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September 2023 Wine and Rugby: evening in Madrid

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: evening in Madrid

We dropped off the car at the airport and took an Uber into the city. After relaxing in the room for a bit, I stopped into ALE-HOP to look for comfy socks and found a pair of fluffy rainbow slippers for 5€! With that settled we headed out into the Madrid evening to...

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: wine tasting in Rueda

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: wine tasting in Rueda

Bodegas Muelas Walking the walls of the Cuellar castle put us behind schedule so we had to hustle several blocks from the (free) parking lot in Todesillas to make our reserved tour of the bodega. Thankfully we just missed the overview, which Clara kindly and quickly...

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: Castilla y León sights

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: Castilla y León sights

Cuéllar On the way to our first wine tasting in Todesillas, we stopped in the town of Cuéllar and paid 1,50€ each to walk along the castle walls. The access point was through a turnstile gate near the ramparts but you had to buy a token inside the ticket office. It...

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: daytrip to Peñafiel

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: daytrip to Peñafiel

The drive from Valladolid to Peñafiel was fairly easy, with most of the route through rural countryside (and a decent number of trucks). We stopped briefly at the necropolis ruins outside of town, though there is not much to see. We parked in a huge lot on the north...

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: Valladolid food + drink

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: Valladolid food + drink

La Parrilla de San Lorenzo - A traditional Spanish restaurant, this space is massive with large brick arches, knick knacks, and icongraphy. While it wasn't very busy when we arrived, they got livelier as the evening wore on. Eric offered to drink red wine this evening...

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: Segovia

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: Segovia

The 90 minute drive from the Madrid airport to Segovia was very scenic - just thirty minutes from the airport the road became more rural, culminating with a twisty road climb through forest up to 1800m! In Segovia we got a spot in the free parking lot just a few...

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: Bordeaux food + sights

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: Bordeaux food + sights

Food + Drink Aux quatre coins du vin - Hoping for the opportunity to try a few local wines, I booked us at a wine bar on Saturday night where we shared a card that allowed us to get a 3, 6 or 10 cl pour from the machines. I enjoyed the red options (many local and some...

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: South Africa v Romania

September 2023 Wine and Rugby: South Africa v Romania

Each of the host cities for the Rugby World Cup has a fan zone where you can go to buy merchandise, drinks, and watch rugby with a bunch of other fans on a big screen. Bordeaux's version was underwhelming. I was expecting the scope of the fan zone pop-up shops in...

Our Itinerary

2023 Trips

San Diego (Jan)
Orlando (Feb)
Richmond, VA (Apr)
Northern Italy (Apr)
NC Mountains (May)
Long Island (Jul)
Wisconsin (Aug)
Chicago (Aug)
Bordeaux + Rugby World Cup (Sep)
Castilla y León (Sep)
Seychelles (Nov)
Willamette Valley (Dec)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)

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Eric and Leandra in Orient Point, NY :)

Hello! This website chronicles the travel adventures of a computational biologist and a WordPress website developer (with past entries of our 😇 rescued mini schnauzers, Riesling and Pasha).

We’ve steadily increased our travel over the last several years and that is the focus of our blog currently, but you can read older ‘daily life‘ and ‘canine‘ posts by clicking on those links.

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Eric and Leandra in Orient Point, NY :)