Grazie Italia

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What a wonderful three weeks! We managed to consume so much history. We experienced a more than healthy
share of ancient history, gastronomic history, and even family history. We, strolled around old towns, hiked
into mountains, sipped countless cappuccinos, saw breathtaking coastal scenery,
and even played dodge the tourist.
We ate enough pizza and pasta to fill our carbohydrate intake
necessities for the rest of the year. The Italians themselves are probably the most
intensely passionate people on the planet. There is no such thing as a 'minor disagreement' here. An argument over who scored the winning
goal in the last football match will quickly escalate to an international
crisis. Their dedication to family
and food is inspiring. Where else
can you expect to see your forty your old soon every night for family time over
a 6 course dinner that took all day to make? They drive their Fiats and mopeds like they're trying to
qualify for the next Formula 1 race.
There is a marked absence of big chains (ie. McDonald's, Starbucks,
etc...), so obviously they must be doing something right with the quality of
their food and drink. And don't mess
with the mid-afternoon naptime.
Very few things can interrupt the country going for a rest every day
around 1:30pm... maybe the Roma versus Milan match, and of course Nona. Nothing is done half-assed (ok maybe
customer service but we won't go there); they even look fabulous, always put
together, even to run around the corner for more olive oil for Nona. We loved every minute of it and can't
wait to go back.

But for now, we are off to Greece!

Ciao

Megan and Kevin
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