Villa Brocchi Colonna
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Venerdi, 23 Ottobre
Before I forgot, I wanted to show you some "street art" Padova-style. This very talented woman paints these things on the sidewalk with chalk! They're simply extraordinary to see in person. Each is about 5 ft tall and so incredibly detailed.
So the last day of class finally arrived. Dario had us all do verb tense drills, got me to (finally) recite the entire first batch of ...
... us to listen and attempt to match what we heard with what we read. Before the movie, the instructor (a cute young woman named Frederica) put several words on the board (idraulico/plumber, detective, autobus, pane/bread, tulipani/tulips, marito/husband, casalinga/housewife, etc) that were related to the movie and asked us to come up with a story that would include them. Having seen the moving already, it was fun to listen to the others come up with various outlandish and ...
... of 15th Century, gargoyle-bedecked stone buildings.
... with layers of thinly sliced ham and a mild cheese, served over a smear of red sauce.
Primo: four little "eggs" of the most tender polenta mixed with bits of bacon and/or sausage, topped with a creamy sauce, then broiled. Heavenly.
Secundo: Sauteed boneless chicken thigh, overcooked broccolini (it's got to be on purpose), and a tiny triangle of potato bits mixed with mushrooms.
Dolci: an apple I smuggled into my room ...
Last night we had the pleasure of sharing a meal and strolling through the town center of Bassano del Grappo with Mario. Mario is a biologist by training, a workplace safely consultant for his job, a recumbent cyclist enthusiast (bent bike) and a part time employee of Fun Active Tours (the bike tour company that we're riding with) - he assesses routes and leads tours. We had many questions for him which he graciously answered, always searching for the ...