Totally envious of Madame Fromage and her current journey (and my condolences on the passing of a family member). Check out her blog and her current journey in Italy:
“…Until I went to Italy this May, I never knew my Uncle Paolo. I’d seen him in pictures with my Aunt Lynette, an Ohio girl who studied abroad in college and fell in love with a hunk from Verona. In pictures, Uncle Paolo looked like a gladiator — he had bronze skin and broad shoulders, and to my child eyes he appeared menacing. As I prepared to meet him with my adult eyes, I have to admit I felt a little…oh, shall we say cautious?
Luckily, Uncle Paolo and I discovered a special bond: a love of cheese…”