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Melk and Durnstein – Day 7

As we travelled down the Danube we had a two stop day. The morning stop was is in Melk with a visit to the Abbey. It was founded in 1089 when the King donated a castle. In the 12th century the school was formed (today they have about 900 students from nearby attending classes there). […]

Santa Barbara

Mary and I took a long weekend to Santa Barbara in early May. I had miles and a free ticket (I fly too much) so we decided to check out another area. We landed in LA, stayed one night in Santa Monica and then drove up PCH 1. Beautiful drive. We stopped once or twice […]

Montalcino

The second stop of the day on our wine excursion was Montalcino, Home of Brunello di Montalcino – one of our favorite Italian wines. After having been to Siena, Monteriggioni, or even Certaldo Alto, if you came here for the architecture you were not going to get wowed. Here is the Duomo from the side. […]

Montepulciano

There were really two reasons for us to visit this city. One was Rosso di Montalcino, the other Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Both are hearty Italian reds. We were interested in taking in the old Etruscan and Roman history and architecture along the way. We enjoyed the city and had a glass of Vino di […]