5 Apr 2014

A celebration




When we were in Italy we celebrated the fifty-second wedding anniversary of one of my husband's sisters. (You may remember that about this time last year I wrote about how I met my husband at his sister's wedding when she lived in England and we remain good friends).  


This is the hotel we went to near Casamari Abbey. It's named after Caius Marius, the Roman whose villa and estate was on the site where the small settlement of Casamari  (the house of Marius) developed and the Abbey was built. Opposite the hotel stand the remains of the Roman acqua duct and there's a bridge that spans the River Amaseno, which in places is often dried up.

 A mid 20th century image of the abbey and the remains of the Roman acqua duct









There was a display in the restaurant of the local red wines such as the Cesanese del Piglio and typical regional varieties of hand made pasta.
Below are some of the dishes we enjoyed - antipasti, 'fini fini' pasta with porcini mushrooms, lasagna with asparagus, pineapple soaked in maraschino liqueur and sambuca with coffee beans floating in it.


Since arriving back in England my husband has been working on the vegetable plot - more about that another time - and we've been making plans to convert an existing space into a downstairs cloakroom. In the meantime I shall be writing some more about last month's trip to Italy.





19 comments:

  1. Hi Linda,

    How lovely that you were able to celebrate the wedding anniversary of your husbands sister. I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful photos from over there and how delicious all the food looks.
    Hope that you are enjoying the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  2. It is so amazing that there all those pieces of ancient architecture all over the place in Italy, just sitting there in the countryside! I think that it is so lovely that you count your family as friends as well! xx

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  3. Linda- what a fun visit...food, family, sightseeing! Such a blessing to be able to travel. Nice candid pics. :)

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  4. The Roman acqua duct is a wonderful piece of architecture, I never cease to be amazed at the Romans.
    Seeing the pasta and products of Italy always takes me straight back there - the 'fini fini' pasta with porcini mushrooms looks particularly appetising.

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  5. 5, 9 and 10 are AWESOME photos.. looks like the food was delish, and the sun was shining. a beautiful trip

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  6. How lovely that you were in Italy to help celebrate those 52 years! The hotel and food look amazing and I love your photos of the old aqueduct:)

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  7. Hello Linda:

    Is there, we often ask ourselves, anything more delicious than a freshly prepared lunch or dinner eaten in Italy. This, both place and food, looks to be wonderful.

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  8. une belle journée et un joyeux anniversaire
    l'imagination se projete dans le passé quand on voit tous les vestiges , d'un mur

    un repas très appétissant , très Italien
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France

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  9. Another lovely place, thanks for sharing.

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  10. The aqueduct is so interesting. The food looks delicious and all your photos show an Italy I would love to visit one day :)

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  11. A belated Happy Anniversary to your Italian family!

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  12. Glad you could enjoy such a lovely time celebrating. The food looks divine...and so does the architecture :)

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  13. How lovely to celebrate in such a beautiful setting, and 52 years is some going.

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  14. Such a lovely place to help celebrate and anniversary. I really like the sound of that pineapple dish. Did the flavour of the coffee beans come out in the Sambuca??

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  15. Hello Tanya. The pineapple was beautifully served and delicious. Sambuca is often garnished with three coffee beans. They represent health, happiness and prosperity. I seem to have had extra! The idea is to flame the liqueur and roast the beans at the same time, extinquishing the flame, of course, before drinking. I like the aniseed flavour of the drink and didn't notice any coffee flavour from the beans. A dash of sambuca is often served in an espresso coffee.

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  16. That is a really interesting place to celebrate in, and the food looks MOST excotic. Sounds like a wonderful celebration.xxx

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  17. The views are remarkable and the food looks delicious. Even the kitty seems to be enjoying the celebration.

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  18. Gorgeous phottos, Linda, and your lunch looks totally mouthwatering. I love the way the different eras of history and architecture mingle in Italy, with Roman, mediaeval and modern often cheek by jowl.

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  19. Oh it is just beautiful there and your meal sounds wonderful.
    What a lovely way to celebrate 52 years.

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