Exploring Cardoons

The day before my CSA pick up we get an email from the farm listing the selections of the week. This is my third year getting a farm share from Hilltop Hanover Farm and I am always happy to report that every year they try a couple of new heirloom vegetables, which is so darn…

Day 10: Homeward Bound

November 30 Coming home from a fabulous vacation is fraught with mixed emotions for me. I can’t ever remember us having a bad vacation, ever. As I mentioned in the previous post, Larry and I are the best traveling buddies. Hell, we’re pretty darn great most of the time. Yes, we disagree from time to…

Day 9 Italy: Exploring Milano

November 29 We purposefully picked the morning tour to force ourselves to get up and out the hotel. Not one day since we arrived have we gotten out of bed before 9:30 and then out of the hotel before 11:30. Well, it is vacation – right? The tour Larry found was perfect: just the right combination…

Day 8 Italy: On Our Way to Milan

November 28 As beautiful as Cividale del Friuli was, we needed to head out. It was going to be a long drive to Milan. Thankfully the drive was pretty straight and flat across the Veneto and Lombardy. We managed to make a stop in Verona for nibble and very quick look at the Piazza delle…

Day 7 Italy: Off to Friuli and a Night at a Vineyard

November 27 Heading to the vaporetto in the misty morning we’re sad to be leaving Venice but excited about the next leg of our journey. Zig-zagging down the canal to Piazzale Roma we lamented the fact that we missed going to the Guggenheim and seeing the DaVinci exhibit at the Accademia. Venice is a city…

Day 6 Italy: Our last day in Venice

November 26 It’s our last day in Venice. So much to do, and so little time left! After breakfast we headed to the Palazzo Ducale Museo. We spent a few hours wandering through the massive rooms taking in the history dating back to the 15th century. Probably my least favorite part of the exhibit was…

Day 5 Italy: Seeing the sights of Venice

November 25 This morning we woke up to a warm sunny day. Well, warm is a relative term right now. It was probably 45 degrees outside, but with full bright sun. It was hard getting motivated to leave the hotel. Our room is so beautiful and cozy. We have the top corner room, with 4…

Day 3 and 4 Italy: The Music of Venice

November 23 After a beautiful day yesterday it turned rainy and cold. We woke up to flooding all along the Riva degli Schiavoni and the Piazza San Marco. After breakfast we ventured out to pick up a piece of jewelry Larry got me for our anniversary, that was being sized and then looked for a…

Day 2 Italy: A Day of Cooking in Venice

November 22 Today is our anniversary. Ten years of wedded bliss. Well, perhaps not every moment was bliss … who actually lives like that? It has been pretty amazing so far. I had an idea a few weeks ago that it might be fun to find a local chef that does cooking classes, similar to…