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  • Trips to Italy

    Food trip to Italy, part 2

    MODENA and PARMA. Our food trip to Italy also included visits in a Parma Ham production site and two Aceteia’s, the place where Aceto Balsamico di Modena, or Balsamic Vinegar (but don’t mix up these terms!) is made.  The first tasting was at Acetaia Giusti, the oldest still existing, they have been producing balsamic vinegar since 1605. The 17th generation is now responsible for the…

  • Trips to Italy

    Food trip to Italy, part 1

    PARMA. We went on a 3 days food trip to the Parma/Modena area in Italy. One of the days we visited the dairy San Pier Damiani where great parmesan cheese is made. The family has been making parmesan cheese, the real Parmigiano Reggiano, since 1964 – every day, every month, every year…. Believe us, this is hard, very hard work. Our guide, Mattia, explained us…

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    SICILY – Part 5

    Castelmola, perhaps the most beautiful village on Sicily, is situated on a mountaintop, 450 meters over the sea, offering great 360° views for example over Taormina and to Etna.   Taormina is also set on a cliff, overviewing the sea. It is a cosy, yet touristic city. Lots of souvenir shops and many nice restaurants. We also walked through the peaceful Lady Trevelyan Park. Taormina…

  • Trips to Italy

    SICILY – Part 4

    Despite our short holiday, we still managed to visit some very interesting places where we could taste a lot of important Sicilian food and beverages, including arancini, salsiccia, cannoli, granite en brioche, vino alla mandorla, wine from Etna, beer… – see some examples on our pictures. Castelmola is where we first tasted vino alla mandorla, a fairly sweet local almond wine, and salsiccia, a delicious…

  • Trips to Italy

    Sicily – Part 3

    Gole Alcantara, the Alcantara Gorges, is an absolutely natural gem of a botanical and geological park. We had read about it in a Danish tourist book about Sicily! 🙂 Initially it was formed by the Alcantara River, thousands of years ago. At some time the river was blocked by lava streams from Etna. The cold water cooled down the lava which then made the impressive patterns in…

  • Trips to Italy

    Sicily – Part 2

    The Godfather road trip – visiting some of the Sicilian film locations from the Godfather trilogy. Savoca, in the films known as Corleone, is a beautiful mountain village and where we found the church where Apollonia and Michael Corleone were married, the Church of Santa Lucia. After the wedding they walked the few hundred meters to Bar Vitelli together with the wedding guests. So did…

  • Trips to Italy

    Sicily – Part 1

    Yes!, we went to Sicily for a short Easter holiday with our son and daughter-in-law, to celebrate the upcoming 50 years birthday of Lene 🙂. The first days we stayed at the wine resort Barone di Villagrande on the eastern slopes of Mount Etna, the most active volcano of the world. What a pick; the service from the very late evening arrival to departure was perfect,…

  • Trips to Italy

    Rome

    Fantastic ROME, this was our third visit, but last time was over 10 years ago 🙁. We just love this lively city. We only had a long weekend and quickly visited the big, touristic sites and then found some less crowded and interesting places. Rome by foot is simply the best, so the first day we walked over 23000 steps, it’s hard to be a tourist.…