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Prosecco tasting..cin cin!

This year I decided it was all about taking opportunities and trying new things so when i saw the advert in the newspaper I thought this was a trip made for me….  Prosecco tasting in the Prosecco hills,Italy. Solo travellers age 30-40 ish! Fun travel company. This had to be done! so I didn’t hesitate in booking it. 

I took a very early flight from Gatwick.  Once at Venice airport I was greeted by Gaby who worked for Flashpack, Ciara our guide for the day and Anne a fellow traveller. We were the inside group checking this tour out. It was just the 4 of us.

We started our adventure in our smart air conditioned mini bus and headed up to the Valdobbiadene area and to the first of many winery’s we were going to visit. Toni doro, is run by two brothers, one of which gave us a tour and told us about the ground, the grapes and the process from growing to bottling.  Some vines were 6 years old, some 11.  It was then time for the tasting, and it was made especially nice with fresh salami, breadsticks and cheese. I was in heaven, a nice glass of prosecco in hand (and these weren’t small tasting glasses either). We got a good amount to taste!!

This was definitely a lovely prosecco. We were then off to our next stop – Osteria Senz’Oste but this this one was different as it was “unhosted”. It was a lovely little farmhouse tucked away in the hills off the beaten track.  No one behind the bar, you just help yourself to fresh bread, meats and cheese and leave some money in the pot and then you follow the prosecco sign up to the prosecco vending machine! How amazing.. Such a good idea. We headed up the hill to some old plastic chairs and an outside basic toilet! But this is the place to go as locals. Hang out here, anytime of day and night. Our guide told us about her first date she had here!

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We again polished off another bottle of prosecco and more bread and salami! We even had the chance to make our driver a salami sandwich – we thought it was best to keep him on side.

We were then off to our next winery Bisol. The early morning flight and daytime drinking had definitely caught up with me! I had a little snooze on the way there.

This winery was more industrial and here we saw thousands and thousands of bottles of prosecco. This is where they even bottle Tescos finest prosecco!  Here we learnt the names of all the sizes of the bottles and how long it takes from start to finish. Again we tasted 4 different ones and learnt about doc and docg and the labels to look out for.

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It was a great first day! Rounded off with a Lovely meal. Followed by a few spritz Aperol. We had a fairly early night as we had to be up early for our trip to Venice.

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We caught the train from Treviso which only takes  25 mins. It was a Lovely sunny day and was very busy in Venice but it was nice to get lost down some of the back streets. We did the normal touristy things:

Selfie on a Gondola – Tick

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St Mark’s square – Tick

It was lovely but was nice to return to Treviso where it is a bit quieter! with less bustle. We had the best pizza in town. It was a true authentic pizzeria and this is where all the locals seem to hang out and eat. Clearly a popular place.

We finish off the night with a few Aperol spritz at the buzzy bar by our hotel. I’ve clearly found a new drink!

Next morning we met for our bike ride along the canal, more prosecco and also tiramisu tasting. Tiramisu means to be cheerful. We got equipped for our 20km bike ride along the Cale de Suile. The Ride along the canal was beautiful. Passing poppy fields, stunning villas and at half way we stopped for guess what? A glass of Prosecco!  We then carried along on our bikes back to Treviso. Then it was time for traditional lunch and tiramisu tasting. What can I say? Delicious!!

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This trip has been a lot of eating, drinking prosecco, beautiful scenery and seeing things off the beaten track. Aperol spritz has definitely won me over as my new summer drink so let’s hope I find it when back in the UK!  I’m on a mission :0). It seems such lovely way of life in Italy. Very relaxed and it was lovely to see the places I may not have found on my own! Highly recommended trip.

This blog was first published on Flashpack Website July 2016: https://www.theflashpack.co.uk/blog/italy-prosecco-group-adventure/

Harley and me

‘If Millie has puppies I’ll have one’, I said to my friend about her gorgeous spaniel dog! And guess what, 6 months later Millie was pregnant!

