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Report 1924: Another Attempt at La Dolce Vita!

By Podie from Florida, Spring 2011

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Page 10 of 13: The Air Force's Welcome to Italy Tour

photo by Celeste Rubanick

A Stream in Polcenigo

My daughter, Jean, is a veterinarian in the Army stationed at Aviano Air Force Base an hour north of Venice. She had wanted to return to Italy since she first visited in 2001, and moved there for this assignment in 2009. She will be there at least one more year.

She and her husband, Doug, rent a three story house in Cordenons, next to Pordenone. When she discovered there were empty spots on the base's weekly "Welcome to Italy" tour, she signed us up.

I woke up still feeling lousy, but I was able to eat a piece of bread and drink a little coffee. We were soon on a double decker bus with about 25 others ranging in age from 20 to 65.

We visited pretty area towns and markets, and after awhile we stopped at a cafe in Pordenone. I mentioned to the tour guide that I had stomach problems, and she spoke with a lady at the bar who boiled lemon rinds, added a little sugar, and told me to drink up.

At the first taste I remembered my Canadian grandmother making me this. It helped quite a bit. I wasn't ready for wine tasting, but I enjoyed lunch and the samples at the chocolate shop!

The eight hour tour included buying our own train tickets and taking a 15 minute train ride to Sacile, which is a charming little town we walked around. The purpose of the tour is to get the new military members to appreciate Italy and not be afraid of ordering food, buying at a market, or taking the train. It's a fantastic introduction to Italian life.

We returned home tired but very glad we'd taken the tour. Doug grilled hamburgers for dinner and mine even tasted good.

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