Amore for Amarone: A Springtime Wine Tasting in Valpolicella, Italy

Among the verdant, rolling hills of Italy’s Valpolicella region near Verona, winemakers have been turning out wine since ancient Greek times. Once we’d soaked up Verona’s architectural splendor, and had seen Verona’s Arena and Juliet’s Balcony, we traded city life in fair Verona for a wine-tasting excursion in the countryside, replete with the region’s famed Amarone and Valpolicella wine.

Our escape took us to the Massimago Winery in the village of Mezzane di Sotto, situated in one of five valleys of the Valpolicella region. As we left Verona, the city’s pleasant hustle and bustle gradually gave way to lush green vineyards recently awakened from a winter slumber, slopes occasionally dotted with lacy cherry-blossom trees, cypresses stretching to the sky, and graceful estates.

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Photo du Jour: The Flight of a Bumble Bee – Perast, Montenegro

In the sleepy town of Perast, Montenegro, we were drawn to a canopy of wisteria, intoxicated by its delicate perfume and enchanting, lavender hue. The symphony of hundreds of bees at work enhanced the moment.

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Photo du Jour: Spring Blooms – Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands

holland tulips, green grass and tree trunk, Keukenhof Gardens

In celebration of spring’s return here in Croatia, (and hopefully soon for those of you in chillier climes), I share this image from my photo archives, and the famous and magnificently-beautiful Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.

When I’ve visited Holland during the spring months, I couldn’t decide which I preferred  – the perfectly-manicured gardens of Keukenhof, or the fields of tulips, awaiting harvest, that resemble vibrant carpets of red, yellow, or purple.

Enjoy the day!

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