Our friends came to get us and as we were driving through the hills, this was our view:
This was the outside of the restaurant. Harper said "Now THIS looks like I thought Italy would look like" and I had to agree.
We settled in for our first Italian dinner. Meaning it was long and late. First seatings for dinner in Italy aren't until 7:30 at many places. And you can expect to have many courses and a lot of wine.
I tried several things but my favorite was the fagottini. It was delicate pasta pouches filled with smoked ham and pear. Y'ALL.
I can not even begin to describe how delicious it was.
There was also caprese. And limoncello. And gelato that they make on site. HEAVEN.
And…um…no big deal but Galileo's bedroom was in the back of the restaurant. I'm serious.
It was the perfect first "real" meal for us. I will be back often, I can tell you that.
I have one more bit of news to share…we found an apartment!
I did NOT expect to find somewhere the first time I went out with a realtor. But we did. We found the perfect place.
It's in the heart of downtown Vicenza:
BUILT IN 1775!!!!
With the most gorgeous high ceilings and moldings and shutters:
and a little courtyard of our own:
Best of all? Floor to ceiling built ins in almost every room. This is invaluable in Italy. The kitchen has floor to cieling food storage. YES please.
Our family will be so very happy here. It's different, very different, than what we are used to. But it will be a beautiful experience right in the heart of the city center.
Gelato, bakeries, cafes, all within spitting distance.
So that's where we are.
Dreaming, scheming, exploring, getting used to the tiny and strong coffees, and learning Italian bit by bit.
My new and most used word?
I hear and use that one a LOT.
The only thing I'm having a hard time with is the time difference with me and my US friends and family. I am six hours ahead of EST, Nine hours of PST.
I feel a bit isolated and cut off from my online friends. So say hi, if you have a chance. I miss all of you.