Spring Break is almost here. We will be visiting two “new” countries. They were “founded” only two years apart. Their shared border goes through a sea. We get to drive on the lowest road in the world. The only color that they share on their flags is white. One of the Indiana Jones movies and one of the Rambo movies were filmed here. Where are we goin’?
Do you believe that there is such a thing as ‘love at first sight?’ If not, I am here to tell you that it exists. When we were in Murren I saw the love of my life. She is three years old, and she is the cutest bulldog in the world. Since we had been to Mürren before, I knew just who to look for when we got back. The owner of Bonnie, Ema, is the manager of the hotel we were staying at. She knew that we were looking forward to seeing her, and so she let us take her for a walk. Bonnie has the best personality, and she greets everyone when they come into the hotel, by running towards them, or in my case, by giving me a big, slobbery kiss. She makes the cutest little snorting noises when she is happy. I fall in love again every time I see her, so it is love at every sight.
If I had to live on a desert island with only one food, it would be fondue. Bread is not the best thing to eat fondue with. I wish that there were apples to dip with the bread. All over Switzerland, the portions were huge. In Mürren, the bonus was that I got to eat in the presence of Bonnie, the cutest bulldog in the world. I would go back to Switzerland just for fondue. And Bonnie.
When we were in Shanghai, we learned about Portuguese egg tarts. We were at a restaurant in our hotel, and for dessert, we had them, and we fell in love. We went back two or three times just for the egg tarts.
Since they are called Portuguese egg tarts, we decided to go to Portugal to try to find the best egg tart in the world. Today, we ate at the supposed ‘best place.’ It has been around since the 1700s and is just down the street from a big monastery where Vasco de Gama’s tomb is. We had very high expectations after many people, websites and newspaper reviews said that Pasteis de Belem was the best.
The bottom line? It was not as good as Shanghai, and we tried a few more that were not as good. We are still in search of the best egg tart in the world. Luckily, we are in Portugal for a few more days.
San Sebastián has a beautiful beach. It was windy and rainy for most of the time we were there so we had to find a way to occupy ourselves. This usually means eating.
Almost every place we went, even a sushi bar, had tapas. In San Sebastián, they are called Pintxos. I dislike tapas. They are so small, you need to order twelve dishes to satisfy your hunger. After two of the same dishes, they get old, and there is the same food in almost every restaurant. I saw a lot of open sandwiches on almost every bar and they were all really crowded. The good places also have hot Pintxos that you order from a menu. One restaurant, Viento Sur was very yummy. Also, Elosta, the sushi place was good. Everywhere else was similar to each other.
The other weird thing is that 95% of the restaurants all serve Spanish food which has a lot of pork and squid and octopus in it. If you do not eat those, it is hard to find food, even with all the restaurants. My favorite place was the Quebec Cafe.
Over all, the food isn’t that good.
I suppose we are a little behind schedule – just getting videos up from 6 weeks ago. We must be having a little too much fun.
Hope you like them:
Paris – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQdmY3Vmw90
Norway – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8UTCjrgReg
Poland – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzmJXjIDXKE
Hungary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhfBqjlPQ5w
Italy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGXqf4THAC4
Italy Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xr3t0N0siY
Former Yugoslav countries – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gha8tgERf3Y
I was not looking forward to Naples. I had heard about how it was a dangerous city. It was lunch time, and we were sick of eating on the ship. Then we decided to go to lunch at the place that originated pizza margherita, called Brandi. Sadly, it was closed, and we were not happy.
Since we were still hungry, we looked up the alley next to the pizza place, and saw an open restaurant. When we got the menus, we saw that they had caprese salad. We ordered it, and when it arrived, we tried it. It was the best caprese salad I have ever had, and I have had quite a few. Now, I cannot wait to go back to Naples.
Today, I learned how to make Italian food from a chef named Lory.
For the appetizer, we made ravioli stuffed with eggplant. Making the pasta and the filling were easy, but, trying to keep the filling inside of the pasta was really hard. Mine kept on exploding.
For the side, we made a vegetable dish called caponata. It was very tasty. For the main, we made Sicilian fish rolls, which were decent. For dessert, we made cannolis, which were the best thing of the lunch. We made the shells and the guts. I could have eaten a dozen of them.
Overall, the lunch was just what I needed to tide me over for the rest of the day.
Today, I had the best gelato ever. It was in Valletta, Malta, at a store called Amorino.
I tried the dark chocolate, the vanilla, and the salted caramel. All of them were stellar, but Mom’s speculoos flavored ice cream stole the show. If I could go back to Amorino, I would get the dark chocolate, the speculoos, and the pistachio. I would go back to Malta just for ice cream.
Ravenna is famous for its mosaics. They were completed almost 2000 years ago. We went to the San Vitale church, which is supposed to have the most beautiful mosaics. When we looked inside, most of the walls other than the main altar were stone. The altar was done beautifully with gold and blue tiles, and they depicted some of the saints, and the emperor and the empress. After we had taken that all in, we went out to a crypt. The crypt was entirely mosaic inside, but my favorite part was the windows. They were alabaster, but they looked like a thin sheet of marble that was letting in tiny bits of light. That was the most beautiful crypt I have ever been in.