Wednesday afternoon when we returned to Varenna, Brad and I revived ourselves at our hotel's bar. I needed a double latte macchiato and the driver needed a glass of wine. With every drink order, you get a cute little tray of snacks: a darling ceramic gondola of olives, a stack of Pringles, a tiny sandwich of marscapone and salami, peanuts, and little stacks of mortadella and cheese. We relaxed and read our books under the covered patio, watched the rain on the lake, until it was time to go to dinner.
By 8:00pm it was pouring, so we decided to keep dinner simple, and we had eaten a good lunch. We went to our favorite bar, and ate inside. We all wanted comfort food, so everyone had pizza, and I had fusilli con quattro formaggi.
After dinner, Fiona and Brad had another bottle of wine, and Steve and I enjoyed gelato and coffee. We were served our stracciatella in cute little bee and bear bowls!
We returned to our hotel, and sat in the bar with our wine, coffee, grappa and cookies, playing blackjack, poker, and our own "question game".