A week in the north; a week in Tuscany.... Woo Hoo!
First, our car. It is a basic, simple, yet incredibly cool manual shift Fiat 500, power white! All the comforts of home and two good size suitcases -- one in the "boot" and one in the back seat. Fits through those spots where the main road gets squeezed to an alleyway by those rude 800 year old stone houses....
Second, the meals here have been wonderful (surprise surprise!). On monday, tuesday and wednesday nights, we ate with other people.. Tonight, Ellen and I had our first alone meal as a couple in an alpine ski town called Sesia Alagna. The pizza was great with prosciutto, artichokes, tomatoes, mushrooms,, olives and mozzarella. But I've never had polenta like that before. The waitress said it was the local style, with lots of local cheese in it. It was amazing. That, with the pizza, a salad, glass of local wine and beer, a shared tiramisu dessert, and two glasses of Moscato: 42 euros ($53 US) total, including everything. The tiramisu was also different. It came out as a pot with creme custard in it, and a shot of espresso coffee. You pour the espresso in the creme, stir it and dipped the cookie into the mixture. Yum!
The internet is slowing to a crawl again here, so the rest of my updates will have to wait until another time.
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