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Winery Sage: Next Stop Cinque Terre

Bergamo was great and we were really looking forward to Cinque Terre.

Unfortunately, what we didn’t realize was — most of Western Europe had a three-day weekend and the UK had a whole week off and, you know what?  They all descended on the highway between Bergamo and Cinque Terre.

We fly for twelve hours to get away from California and we’re still stuck on a fricking LA-like freeway at rush hour. What should have taken three hours took well over five. Needless to say, patience is not one of Ken’s strong suits so beers and food were in order quickly.

We took the bus to Portovenere, a close coastal town that seemed like a good place to go. The town would have been nice if everyone that was on that freeway hadn’t chosen Portovenere as their destination. Can anyone say EuroDisney?

This was the low point in Danny’s culinary Italy adventure when he ordered a seafood dish and it looked like they pulled some big-ass shrimp out of an aquarium, boiled them whole, threw a little curry on them and served them just after they stopped moving. It sucked for him having a gluten problem. Danny is definitely not squeamish about eating interesting things but that was the last straw. He was so hungry after trying to find something to eat on the scrawny things that he ordered a steak.

The best thing about Portovenere is the late 11th century church that is perched precariously on a cliff that looks like it could fall at any moment.

The next day we took a boat to Cinque Terre in the morning so we could do the hiking trail between the five towns that is roughly 12 kilometers long (and no, I’m not going to do the math for you…exercise your ability to use the internet and figure it out in miles if you don’t know the conversion).  We started with the toughest two sections, figuring that would give us time to cool down on the other two sections.  Holy crap…the first 7.5 kilometers between towns 1, 2 and 3 (Monterossa, Vernazza and Corniglia) should only be frequented by mountain goats.  I think I saw a couple of Sherpas with their packs struggling on the trail.

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Italy Travels – Next Stop Cinque Terre

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About Karen and Ken Geiszler:

Here you can find information on bloggers bios and how the web site came to be. Ken – Brief Bio I am somewhere approaching middle age (which is everyone’s way of saying older than I want to be but I’m not dead yet). Isn’t it ironic that when some one claims to be middle aged, that would typically mean they plan on living to be 110? I can claim to be in my 40’s as long as the blog post gets published relatively quickly. I was born and raised in Northern California, and developed a passion for wine in my late 30s. I am married to Karen, the other principal in KG Web Publications, the partnership that publishes Our last name starts with “G”, hence the name “KG “ works for both of us – no top billing. Marriage is all about compromises. When/if things slow down at work, I would like to get my certificate as a certified wine professional. Karen – Brief Bio Karen is slightly older than Ken (a point that never gets old – not hard to tell which of us wrote the biographies, is it?). She was born in Southern California but moved to Northern California in the mid 80’s. Ken claims it’s because she was looking for him. She ignores him, something at which she has become quite adept. She was a retail manager for a number of years and continued to work through our older child’s school years but became a stay at home mom for the 2nd one. To avoid going nuts, she volunteered at both kid’s schools. Now that the younger one has moved on to college and doesn’t want his parents within a three hour drive of the place, she has moved onto administering the web site and allowing the 90 pound Black Lab to take her for walks. She graciously allows Ken to think that they have compromised on a number of things even though she’s usually had the end game figured out from the beginning. Joint Bio (Updated in late 2017) Karen and Ken have now been married for almost 25 years and to date have still not had a fight since being married, probably because Karen has the patience of a saint. They live in the Silicon Valley area but have had a cabin just south of Yosemite (in the Bass lake area) for roughly 13 years and spend as much time up there as they can. The first 10 years was just relaxation. The last three has been lots of work recovering from damage caused by the Courtney Fire and then continuing on with a remodel. In 2018, they hope to spend as much as a third of their time up at the cabin. They are now empty-nesters with with older soon being married and living in London with his new wife for the next two years and the younger one living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, getting his PHD in Bioinformatics. From where he got the brains is a complete mystery but the best guess is the dog. They are not sure what they did to drive their kids so far away but the only consolation is that both sons claim to want to move back to the Bay Area in the future. Why was Winery Sage born - frankly, it’s too long of a story to post to include in here but if you are interested you can read about it at: Cheers! Karen and Ken

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