And in a big way--five weeks in Europe, cruising on the Rhine, Gironde, Seine, Saone, and Rhone rivers, all part of a Grand France wine cruise put together by Brian Murphy of Expedia Cruises. It was memorable, mainly fun, and a lot of work, as I was in charge of the wine program for all five weeks: fifteen tastings/seminars, fifteen wine and food pairing dinners, and five different wine tasting receptions.
And while that does seem like a lot of work, we also saw some amazing sights, from the ridiculous--this marzipan display window:
To the sublime: the basilica of Ste, Therese of Liseiux:
Many thanks to my co-hosts on the ships: winemaker Barbara Frank, Ray Isle of Food and Wine Magazine, journalist Sara Schneider, and Master Sommeliers Tim Gaiser, and Scott Harper MS.
And a huge thank you to AMA Waterways, who managed the whole damn thing with amazing style.
If you want the photo highlights, click this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/aV1MxEWBP8TXLPah7
And click here if you want the entire photo log, more than 1000 photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GPY8So1XXf9tBE637