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Thursday 19 May 2022
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2015 Bucket List Trip to Tuscany

Bucket List trip 2015a
For the third year in a row, my wife, my son and I will be embarking on a trip of a lifetime.  We are not waiting for retirement to start knocking these great trips off of our bucket list. Want to come along? Just bookmark intrepid Lifestyle or join the intrepidNOW mailing list and have all our new content e-mailed to you!  See you in Italy!

Two years ago, we went to Paris and Normandy.

View from the Eiffel Tower - Paris Trip 2013

View from the Eiffel Tower – Paris Trip 2013

Last year we sailed the Greek Islands.

Sailing the Greek Isles - 2014

Sailing the Greek Isles – 201

And this year we have rented a Villa in Tuscany for a month.

Villa Sant'Andrea - Our Home for a month in 2015

Villa Sant’Andrea – Our Home for a month in 2015

My wife has been talking about this trip to celebrate her 50th birthday since I first met her over 20 years ago and she has spent MANY hours coordinating for the 60+ people that will be joining us for a week!  We will have a new group of guests arrive each week to enjoy the Villa and Tuscany.

The first week (June 20-26) is all girls, my wife and her college friends, most of whom are celebrating their 50th Birthday this year as part of the trip.  They are in Tuscany now having a blast!

Photo Jun 20, 12 54 23 PM

Our Home for the Next 4 Weeks! Cheers!

The second week (June 27 – July 3) my wife’s family are visiting and my son and I will arrive to join the fun, The third week (July 4-10) we have friends visiting and the fourth week (July 11-17) we have my sister and more friends visiting.

My wife has carefully planned each weeks activities to include day trips to Siena, Florence, and Rome each week. She has also left us plenty of time each week to venture out and discover Italy in my favorite way, unstructured… no specific plans.

I will surely journal about the great food both served for us at the Villa and in nearby restaurants.  To whet your appetite, I will remind you of some of the fabulous food that we had our last two trips.

Many Varieties of Greek Salad

Many Varieties of Greek Salad

Photo Jul 08, 4 39 40 PM

OMG – The Fresh Seafood and Lamb  in Greece was AMAZING!

Small Sampling of French Delights

Small Sampling of French Delights

Of course, I will also be sharing all that I learn about Italian wine.  We are scheduled to visit several wineries including:

  • Piaggia in Carmignano
  • Poggio Antico in Montalcino
  • Ricosoli in Chianti
  • Fanti in Montalcino
  • Tenimenti D’Allessandro in Cortona

Good thing we just finished our wine room so we have plenty of space to store the wines that we love so much that we must buy!

Photo May 22, 10 39 52 AM

We certainly enjoyed learning about French Wine from my wife’s friends who live in Paris and were so gracious to host our trip!

We had to ship a case home!

We had to ship a case home!

I hope that you will want to follow along as I journal our bucket list trip fun the next 3 weeks!  Just bookmark intrepid Lifestyle or join the intrepidNOW mailing list and have all our new content e-mailed to you!  See you in Italy!

 

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JOE LAVELLE is a Healthcare Management and Technology Consultant with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, and health care companies for 25 years. Joe worked his way up through Cap Gemini and Andersen Consulting to the partner/VP level of at First Consulting Group, Technology Solutions Group and Santa Rosa Consulting. After running his own company, Results First Consulting, for 12 years Joe Co-Founded intrepidNow with Todd Schnick to create incredible content to dramatically improve the sales and marketing efforts of their clients.


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