Vacation of a different kind

I took a “blog” vacation.  Not a great idea when you have a blog and people want to read your material.  But I have an excuse (I think it’s a pretty good one).  The four of us (my husband, son and daughter) took a trip to Italy.  It was a graduation gift, visiting relatives, and long overdue vacation all rolled into one.  It might be one one of the last trips we will take together as a family since both kids will be leaving for college this fall (more on that later…)

We connected with some of my Italian family we have never met before (except for email correspondence in the last 6 months), saw some of the most beautiful art and architecture, rode on trains that I thought would fall off the side of cliffs, hauled luggage up and down 5 million stairs, and ate the most amazing food on the face of this earth.  The most interesting aspect of our trip was how much everyone walked in this country and the state of physical fitness the majority of population is in.

I have been spending this past week dealing with jet lag, missing this beautiful country and cooking my way through an Italian cookbook I picked up while in Florence…of course it is practically all in Italian and measurements are all weighed by grams… 

I shall close now and get some laundry done.  I will be back in the next day or two.  I just wanted to assure everyone I am still alive.  I have pictures, some very interesting recipes and stories to share with you!  Please stay tuned!  Ciao, Katarina

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