September 2012 archive

Sienna on a rainy day.

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Brian, Dan, Jo and Sylvie.

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Sienna has one of the most amazing town squares I’ve ever seen. Apartments with restaurants on the main level form a half moon shape pointing to to the palace “Palazzo Pubblico”.

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Having lunch in San Gimignano, Italy.

I ate Pappardelle al Ragu Di Cinghiale, a tomato sauce with wild boar meat, and it was molto bene !

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Sylvie & Brian.

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View from the rooftop deck of our restaurant. It was so windy we had to hold everything down while we ate.

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Dan & mom (K-dizzle).

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Family vacation in Radicondoli, Italy.

Matt and I are crashing my family’s vacation by parking outside the fancy villa they have rented for a week (pictures to come). To help out I made dinner for everyone; Veal scaloppini with roasted peppers and eggplant along with aunt Sylvie’s Caesar salad.

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Florence, Italy.

If you don’t mind hoards of tourists then I would recommend visiting Florence at least once in your life, it’s rich in art and culture. Matt and I ended up walking over 15 kilometers in and around the city. 

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Welcome to Tuscany.

We took long beautiful winding roads on our way to the Tuscan Villa my family rented.  Hilly roads aren’t very good for the camper but the views made it all worthwhile.

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Punta Sabbioni, Italy.

In the Venetian Laguna there are several islands and inlets, the most famous being Venice with it’s gondolas and Murano for it’s glass. Matt and I drove  to a cool place called Punta Sabbioni where you can almost see Venice from across the water.

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When you think of Venice you don’t think mountains but there they are!

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Following the coast.

In a few days Matt and I will be joining my family in Tuscany. They rented a Villa with a pool for a week and we’re going to park our condo in the driveway. Seeing as the distance between Croatia and Italy is short we decided to explore coastal towns along the way. (See former posts for Rijeka, Opatija, Pula, Buje, Croatia and Koper, Slovenia).

Our first stop in Italy was Trieste, a larger city with beautiful historical buildings and a huge fancy marina. Matt “discovered” pizza that night at a local pizzeria. We sat down with the locals and ordered 2 beers and a fungi pizza. The waitress was confused and appalled when we explained to her that we would share the pizza. “In Italy everyone eats a whole pizza to themselves” she said with pride. Then the fungi pizza arrived it had a sweet thin crust, lightly charred  by the wood burning stove, giving it the perfect smoky flavor. The tomato sauce was thin but not runny, acidic and sweet at the same time. The mushrooms were mouthwatering and the cheese was melted to perfection and stretched a whole meter with every bite.

Obviously we ordered a second pizza, this time with prosciutto and hot salami, folded in half and deep fried. WOW!

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The next day we headed towards Grado (see older posts for more pictures).

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I suggest that you look at a Google map of Grado, I had never heard of this place before but the location interested me. We arrived from the East only to discover the smaller part of town which is home to many hotels, summer houses and restaurants designed in the 60’s and 70’s. Back in it’s day the place must have been bustling with movie stars and socialites as everything was constructed with the best in mind. Today, unfortunately, the place is almost abandoned with the exception of a few retired German tourists. 

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Now, if you’ve looked at the map like I asked you will see a long yellow line leaving Grado from the West. Is a ferry or a bridge? The answer is a bridge, a very, very, very long bridge.

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