Cavignaga, the village of 70 or so people

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
Trip End Aug 29, 2007

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

To get a little TLC, we've returned to my father's place of birth, in the Italian mountains...
My father was born in the tiny (I mean tiny, 70 or so people in total) village of Cavignaga, and then emigrated to Canada, with his family, when he was 4...
It's located in a mountain range in Northern Italy...
The fun part is getting there...from Florence, we took a train to La Spezia (a big coastal town) to Borgo Val di Taro (a smaller town), at which point my Dad's cousin Dario picked us up at the train station and then drove us another 40 minutes to the village...
We spent 5 days relaxing in the mountains in Dario and Rita's palatial house...
Dario used to be a chef in New York, so needless to say, we didn't go fact we ate the best there!  He's an amazing chef!  And they make and grow most of the food themselves, not to mention make their own wine (which is the best wine that I've ever drank!)
As lazy as it sounds, we didn't just eat, we walked into the nearby town, Bedonia (population of about 2000 or so)...and went to the market and visited the cemetary where a fair bit of my ancestors are buried...for the most part we just did a lot of wandering and exploring through the gorgeous scenery...
We hung out with my cousins (really second cousins...but hey, let's make it easier) and visted and got spoiled!  Twas lovely!
I miss my good eating now!
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