Just spent a week at La Mela Rosa with my partner, his brother's wife and of course his brother! And what a hoot of a week we had running poor old Robert and Pauline ragged!! Spring in Amandola was picture perfect. We walked around in summer attire during the day and rugged up in the evening...perfect for snuggling up for a fantastic nights sleep.
We spent our days driving merrily through the Le Marche region and had an absolute ball. Even with Pauline's detailed hand drawn mudmaps, we managed to get lost at every opportunity...which only resulted in us stumbling onto the most amazing towns we may never have found intentionally...it was like stepping back in time...making cheese (which was fun for some but not this little duck), joining a local funeral procession which was a gala event in itself, dodging mad women in electric wheelchairs in Salerno, eating a fabulous lunch in Smerillo (getting there was an experience in itself...thank God Pauline has a mobile phone), bleeding the local Conad Supermart dry of sparkling Lambrusco, not to mention the local gelaterio of its sooper dooper pistachio gelato, eat, drink and be merry....we certainly applied that ethos!!!
We walked...even in the rain...we ate, we drank (at every opportunity).
Pauline arranged an amazing dinner cooked by a michellin man...oops, I mean michellin starred chef. What a night, fantastic food you had to see and taste to believe and fantastic wine and pro secco to accompany...along with some very relaxing conversation.
Then there was lunch in San Vittoria. Delectable pasta with fig and cream sauce and roast goat...yummmmo!! Great wine and great Italian beer....And what a beautiful village..who would have thought we would stumble onto phallic lollipops :).
Next was a pasta cooking class in Pauline's kitchen...what fun. I know how to make pasta from scratch now along with different sauces to accompany.It has been a long time since I was scolded by a teacher it was so funny :))
And of course there was the fabulous Georgio!!! A wine tasting course accompanied with delicious antipasto and finger food...most enjoyable wine tasting we have done. Georgio was so patient with us all...I know we distracted him because he was mortified we made him swallow instead of spit! Such a gentleman with so much composure.
I saw the scales but purposely avoided them...I could tell by my belt how much weight I was gaining, but what the heck...when in Rome!
Sorry about re-arranging the furniture inside and out (its a gay thing), but at least we remembered to put it back.I cant believe how patient you guys were, especially with our Lambrusco and grano padano fuelled card nights and facebook sessions.
Now, we love love love Pauline's cooking and her special gluten free treats for Helen and the fruit compote, but we also loved Robert's scrambled eggs and breakfast banter.
So after a week of eating, drinking, drinking, rally car spotting, killing 18 frogs (they jumped in front of the car!!), deer spotting (we all saw it except for Helen), big fox spotting in Smerillo, Polly walking, rally car spotting (it was a skoda), snow spotting on the Sibillini's, swimming...yes swimming (okay everyone but me but I did dangle my legs in!), drinking, driving and even more drinking, we are totally relaxed if not a tad overweight.
Thank you Pauline and Robert, your hospitatility and guidance was amazing. It was great enjoying your company for the week!! It was a fantastic, fun and relaxing week...so much so we even did the old "we should invest here"...poor Georgio, we picked his brain!
Look forward to seeing you both again when you come to Sydney!!!
Tony & Reece
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