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Saturday, January 9, 2016

We celebrated

Because it was our 52nd Wedding Anniversary

 What better way to celebrate than with a  First  Class Ticket to Italy.

A car is waiting for us.  

Tuscany is our destination.

The Relais Sant' Elena, near Bibbona, Italy, will be our home for the first week. 

It is situated in the countryside.  The perfect place to relax, take day trips to visit Etruscan sites and have lunch at a famous Restaurant, 

a Fishing Shack with a secret.  

Last time we visited Bibbona we stayed at the "Villa Toscana" in the city center. 

The centro historico of Bibbona deserves another visit.  

It is a fascinating place.  

Scatti di Gusto

There is another Bibbona.
"Bibbona By the Sea".  It is purported to have a delicious secret.  

A humble fishing shack, Restorante La Pineta, with a Michelin Star.

The cooking and baking at our Relais also looks very promising. 

We will spend another week in the Chianti region.  

I can't go to Italy without stopping and painting with 
Maestro Mario of Montelupo. 

Italy in April is a giant flower bouquet.   



  1. Dear Gina - it is lovely to have an exciting trip all lined up and waiting for you both. Congratulations to you and Gene and what a wonderful way to celebrate. Italy in April will be bliss.

    1. Dear Rosemary, Sometimes it's the time before a planned trip that is special. I have always loved the idea of knowing that we are actually going on a special trip. When given a choice, Italy always wins out.

  2. Congratulations with your 52nd wedding anniversary. Italy is such a wonderful destination, especially in April, when all is fresh and green.

    1. Dear Janneke, I remember being in Italy during an Easter Holiday. It was magic. We have been going in the Fall for the past few years. I'm looking forward to seeing Italy in bloom.

  3. Dear Gina,
    Secrets, magic and a culinary star, what more could one ask for from an anniversary gift............. I can believe that the planning and the anticipation is almost as delicious as the trip. Wishing you and Mr.G. Happy Anniversary and many more magical places to discover.
    Warmest greetings, Sieglinde

    1. Dear Sieglinde,
      What can I say? You said it best. Are you a Poet?

  4. Happy Anniversary to you and your love Gina...52 years. That is how long since my husby and I had our first date and we celebrated 46 years of marriage last month. You are living my only out of country dream. I wish you a marvelous journey and look forward to more shares. Stay safe~

  5. Dear Mary, Thank you for your good wishes. Not many people get to enjoy a relationship as long as you have. Congratulations!

  6. This will be memorable, as all trips to beautiful Italy always are!
    Enjoy - you two deserve it.
    Love, Mary

  7. Dear Mary, I am really looking forward to this trip. It will be a little different from our usual MO. We will stay put for a change and only stay in 3 different locations.
    I haven't heard. Where are you going this coming year?