My Life Will Never be the Same

Posted by The Wine Whore |

Living in Tampa, FL makes it difficult to get excited about Fall. Aside from the fact that the sweltering heat lessons from 95+ degrees during the day to a cool 85+ degrees, nothing usually changes. This year, however, things are going to be different. Despite the fact that this change of season is wasted on Florida, this October is going to be an exciting month.

Two important things are about to change!

Not only am I turning 30 years old, but I am also about to cross another item off of my bucket list. Look out Chevy Chase, this is going to be an overseas excursion that is sure to rival even the biggest of Wally World adventures.... I am about to make my first trip to Europe. Life as I know it will never be the same.

Planning out this trip was a difficult task. I want to see as much as possible without feeling rushed. That's why I decided to focus my visit to the following three places:


What better place for a Wine Whore than this Dutch city of canals. Home to legal prostitution and marijuana, Amsterdam is sure to be a great start to my trip. Hopefully the space cakes and purple haze fades in time for me to catch the train to the next stop on my tour.


Home to crepes, the Eiffel Tower, and excellent WINE!!! I'll be soaking in all of the sights and sounds of this Parisian paradise as I sip away on some of the finest vino in the world. This may be the city of romance but there is only one place fit to be called my one true love...


How could I call myself a wine lover without stopping in the infamous red wine region of Bordeaux? I'll be taking a guided tour of some of the best estates this region has to offer. Tomorrow, I'll post the full tour schedule including exactly which estates I'll be visiting. Stay tuned!

Like all things in life, there is some bad news. While I am away, I won't have access to all of my usual communication channels such as Facebook, twitter, email, etc. I'll make sure to respond to any emails, birthday wishes, or other notes as soon as I get back to the States. Now for the good news... while I am away, I will have my new HD Flip video camera on me at all times. Now I'll be able to share my overseas affair with you while I am gone.

While I am away, be sure to check back daily for pics, videos, and other fun snippets from my trip. I can't wait for my vacation to begin!!!

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whineaux said...

You are going to have a great time. There is a restaurant called Tavern du Sgt recruiter http://www.lesergentrecruteur.com/ It's on the ile di cite. Great location for walking and the place is a riot. This site is in English -- better description. http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geu6eSBspKyhEAUo1XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTBybnZlZnRlBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkAw--/SIG=11hqu4gjt/EXP=1254840338/**http%3a//www.vagablond.com/121/ Or just search la teverne du sergeant recruiteur.

Have fun!

The Wine Whore said...

That's so cool! I'll have to make a reservation and check it out!

Thank you for the great suggestion and the kind wishes!


Hardy Wallace said...

Wow- Sounds like a killer trip!!!! Looking forward to the vids!

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Hardy!

Thank you for stopping by! How's life been treating you over there in Napa?

I can't wait to go on this trip! I'll make sure to take some great shots, pics, and notes!


The Buddhist Conservative said...

Have a great trip. It is one thing to drink European wines but quite another to drink them where they are made. Our trips have created lasting memories and serve to increase our love of wine.

Consider it a plus that your flight will be shorter than the 14 hours it takes us from San Francisco. Nothing better than half a day in economy class! :)

I'll look forward to the pics and notes when you get back.

AKA www.innovativewine.com/wine-blog
Because there is more to life than meditation.

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Roger,

That's a great point! It must be much more painful to make this journey from California than it will be for me to do it from Florida. It's still going to be one heck of a long flight and for some stupid reason, I have a layover somewhere out of the way like St. Louis. I'll have to make sure to confirm my airfare just in case... I am always paranoid about airline shenanigans!

I also think you are going to be right about this trip increasing my love for wine... I can't wait to see vineyards from another country, especially one that is so ingrained in the history of winemaking. Should be a real treat!

I'll make sure to share my pics, videos and notes as much as possible while I am away. Whatever I don't get to post, I'm sure I'll share when I get back!


Joeshico said...

Enjoy the vacation. It's a fantastic 30th birthday present.
Europe, especially Tuscany, still on my bucket list. You are very lucky to be able to check that one off at such a young age.
Enjoy a bottle of Bordeaux on me. Well you pay for it just pretend it's from me.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you Joe!

I am just worried that I'll go through twitter, facebook, email withdrawal while I am away. I will definitely be thinking about you and all of my wine friends while I am away (regardless of who is paying for the wine) :)


tampawinewoman said...


I am sooooo jealous! I know you will have a fantastic time. Excited about seeing the pics and finding out how you like your new FLIP. I have been thinking that I need to acquire one of those for myself.

As always, I raise my glass to you!

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you tampawinewoman!

So far I am really digging my new Flip! It's really small which makes it easy to put in my pocket and the video isn't bad considering the size. I can't wait to see how it performs overseas!


Erica said...

Hi Randy:

Are you doing a tour of Bordeaux or scheduling your own appointments? We were there in March and traveled with the Bordeaux Wine Experience. It was the trip of a lifetime - we went to Margaux, Lafite, Figeac and Franc Mayne just to give you an idea.

In St. Emilion, there is a great wine store called ETS Martin (http://www.etsmartin.com/martinvins/fr/) and they speak English and ship to the states. Benoit provided us with plenty of samples and offered us a tour of the cave, where they keep the more prized bottles.

And make sure to try the macaroons....they are yummy!

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Erica,

I am doing a tour of Bordeaux! Check out the following post for all of the details. I have also heard about ETS Martin and I am positive that I'll be stopping there to check it out! :)


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