Wanna know what I ate? On the left is my antipasto: mozzarella di bufala, eggplants, zucchinis, artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes and a zucchini blossom. On the right is the primo piatto: pappardelle with fava beans. I didn’t leave a single fork of it. I was so damn full after this, I didn’t make it for dessert, which was a pity … I most probably missed another heavenly moment. Oh well, I hope I’ll go back to that place.
At this point of my holidays, I would like to underline the fact that an African heat wave took over Italy, and the everyday temperatures easily rose up to 42°C. Call me crazy, but that’s exactly what I was hoping for. I feel like that’s how summer should be. However, the sirocco made it difficult for us to go out and visit during the day, all we could reasonably do was either cool off in the pool or inside the house.
On Saturday evening, after dinner, we left the house to go and see Giuseppe Verdi‘s La Traviata. The thing with me and operas is that I always wish I’d go and see more of them – it really does touch me, but then I never take the time to do it. This was the perfect occasion! The setting was exceptional: it took place in an open-air ancient Roman amphitheater.
Aren’t you fascinated by certain objects? For me, it’s musical instruments (ok, and shoes :p). To my great despair, I have no clue of how to play any of them. I wish I had learned piano and violin. And those musical scores? Such a cryptic language! I am in total awe.
Back to La Traviata. I’m ashamed to admit this, but I didn’t even know that these two very famous songs came from it: