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Every year, around our anniversary, I find myself daydreaming about the three dreamy, sun-filled weeks we spent in Italy for our honeymoon, and this year I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite photos from those days.


Four years ago, in early May, we spent seven days in Rome.  The city was warm and breezy, and we found a darling little apartment in Trastevere using AirBnB.  Charming and full of narrow, cobble-stoned streets, Trastevere was the perfect home-base for our stay, full of wonderful little restaurants and an easy walk into the city center.  Every morning we’d make an espresso in our tiny apartment and then head out to take in the historic sites, admire all the Roman window gardens, and settle into one of the dozens of piazzas to people-watch for hours.  A friend had recommended the fantastic terroir guide, Food Wine Rome, and though we hardly spoke any Italian, we quickly figured out how to order a full Italian meal much to the delight of the owners the tiny, local gems that we’d have never found without the book.  At the insistence of other friends who’d lived in Rome, we picnicked on an island in the Tiber and just as we were about to eat more gelato than is probably sensible for just two people, we hopped a train to spend the next week in Tuscany.

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Rome, Italy. May 2011

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Wanderings: Honeymoon in Italy

Walking the terraced garden paths in Cinque Terre

Our anniversary always makes me think of our honeymoon, which was about as perfect as could be.  We spent three perfect, leisurely weeks in Italy—one in Rome, one in Tuscany, and one in Cinque Terre, with day trips to Florence and Pisa.  Someday maybe I’ll share those photos here, but for now here’s a glimpse of some of my favorite memories from those weeks.

Taking the train in Tuscany

Trastevere in Rome

Gelateria in Rome

A glimpse of the Duomo in Florence

The vinyards at our Tuscan farmhouse

The amazing balcony of our apartment in Cinque Terre

Manarola

Pisa

A slight shift: To and Fromage

Saturday night's cheese platter

Saturday night’s cheese platter

Over the cheese course at dinner on Saturday, the mister joked that it was a shame I hadn’t called my blog “to and fro….mage.”  I think my face immediately fell, because, honestly, it was the perfect name.  Why couldn’t he have been so clever twelve days ago?  Most likely we were eating cheese when I mentioned that I was going to try a blog for sharing photos.

Oh well.  In honor of the change, here are a few photos of delightful cheese experiences we have had in recent times.

Digging in to a communal cheese platter in Paris

Digging in to a communal cheese platter in Paris

Cheddar feast on St. Patrick's Day

Cheddar feast on St. Patrick’s Day

Selection from our first Beaujolais Nouveau party

Selection from our first Beaujolais Nouveau party (we’ve now hosted three)

Sampling cheese ripened in a goat stomach on the Asia side of Istanbul

Sampling Tulum cheese,  which is ripened in a goat skin, on the Asia side of Istanbul

Parmesan and 80 year old balsamic vinegar from a friend's family in Italy

Parmesan and 80 year old balsamic vinegar from a friend’s family in Italy

Rainy day picnic in Paris

Rainy day picnic in Paris

Cheese plate in Galata Square, Istanbul

Cheese plate in Galata Square, Istanbul

Cheese, prosciutto, and pesto picnic on the Tiber River in Rome

Cheese, prosciutto, and pesto picnic on the Tiber River in Rome

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