Roamin’ Holiday

We came, we saw, we ate.

Having been lucky enough to see “the sights” in past visits, the goal of our trip to Italy was simple.  Enjoy.

Chef Andrea

Chef Andrea

So instead of visiting the Vatican again, we took a cooking class.  With ten other people, Chef Andrea Consoli taught us how to make everything from scratch, from the pasta to the dessert.  Four hours of work, followed by two hours of eating.  My only request to him was to give me something to do, “I can’t screw up.”  My wife, on the other hand, was right in the thick of the kitchen.

And instead of standing in line at the Colosseum again, we took a walking/eating tour of a Rome neighborhood.  We were among a dozen people, led by the lovely Luna, through Testacchio and its culinary delights.  What a great way to pass the day, away from the crowds, not a line to stand in.

Luna led the way through the Testacchio market.

Luna led the way through the Testacchio market.

From Rome, we rented a car and headed north to Umbria, a new delight for us.  After three days of discovery, we went south, to familiar territory again, Sorrento.

Our friends Mario and Pepe treated us to to three incredible nights of dining, and on our final night, we ate alone, at a restaurant recommended by Mario, L’Antica Trattoria.  Clearly, Mario had called ahead.  We were escorted to a table they had decorated with flower petals.

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The best part of our stay?  Having dinner together for two weeks.  I’ve worked nights for nearly twenty years, my wife is a flight attendant, so dinner together is a treat.

We’re so fortunate to be able to travel to places like Italy, to eat at restaurants like L’Antica Trattoria and Il Buco in Sorrento.  We know that.

Il Buco

Il Buco

But make no mistake, that good fortune has been complemented by years of hard work, with a dash of sacrifice.

And we’re not done yet.


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8 Responses to Roamin’ Holiday

  1. Wendy says:

    Am so thrilled for you and your wife. You deserve not only this trip, but all the future ones to say nothing of the past ones! I love the travelogue allowing the rest of us to travel with you! Thanks!!

  2. Linda says:

    *******sigh******* simply lovely

  3. Cathy Hattin says:

    Amazing!! And I agree with Wendy. You should actually write a book about your travels/adventures…just saying 🙂

  4. Bob says:

    Thank you for sharing part of your adventure with us. We hope to have such an experience someday.

  5. Sue says:

    What a wonderful story. So happy for you & your wife to be able to enjoy something as simple as dining together that so many take for granted. I agree a book of your travels would be an awesome read.

  6. Anne says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful “Roman Holiday.” Traveling to Italy in October with my sister, sister-in-law, and cousins.

  7. Beckie says:

    Love the pictures! And the stories! My inlaws spent 3 weeks in Italy and France in May. They’re celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary year with a series of trips. Europe was the latest. I think they’d agree with you on the hard work and sacrifice. Glad they are able to enjoy it.
    Someday. I want to go to my grandfather’s village (Turi, Bari.) I’m working on that “hard work & sacrifice” part now. I’ll get there eventually.

  8. Gerry says:

    Thank you all for the kind comments.

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