So I then had a choice – did I want a puppy?. Of course the answer was yes but was now the right time?! Single, working full time in London, good social life.

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I thought long and hard and researched all my options. To be honest I wanted to change things and thought this may give me the change of life I needed. I thought about nice long dog walks in the country, holidays in the lakes, pub lunches and always having someone there when I got home. I  looked into dog walkers and dog minders as this wasn’t a breed that could be left for long periods at home.

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Spring cleaning

68 nail varnishes, 3 bin bags of clothes,  1 bag of shoes and still counting……

It’s that time of year again where I like to have a spring clean and clear out. I’ve got so much junk I’ve accumulated. I physically couldn’t get anymore in my wardrobes or drawers. I’ve ended up wearing the same stuff to work as I cannot see or find anything easily. I have far too many clothes I know!!So where do I start?.. I thought I would start  at the top of the house, in the loft and work my way down to the shed. I was on a mission. So I got started…

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#5: Time to ditch the Bridget pants?

(Number 5/5) Read the other blogs before this 1-4

So I’m 40 years old, was on Tinder but I then met Tinder Tom (TT) and I have now been “seeing” him for 9 weeks. Hmm doesn’t actually sound long but we have been talking for more like 12 weeks!

Things have been going well. We have been out for dinners, drinks and TT even helped me choose my new TV, we have shopped in Curry’s together (very coupley) and I’ve cooked for him. Well I use that term loosely – I’ve tried to cook for him. And recently he carried my Christmas tree home for me. Tinder was a numbers game but my number had definitely come up.

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#4: Ticking the boxes in Darbs

(Number 4/5)

I’m 40, single and was on Tinder but met Tinder Tom. So now as three weeks go past, the banter between Bond and MMP intensifies and becomes more frequent, and Tinder Tom (TT) AKA Bond, invites me and my invisible dog (Harley) to his place for the weekend. Now to start planning what I’m going to wear.

Excited was an understatement as I drove up the motorway North. Red bull at the ready, tunes on the playlist- I was ready. MMP was driving to her Bond.

Bond again surprised me with dinner cooked – yes he can cook aswell. Seriously is there nothing he can’t do? .That was another tick off the checklist.

We spent the evening chatting and Harley took to him, as he cuddled up – in between us on the sofa and made sure he was centre of attention. He made it known to TT that we come as a pair and that to get to his mummy he needed full on belly rubs!

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#3: Lucky swipe right?..who knows?

(Number 3/5)

I’m 40, single and a Tinderette.  Just waiting for date two with Tinder Tom.

TT has his own business and splits his time between his home up North for weekends and office in London at weekdays. As we chatted I got an insight into his life. And I admit I quite liked it. We were similar. Both driven, both ambitious, both had that oomph, which had been lacking it my past relationships.

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#2: It’s a numbers game

(Number 2/5)

So I am sitting here, still 40 years old and still single! Totally my choice, decided to not get married (that’s another blog!) but it was kind of scary.  With all my friends on baby number 2 or 3 or smug marrieds it was hard to go out and meet someone.

So I’ve now become a “Tinderette”. Yep I made the decision to join Tinder, why not give it a go I thought?! A few colleagues from work met their now long term partners on there and my other friend got engaged to her Tinder man so it does work – right?  So I joined..

There’s something therapeutic of swiping left and right – well mainly left with the occasional right. In fact, at first, it became a bit addictive and there was an air of excitement when a match popped up on my phone screen or a new message!

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#1: Wanted #Scottish #Ginger #Love dogs

 (Number 1/5)

So I’ m 40 and find myself single, again! My choice and not one I’m too worried about as I know the decision to leave my previous relationship was for the right reasons.  But I feel like I’m disappointing my parents. They are dying for me to meet someone nice and settle down.  Mainly because my dad can then relax a bit and feel I’m being looked after by said husband! Or boyfriend! .   All my “smug married” friends look at me and say oh no not again, why can’t you find a nice bloke?

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