I came back to America.
That doesn’t mean I’m happy about it though! Have you ever gone somewhere and felt like it’s where you were meant to be?
That was Alba, Italy for me.
Over the next few days I’ll recap the many adventures we had over 14 days. For now I’ll just say it was the trip of a lifetime.
We were lucky in so many ways – from navigating train stations to getting private tours of wine cellars to making friends with winemakers.
Let’s start at the beginning: overnight AirFrance flight to Verona (via Paris).
We were well-prepared with out neck supports, magazines, iPods, eReaders, etc. First hint we over-packed: the neck thingys were the only travel items used.
Ummmm… let’s just say it’s a little cruel to begin a food and wine trip with such foul food and wine.
The view of the Alps was incredible!
Finally, in the promised land of food and wine.
Most people would take a nap after all that travel. We aren’t most people.
3 quick showers and a chat with the Bed & Breakfast owner. Now we’re on our way to the Verona city center for drinks and an appetizer at recommended stop #1:
My first glass of wine was an Amarone Masi. It was incredible – deep raisin taste, thick, and layered with flavor.
This place proved to be key because we met a new friend – Tim. Tim was there on business, but his family is from the area. Lucky us – he offered to meet up and guide us later!
We also learned the historic Bottega opened a location in NYC. I smell a trip in our future.
Dinner was at Antico Verona. It apparently had changed names, so we had a fun walk trying to FIND it (at least we burned off the first drink).
Our reward to locating this place:
Valpolicella Superiore is less expensive Amarone – same grapes, different process. It is lighter and the raisin taste is less prevalent. Still delicious – it’s a good “drinking” wine.
Dinner was okay – not the best meal we’d have, but not bad.
Never a dull moment, the old electrical system meant the lights went out in the restaurant periodically. I wish I spoke Italian because every time they went out, the table next to us would sing a song I couldn’t understand. It added to the adventure – especially when the lights went out while in the bathroom.
HUGE thanks to the fabulous guest posters who helped me out while I was gone. In case you missed any, here is a listing:
- Healthy (Meatless) Meal Ideas for Busy People by Lisa @ Healthful Sense
- Martha: My Meatball Muse (gluten-free!) by Jessica (my college friend!)
- Getting Started with Strength Training by Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
- Falafel on a Waffle by Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
- Reformed Cardio Junkie by Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
- A Few of My Favorite Things Lee @ In My Tummy
- Northern Indian Menu Vocab by Parita @ My Inner Shakti
- Pumpkin Pie Milkshake by Ari @ Diva Dish
- Remembering Your Passion by Carol @ Lucky Zucca
- Fall Workout Must Haves by Heather @ Girly Ever After
Advice for those of you going on extend trips abroad:
beg for recruit guest bloggers. I had very good intentions of blogging while away, but Internet and time is far too unpredictable.
Please check out these rockin’ ladies – you may discover your new favorite blog!
In other news, this weekend was Atlanta Pride. It is the first year I’ve brought a green beverage to the park.
Butternut Squash-Banana Smoothie
- 1/2 C butternut squash
- 1/2 banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 handful spinach
- Ice + milk/water, to taste
As usual, the people watching was rich.
Happy Pride, ATL!
I’m shoveling fresh fruits and veggies in my mouth by the handful – they were SO hard to find in Northern Italy.
Did you enjoy the guest posters? Did you discover anyone new?
Have you ever traveled somewhere and felt such a strong connection to it you almost stayed?