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May 9, 2015 - Day 8

Following a casual breakfast we learned how to make pizza dough. We had some free time so we spent it walking around our hilltop town. Lunch consisted of handmade pizzas. All kinds of ingredients and a total in excess of 25 pizzas were make. Stuffed ourselves again. Following more free time we drove to the town of Frosione for shopping but nothing interested us. On to the historic thill top town of Boville Emica and Ristorante Il Frantolo for a wonderful family style meal. Again too much food and too much pain. We ve been a day behind so I...

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May 8, 2015 - Rome, Italy (days 1 and 2)

We disembarked on Thursday as planned then caught a cab into Rome itself. The port is about an hour from the city and we were originally going to take the train but that got all too hard for some. Our driver dropped us at the hotel - Best Western Hotel President - and first impressions it looks nice, 1 minute walk from the train and tram and a 10 minute walk to the Colosseum. Pretty good choice if I do say. The first day was going to be the lazy day as we were all pretty exhausted from a late night, early morning. We wandered down the road...

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May 8, 2015 - Day 7

After breakfast at the bar, we piled into the van to drive to the wine country. We toured thr vineyard in Val Comino and the Tullio winery. Tullio produces approx. 3,300 cases per year of Cabernet, Rose, and a white wine. Prices are remarkably cheap with the most expensive wine selling for 8 Euros. Afterwords, we took a short trip to the town of Atina, famous in Italy for it's annual jazz festival. Then to "Old Cantina Visocchi" now a totally restored antique winery and the restaurant "La Cannarddizie". Lunch was truly excellent. Following...

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May 6, 2015 - Day 6

After a light breakfast it was off to a tour of a small sausage making facility. Then on to the town of Guarcino to tour a prosciutto factory. Factory followed by a picnic lunch. The lunch had all the trimmings and and spreads. After a long van ride back we had some leisure time then back to class. We worked on a variety of "Primi Piatti" (first course). We learned how to make pasta dough and various types of pasta. We also saw a demonstration of how to make Zuppa do pane, pasta sauces and various pastas.. We are very impressed with the...

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May 5, 2015 - Day 4

After a breakfast at our headquarters in Castro dei Volsci, we set off to market day in town. It was a typical farmer's market day plus the other swap meet kind of stuff. Following that we took a short drive to a local cheese Caselficio to sample fresh Buffalo mozzarella. Then on to the Abbey of Fossanova. The abbey is a magnificent unadorned church dating back to (a long time ago). St Thomas Acquinas is buried here. Another longer drive to the Tyrrhenian seaside town of Terrachina. We viewed the sights and Ellen and Linda stuck their toes...

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May 4, 2015 - The Isle of Capri

We left the hotel at 8am in a teensy weensy bus... They sprayed us with extra virgin olive oil to fit us all in. We travelled down the very steep hill via many hairpin bends to the port and caught a ferry across to the island. It takes about 25 minutes. Even tho there were many things to take photos of the windows were so dirty that I didn't even bother. Our guide told us a little bit about Capri and anacapri before the trip and a bit more after the trip and soon we were ensconced in another little bus hurtling our way to the uppermost part...

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May 4, 2015 - Day 3

A typical breakfast greeted us followed by a little leisure time. Then, off to olive oil country. We went to the town of Arpino. Birthplace of the Roman Cicero. Went to a traditional olive oil mill (Fantolo) and explored the process of making Extra Virgin Oilve Oil. Learned tasting secrets, and how California flavored olive oil is crap. Brought home some "Terra du Cicerone". Also made a side trip to the remains of a 7th Century BC fort. On the way home we stopped at Meringos for Gellato, our first of many. At 4:30 we started our cooking...

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May 3, 2015 - Day 2

May 3, and we've made it to Casa Gregario. It's about an hour and a half drive South of Rome. The place is a first class operation. Gregory bought it in 2007 and started Reno. He is an interior designer and was in his prime. We had a Bruschetta lunch with wine and Lemonchella. The balance of the day we spent on a walkabout of the town. Tonight we go to a small town for a pizza-fest.

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May 2, 2015 - Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, the pantheon

The day started uneventfully with us all meeting in the lobby at 8.30 for what was described as being a big day. And a big day it surely was. It started by bus passing by cars that were touch parked, parked on pedestrian crossings, parked on footpaths and on corners. They are mostly small cars like the smart cars we are starting to see in Australia. There are millions of them here. We jumped off and walked to, but not up, the Spanish steps which were alive with colourful pots of flowers. It was quite beautiful. I'm not sure where they went...

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May 2, 2015 - We've Started

12 hour trip to our jumping off point of Rome , Italy. We had to leave a day ahead in order to meet the Sunday morning hook-up with Casa Gregorio. We're staying at a Hilton at the airport. It's a good thing we booked Premium Economy. It's getting really crowded in coach, smaller seats and little legroom. Can't hardly walk down the aisle without josseling people.

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May 1, 2015 - Roamin' Rome

Well a new day does bring better things. Kevin has regained his humour and has behaved well today. We've done a huge amount of walking today all over the place. We've done the coliseum, the forum, seen heaps of exceptionally old buildings, and done some people watching. The coliseum is pretty amazing. Although some has been destroyed by earthquakes and age there's still a lot to see. You can see the rooms where animals and gladiators were placed until it was their turn to provide entertainment for the masses. Most of the actual seating...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Boys behaving badly 2

So we made it out of the apartment in good time and made our way to the train station. I got over one lot of steps ok loaded up like a packhorse. Got to the huge lot of steps and started up when a muscly looking thug asked if he could help. Being a little bit used to this sort of thing I said yes knowing it would cost. The guy tried to grab Kevin's as well but Kevin went apeshit at him. Cool Kevin really cool. Anyway as I knew I'd need to pay I surreptitiously took 5€ out of my bag and when we got to the other side he put the bag down and...

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