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Winery-Sage: The Excellent Adventure Continues

The next day we took a train to Siena to see the sights.

We were a bit disappointed because we learned — with both Siena and Florence — that the cities are okay, they have a number of pretty spectacular churches, but the real things to see are the items in the museums and they take far longer than we had.

Sienna’s cathedral is very cool from the outside. It was the first time we saw what turned out to be a recurring theme in Tuscan and Umbrian churches, alternating black and white marble rows that make for a stunning effect.

Inside they were surprisingly plain.

After San Gimignano, Sienna was kind of a letdown though, because we didn’t allow time to see the artifacts in the museums.

We decided to take an earlier train back after buying wine, salami, cheese and tomatoes and enjoyed an early evening repast on our balcony. Danny had the adjoining room so we just grabbed an extra chair and made an evening out of the simple food and watching the sun set on the town.

Just the three of us sitting with some simple food and a bottle of wine was one of the best nights of the trip.

Arrghh… three week vacations come with their share of headaches and laundry is one of them.

Invariably, we ended up following people in tour lines who clearly felt that personal hygiene was a choice that they didn’t want to exercise. Rather than starting to recycle sweaty, stinky clothes and smelling like them, we took a couple of hours to do laundry to last us through the rest of the trip.

There was a young couple also doing laundry with one of the most jovial two-year-olds I’ve ever seen. Danny and she had a good time entertaining each other, which in turn entertained us. Afterwards, we had a great lunch.

We all loved our food but Danny won with a braised meat that was delicious although Karen’s spaghetti cooked in Chianti (not the sauce, the noodles) was really good too. It’s a little odd seeing bright purple noodles but based on the taste, I am definitely going to have to try that soon.

One of the café/bars that we ran into the first night served a really nice house wine that was made just a few kilometers away. so we went wine tasting to see how it’s done in Italy. We had a great time and if anyone is in the neighborhood, we’d strongly suggest visiting Fattoria San Donato.

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Karen and Ken’s Excellent Adventure – Part 2 in Tuscany

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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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