Sunday, July 24, 2011

On the Wine Trail in Italy Canada

Off the grid for a glorious week. No cell phone. No Internet. No twittering nabobs of negativity. No Facebook. What we did get in return was a life in Nature that we needed so very much. Indeed it is hard to be back home in Texas, in the heat and the mean times. Is that all there is? For us, it isn’t. And a week is darn short time to recharge. But we will forge ahead, onward, through the fog and the haze of war.

90 minutes North of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, we set out to hang it all up for a week. Traded the “tweets” for the trail, the “follows” for the eagles. Foraged for some of our own food, ate crab fresh out of the water, shrimp, salmon, drank BC wines (some from Italians), made some new friends and, by golly, we will go back!

Yeah, I know, you’re sitting on front of the screen reading this and saying to yourself, “Sure, they just got back from a great vacation, yeah, yeah. They’ll get caught back up into the swirl of life in the city.” Maybe we will.

But I have to tell anyone who will read these words - the moment we stepped on a path and headed out into the ancient woods or traversed a trail by the Pacific Ocean, my mind cleared up, my breathing slowed, my smile returned and I was so doggone happy to be there. Peace – Nature – Life – yeah, I’m going back – soon.

Until then, and probably for the next week or so, I will harangue you all with pictures and words and dreams and an occasional whine and a story or two about some Italians who came from Modena and the Veneto and settled down on the island and are making some nice quaffs – we drank only BC wines the whole time and we sampled some cool and unusual offerings.

But, I want to stretch out this vacation, so bear with me for the next week or so and I will drop some images, and hopes, between the lines. Keep the fire burning just a little longer.

Thanks for reading – did you miss me?


Frank Haddad said...

Nice photos

Wine Boy said...

No did not miss you. I'm sorry.
But please tell me of these Italians making wines on the island. Did you get a chance to try Tantalus wines from the Okanagan? Glad you enjoyed a part of our country!

Wink Lorch said...

Alfonso, in one sense I did indeed miss you, but ... I had been paying attention and you gave due warning that you were going off, so being prepared, I could handle it!
So glad you had an amazing and thoughtful time. Look forward to more stories and pictures from your week away. said...

Now you know why I always return there. It really restores my spirits as well. Glad you had a taste of it. I'm ready to move. Love the photos and can hardly wait to see and read more.

Love you, Sis

Anonymous said...

Boy, Alfonso, you look so happy! Glad you enjoyed yourself, very envious! Can't wait to hear about the Italians...natives? 1st generation? 3rd generation?

Avvinare said...

Of course we missed you. I've always wanted to taste those BC wines. Do tell and more pictures please.

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