My short time in Bologna was absolutely perfect! Monday morning, after breakfast, I walked Brad around my old "hood".
We were SO WARMLY WELCOMED at "my caffe" by Marco and Claudio! We were treated to coffee and pastry.
We walked around my neighborhood, visited with my friend, Mara, and the girl at the salumeria/wine shop. We walked to Santo Stefano and had a drink. We somehow ended up at the kitchen shop to buy me a MATARELLO! Now I hope I can get it on the plane! (31 inches, and well, wrapped)
We returned to Porta San Mamolo to see 8 rooms to choose between for our upcoming http://Palmabella's Italy
trip in May.
OK, are you sitting down? For those of you who follow my blog, you may remember that when we had a Slow Trav lunch in Bologna in June, there were a group of rude Italian men who laughed at us during our lunch at Al Sangiovese. I had an appropriate conversation with them at the time about their "bruta figura". Well, we walked in there for lunch, and guess who was at their same table?!!! I smiled at the "ringleader", and actually walked over to his table after he smiled with recognition. He stood, taking my hand and saying, "Senora, Bentornato a Bologna!" Hehehe. He remembered me AND his good manners.
After lunch, we wandered around the market, buying a few small gifts, then met Rafaella and Marcello for a nice, long, afternoon coffee! So lovely to see them again!
We were soon on our way back to Verona in time for wine and a light evening snack at Enoteca Segreta.