2016: Mid-year Round Up

On January 1st, we woke up in Boston after ringing in the new year with a lovely wedding of two lovely people.


Fireworks topped off a whirlwind trip of art watching at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and dinners and drinks with old friends.

Boston isabella stewart gardner

Jimmy boarded a plane back to Rome and I headed to another terminal, bound for South Dakota.

hoar frost

I visited my dear grandmother, admired the hoar frost and went ceramic shopping.

Sioux Falls snow

Then I was back in San Diego for a day before turning around and going to Florida to visit with more family. I went full on “America Hell Yeah” and ordered this Bloody Mary.

American bloody mary with burger

My BFF came to San Diego and we explored Balboa Park and then surprised her with a fish taco wedding shower.

Balboa Park

After a trip to LA to renew my visa, I was back on another plane, and finally home in Rome.

The first weekend I was back, Jimmy had an art show and we took his family visit to visit the newly opened Trevi Fountain.

Not wasting any time back in Italy, we booked train tickets to Torino.

Torino tram

I loved the northern Italian city even though it was actually just a stop over on our way to the Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea.

celebrating in Ivrea

Freezing rain only dampened our spirit a bit. We are still talking about how much fun we had at the crazy festival.

stacks of oranges in Ivrea

A week later we headed to Firenze. What was meant to be a full weekend away became a day trip to Florence when work plans changed and I flew to Amman.

Ponte Vecchio Florence

I visited some Rome sights for the first time and loved Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Spada.

Galleria Spada perspective

Dinner at Marzapane and lunch at L’Uliveto ensured we stayed well nourished.

Rome Cavalieri-6

Then there was the tour of the underground Colosseum.

underground colosseum photo

And a green colosseum became our backdrop for St. Patrick’s Day.

Green colosseum for St. Patrick's Day

The next day, I was in Tuscany, cruising in and crushing on cinquecentos, truffle hunting and then eating truffles for lunch.

truffles eggs in Tuscany

We topped off the weekend with a delicious Tuscan cooking class.

tuscany cooking class-10

A few weeks later, we took a day trip for pasquetta to waterfalls in Umbria.

Then ate ourselves silly on a Rome food tour.

Rome Food Tour in Trastevere

I adored a cooking class in Rome we took with Paola in her gorgeous home by the Pantheon.

Ristomama Rome Cooking Class-10

I grabbed gelato with some lovely Rome bloggers.

Rome Food Tour gelato

Before boarding a plane to Bangladesh.

Northern Bangladesh boat trip

Jimmy met me in Dubai for a belated birthday weekend of doing absolutely nothing.

Dubai at night

We came home and sipped brews at the Testaccio beer festival.

Testaccio birra

We enjoyed Roman spring sunsets.

Sunset in Rome

I peeked my head into some hidden spaces that were briefly opened for Rome’s cortili aperti.


Next we took the train to Salerno, then the ferry along the Amalfi coast, to have lunch in Amalfi and an incredible meal at Da Adolfo in Positano. Please take me back now.

Positano Italy-24

I loved taking a Vespa tour of rome.

Vespa Tours in Rome by scooteroma

I saw La Traviata at the Rome opera house.

I took a break from Rome for the day and had lunch at a Tuscan vineyard.

Tenuta Monteti vineyards

I waved to the pope !!!

We watched plenty of Euro cup matches. Plenty.

We went to open night at the Testaccio market.

Mordi e Vai Sandwiches-1

We took another day trip to Florence to explore Oltrarno.

ditta artigianale in Florence

We grabbed dinner at the American Academy, courtesy of the Rome Sustainable Food Project.

American Academy in Rome-6

And ran off to Munich for a weekend of beer and pretzels.

Munich summer beers

And to sum up the three best things I have eaten so far this year?

Retrobottega Rome-8

It’s been a quiet year otherwise.

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