A couple of firsts
First night sleeping in my new house. With the time difference, 20 hours of travel, a different bed (never bothered me when I was 19...slept under the boardwalk, on a picnic table and once in a bathtub after a particularly hard night)and the anticipation of this adventure just begun, I woke during the night. It was either 10:11 pm or 3:56 am. I couldnt figure out how to change the time on my Camp Hill cell phone and couldnt figure out how to set the time and alarm on the Italian cell phone. Actully, all I can do on the Italian cell is answer it and call Suzy.....Anyway, so I looked at both times through 1/2 awake eyes and after calculation, determined that it was damned early. I lay there and listened, listened, listened. Not a sound. If quiet (tanquilo) is what you seek, Paciano is the place. Not a car (close or distant), not the quiet hum of an air conditioner, not a chirp or peep or flutter of wings. We have noticed over the years that after July 1 the night birds either leave or chnge their pattern. Before July, the nightingales sing all night and you can hear a lark song well into late dusk. But now, silence.
Second first (oxymoron?) First caprese salad, with mozzarella di bufalo, Jenny and Mikes olive oil,m fresh basilico and bread from Napoli. I had hoped to upload pics, but will not have the time. When you see the pics, the beautiful dishes are Suzys and when I see them come out, my mouth starts to water knowing a wondrous, fresh, local treat awaits. This was my first, but ill not be my last! Thank you, Suzy.
Third First (oxymoron doppio) Wine from a "gas pump"! This is an "only in Italy thing". You choose from among their 3 house wines, (table, Umbrian and white....white???? why????) and they grab the nozzle, flip the lever and pump out 5 lt for about 7.50€!
For those of you joining me later in the journey, the good news is that it is very good wine. The bad news is that its heavy and Ive carried my last 10 lt. up the hill to the house. Hint: Do bicept curls!!!