Wine & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting – Poggio San Polo/Radda

Well hello Day 3.

As we begin our morning after breakfast; we load the bus to go to our next destination in Radda. Off in the distance are the Ricasoli fortresses; historic castles dating back to the 12th century and the Ricasoli family. Lots of history here. We start our hike through the woods along a picturesque ridgeline with views of Radda in the distance and continue our trek with our final ascent into town.

We have lunch and I feel like a local, gathering with friends and talking of our day.

The afternoon is spent on our own for relaxation, a spa treatment, a swim in the pool or to explore the hotel and sip some chianti around the fireplace. We shop through the town.

This evening we enjoy a wine and balsamic vinegar tasting before dining at one of Radda’s restaurants.

Radda in Chianti, 53017 Province of Siena, Italy

Dinner:

Carbonara

Hiking options: Villa Route: 4.6 miles; Le Bonatte Route: 5.7 miles; Radda Route : 7.1 miles.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Panzano/Le Bocce Winey

Day two:

My active walking culinary adventure starts in Castelvecchi along strade bianche to the ridgetop town of Panzano.  Panzano’s artisan boutiques and enoteche (wine shops) summon me in before I hit the trail to Le Bocce Winery.  The incredible selections of medieval spices at the Macelleria Cecchini (considered the best butcher shop in the region) have me dreaming of barbequing a juicy rib eye steak.
From here we walk to Fattoria Le Bocce where we tour the grounds, wine taste and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the vineyard.  This family owned winery is housed in a former convent surrounded by 175 acres of vineyards and olive groves.  This is a special visit as this winery is not open to the public but exclusively to Backroads guests.  If you are an outdoor active venturer in hiking, biking, swimming or just enjoy the great outdoors please visit http://www.Backroads.com.

After our wine tasting we continue our hike, taking in the beautiful Chianti Countryside through densely shaded oak forests and cypress trees.  The smell of the earth, the trees; the manicured olive orchards. Inhale a deep breath of mother nature and let it linger in your mind and body; a true feeling of being grounded with God’s gifts.

That evening we enjoyed a lively pizza-making demonstration with Ciro and Umberto as we summon our inner pizzaiolo (pizza chef).

Hiking options: Panzano Route: 4.7 miles; Le Bocce Route: 5.7 miles: Panzano Loop: 8 miles.

Love & Light,

Jeanine On The Scene

 

G-O-D Easter Blessings

Happy Easter!

Easter is celebrated many ways for many people.  Some gather their children on their lawns to have a traditional Easter egg hunt.  Others cram into the pews for their once a year visit to church to give thanks and pray.  Some may take a walk in nature and thank God for giving us his only son and granting that we can walk his path.

I grew up Catholic, going to mass EVERY Sunday and always wondered why so many people who were not at regular mass throughout the year would show up on this Sunday to give thanks and Praise.  When I got married and had my children, we would go to mass on Sunday and then take them to Catechism and walk to breakfast while they were there.  We had friends who we shared this with and that was our weekend gathering to talk about life and pray.  Our children were baptized when they were born, had their First Holy Communion and Confirmation just as I had done when I was a child; and two out of my three children were alter servers.

My life has changed from those days as my children have grown up and I am now single.  I stopped going to church around 4 years ago when the divorce started.  I did not stop going because of my divorce;  I stopped going because I did not feel whole when I left mass.  I was losing something in the sermons; not totally feeling I understood the reason for going now because in the eyes of the church I can no longer take communion.  So I turned to nature for my church.  I may go back to church one day but today is not the day.  I instead go to church every day.  I take a walk on the beach, or sit at a park, or maybe take a hike or a run and sit and meditate with God and Jesus.  I GO OUT DOORS G-O-D everyday and praise and thank God for his blessings. I promise to try to walk in his footsteps and pass his glory onto others. I give thanks and praise for all the abundance that I have and I humble myself to not judge others; to do unto others as you would have them do to yourself.

May God Bless You All,

Love and Light,

Jeanineonthescene 💕

Hummingbirds

 

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I walked out my door this early am to walk my sweet dog scruffy and I heard the sound of a hummingbird off to my right. That strong vibrational hum that is music to my ears.  They are so beautiful and each one unique in size and color.

Their name comes from the fact that they create a humming sound when they fly. Hummingbirds can fly in any direction — forward, backward, up, down, side-to-side and even upside down — and they do so by flapping their wings at an incredible rate of between 60-200 times per second.  So as I turned to my right in the direction of the sound, this beautiful bird floated in front of my face, stopping mid air to make eye contact with me as if to say to me “good morning” so I said well good morning back to you.  It flew away in a flash and settled into a tree above me, resting.

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.  Today celebrate your life and every connection you have made past, present and future and remember to share and laugh along the way.  Life is precious.

Love and Light,

Jeanineonthescene