While on our Mediterranean cruise, the ship stopped for a day in Genoa, Italy. In my excitement, the night before, I booked a 40 min boat ride to Portofino. While going alongside the Italian coast, I was amazed of the typical Italian colorful architecture. Continue reading The best boat ride of my life to Portofino, Italy
According to a widespread legend, this dish goes back to the Italian Carbonari, who made charcoal in the Appenine mountains. It is said this Spaghetti dish was cooked over a fire in a cast iron pan during their breaks. Continue reading Spaghetti Carbonara has a long history
To make one thing clear, the Spaghetti Bolognese dish is not an Italian invention. Nevertheless, you can often find it on menus in many other countries prepared in different ways. The name “Spaghetti Bolognese” is actually used when you mean the long pasta that is served with minced meat sauce. So whenever I am in the mood and tired of the common red Spaghetti sauce I use the recipe below. Continue reading What? Spaghetti Bolognese not from Italy??!!
Last time I was at the Freiburg Münsterplatz I visited their large International Market and had fried Calamaris with Aioli sauce. That was the first time I tasted this sauce, and I have been bragging about it ever since. This spread or dip is used with the cuisines in Spain, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and eastern Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia. Also in France (Provence) and Italy, Sicily and Liguria and Calabria. Continue reading Aioli, a Mediterranean dip
After we settled in our hotel, we did a sight-seeing tour with some friends and found the Pantheon. Hidden behind the facades of this masterful building is the oldest and largest Dome or Coppola of the world. It is built of ancient Cement, which was a Roman invention 2000+ years ago. Continue reading The Pantheon in Rome
After an overnight stay in Orvieto, Umbria, we rode several hours into Rome with our tour bus. Arriving about 4 pm, we had some free time. Getting together with some fellow travelers we walked from our hotel to the Colosseum to see it by night. It paid off, what a wonderful sight. Continue reading The Colosseum in Rome
Every time I think: how can a city still be there on such friable rock after almost 2000 years with Etruscan civilization? And yet – it still is there Orvieto with their 8000 inhabitants Riding on the highway from Florence to Rome, you can see a large butte of a volcanic tuff with the city of Orvieto on top.It is surrounded by a defensive wall build … Continue reading Orvieto in Italy is located on a volcanic tuff rock for the last 2000 years