Whenever you make it to Sorrento's restaurant in Olympia, you will meet Franco Cannava. Although raised in Sicily he blossomed as a chef, lifeguard and I suspect extremely charming young man here in Sorrento. I can just picture him here, strutting down the beach, flirting with all the girls and being the life of the party. We are all certainly thankful that he recreates the taste and charm of Italy right in downtown Olympia with his gusto personality and mouthwatering food.
I have been anxious to see the place that Franco spent so much time, and as I trudged down the street from the train station, travel worn and traumatized by the connection at the Naples train station, the streets of Sorrento brightened my smile with the lemon and orange trees escorting me all the way to the hotel. This is such a sweet little charming town, mom and pop shops, tiny restaurants with fruit tree limbs floating down from the ceilings above and the buildings barley clinging to the cliffs above the sparkling turquoise Mediterranean sea. I guess I'm on vacation from my vacation. I slept that night for 14 hours, must have needed it.
Before I headed to bed to recover from my fabulous Rick Steve's boot camp, my first night here was quite exciting. I explored the town a bit and then planted myself at a patio wine bar in the main square. Lots of people were out, mostly families and young people socializing. It got busier and busier, then there was loud music, and someone talking on a PA system. Of course I understand so little of what the announcer is saying, I'm clueless to what is going on... Then all of a sudden all the lights on the towering Christmas tree in the square came on and fireworks blared above the crowd. Shocking, but what fun, another moment in Italy to tuck away forever.
Foodgasm: angel hair pasta tossed with lemon, olive oil and spinach, served in half of a huge hollowed out lemon - but I'm soooo tired of pasta, not possible right? It is all so fabulous, but I've been craving QB tempeh tacos
Bacio ball wisdom: You cannot be wise if you are not sometimes a little foolish. Bravo! I agree and with all my foolishness on this trip, Wooh am I gonna be wise...
I'm sorry for the lack of pictures. This little hotel must have an extremely slow connection. I'm so thrilled any of you are reading my babbling at all and I love all your comments.