Last but not least from our trip to Europe, Tuscany! I've been to a few places in the world people refer to as "God's Country", one being Avalon in North Sydney Australia. If you haven't been there, make the trip next time you're in Sydney; totally worth it.
Sammy's parents recommended a place called Castello Vicchiomaggio for our stay. I didn't think much of it until we started driving up the hill towards the Castello, which means castle in Italian! The place was beautiful. As the lady went to show us our room we walked up a spiral staircase to our 3 bedroom suite! Not too shabby for $160 a night! Hahaha.
Last time we visited Florence we did a day trip wine tour with a sommelier named, Matteo. He was very cordial and knew a lot about the history of Chianti Classico region as well as Italy in general. We kept in touch through Facebook and we made sure to link up with him when we went this time. He took us around to a couple different smaller wineries and we had a really fun time. The wine, olive oil and cheese were delicious. Matteo told us the story of why there's a black rooster on the Chianti Classico wines. I'll tell you some time over a glass. It's worth a listen.
This is already way more than I planned on writing, but if you can't tell, I love Tuscany. I immediately started researching houses there when we got home. Retirement dreams! Hahaha. Please enjoy the photos and I hope I can tell you more of our adventures through Tuscany over a glass of Chianti soon!
Ariana and Michael eagerly await Baby Zane Levi out in Silverado, California.