Italian Sideways 2006 – Day 1
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Monday, April 3rd
We arrive in Bologna from San Francisco, via Frankfurt, with 40 minutes of delay and are greeted by sunny, mild weather and our good friend Rita the artist, who has came to pick us up at the airport and who then deliveres us to her gorgeous apartment in downtown Castelfranco Emilia. Rita has been restructuring, and frescoing this apartment, and Brigit and I will have the honor of being the first people to sleep in it.
The living room is decorated with historical bucolic scenes from the the pastoral surroundings as if seen from a colonnaded balcony. One view shows Piiumazzo, a nearby village for which Valentina, Rita's daughter who will eventually inhabit the apartment, has a particular liking. Another shows Panzano, another nearby village where my longtime good friend Gastone, Rita's husband and Valentina's father was born. In a third scene, the country home where Gastone was born is depicted. Other scenes portray times long gone which, at least in our minds, were gentler, and certainly not as frantic and multitasking as our lives are these days.
Castelfranco Emilia, my old home town, is where most of my extended family and good old friends still live. As Verona, where the 40th Vinitaly is held, is just an hour away by highway, we'll be based here during this trip and will commute to the show.
In addition to going to the Vinitaly, we'll be traveling up and down the boot, visiting some of our favorite producers, in addition to taking a few days off in Sardinia, our favorite Italian island were we plan to live part time in the near future.
I'm as tired as can be after some 24 hours on the road following three hours of sleep. We visit my mom, where of course we have and healthy, delicious early dinner, then I collapse in bed while Brigit is still unpacking and arranging the apartment nicely with all our stuff.