Mustapicked A Good Vacation!

The adventures of Amey and Musty's trip to the Balkans and Italy in September '06...

Saturday, September 30, 2006

A Trip To Ravenna; & Our Last Day!

Hello Everyone!
Yesterday Fabrizio, Musty and I headed off to the small town of Ravenna. Ravenna is about 1 hour away from Bologna, and close to the Adriatic Coast. It's a neat little town, with a great pedestrian-only downtown, and loads of amazing attractions. Ravenna is mostly famous for its beautiful 5th & 6th century churches, which are decorated with brilliant glass & stone mosaics. The mosaics are so detailed and so gorgeous... there are depictions of biblical figures and stories, as well as plants and animals, and also many bright decorative patterns. All of these designs are done with tiny little squares or triangles of glass or stone... smaller than 1/4 inch square. It's really gorgeous. There are probably 5 or 6 places like this, and we had fun walking around the city and exploring each one. It was a great day trip!

Here we are enjoying an afternoon beverage at a little cafe. Musty is a big fan of the cappucino here... I think Fabrizio got something a little stronger! The coffee in Croatia, but especially in Bosnia & Herzegovina, was really strong and a bit unpredictable, so it's nice for Musty to be back in a land with more dependable coffee patterns.

Of course I loved the beautiful mosaics of Ravenna, but it's got a special place in my heart for something much different - non-dairy hazelnut gelato!!!!! We also found some the night before in Bologna, and I just couldn't believe it. Hazelnut is one of my top 3 ice cream flavors of all time and it was so so so so so good! The stuff in Ravenna was really fantastic, such that I gulttonously returned 2 hours later for a second serving. Observe my maniacal grin. I also like the serious look of contemplation on Fabrizio's face. Ha ha. Apparently, he is deciding whether or not to order some gelato, which of course... he did!

Today is our last day here. All good things must come to an end... We have most of the day to spend here with Fabrizio, and also our mutual friend Sara who is coming to town to visit us all. That will be super fun! Tonight we'll catch a train up to Milan, and then our flight leaves bright and early tomorrow morning.

We are both a little homesick by now, and I can't wait to see my family and my friends and my furries... do some longer yoga sessions, teach some yoga... ahhhh! And Musty is longing for a few days spent playing guitar!


At 5:59 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Lisa and I are still on the hunt for dependable cappucino in Tallahassee. A lot of places only have those nasty instant "cappucino" machines. If we do not find a good place, at least we know our espresso machine will arrive soon from out west.

I think it is wishing too much, however, to find good non-dairy hazelnut gelato here. We have actually found some vegan and vegetarian cuisine ... although it's often not listed on the menu!


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