By Marlena de Blasi
He observed her around the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. whilst he sees her back in a Venice café a yr later, he is aware it really is destiny. He understands little English; and she or he, a divorced American chef, speaks in simple terms food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her middle has misplaced its potential for romantic love. yet inside of months in their first assembly, she has packed up her condominium in St. Louis to marry Fernando—“the stranger,” as she calls him—and dwell in that achingly stunning urban during which they met.
Vibrant yet vaguely baffled by means of this daring movement, Marlena is crushed via the sheer foreignness of her new domestic, its rituals and customs. yet there are scrumptious moments while Venice opens up its hands to Marlena. She chefs an American dinner party of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals . . . and takes the tango she discovered within the Poughkeepsie heart university fitness center to a candlelit trattoría close to the Rialto Bridge. all of the whereas, she and Fernando, disparate souls, construct a rare lifetime of ardour and possibility.
Featuring Marlena’s personal marvelous recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the enthralling actual tale of a lady who opens her heart—and falls in love with either a guy and a city.
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The total distance – from Colonno to Cadenabbia di Griante – is 11 km (7 miles), but it can also be covered in shorter sections. to Torno, ^ Brunate Lake Como The Como funicular whisks you up to the start of this walk in Brunate. Waymarked trails lead for 12 km (8 miles) to Torno, where you can see ancient tombs carved into the rocks. You can take the boat back to Como. to Ossuccio, & Argegno Lake Como Spire of the church of Sant’Anna 34 Start with a cable-car ride from the pretty lakeside settlement of Argegno up to Pigra.
They cater to all levels, Cycling around Malcesine 40 from a 90-minute trip through olive groves and along the lake to a 60 km (37 mile) freeride on Monte Baldo. Many utilize the town’s spectacular cable car. The tourist ofﬁce also has details of rental companies (see p105). This ﬂat 43-km (27-mile) ride takes you through the Mantovan plains along quiet asphalted back roads from Mantova to the shores of Lake Garda. It is worth stopping off at Borghetto sul Mincio to try the local speciality, nodo d’amore tortellini at one of the many restaurants.
For more facilities, check with the tourist ofﬁce whether the waterfront lido – on the way to Loppia – is open (see pp14–15). Paradise Park, * Aqua Lake Garda Europe’s largest water park at the southern end of the eastern shore of Lake Garda has something for each member of the family. There are slides and rapids, a relaxed beach and a sunbathing area as well as an exciting medley of children’s theme sections complete with pirate ships, an ancient lighthouse, a ﬁshing village, and an adventure island with an erupting volcano (see p50).