August 30, 2015
I woke up to a stunning view of the Italian fields and mountains, pastures and blue sky. I could scarcely draw my eyes away because I was so in love with the view. I think I could have very easily stared at it forever.
We had breakfast outside: coffee, toast, eggs, and yogurt. Then we drove to town and walked through the quaint streets where flowers bloomed in the windows. At length, we drove up the Alps. They were so majestic, strong, and beautiful in every way! Tom and I lay basking in the sun — although it can get quite cold on top of the mountain, today it was not chilly at all!
The cool thing was that we were able to cross over to Switzerland…so I was literally in two places at once! In Switzerland, we went to the St. Bernard’s museum (who knew they were so important in Switzerland? Not me) and then we went to a little cafe for hot chocolate — real Italian hot chocolate that was thick and rich and creamy. It was basically like drinking melted chocolate from the microwave! For lunch, we went to another little restaurant for fresh bread, cheese, and meat. The mountain air was very fresh, and I watched the birds flying as I ate.
In the afternoon, Tom and I took the dogs for a walk through the Italian hills. (It was a bit scary for me because I was only wearing one contact lense and my footing wasn’t very steady!) Luckily we made it to the top of the hill for a breath-taking view without me falling! For dinner we had pizza in town which was delicious and then walked through the streets where there were people dancing! I’m so happy I live in a world where people dance in the streets, and strings of lights hang across houses, and people still gaze up at the stars.
Eating was not over yet! We went to another bar where we had a typical Italian drink (which I can’t recall the name of) and free food! The next day is when we did the big hike up the mountain. The climb up was hard because it was so hot but in a way, going down was even harder. Isn’t that funny? We stopped for a beer at the bottom and then took the gondola down the rest of the way before going out for dinner with his parents. Dinner was really good! We had calamari appetizers and then seafood lasagna for the main meal with white wine. I love seafood — though it is not the most elegant thing to eat! We went back home for ice cream and fruit, and then played trivial pursuit (that unintentionally rhymed!) It was Tom and Franco against Lisa and I…Franco was so good!! My goal in life is to be as good as him in Trivial Pursuit one day.
Franco and Lisa also gave me a list of books I should read. I love it when people share their favourite books. It was a lovely end to the night.