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genoa cooking class

If you want to dive into local cuisine and culture, one of the best things you can do is take a cooking class when you travel. This one was organized by our tour guide in Genova, Italy, at Creattivando  (if you go, tell Mario and Cristina hi!). We made pesto in a mortar and pestle, handmade pasta, and a few other dishes. As we were led through the preparation process, we learned about Italian meal traditions (many nonnas still cook a big Sunday meal, but they take more shortcuts now) and cuisines. I left, sated, both from the food I helped make…

sardinia wall

I don’t remember the name of this town that I wandered into after visiting ruins in Sardinia. It doesn’t matter, really. But I do remember that I spent a lovely few hours all by myself in this town. After eating a crummy sandwich at the only restaurant open on a Sunday, I meandered. I found a path that led up a hill overlooking the town and paused to take a photo of this interesting wall. The point was: it was one of those moments where I revel in the joys of solo travel. To go somewhere with no agenda, no…

dolomiti

Last week, I had a dream come true: I got to hear Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun and a dozen other books about Italy, speak about her new book, See You in the Piazza. Years ago, before I’d ever been to Italy, she made me fall in love with it, as well as with the idea of living in another country. Her tales of renovating a crumbling villa, while romantic, didn’t inspire me to do the same! Too much work! But the idea of immersing myself in a tiny town somewhere, of learning the culture and language, now, that…