Friday, October 18, 2013
Benvenuti in Italia - we go on a road trip to visit friends
Finally we arrived in Italy. You can always tell right away by the smoke-black tunnels that you drive through. Then up in the hillsides as far as you can see are the huge but now often dilapidated greenhouses.Today we were not going up to Ceriana, the hill town north of San Remo, but instead will stay on the coast at Santa Stefano al Mare.
We were a little unsure of our hotel. It had received good reviews on Tripadvisor, but the locals knew it as a place where rooms were rented hourly. I suppose the bright red bed cover and mirror all down one wall may have raised our suspicions, although the residents seemed just like us.
Our friends took us to dinner at one of the local restaurants on the front. We started with a plate of cold meats including wonderful salami with fennel, which was delicious. For main course we had sea bream cooked in parchment paper with fennel, local black tagascan olives and cherry tomatoes. We were too full for dessert. Our friends advised us not to as the restaurant would give us a surprise. The server brought a big jug filled with soft lemon sorbet that we spooned in champagne flutes and topped with as much or as little vodka as we liked. I didn't have much vodka but went for seconds of the sorbet. What a delicious meal and what a nice start to our holiday.