Francis Ford Coppola Winery


Napa Wine Country Ride at Chalk Hill

Restaurant Le Pauillac in Haut-Medoc


Haut-Medoc Trip

For those of you that do not subscribe to my Professional travel blog, here is my last post.

I was a happy camper when my parents ( so lucky to have them) did give us the privilege this summer to treat us to a fabulous trip to the Haut-Medoc. I was in Heaven. I was able to discover a region of France that I never been and neither did my parents. What a treat!

Here is the link and photos of the journey.

Another Vineyard…

I love traveling. And some trips are just unforgettable. This was yet another beautiful Vineyard and wonderful place to be.

I am happy and very grateful to have had the opportunity.

Here are few photos.

The C.I.A

I gave birth, almost 18 years ago now, to this incredible son of mine, in Rhinebeck, NY.

I lived in Rhinebeck, a historical town next to the famous Culinary school called the C. ( culinary) I. ( institute) of A. America.

I loved the campus there, the beautiful view of the Hudson River and of course the restaurants. I tutored couple of culinary students that needed helped in French classes.

When I learned many years ago that they were opening a C.I.A school in Napa, I voiced my wish to go there, as I love food, can cook fairly well and I love wine.

My wish came true, many years later. I was able to go there, on the campus, during my trip to California. There was a wedding happening there. I had time to go around campus, visited inside the school , and of course I took many photos there. Saint Helena was simply incredible and well worth the wait!




Trip to Sonoma Part 2

Again those are just photos that were taken very quickly with our phones. I have not yet started to edit yet the many photos that I took on this trip.

I think we left off Part 1 of the trip to the driver taking us from San Fransisco to Sonoma.

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We got picked up in this beautiful black SUV. We went through San Fransisco City

We were at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa by 2 pm. We checked in our room, and then went to register at the Aetna counter. We got our tags and the itinerary  of the trip.

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February_2015_Iphone_sonoma_trip_0152 copyWe then got ready for the welcome cocktail dinner they had for us.

The dinner was so wonderful. Wonderful fish, pasta station, meat station, mash potato martini bar, and desserts included macaroons and creme brûlée. Delicious! The company also offered each of their winners and their +1 a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses with the Logo Aetna on the glasses holder/box. The little glasses cleaner inside was printed with the Aetna medicare Gold Circle.

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The next morning we woke up at 7 and were at a breakfast at the restaurant “Sante” . Incredible buffet of croissants, fresh fruits, omelette station and much more.

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By 8 Patrick was in a meeting and I had sign up for a bike ride in the town of Sonoma, and in the wineries. It was a almost a 2 hour ride.

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When we got back Patrick was getting out of his meeting and the Aetna team had giving us the choice between spa treatments for the 2 of us, zipline or the wine trolley.

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We had chosen the trolley. We had an incredible time as we first went to the restaurant ” El Dorado kitchen” on the Sonoma square. Food was incredible there.

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We then went to the first winery tour at Buena Vista where we had the luck to meet the French Owner. So much history and I will cover the specifics after I edit all photos.

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We then went to a second winery called Ravenswood. So different and yet so incredibly interesting also.

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This photo above was given to me by Allison, she took this photo and loved it so much, she sent it to me.

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We then went back to the hotel where we showered and got ready for the award diner. I was so proud of Patrick receiving the award.

Here is a link to the video that Kathi so kindly took for us of Patrick receiving his award:

The next day I went on a hike at the Botanical gardens while Patrick was in a meeting. So interesting even if the flowers were not in bloom.

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We then had chosen to go on the horseback riding in the wineries…We went to Chalk Hill and that was incredible.

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Iphone_trip_california_0032 copyWe enjoyed a private sitting of wine tasting after the horseback ride. Laughter, no stress, fun getting to know new people.

We then ended up at our last meal in the Cave, winery of Bezinger. Wow….!!!

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Next morning we headed home…back in San Fransisco first and then the airport.


What an amazing trip! I will make a post in details about each place/activity after I edit photos.

I am grateful and very privilege to have been asked, invited and to be at the side of such an incredible man.



Francis Ford Coppola Winery


We went to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, California. What a grandiose place it was.

Filled with movie memorabilia, the desk that was in the Godfather movie, the boats that were used in the Marie Antoinette movie. The Automobile was the original car from the movie Tucker. The car was actually placed on a turn table, it was really impressive.

The outdoor was wonderful. Between the pool, the bocce courts and the view, it was a wonderful time to take a tour of the propriety.

We did not try the wine there, we just walked the ground and the propriety.




Sometimes it takes something so simple like a phone call from a friend on final week after they are finished to say: come to the house with the kids, do not bring anything, just show up and we will take care of you.

Last Friday night was great TLC from wonderful friends. Cheese, incredible wine and superbe company. Kids all played together and Jason and I enjoyed great food and talks. Thank you Jeff and Stacey for the fun, the laughs, the food, the wine but mostly for your friendship.


The beauty of Italy

I am continuing going through photos. Today I choose the trip of Italy in 2009.

We flew to Rome, stayed there for 3 days then we rented a car and drove to Florence. From Florence we did a road trip to Lucca then went to Pisa. We stayed 2 days in Colle di Val d’Esta. John and I had the pleasure to teach a Tango class for the community there and  I Dj for a milonga there. From there we visited San Gimigiano, Sienna and finally we stayed in Montepulciano. Tuscany is so beautiful. I took so many photos there. Between food, wine, culture, languages, history, monuments, well you can imagine I was in Heaven!

Here some of my favorite of that trip. Enjoy!

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