So I went to the post office this morning to pick up the mail that was held while we were gone, and this is what they gave me:
Wow. It took me 20 minutes just to sort that into piles for me, C, and the recycle bin! I'm actually keeping a fair amount of catalogs because I prefer to do my holiday shopping that way (and everyone gets the hint and I get an increasing number of catalogs every year).
Anyway, I am quite jet lagged...it hits in the evenings. Last night I was asleep by 8 pm, and I'm thinking it may not be much later than that tonight.
But! I will mention some of the good meals I had on my vacation (this was one of the big reasons I even went)!
- Gnocchi with scallops and mushrooms, roast duck, and chocolate souffle (Venice)
- Farro and white bean soup, beef with peas, and vanilla bean panna cotta (Florence)
- Fresh spaghetti with tomatoes and lamb, organic pork sausage and chicken (farm in Umbria)
- Big slabs of pizza ordered from a takeout counter, piping hot and wrapped to eat while walking (Rome)
And the gelato! It's nothing, nothing like ice cream here. After my first taste, I ate as much gelato as I could get my hands on, even though it was quite cold in Italy, especially at night. My favorite flavors were tiramisu and coconut, but also had some good dark chocolate, peanut butter, nutella, and chocolate chip. Yum!
Oh, I even had good food in London - though it's not what most people think of as a culinary destination. I had a fabulous lunch of mussels steamed in broth and wine with onions and celery, and fries with vinegar. Mmmm.
C is still working on the vacation photos. I am off to work on a heel flap before going to sleep.