Spring in Doylestown!

For those of us who are living the Northeast, we really haven’t had a spring. Spring is starting to blossom this weekend. Mother Nature has been holding onto winter. Even this past week, it has been in the 40s and COLD. One of my favorite things to do is take a walk. It allows me to think and it allows me to see “spring” and nature come alive. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been able to take a “couple” of walks and here is the beauty that is beginning to blossom!

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New Orleans at Christmas!

It is funny how conferences for me end up being in the same town in one year. Last year it was Indianapolis and New Orleans. I was there a couple of times to each city and in 2015 it is Austin, which is one of my favorites! Here are some pics from NOLA at Christmas. It was my first time being there at Christmas. We found a great restaurant Cane and Table! I will be returning there. They had spoon bread with chicken fat butter. Also, most of their items are Gluten Free. I also had AWESOME chargrilled oysters at Drago’s. I am making myself hungry typing this blog.

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Boating in Rhode Island- July 2014

So, this blog is a little mis-titled! I actually didn’t go boating in July of 2014. The boating club closed due to storms and we couldn’t take out boats, but it allowed me to get some cool shots of the boats in the marina and those under anchor. We had some great oysters in Newport! Rhode Island in the summer is amazing!

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Albet i Noya- Penedès Wine Region

The last stop for our day with Paddy from El Moli Tours was to Albet i Noya. They are a winery that focuses in organic wine making. I loved seeing the experimental wines that they were making. They mentioned that they have had one of these wines go into production. We had a fun tour of the their facilities and you will notice that I fun with photographing the wine cellar. We earned the tasting after taking the stairs to the cellar. The Penedès Wine Region is beautiful to explore and some of the best wineries we have toured during our adventures.

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Jean Leon Winery

We had a great day doing our wine tours in the wine region of Penedès, Spain. Our second stop with Paddy from El Moli Wine tours was Jean Leon Winery. It was another great visit and different from our first stop. Our tour started with the movie about Jean Leon’s life. I love how he started with nothing and built so much! Need to go to La Scala in Beverly Hills where all of their wines are served. It was a beautiful day for a tasting outside.

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Clos Lentiscus- AMAZING Wine and Cava Tasting!

Our last day in Barcelona was spent doing a wine tour in the Penedès wine region. We hired El Moli Tours and our tour guide was Paddy. We took the train from Barcelona to Penedès and it was quite the adventure. The ticket machine wouldn’t take any of our credit cards and it wouldn’t accept cash. We have taken many trains and bought many tickets, so it was strange for us to have issues. We think it is because most US credit cards don’t use chips. Thank you to the random women who helped and showed us where to go and what to do. We definitely started our trip that morning with #TravelWithLaughter!

Our first stop for the day was was Clos Lentiscus. I fell in LOVE with their Cava. We had an amazing tour and tasting with Manel. They are a small production winery and it was so much fun to see them with passion about what they produce! If you follow my blog, you know that I have done a few wine tastings. This is probably one of my favorites.

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Food and Wine Tour of Barcelona!

During our time in Barcelona, we did a food and wine tour. We chose Taste Barcelona and we all had a great time. For our tour there were four of us and a couple from Australia, who were on their honeymoon. It was a great way to get to know the city. I highly recommend Paul and his company (this is NOT a paid advertisement). We wish we had done the tour earlier in our stay in Barcelona, but the schedule didn’t work out. There were places we would have liked to go back and visit. I guess we will have to go back to Barcelona! It was a great combination of food, wine and history of the city.

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A Day With No Plans in Barcelona!

One of the days we had in Barcelona, we had no plans during the day. So my sister and I headed out to explore the city. We didn’t know that city that well. After this trip, we realized one of the best things to do, if you are going to be in a city for a few days (and not familiar with it) is to bus tour. That way you see the highlights and know where you want to go back too. Hindsight is 20/20. We had a great lunch, did some shopping and got Gelato! It was fun to have no plans and just hang out with my sister!

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First Day of Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring! We are ready for it in Doylestown.  The snow is pretty, but time for it to go. Have a great first day of spring.

   

     

Journey to Montserrat Spain!

After a week in France, we stayed a few days in Barcelona. In 2002, I visited Barcelona with Vector Marketing. One of the excursions of the trip was to visit Montserrat. It was a trip in the evening and I wasn’t really able to capture any pictures. We did take a bus with a couple hundred people up the mountain. There were a number of people who didn’t handle the bus ride all that well, you will see the road in a couple of pictures. I didn’t realize at night what the roads looked like. I learned how to “Travel with Laughter” way before it was a way of life. It was beautiful! So, when I knew we really didn’t have any plans on Sunday in Barcelona. I decided I wanted to go back and capture some pictures. After speaking with concierge at my hotel, I started the adventure. We were visiting Barcelona during a time when Catalonia wanted to vote to succeed from Spain. I went to the train station and when I emerged from underground there were lots of SWAT police and military tanks. I was taken back by the show of force, but there were no protesters yet. They were prepared. I thought about turning around at that point, but I didn’t. I found the train station and bought tickets. While on the train, I met a nice British couple. In speaking with them, they told me that one of the ways to get to Montserrat was on strike. I have been in Europe before when there has a been a train strike/slow down. Little did I know this time I would have to stand in line for over two hours till I got the Telefric de Montserrat Aeri. It was the only way to get to the top of the mountain, because of the strike. Here I thought I was in good shape being at the train early! The area is breathtaking. This is now twice I have had “fun” traveling there. I don’t think I will be planning another trip to Montserrat. Exploring At the same time that I wanted to leave, so did everyone else who went UP the mountain. The train returning to Barcelona was packed and had to stand. If traveling to Montserrat, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to stand.

This was a day that put “Travel with Laughter” to the test! I can laugh about it now.

It really is one of the most beautiful churches I have seen and glad that I ventured there. I was able to light a candle for those in my life that are battling health issues.

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