Bill and Melanie arrived
in Italy first and spent time in the north including the Lake
Como area. I think Melanie was searching for George Clooney but
he was elusive as always. They found some great places to shop
and by the time we arrived had a good grasp of the contents of
their Italian phrase book.
Michael and I arrived a few days later and went to Bergamo just
east of Milan where we stayed with Michela, a former AFS exchange
student to our kids' high school in Los Angeles. Her boyfriend
had arranged a winery tour for us; Miky walked us up and down
and around both the old and new parts of Bergamo; and Miky's
sister prepared wonderful meals. The warmth and friendship they
showed were wonderful and we thank them all.
Kate and Sandy arrived next and returned to Monterosso in Cinque
Terre, the site of a trip of several years back (ie pre-children).
I think they really enjoyed revisiting those earlier days.
Claire and Michael and Tammy and Alex arrived in Milan on October
1st and we all made our way to the villa down several very small
dirt roads. Katrin was also able to join us, making a seven hour
drive from Switzerland.
Claire had arranged several winery visits that we did in groups
and all of us branched out on our own visiting San Gimignano,
Sienna, Florence, Volterra, and many other spots. We ate many
wonderful meals at the villa and many at restaurants. We visited
markets and took naps. We drank wine — primarily Chianti Classico,
Super Tuscan (blend) and Brunello as well as Vin Santo and Grappa.
We partied with no excuse and Sandy arranged for a special party
at the villa for Kate's 40th birthday. WE HAD FUN!!
After our stay at the villa some of us returned to Milan and
home. Tammy and Alex went to Lake Como for a couple of days and
Claire and Michael went to the beach area of Cinque Terre on
the northwest coast.
Now all are home and trying
to maintain the wonderful relaxed state that we reached in Italy.
Are minds are full of the sights and sounds and are mouths remember
the tastes and flavors. It was a great trip and Michael and I
want to especially thank all the special friends that made this
trip what it was.
Ciao and arrivederci, Suzie