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Ok. There’s no denying it. This is my last post from Italy.

Well, unless there is some kind of European airline workers’ strike which forces us to savor the delights of this land for a few extra days. Hmm… how do I get one of those started? Please tell me if you know a guy.

Despite the required Italy obsessions (you know… espresso, wine, gelato and orecchiette), Rick, Dylan, Summer and I all have our own individual passions here.

I’m obsessed with watching “Larry Sanders” on DVD. Did you ever catch this HBO show staring Gary Shandling in the 1990s? Nothing Italian about it. It’s a sitcom about a fictitious late night talk show. And it’s completely hilarious. I also watched it when we were in Tuscany a few years back. Apparently, I really really like Gary Shandling on Italian soil.

Rick is crazy about the same thing he loves in the United States… chicken. He found his fave chicken guy in Polignano a Mare and visits him and tasty birds faithfully.

The guy finally asked Rick, “Don’t you have chicken in America?” Or at least that’s what we think he said. Shockingly, our Italian is still a bit rusty.

As for Summer? Well, that girl can’t get enough of Andrea Bocelli. And in particular, this one song, “Con Te Partiro,” which he sang on an episode of Sesame Street. We have it on our iPod and Summer wants it played over and over again. Endlessly. Which I guess is a whole lot better than “The Wiggles” or something.

And Dylan’s obsession? Bringing new fashion trends to Italy, of course. Sure, Europe is usually on the forefront of cutting edge style but there are a few looks I’m sure they haven’t seen. Dylan INSISTED on wearing her pajama bottoms under her sun dresses. Every. Single. Day.

She even brainwashed me because I started calling them leggings.

And well, you can’t look all fancy in your pajama leggings without a proper headband.

And if it’s 10 million gazillion degrees outside (and that’s Fahrenheit, not Celsius), you should definitely wear a sweatshirt.

Oh, and make your sister wear one too.

But we are most obsessed with the Southern region of this country. Polignano, we will miss you.

And Summer will especially miss playing with the salad spinner in the bidet.

Oh, come on! You try keeping your kid away from the bidet.

Arrivederci Italia!

23 Responses to ciao bella

  • kristen says:

    you sure have been gone a long time, although italy is a place to stay for long stretches of time.
    italians are obsessed with chicken and roosters and all things fowl, or so it seems to me – it’s where i started my thing with roosters.
    the best eating i’ve ever done has been in italy – i can’t wait to go back.

  • Jen says:

    Buongiorno! Well at least it’s morning here in ‘ole NYC. These posts have made me so longing for Italy. But wait my in-laws, who are from Milano, are here–but definitely NOT the same thing! All i hear is Italian spoken in my house but that’s about it. Thanks for the beautiful pics and cant wait to see u guys back in the ‘hood.
    Don’t you love answering the phone “PRONTO”?
    Safe travels…
    xo Jen

  • MN Mama says:

    Oh goodness…. thanks so much for the laughs! My girls love to wear their hoodies even when it is 90 degrees! I try to hide them. It works sometimes. Have a safe trip back!

  • JoLynn says:

    Wow, Summer is turning into a beautiful little (toilet bowl scrubbing) girl!!! She resemble’s the “Olsen Twins”….IaM glad you had so much fun on vacation!!!

  • Erin says:

    so sorry you have to leave beautiful Italy but we are looking forward to having you back on US soil. Your kids are so cute and love their fashion sense! Beautiful photos too! Have a safe trip home!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    My first trip to Europe with friend Pearl; produced a ‘doody’ in the bidet. We’d never seen a bidet; nor what it was for; just thought they had side by side toilets; like sinks in upscale homes. Won’t go into detail of how it was disposed of. I’m too much of a lady to do that. Ha Ha…

  • Sara Hess says:

    Hey there –
    The pics are awesome, looks like you guys are having a blast. So sad for you that you have to leave, but happy for me that you’ll be back!
    Have a safe trip and we’ll see you soon!

  • mp says:

    I’ve been SO jealous about the entire Italy trip and I have a totally “out there” comment to make.
    I’m 41 and just this year I found out what a bidet was for.. I KNOW…
    I’m so happy your daughter knows at such a young age..she won’t look like as ass and have to ask at 41.

  • Betsy says:

    I understand a child’s love of the bidet. We used to try to bury ours under mountains of stuff to keep her from climbing into ( and falling out of) it. When she got a little older, she dubbed them “Mantha’s sink.”
    What I do not understand is why you brought a salad spinner on vacation.

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