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How I spent (the rest of) my summer vacation

29 Aug
Do children still have to write essays about summer vacation when they return to school in the Fall? It occurs to me I wrote about some of our vacation when I posted about the time in the Dolomites (see Cooling off in the Alpe di Siusi and Good Morning Ortisei), but I never wrapped up with the fine time we had with our flock of visitors in Rome.
Elisabetta loved touching the water of the many fountains. Here Mamma Susan indulges.
Elisabetta loved touching the water of the many fountains. Here Mamma Susan indulges.
We were blessed with visits from the Seattle Bravenecs, also known as JSWE, for our time in the mountains and then 4 more days in Rome. We hit the Parco dei Mostri and Lago di Bracciano, entertained the kids while J&S went to the Vatican, shopped in Via Cola di Rienzo, celebrated Susan’s birthday at our favorite trattoria, and then welcomed the Omaha Bartons for their week in Italy.
We were so lucky at Lago di Bracciano. Morning rain in Rome scared off the people who had reserved space on this beach, so we were able to claim some sand. Otherwise they would have been fully booked. It was 82 (F) and sunny for us. Perfect!
We were so lucky at Lago di Bracciano. Morning rain in Rome scared off the people who had reserved space on this beach, so we were able to claim some sand. Otherwise they would have been fully booked. It was 82 (F) and sunny for us. Perfect!
We crammed all 10 of us in our little Roman apartment for a family dinner the night the Bartons arrived. It was fun to see everyone together: older cousins that had not seen each other in too many years (18?), and younger cousins who had never met.
When Susan and the littlest travelers headed off to Bratislava on the night train to Vienna our house felt ever-so-empty. Luckily Trevor, Andrea, Eli and Cade spent a few more days with us to ease the  transition to dining alone with cats after they all left.
We had looked forward to these visits for the better part of a year, but they were over too quickly!  Thanks Bartons and Bravenecs, for coming to Italy. We were happy to spend Our Summer Vacation with all of you!
 
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11 Responses to “How I spent (the rest of) my summer vacation”

  1. Marcia Kakiuchi August 30, 2014 at 19:15 #

    I would love to hear from you how what you eat every day has changed (or not!) while
    you’ve been living in Rome. Do you eat the same things or very different things? Has your love or type of coffee changed?

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    • gooddayrome September 1, 2014 at 17:14 #

      Hi Marcia! Sorry to be so long in replying, but we were in Switzerland, missing Italian food, wine and coffee!

      We have changed how we eat every day. Never a “big American breakfast” not even on Sunday. Just toast or Greek yogurt But on Saturday and Sunday, we often indulge in a pastry with last morning coffee at a favorite “bar.”

      We eat less meat overall, but much of it pork. Not so much pasta (once a week maybe) but lots of legumes like cannellini beans, Borlotti beans, and the like. We love farro in soups, eat lots of roasted vegetables and overall more one dish dinners, no starch+meat+veg. We love our antipasti, from roasted peppers to hummus, salume and cheeses. Everything fresh fresh fresh! We also eat out: pizza every Friday, some type of Italian cuisine every Saturday, often fish, fresh anchovies if we can find them. Pizza is so different here that I wonder how we will adapt when we return to the States! If it’s not made in a wood-fired oven, it’s not real pizza. 🙂 We also eat a lot more nuts now, and fruit that is fresh and seasonal only. I must say I miss reasonably priced blueberries. They are worth a king’s ransom here.

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    • gooddayrome September 1, 2014 at 17:15 #

      Part II:

      Ah, coffee! It must be espresso, occasionally a cappuccino. We have a home “Nespresso” machine that we are on love with. We feel deprived when we cannot have our 1 euro shots. In Switzerland the average price was 4 francs (about $4.50) for a cup of strong coffee. Madness!

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  2. Chloe August 30, 2014 at 08:44 #

    Love Cola di Rienzo. I used to buy all of my sweaters there as they were just the right weight for California winters. We hate to see our guests leave also; well, maybe not all of them.

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    • gooddayrome August 30, 2014 at 17:23 #

      “Maybe not all of them…” Ha! It is tiring to have guests, though, wonderful as it is, isn’t it true?

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  3. ckleonard August 30, 2014 at 00:49 #

    No doubt a very very good vacation for all. If your kitties are like mine, they are probably happy it is over!! They can be such tacky little critters, huh?!

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    • gooddayrome August 30, 2014 at 17:21 #

      Yes the kitties are happy to have “normal” or what passes for normal. They were not happy when I went to Milano for two nights, and I expect they are pretty unhappy now as we are in Switzerland for 5 days. Poor babies! They’ll be cuddly when we get back!

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  4. Anita August 29, 2014 at 21:01 #

    Great pics. It looks like the kids, little and big, really had a good time. Luv the monster park. 🙂

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    • gooddayrome August 30, 2014 at 17:19 #

      Thanks Anita. The monster park was a little weird but entertaining. The little ones needed to run off energy and we “old ones” always need to work off something we ate. 🙂

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  5. Will McAllister August 29, 2014 at 17:52 #

    Dar Poeta … Gracia and I really enjoyed our pizza there with you and Ric.

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    • gooddayrome August 30, 2014 at 17:18 #

      Hi Will! We remember it well, too! We go there about once a month. I cannot escape the lure of the salmon and Gorgonzola pizza with arugula! Un abbraccio!

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