I’ve spent the last few days visiting with friends Luca, Gloria, and Enrico in San Michele, Italy – not too far from Bologna and Modena. The district, Reggio Emilia, is famous for Ferrari and Pavarotti and balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese, among other things.
I first met Luca and Gloria rather serendipitously online in 1999 when I was working in Bosnia and ICQ was the online chat programme that was popular then. We have seen each other several times in several places over those 19 years. I first met Enrico when he was 3 months old. Now look at him!
It’s always wonderful to spend time with them and to have the opportunity to experience Italy with my Italian family. Gracie, amici.
Here are a few photos of my time there.
Centre of Modena. The reflection in the pool of water caught my eye.
I always enjoy a hike up the hill behind San Michele for a “divine” view of the surrounding countryside and the town below.
The courtyard of the Castello Visconteo in Pavia
I revel all week in Gloria’s cooking. This is a ricotta and chocolate cheesecake/pie. Delizioso.
Enrico and Lilli by the Secchia River, San Michele, Italy.
For the past 14 years I have been friends with Luca and Gloria Tracendi who live in San Michele, Italy. We have met many times in Italy, Canada, Florida and Barcelona. I rocked their son Enrico when he was three months old. We met serendipitously on an internet chat site in the very early internet days in the late 1990’s when I was working in Bosnia and have chatted online every couple of weeks since then. Enrico is now almost 13 and as tall as his Dad. I enjoy visiting them from time to time and they make me feel very much at home. I now know the neighbours and family. What a delight to have them as friends. This week I am visiting them again at their home in San Michele. Yesterday Enrico and the dog Lilli and I did some wandering by the river and the hills around the village, appropriately ending up at the top of a big hill where a crucifix overlooked the village below.