It’s hard to know where to start in recapping our trip to Italy. The food, the wine, the sites, and the indelible moments that define a fantastic vacation are sometimes hard to unravel and explain when you return home.
What is all boils down to, however, is that this trip was about family.
My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past January. My brothers and I have been nagging them for years to come up with an idea to celebrate. I wanted to throw a big party, but their families and friends are scattered and we couldn’t ever come up with a plan. At the end of the day they decided that what they really wanted was to take all of their kids and grandkids on vacation for a week.
Italy is a country that means a lot to my family. We’ve all been lucky enough to travel there extensively. My brothers and I were raised with an Italian wine palate and their cuisine is the epitome of comfort food for us. We feel comfortable there, even if we don’t speak nearly enough of the language. So when the time came to decide where to travel, there really was only one answer.
And how lucky we were, to gather in this homeland away from our homeland, where we could relax, site see, have lots of wine with lunch, cook, and spend a week marveling at the accomplishment of 50 years of marriage, and a happy and healthy extended family. While we were there, I wanted to ask my parents’ what the secret to a long marriage was, but somehow there was never the moment. And I think that is the secret – be busy and fulfilled, keep a circle of people you love around you, trust that the other person will be there for the highest highs and the lowest lows, and never stop exploring or sharing a bottle of wine.
Happy 50th Anniversary to my parents. Thank you for the opportunity to experience thunderstorms rolling in over the Umbrian hills, to watch our children cannonball in a pool that overlooked a vineyard, to get lost on our daily hikes, to switchback a mountain up and back again in a slightly rattling car, for Daniele’s ravioli, and to cheers and cheers again (and again) with a never ending procession of fantastic meals. It is a trip we will never forget!