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Jun 20, 2012 - Hannibal's Bridge and a visit to a Calabrian vineyard

We had dinner in Decollatura with some of Hugh and Tash's good friends - a family who are devoted to the preservation of Calabria's uniqueness. Traditional food and home made wine in which the conversation often returned to the story of Calabrian dialects, the uniqueness of Calabrian wine, the grapes brought here by the ancient Greeks (one of their friends is a sommelier with a passion for the best Calbrian wines) all in a kind of cellar with an open fire over which a pan of potatoes and freshly picked local porcinis was cooking in pork fat...

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Jun 17, 2012 - The Best Thing Ever

The Best Thing Ever... ...But first, a glance at Agrigento, Piazza Amerina, Siracusa, Calabria We are in Decollatura, Calabria, Tash's ancestral home on her father's side, after getting the ferry from Messina. It is quite a shock - high in the mountains in central Calabria after driving a few hours north and then climbing steeply up winding roads from Lamezia Terme, past a ruined Norman fort and into green, luxuriant trees - Joan cries out that it's just like the Dordogne. We are laughing at the unexpected beauty of it. No Internet at this...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Stories and food (Syracusa, Ragusa and Modica)

John has told you about the last part of our Sicilian trip and the beginning of our Calabrian experiences. I just want to tell you about a few other things from the last part of our time in Sicily. Our other cultural experience on the same evening as The Bacchae was a visit to the puppets theatre. I mentioned in the Palermo blog that we had been to the puppet museum there but had missed seeing a performance. In Syracusa we were lucky and saw these puppets in action at the Piccolo Teatro del Pulpi. There are apparently two different types...

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Jun 17, 2012 - A 'Typical Decollaturan' dinner

Our final night in Decollatura was spent having dinner at the home of parents of the good friends of Hugh and Tash with whom we had been to Cosensa the first day. This family is very passionate about their village and where most people like them would have moved away, both parents and children in this case, have stayed. Carmine, Hugh and Tash's good fried, his sister, Maria Assumpta, her husband, Antonio (the sommelier) and the parents, Aldo and Vanda, spoiled us rotten. We had dinner in the rustic semi cellar room downstairs. It was cool...

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