Friday, May 8, 2015

The Case of Vegetarian Detective in Italy

Buon giorno!
 
I feel like a snob saying, "I'm just back from Italy." That's me: jetsetter. Yeah, right!
 
But wow...Italy!
 
I could talk up a storm, and I surely will as I adjust to being back here, six time zones from magnificent Italia. I often ask people who've just travelled what was their favourite part of their trip. If I ask the same of myself, my answer is seeing Michelangelo's sculptures. His Pietà and The Statue of David literally moved me to tears. I just can't believe I saw "him" in person!
 
So...our plane from Toronto was delayed six hours and we missed the first day of activities, but we still visited Rome, Montecatini, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Vinci, Florence, Cinque Terre and Assisi. Quite the agenda for ten days, including the two flight days, wouldn't you say? But Trafalgar made it work. I would go on a Trafalgar trip again in a heartbeat.
 
Things I learned in Italy:
 
  • In the regions we visited anyway, large rimmed plates are not used for pasta. Bowls or smaller plates are used.
  • It's not trendy to grate Parmesan into large flakes or to top pasta with Parmesan curls. Italians grate their Parmesan very fine.
  • Italians have built their villages on the top of large hills, not nestled in valleys.
  • Each and every village warred with every other village and there are still serious rivalries today.
  • Leonardo da Vinci was not a pacifist.
  • It's very true that gelato is addictive. I'm making do with ice-cream now that I'm home.
 
Cynthia will be posting more pictures on Twitter and Google+, so stay tuned if you want to see what a Trafalgar bus tour in Italy is like.
 
Becki
 
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