It’s Showtime!

Another exciting adventure about to begin! I had a great dinner with my son, George and his girlfriend, Grace. A little French food at Blue Boheme, one of my favorite restaurants, owned by my friend Ken Irvine. Amazing food!! Stayed up too late but woke up early. And guess who was going to Dallas a few minutes after me?

Yup, my daughter. She is headed to Milwaukee for a friends wedding.

I wasn’t sure why I couldn’t check in on line but when I got to the airport I had to download MySOS in order to land in Japan. Couldn’t get internet at the airport for a few min and then had to change my Apple ID. Just another hurdle. Then actually had time to talk a little business with Natalie. We are in the process of, hopefully buying another practice, so of course the broker needs stuff asap at 6 am. He had all week. He’s a slacker! Luckily my daughter is capable of doing what is needed while I am gone for two weeks!!!

Julie will be on her way to Chicago now. We will meet in Dallas. Hopefully both of our flights will be on time. At one point we planned to meet in Seattle, but the connection time in such a huge airport was too risky. We have a long layover in Tokyo so we will take the train into the city! I think we arrive at 6pm and then depart around 1am. I did the same a few years back with Natalie when we were traveling to Thailand.

We will be on our way soon!!

We both finally have Visas! I have one and Julie has two, so far. I was punching numbers to make this happen! Our last trip together was years ago to South Africa! What a trip. 14 days, 13 different places to stay, from hotels to cabins and peoples spare beds. But also feeding baby elephants to petting 6 month old lions, feeding tigers and handing out one burner stoves to the poorest of the poor in Port Elizabeth. Eye opening Adventure!! Vietnam here we come with nothing to give but ourselves!! And maybe future projects!

Stormy Weather

Kind of a lazy day, wait that was yesterday and the same for today. Walked around both days, dodging the storms. Some were quite violent. Last night it thundered for over an hour, with constant flashes of lightening. I had reservations for dinner at a Michelin restaurant but I cancelled because I was too full from lunch. Lunch was at the Gato restaurant across the street. Great pappardelle with ragu.

Beef tartar and olive tapanade

Another photo of the building where the flat is

Local church
View point
Roof top garden
Older than dirt
All tables need these
Eggplant and burrata
Beef tartar
The restaurant

Mugolone was the Michelin restaurant. Not a star, maybe a nod. Not so great. Food was attractive, but tasteless, service was tired. Sometimes pizza is perfect!

One more night here. I am full of pasta. Tomorrow I take the train to Florence for one more night in Italy. I think the rain is over!

Race Day take 2

After a short nap and a nice message from my host that the race would start earlier than the day before, I headed back to Il Campo. Same bar. They had a table reserved and they didn’t care that it was just me. After a few minutes the people next to me asked if I had been there the two days before. They were part of the bachelor party that we talked to! They asked where the rest of my group was and I told them that they had to get back home, then they asked if I would like a ticket? Yes!!! They had seats near the bar. Of course I bought them a round of drinks. They didn’t know the race was starting earlier than the day before so we got ready to find the seats. We raced back and forth under the bleachers but we were too late to get to the seats. I left them and tried to peak through here:

And away they go
Unicorno contrade wins

This was the best part. I had no idea who won, but as the losing contradas left, I moved towards the track. I had front row seats to see the horse parade down the track and then next came the cute jockey! It was very exciting. I shed a few tears of joy!

All of the contradas

One of the Serbians, next to me asked me to join his friends for a drink at the San Paola bar so I did, but very hard to understand them so I left and ran into another celebratory parade of the Unicorno Contrade

What an exciting turn of events. A rain delay, no ticket, then a ticket, unable to get the seats then seeing the celebration! Wow! Almost as exciting as a Packer Super Bowl win, very close!!!

The Giauque’s left this morning.

Sad to see this cute family leave. It was wonderful getting to know them.Loved x answering questions from the past. I happen we continue a closeness.

I didn’t get to sleep until 4am with help from part of an Ambien. When I woke up they were pretty niches packed.After they left I decided to get some Euros and buy a bracelet that I liked.

Then I just meandered around, stopping at shops that I had seen along our walks.

Our landmark Church
The street to the left
Cool oil over newspaper and varnished
A pretty Freda
Snuck this in
Where we ate the first night
Same. And good food
One of the horses???
Typical street, full of scooters
What barrier?
Typical door
Getting ready
Lunch stuck upstairs
Good food

The Race was postponed!

It rained pretty hard for about 20 minutes. we arrived at San Paola Bar about 5:15. Our table was taken but we had a different one for a bit and then moved to ours. Once we got drinks we figured it out. They weren’t letting people in the center area because the race was postponed. I looked at the track. There were still some puddles. We slowly made our way back to the flat. Jenny and I stopped for more food and checked out some jewelry and Mark and the girls had some gelato. Apps on the abandoned balcony, dinner a movie wine and Lemoncello

Where we tried to watch

Lots of parades of the different contradas. At the end of the day they must have been so sweaty and wet from the rain. Many wore wigs.