Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Vacations to Amalfi Coast, Italia

We can find plenty of information about destinations on the web; it is the people in local regions I enjoy. Today, I am leaving Northern California and sharing a favorite story of another region.
 
For most people, summer means vacation, and holds memories for us.  As I watched a chef making mozzarella cheese on a food show recently, I immediately surrender to my memories when I first learned to make mozzarella cheese on my Italia trip in June a couple of years ago. 

I had the chance to go with a group on a tour through Italy.  Although I don’t recommend the short 2 week notice of pre-planning before departing like I did, I am glad I went. I am grateful to have many sources available (you know who you are) to help me organize my own trip quickly and safely.

Amalfi Coast, Positano, Italia

I now realize it is not that I know everything about each destination and of traveling. I slowly absorb unfamiliar things.  I have many sources to reach out to when I need to plan. I do like stay in contact with these people, and I add new contacts all of the time.  I am lucky to know many people globally who want to help to me along the way.  Thank you.

Two tips that I followed for this short planning - One, I always keep my passport current and updated.  Two, I have learned to pack light with one small suitcase and personal bag. I take old things of which I don’t care if they should disappear and shop in the $1 aisle of stores for items I don’t have before the trip.   Repeat this line:  Passport, tickets, and one bag.

One example of a planning challenge I found for this trip, was knowing which airfare specials to steer clear of and how, where, and when to change international air itineraries during the trip.

Italia Trip Memories
   
One of my favorite memories was when we were invited to make our own Italian dinner somewhere in the Sorrento countryside after our early evening drive along the Amalfi coast of southern Italy.  Yes, I fell in love with this other coast.

I ask, "Is it the other half to our Highway 1 south of Big Sur?"

I was lucky to be sitting in a motor coach to gaze at the scenery – something I am not able to do on my own self-drive trips. 

Host on the left in the pink t-shirt

Now, it is time for our Mozzarella party and dinner. We had a guided visit of an Olive Oil mill and a fun cheese demonstration under the direction of our hosts - we saw up-close how to make mozzarella.




 
  

We rolled out the dough, and layered it with fresh local ingredients of tomato sauce, cheese, salamis and marinated vegetables and slid the pizzas into the oven to bake. Now off to start drinking the wine!

We finished our evening eating our own pizzas that we prepared and tasting local regional wine.

Host on the right

I am not sure what really made this a fabulous fun evening for us - walking downhill on windy, dark path through the forest to where our hosts were located in this country area in the early evening, the up-close demonstration of making cheese while chatting with our hosts, making our own pizzas, or perhaps it was the family-style dinner sitting around large round tables on a large covered patio where we ate the pizza and drank more Italian red wine – we laughed constantly as we all got acquainted.


I met people who came from Australia, Canada, and USA on this trip.  Many came on this trip simply to get away for a nice summer vacation while some had plans to meet up with their own Italian family discovering their family roots after our tour.

Each person had their own identity - story. We all had one thing in common, this one Italia trip.

The evening finished with a shot of homemade limoncello as we returned to our hotel near Sorrento.

Dare I say this was a typical, fun Italian dinner for my new travel family of 30 people creating one of my best memories of Italia culture?

What is your favorite Italia memory?

“They say that there was no train between Venice and Austria. They built the tracks anyway. They built the tracks knowing that the train would come.” (From Under the Tuscan Sun)

Let’s keep building these tracks across the world, to bring the train to all of us!

~ The Fun Tour Guru

All images are mine or from another tour participant who forwarded to me - They not to be reproduced without permission.   



1 comment:

Thank you with your interest!