Scattered Thoughts From A Maryland Cottage

Scattered Thoughts From A Maryland Cottage
The Yin and Yang of Thankfulness

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ahhhhhh, Italy in March


Venice Rome Florence
History Art

Lake Como
Food Family Vino

Pasta Veal Cucina Bread Wine

Mountains Amore Gelato Cappuccino

Several years ago I traveled to Italy with 3 other cousins - it was one of the best vacations of my life. We planned it at my cousin Ruthie's house in front of her computer and we did a great job! Ruth and her daughter Ruthie had been several times before. For Linda and I - it was a first! We all had ideas as to where and what we wanted to do and traveled well together. We flew in to Rome and took the train to Moltrasio. From Moltrasio we were driven to Lake Como. This area is stunning - a lake region bordering Switzerland. It is also where our family - the Mondelli's originated. We savored the food, climbed the mountainside, crossed the lake, spoke with the locals, visited the church where our great grandmother attended, was married and was buried. Next I drove a rental over the Alps ( no one volunteered and I'm afraid of heights!) to Florence. Beautiful in every way. Then we took a boat to Venice and I fell in Love. The art, the churches, the history. You think it will be awesome but you're not prepared for the true beauty and enormity of it all. We stayed in an apartment that was local to everywhere we wanted to be. It was neat, reasonable, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths - we would walk to the market and buy cheese, bread and wine - play cards and unwind after a day of sightseeing. Then back to Rome - a great apartment, next to a pub, behind the Vatican, across from a pizzeria, by the bus station = perfect! No probs - only a fun family experience I will always remember and we gab about when we get together - in fact this weekend = The Mondelli Girls

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