I’m not really a birthday person. I don’t really get overly excited about it, but this year James gave me the best present ever.
Today we drove from Montalcino to Barolo. I’ve sort of been dreading this day because it is about a 5 hour drive and James typically doesn’t do too great on long car rides. Our “plan” was to drive 2 hours to Pisa, get out the car, walk around, and have lunch. Then, we were going to finish the 3 hour car ride. As we have gotten further into this trip, we always laugh when we talk about our ” plan.” The truth is, James make the plans. If he’s not happy, there is no point in forcing some sort of schedule. But today, everything went according to plan!
We left Montalcino around 10:30 after a good breakfast and coffee and headed out on the road. James stayed awake for the 2 hours until Pisa, and he was really good. Our hope was that he would stay awake for the first half of the ride and then he could sleep the second half.
Once we got to Pisa, we parked and saw the Tower. We were amazed at all the tourists and hawkers. Pisa is obviously a hot spot to visit. We walked around. Yep, the tower surely does lean.
We found a restaurant and had a quick margarita pizza for lunch. I did another miracle diaper change in the bathroom, and we were back on the road.
James fell asleep pretty early on the ride. Justin and I held our breadth hoping that he would stay asleep. The car ride was very quiet. I was afraid that if I said anything that he would wake up. We drove through lots and lots of tunnels and more winding hills.
About 30 minutes before we got there, James woke up. But…..he didn’t cry and fight to get out of his seat (miracle). He drank his milk, and we made it to our destination.
In Barolo, we are staying at Le Torri. It is more of a traditional hotel than we have been staying in. It’s very nice. It overlooks all of the vineyards, and it is so beautiful!
We drank some wine from Uccelliera (the vineyard that we visited) and celebrated a successful day….. and my birthday. We got some food from the restaurant on the property and had a nice quiet evening.
Tomorrow, we visit some vineyards in Barolo