Monday, May 6, 2019

Returning Home

Friday May 3rd our travellers headed back home.



The 10 days zoomed by. I know everyone will remember their experiences with good stories and smiles.


They were filled with new experiences, great food, inspiration and laughter. There were many "firsts" as well.


First time in Italy, first time traveling without a partner, first time sewing, first time eating horse! And many more.


New friendships were made. That's always nice.

(Kathleen I am missing you in the pictures! Are you still in Verona?)

Our Last Full Day

We spent last Thursday morning learning about some history. We had a tour of the Bastione Di San Giorgio, built by the Austrians.

Pizza Lunch.

We ended this 10 day trip with a celebratory dinner at a fancy place, Dodici Apostoli. Great food! Great ambiance. Very special!

Outside 12 Apostles for our last supper (LOL)
We had a tour of some
 Roman roads and Medieval structures downstairs!
A special surprise!

Slow Sewing and Slow Food

Hand sewing in Italy in a room in the Basilica San Zeno!! Could it get any more special??










LOL! There's Kip's elbow again!

We also visited arguably the most spectacular church in Verona, San Zeno Basilica. Saint Zeno is the patron saint of Verona and this piazza is often the setting for celebration.




Amazing Lunch at Calmiere.


Can't go to Italy without having at least one gelato!


We had an aperitivo later on.

Another good day I'd say.





Wine Country


Our wine tour was on Tuesday April 30.


Thank you to the 4 ladies from Ad Maiora for taking the time to accompany us in your cars and spend the entire day with us!! Much appreciated!


We drove up to the Valpolicella where Suzi had organized a fabulous day for us.


Visit to 2 villas. Gorgeous gardens at Villa Giona.




Wine tastings...at 11 am? Well ok!

Lunch at a small place in Fumane.




and then Suzi's house for dessert.








A surprise for the group! What a treat to go into such a special home. People loved her studio!!




She has been organizing this segment for me since 2011 and she is amazing!! I couldn't do it without her.

Entrance to Suzi's home.

We visited Masi. The president, Dott, Sandro Boscaini greeted us.

Notice the flags behind the ladies? What a welcome!
Our group was made up of 8 Canadians,
2 British and one American (living in Germany)

Look at the size of the barrel!!

The Serego-Alighieri homes.

Masimilla Serego-Alighieri (right)
direct descendant of Dante, 21st generation of Alighieri
gave us our tour. 
We ended the tour with another wine tasting.

We drove up to San Giovanni for a great view of the Valpolicella valleys and a visit to a roman church.

Thank you, Suzi!! It was a memorable day.

(Note: This post is a late addition because I had problems with my internet provider and wasn't able to post.)