Fun, Food, and Wine

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Summer 2015

Sandra & Gary Peterman

Now that Sandra and Gary (B.S.B. ’78) Peterman are retired, international travel is on the top of their to-do list. Last year they took two trips with the Alumni Travel Program, a Mediterranean cruise and a tour of Tuscany. More than 50 alumni were on board for the cruise and after being introduced at a mixer, many of them met up daily to take tours at different stops, including Monaco and Portofino. The group also spent time relaxing and talking over meals as the ship made its way along the coast, starting in Barcelona. “Every day was something new and interesting, and we took a lot of pictures so we can look back and remember what we saw,” Gary says.

In October, the Petermans went to Tuscany on a small-group tour that included visits to ruins, cheese-making and olive demonstrations, and wine tasting at vineyards and wine estates. The personalized itinerary also included dinners at the homes of local residents and a private tour of some recently discovered ruins by the mayor of a little town they visited. “They were excavating the ruins under a building and we walked all the way down in there and it was closed,” Gary recalls. “The mayor just got on the phone and the director of the site came right over to help. We’re still in touch with that mayor.”


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