I am sitting here in a small apartment in the center of Rome .. it is after 11 PM & we are just coming from dinner .. if I was home I would be sound asleep in bed ! As I write I can hear the sound of motorini.. the small & very abundant little motorcyles that everyone rides here.. they zig zag through and around traffic like some kind of ballet performance scaring and astounding us at every turn !.. I can here the sound of voices "ciao ciao"~ one ciao is never enough .. sometimes it is 4 or 5 before they actually do say goodbye ~we call it the Italian goodbye .. a long process of kissing cheeks and hugging and then the final CIAO & Buona Notte.. Buona Sera & a domani ( until tomorrow !!) that accompanies every separation~A goodbye as only the Italians do !
We have been here since Tuesday morning .. it is Thursday night .. we fell very easily into the Italian lifestyle of good food .. wonderful wines at lunch & dinner .. 3 hour meals daily ~ the arm in arm walks.. the wonderful vibe that is Rome !
There are churches on every corner .. actually 2 & 3 churches in a block.. Roman ruins make up the structures of the stores and the restaurants .. the Italians live among history .. it is amazing to behold .Each doorway hold a story or a courtyard filled with flowers.. we wander through the streets and down tiny alleyways discovering and marveling at everything we see.I want to scream HAIL CEASAR ! at every turn .
I will write more about our journey in Rome .. about the food... the people..the markets....the fashion .. the shoes...the flavor & Intensity that is Rome ... a city like no other.
But for now .. it is way past my bed time so I bid you" Ciao Ciao & Buona Notte"A Domani ~~ Ciao Ciao !!!!
I am an optimistic and happy person.. I would rather see life as exciting and challenging and enjoy every minute than dwell on the negative .. I love to cook and have my family around .. big family dinners and celebrations are always held in my home.. I have a huge table 10 feet long ..filled with food and family.. I have learned many of my mom's old recipes and try to recreate many of the dishes I grew up with .. I am teaching my grandsons to cook .. they love it! I have a wonderful,happy, loving relationship with my husband. He supports me in everything I do and is my biggest fan and taste tester.. he loves all things Italian too!
I love to cook, write, eat and laugh .. I wrote a cookbook in 2004.. the title? LIVE,LAUGH,COOK! what else!