Thursday, July 21, 2011



For the 3 weeks in October last year discovering Italy by car, ferry, bus and train, I had just an amazing time. I didn't need to force myself to love anything. My love for the great food, the wine and the people was automatic and unconditional.


You would think it would be a very easy question to answer if someone asked me about my favorite place in Italy but it's very hard to answer indeed. Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence, Bari, Salerno or Naples are all incredible places as they are all really beautiful and each of them offers a different perspective.


To be honest, I'm not a big fan of coffee and in Vietnam, I usually drink coffee with lots of condensed milk. One day during our time in Rome, I refused to use the public toilet at the railway station because they were charging 1.5 euro. I walked across the road to use the toilet in a cafe and had the best espresso (and a pee) for only 0.80 euro. From that day, I started to drink espresso every day and sometimes I had quite a few.


A funny story I can recall related to the squid pasta I ordered in Venice. During the meal, my friends were laughing at me and I wondered why. I went to the bathroom and I was shocked to see I had a very black mouth. I decided I would never eat squid pasta anymore even though I actually loved it very much.


In Venice, I couldn't believe the restaurants served prosecco as the house wine. Along with the Spritz, a cocktail popular in the north of Italy, the prosecco was a special experience. I've never really been a sparkling wine drinker but now I'm converted. When we got back from Italy, I vistited the local wine shop and have had at least one in the fridge ever since.


I know it has taken me a long time to start blogging again. I hope I can write a few more posts about Italy while the memories are still fresh.


Anonymous said...

Welcome back Mr Vietnamese God. I love Italy very much and I'm going back there next year. Do you mind if I email you to ask some recommendations?
Thanh USA

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see you back after a while. Italy is my dream and hopefully can go there one day in the future

Van Cong Tu said...

Thanks Nat and Thanh.
Have a great weekend.

Henry said...

i like it !! I want to travel around Europe ^^

best shop for your said...

Quite effective info, thank you for the post.

4rx said...

I have been living in Italy since my Dad died 14 years ago,,I learned to appreciate the Italian art, it is a little be different but the secret is just look two times !

muebles barcelona said...

Hey, there is really much worthwhile material in this post!