AirportJune 24, 2017 in Switzerland
Just 15h till we are home!
Just 15h till we are home!
There's not much around here, and we are without a car, so we just ate at the hotel. Asparagus is still in season, so Lizzie had asparagus soup and I had asparagus with corn-fed poulard.
We are at the Dorint Hotel near the zurich airport. Four tram stops in the morning and we'll be on our way home.
Did i mention we bought an extra suitcase to carry all the stuff we bought on this trip? 😁😁😁
I will miss these pistachio eclairs. I also had and enjoyed a caffe latte.
.. and oh my God did we do it right. We start with the traditional Tuscan appetizer platter... Which turned out to be a ton of things each more delicious than the last. Pea souffle, pate and tomato bruschetta, fried zucchini flowers and ricotta, a sliced meat plate, and an incredible cucumber and tomato salad that makes mine look like child's play.
Then as if that weren't enough, Lizzie got a veal steak with truffle and I got a steak steak with balsamic glaze and a side salad. Neither was on the menu - Lizzie's was the daily special and the chef created mine when I ordered a steak designed to serve 2 by accident. That would have been 1 kilogram - way to much for me. The resulting filet was tender, juicy, perfectly cooked, and delicious. Lizzie's truffle we also scrumptious; in her words: "uhhhmmm.. yeah. I don't even know. Mouth watering veal and spinach that made me feel like I shouldn't ever cook spinach again, since it won't compare."
The owner was at our table along with our server, and helped us order, and her daughter operated the till. Family owned and operated by friendly people, delicious and creative meals, and the best tomatoes I've eaten in Italy.
Finally we had the daily special cake, with Chantilly cream, fresh fruit, and chocolate caramel stripe goodness. Practically had to roll us out the door.
I am so sad we only discovered this place on our last day, everything was so good.Read more
We've seen a lot of Florence before, but with the thinning crowd it presented a few photo ops.
Lizzie took us on a walk around town since the crowd was lesser today. Stopped at this cafe for a light snack and discovered an awesome Italian soda called spuma bionda paoletti. I sure hope they have it back in the States.
It's rather hot today so we have decided to relax on the rooftop of our hotel. It is a little noisy but a spectacular view. Everything that Florence has to offer can be seen from up here.
We slept in and then walked back over to the cafe. I didn't see the big pistachio eclairs so I just got a sandwich, which is just as well since my stomach has been bothering me this week. Lizzie got a sandwich and some pasta.
Incidentally, while trying to soothe my stomach I discovered that Italian espresso is really good. Plus Lizzie found the eclairs. Woot!
Oh, and for all that the bill was only 27€. Italy is all right by me.Read more
We arrived 10 minutes before the kitchen closed (guess that's a pattern for us.. why does everyone close at 1030?) But got proscuitto and mozzarella appetizers, I got pasta Alla amatriciana, and Lizzie got ravioli. Dessert was a nice tiramisu. Maybe we are getting predictable...
Note to self - use airplane mode on trains or the phone eats the battery trying to find cell towers in the countryside.
Also, here are some more pictures from Venice before I ran out of juice.
Our good friends Miro and Maria got married here. Incredible.