Sapore 2010: Italian Sideways - Part 1
Day 1, February 14, Valentine's Day
At around 3PM, on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2010, Brigit and I are about to board the Air France flight from San Francisco, California, to Paris, France, when we bump into Kim Burner, whom we have not seen in a few years.
Kim, a blond California girl who three years ago used to live in Bra, where she worked at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, now lives in the medieval wine producing town of Montalcino, in Tuscany, where she organizes custom-tailored tours of turismo enogastronomico, literally, 'wine and food tourism'. This formula combines the classic art, architecture and sightseeing tourism for which Italy is known worldwide, with stays in traditional Tuscan villas and the discovery and enjoyment of the local wines and regional cuisine which made this part of Tuscany famous.
Kim is traveling to Paris on our flight, then from there Brigit and I will continue to Bologna, in Emilia Romagna, and Kim to Florence, Tuscany. It is really a small world for people who share life and/or business interests.