impossible to get a glass
08.26.2009 - 08.26.2009 25 °C
Did I mention-hotel so new that the laundry service was unavailable. So in red neck fashion, we hand washed most items in soaking tub. Hung them out to dry on balcony-over the wall-which was over the outdoor dining- nothing like dripping laundry over your dinner.
On the way to Venice, I had planned a drive through the 'strada del proscecco'. This was to be a picturesque drive with proscecco tasting along the route. Of course it started at a castle-not as nice as eastern europe's castles.
The signs were impossible to locate. Lincoln has perfected the u-turn on this trip-dont get me started on the passing of cars. there was a bike route running near the main route-so if we were lost-follow bike markers.
We detoured a few kilometers to see a waterfall-next to a water mill. Sometimes you are pleasantly surprised with the hidden finds-other occasions-not so much. The waterfall was a trickle of water-running over rocks. As frustrations mounted- we stopped at our first proscecco tasting. Full of optimism-and desperate for a drink- a lovely woman ushered us in- she did not know one word of english. We were able to taste a bottle- and when I wanted to ship a case home(upstairs quality-perfect for Jason Asher)- even resorted to my primitive drawings of a ship and house. I really thought she understood and she swiped my credit card and handed us the case. It took almost 45 minutes to try and communicate with her-the mistake and get cash back. Must have been first week on job. She was so angry with us- I felt so bad-will have to call bank too.
This was a disaster. Not wanting to deal with same situation again- we stopped at a vineyard with great signage-we speak english and ship- only problem was not find entrance into tasting-purchasing room. This was a re occurring event- except lincoln became annoyed-when a group of german tourists just stared at us walking in to find no help. He finally had enough and was his first realization- italians are not nice.
We completed the drive and headed to Venice. Still dizzy from all the traffic circles with no signs-multiple circles and u-turns.
We did buy one bottle of proscecco from the 1st place-left it in the car-waiting to see if it explodes.