Guido and David at the Gallery
|Cristina with the large format picture of Bob Marley|
Guido & AlbertThe first time I fell in love with Italy was in Switzerland in 1973. Doesn’t make any sense. Well, what do I write that does? We had been at a conference in a small town directly across from the Matterhorn. At breakfast, it was difficult to do anything but breathe and stare. The air was crisp and cool. The mountain sparkled with sunshine and enormity. When the conference was over our plan was to travel. Was there a mention of the fact that we were traveling with an almost two year old child. No one told us that in most places children were less welcome than dogs. Which now, that I have a puppy and two adult children, makes incredible sense to me. But not then. Here’s what we learned. France made the most ingenious baby equipment. In Germany, children were never clean enough. And in the Italian alps, the people liked children and food. There are so many stories, but this is not what I wanted to blob about.
We returned from Italy on Wednesday having had a glorious few days in the northern part of the country. David was opening his Marley show in a small elegant gallery in Alba, (the Wall of Sound Gallery) The trip came together in less than a month thanks to our cousin Joe Oppedisano, and our new friends Guido Harare, Christina and Albert (the gallery proprietor and his family). Guido is not only a sensational photographer who has spent a lifetime shooting about every music personality on the planet, he is also fun, funny, generous, sensitive and brilliant
Thanks to Guido the trip included a great deal of press, PR and a gallery opening and presentation. As well as unbelievable food in Alba. A wild web TV host in Bologna ( here’s the link to David’s 3 hour entertaining interview, http://youtu.be/Hd4HqAF240s). Culture, meals and shopping in Milan. (It was the Italy where there was food, culture and duomo’s everywhere). Our favorite Duomo (church) was Mary Magdaline in Alba. When it comes to Duomos we prefer the smaller more intimate type. Our rule: “one Duomo, then straight to lunch” began 20 years ago. The combination of feeding mind and body turns out to be an absolutely perfect feast.
the vineyards, in the hills above Alba
It was an unexpectedly fantastic few days. That statement deserves an explanation. Whenever we go to to Italy we know we will never have a bad meal and there will never be a shortage of sights to see or things to do. But this trip was a last minute working trip. We truly didn’t know how much time we would have to lay back and just enjoy. As it turned out, our host and David are so much alike that being with the Harari family was more like a reunion than an introduction. Oh my we did it again, adopted a new family.
Anyway, we are home and happy to be here. But we never stop wishing to be back in Italy -- I guess I need to buy a copy of Italian Rosetta Stone for the harvest. We’re just sayin’… Iris
Did we mention that ALBA is the Home of NUTELLA... & the Factory store?