ITALY 2018

We Still Didn’t Drink All The Vino:  Mai Tai Tom’s 2018 Return To Italy

It had been 13 years since our infamous 2005 trip to Italy, so Tracy and I (along with friends Kim and Mary) decided to hit some spots in bella Italia that we had never explored before.  After a brief stop in London, we made our way to Milan, Bologna, Padova, Ravenna, Piemonte wine country, Torino and finally Orta San Giulio.  What a trip it turned out to be!  From bustling cities to gorgeous countrysides, our nearly three-week journey took us to some incredible places that will never be forgotten.  And the food … Wow!  The vino … spectacular!  Join us on our sensational trip to Italy.

CHAPTER ONE:  A BRIEF STOP IN LONDON

We Still Didn’t Drink All The Vino:  Mai Tai Tom’s 2018 Return To Italy After a 13 year hiatus, it was finally time for Tracy, Kim, Mary and me to return to the country where we made so many driving errors in 2005 (report here) that Italian car rental companies still have posters of us up on their office walls.   Our three-week journey took us (after a quick stop in London) to Milan, Bologna, Padova, Ravenna, Piemonte wine country, Torino and Orta San Giulio, and although we navigated the country with relative ease, another of our rental cars sadly met an early demise.                               We … Read more…

CHAPTER TWO:  THE MAGNIFICENT MILAN CATHEDRAL & ROOFTOP

We Still Didn’t Drink All The Vino: Mai Tai Tom’s 2018 Return To Italy CHAPTER TWO:  THE MAGNIFICENT MILAN CATHEDRAL & ROOFTOP Next: DAY TWO –  Wild About Harry, “Don’t Go To Milan”, Glorious Galleria, Tracy Renews Her Love Affair With Italian Olive Oil, Quick Encounter With Leonardo, Traversing The Roof, Should Have Taken The Elevator, Incredible Interior, Duomo Treasures, Pick A Menu … Any Menu, Sounds Better In Italian and “We Don’t Take Hotel Room Cards.” Four zombies meandered toward Heathrow’s Terminal 5 a little before 6 a.m. looking for food and massive amounts of caffeine.  Although we slept well, it hadn’t been long enough. Before grabbing breakfast at Pret A Manger,  Tracy and I ran into an old … Read more…

CHAPTER THREE – GIVE ME SOME OF THAT (REALLY) OLD TIME RELIGION

We Still Didn’t Drink All The Vino:  Mai Tai Tom’s 2018 Return To Italy CHAPTER THREE – GIVE ME SOME OF THAT (REALLY) OLD TIME RELIGION DAY THREE – Classic Croissants, Oops Wrong Church, Altar Altering, Four Friends And A Funeral, A Tisket A Casket, Fresco Frenzy, Why No Two Corgis?, Kim’s Lunch-O-Meter, Where’s David Letterman, Supper Time Or No Supper Time, Early Happy Hour, You Can Take Photos?, Stampede, Italian Melon Reigns Supreme and The Walking Dead We awoke on this morning to the aroma of something fantastic.  In the kitchen, Mary was already chatting with our host Walter, who had set up a lovely table of toast, cereal, tea and orange juice.  The aroma?  His homemade croissants that … Read more…

CHAPTER FOUR: NO REST FOR THE WEARY

We Still Didn’t Drink All The Vino: Mai Tai Tom’s 2018 Return To Italy CHAPTER FOUR: NO REST FOR THE WEARY DAY FOUR – Please Give Me The Recipe, Vertical Forest, Monumental Resting Places, Unfinished Michelangelo, The Horse You Rode In On, Park Place, The Hip District, Hey I Know This Restaurant, “We’re Not Chic Enough”, “The Louvre of Italy”, Painter & Raw Meat, Its Cup Runneth Over, Venice It’s Not, Big Balls and Bigger Cocktail It was a little before 8 a.m. when the now familiar smell of croissants wafted through our b&b.  First, a little bit more about Bronzino House.  It had to be the bargain of the century when you consider Milan’s hotel costs.  Clean and quiet, Bronzino … Read more…