Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
And so 2011 Umbria Food and Wine II, the second installment of our annual food and grape binge in Umbria came to an end yesterday. And the second week was as intense, enjoyable and interesting as the first. And completely different.
Now we need a vacation.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Two weeks and it’s time to pull up stakes and move on. For just over two weeks we have been eating and drinking and touring and guiding, introducing two wonderful groups of fellow travellers, now known as friends, to the wonders that make up life in Umbria. Two separate week-long Umbria Food and Wine tours. It’s time to close the book on this year’s experience. It has been memorable.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Only in America.
I thought this was a Jimmy Durante quote. Wikipedia does not agree. Nonetheless, we have a sense that certain things can happen only in America.
We keep returning to Italy, to Umbria, because days like yesterday can happen only in Italy.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Some of our experiences here in Italy just cannot be written about. Others, like the impact of seeing a particular painting for the first time, the joy of spending a day cooking with a local chef, the taste of a great meal or an unforgettable bottle of wine, lend themselves to recreation through words and pictures.
But others are so elemental that have to be lived to fully understand and appreciate them. Picking olives with the Palermis is one of those experiences.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
In this blog, in which I primarily recount our daily adventures here in Italy, I often try to tie together the day’s disparate activities by employing a common thematic strain. Often, many of you will agree, doing so is a real strain. Yesterday’s activities, at least for the first part of the day, however, lend themselves well to a theme.