Home now from an amazing family adventure to Italy.
Processing all the wonderfulness that transpired, it seems fitting for an initial post to break down our initial Italian experience by the numbers. So here we go!
Sure a wee bit of jet lag is involved, and yah our whole household wakes up around 3:00 a.m. now, but totally worth it!
(#40) The amount of years Brunello wines produced in the best years can be stored up to.
(#8) A typical dinner would last hours and may start with a “gift from the chef” a.k.a. amuse buche; then bread with olive oil, panzenella salad, prosciutto with melon, a pecorino course, one or two pasta dishes (such as this wild boar 2 inch thick tagliatelle we enjoyed one night), a protein such as tuscan beef, and dessert. No wonder my pants got tight on this trip–though I wouldn’t sacrifice a single bite.
Thank gosh we had a pool to cool off after our daily touring.
Including a middle seat in the front. Safe? Not really. Thrill ride and good access to really the only a.c. we could access while in Italy, yes. Oh and yeah, Italian drivers are a bit crazy. Sorry in advance to any Italians who are reading this.
(#5) Numbers of Duomos we saw
We caught them in Rome, Cortona, Siena, Pienza, Florence. 85% of the country is Catholic. After a while, we couldn’t help ourselves and busted into STYX lyrics, “Domo arigato…” Where there were no Duomos, there would surely be churches. There are plenty of opportunities to confess while in Italy.
(#7) Pizzas we consumed. Considering we were in Pizza’s homeland for 9 days, I think this is a modest #, perhaps in hindsight we underperformed in this area, should have eaten more. Our best was a quattro formaggi in Lucignano, still dreaming about it.
Alrighty, I’m hungry now. It’s almost lunchtime and after that as a final number accounting from 1:00-4:00 will be Siesta.