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Bravery challenge: Watch for me on HGTV

When I published the #BeBraveChallenge, I didn’t realize an opportunity to cross something off my list would present itself so quickly!

I heard about an opportunity to attend a wine tasting and taping for House Hunters International from a friend… but since I wasn’t actually invited, I had made up my mind to stay in for the night. According to Emily Post (etiquette guru), “one may never ask for an invitation for oneself anywhere!” But standing on top of Giotto’s Bell Tower, looking out over Florence, I thought about you. I’m so thankful to each of you who read the blog and have asked for updates on how this challenge thing is going. And I thought about how I actually wanted to go to the taping and how I knew I’d regret not going just because of a social etiquette from a book published in 1922 (there are places for proper etiquette… and times to bend the rules a little.) And so I Facebooked Chase (the House Hunter) to ensure there was room (there was!) and practically ran down the steps, because I had one hour to change clothes and find some red lipstick.Florence Panoramic from Giotto's Bell Tower www.thesweetwanderlust.comI arrived at Pozzo Divino a few minutes early, signed all the necessary releases (in Italian!) and met some of Chase and his wife Jen’s other friends. We promised the producer and cameraman that we would act natural, have fun, not talk over each other, and not look at the camera (easier said than done!). And with the rules-portion done, the wine-tasting and taping began. I was super nervous with the camera there… so I mostly smiled and tried not to turn red… but my big question (if it doesn’t get cut) was: “Why did y’all choose Florence?” You know I had to get my Texan y’all in there!HouseHuntersInternationalCameraChase and Jen were wonderful and *Spoiler Alert* they did find an apartment! That Italian document I signed probably says I’m not allowed to tell you which one though… You’ll just have to tune in to HGTV’s House Hunters International to find out! The real star of the evening was Pino.Pino- Pozzo Divino www.thesweetwanderlust.comPino is the owner of Pozzo Divino (meaning wine well), who chose a lovely white and two red wines for us to try as well prosciutto, salame, cheese, and balsamic vinegar.  He taught us about the difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico, told us how to understand what we’re getting based on the wine label, shared about how to discern the different flavors in wine and let us experience the glorious pairing of parmesan and balsamic vinegar.

And then he told us about the history of the cellar where we were doing our tasting. It dates back to the 1300s when it was part of a prison. There’s a well in the cellar that provided water for the prisoners and you can see the tunnel (now filled in) that connected it to the rest of the prison. Famous (or infamous) residents of the prison include Dante and Machiavelli, who died in the prison. Pino joked that perhaps his ghost would show up for the tasting. That’s a bravery challenge I’m so not up for!

No ghosts, a TV taping, lots of great wine and laughs with new friends made this #BeBraveChallenge a piece of cake!HouseHuntersInternationalIf you’d like to visit Pino and Pozzo Divino next time you’re in Florence, visit his website www.pozzodivino.com or give him a call at 055 2466907. His tastings are only 15€ and quite possibly the best deal in town!

Tina Larea

Sunday 18th of October 2015

Brittany,

I agree with everyone else! What a fantastic adventure! I am so happy to go along with you. I absolutely LOVE your blog, and you know that Ronn and I LOVE YOU! "See" you in... Germany?

Hugs and smiles to you!

Tina LaRea

Brittany

Sunday 18th of October 2015

Tina, You and Ronn are the best! Thanks for joining me here and for your encouragement always!!

Lisa

Sunday 18th of October 2015

I agree with Pat! And I can't wait to see this episode for your television debut.

Brittany

Sunday 18th of October 2015

:) Thanks, Lisa!

Pat

Saturday 17th of October 2015

I think you're going to end up famous because of this trip (traveling...whatever you want to call it). You're going to write books or host TV shows or something!!!

Brittany

Sunday 18th of October 2015

:) I appreciate your vote of confidence!! Who knows where this crazy journey will take me! Glad that you're following along with me on this adventure, Pat!

Marylyn Leonard

Saturday 17th of October 2015

I am completely enjoying our travels together! Where do we go next:)

Brittany

Saturday 17th of October 2015

I'm loving sharing this with you, Marylyn! Portugal now, Germany next week, then an olive harvest in Tuscany in early November! I have lots of writing to do!! :)

Jenny

Saturday 17th of October 2015

I'm so proud of you!! That sounds like so much fun and I can't wait to learn the differences in Chianti and Chianti Classico from you ?

Brittany

Saturday 17th of October 2015

Thanks, Jenny! Can't wait to see you and talk about wine and life and your new job and donuts and the Rangers and any and everything else we can think of! Love and miss you lots!!