May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

more great food, more great wine and even a harbor full of jellyfish. was too busy enjoying the amazing coffee to take pictures of it in all its wonderful forms here. the caffe fredo was amazing. off to have another now before we make our way down to Croatia.

hundreds of these guys hanging out.

we were trying to figure out what this sludge was that had washed up into the port

even with the old intellectual caffes trieste feels very taken over by shopping but we did come across this cool old apothecary store still in business

loved this woman checking out the fresh fish of the day. it will be hard to go back to colorado after stepping into this little fish market. so fresh.

a hidden treat for lunch called osteria al bagatto. i could have lunch like this everyday.

good to know

two kids racing each other back and forth through the piazza

best gelato i’ve ever had

a left-a, a right-a and over the bridge-a

May 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

getting lost has been fun in italy. GPS is probably just a waste of money. it’s more fun to stop and just ask people where to go. many of the wineries we’ve visited probably wouldn’t show up anyway. what an amazing few days of beautiful countryside, wine and food.

the wine list at Al Capello in Udine where we stayed

the italian & slovenian border

throwing down the key at night at al capello

learning about winemaking in the Carso from winemaker Benjamin Zidarich

delicious asparagus soup & chicken dish

learning about biodynamic wines from Vesna Kristančič at Movia in Slovenia

delicious fritto at all’androna in Grado

onto Trieste & Croatia

even a blog needs a vacation

May 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s been a lovely few days in Italy so far. In many ways this blog inspired this trip in the first place, learning more about wine and Italian culture through the Frasca folks. I’m sitting in a square in Udine taking a break from wine tasting and thought I’d share some photos my husband & I took in Venice. A lot of them are the result of getting lost in the streets which wasn’t all that hard to do. I laugh because flying in a Venetian woman sitting next to me says “you must get lost in Venice”. At one point late in the night we probably would have liked to have been a little less lost after a couple hours but then I would have missed the ghostly photo below.

learning to speak Italian

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

The first time I went to Italy was in 1998 with my college buddy, Chad. He was getting ready to go to med school and I was heading to business school, so we both took a couple of months off beforehand and went backpacking around Europe. The whole trip was amazing, but Italy was my favorite country of the bunch. We even, randomly, got to take communion in St. Peter’s Basilica from Pope John Paul II (don’t tell my catholic friends):

Neither Chad nor I knew how to speak Italian, but we got along anyway. I went on to learn Spanish instead, eventually working in Spain and Mexico. I’ve always loved meeting people from different places and learning about different cultures. It think it was a combination of my grandparents always talking about their travels around the world and a really great high school Spanish teacher. I always knew I wanted to travel as much as possible and I wanted to learn to speak other languages. For me, it always felt like you were a bit removed when you couldn’t really communicate.

In May, John & I are going back to Italy on vacation for a week in Venice & then up the coast to Trieste. This time I’d like to speak a little more Italian when we go, especially since we’ll be off the beaten track visiting some of the vineyards I learned about during my sommelier week.

Italian has always been a fascinating language to me because it’s so expressive. It seems to be such a mirror of Italian culture in its emphatic nature. It doesn’t often seem like Italians say things just to say them but rather have an important point of view to convey. It’s more of an engaging debate than a conversation.

Hopefully as I learn some Italian this week I can break out of my monotone way of speaking and pick it up the pace a bit.


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