictures yet? well i can’t help it especially if it’s complimentary (free!!) and served in a place like this!
Prior to flying to Europe, we booked a Chianti Wine Tour online with Angela’s Tuscany Wine Tours. Meeting point was in front of Biblioteca Nazionale, in Piazza Cavalleggeri at 10am. There’s only one way in my book to get there – walk. After all, Florence, or anywhere else for that matter, is best seen on foot!
in front of Santa Croce Church, gorgeous sunlight that day
walking the dog along the bank of River Arno
coincidentally, we were joined by one fellow Singaporean couple for the tour. We stopped by Piazzale Michelangelo on the way to the Chianti region, which by the way, was one of the spots that I wanted to go on our own in one of the other days we have in Florence. This saved us a trip!
the ancient walls of Medieval Florence
the bronze copy of Michelangelo's David in the piazza that was dedicated to the artist
just a stone away from the first winery we were visiting is Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
the quintessential sight in tuscany - cypress trees
our tour companions in the first wine cellar we visited
label on oak barrels
wine bottles waiting to be labelled
the wine label machine
the dining room where we had our wine tasting and a delicious lunch
a wine and dine man. what we love our this tour is that there were absolutely no hard-selling, in fact, we had to ASK to buy the wine. we sat by the table, had good food and wine and great company, with the view of tuscany countryside just sitting there. there was no better way to spend the afternoon
on the road again with that magnificent tuscan sun ahead of us
the 2nd winery
another happy wine experience
yummy dessert wine
we were in good hands.
leaving the chianti region
happy customers. back in florence after a fantastico afternoon in chianti region with our tourguide-cum-sommelier Angela
florence at night
i was strangely attracted to this painting in a hotel where we took a brief pee stop before we stomp around florence city while the shops are still open. i believe it was a rendition of the city of florence
at Mercato Nuovo. rub the snout of Il Porcellino and you're bound to return to florence again. much like the spinning round and round with your foot at milan (see milan's post) and rome's trevi fountain ( coming soon!)
good food eh?
but we ended up having dinner in the hotel room, haha
i refused to eat MacDs, nor did i see anything i wanted to takeaway on our way back so i was left hungry in the room. but sweet bushyhead went out again just to get me my dinner