On the Road Again: Best Breakfast Ever in Italy

22 Nov

When we lived in Stuttgart, Germany, our favorite place to go on vacation was Italy.  We went there twice; I had been there twice as a young junior officer before I ever met Noel.

It was summer of 1990, when it was getting so hot that most Italians would flee the cities.  We went on a bus tour from Germany to Italy.  The way it worked was the bus would pick up Americans at various bases throughout Germany as it made its way to the border of Austria; then on it went through Austria and into Italy for a week of fun.

The bus picked us up about 10:00 at night, so we could ride all night and awaken in Italy.  This particular tour would include Pisa, Florence (Firenze), Rome, and Venice.  I had never been to Rome or Venice prior to this.

After a long night of sleeping fitfully on the bus as we bounced along the road, we arrived in a small Italian village just as a coffeeshop was starting to serve breakfast.  But what a coffeeshop!

It was actually chilly despite being July so we must have still been up in the Alps a ways.  I can’t recall.

As we got off the bus, wiping the sleep from our eyes, the door of the coffeeshop opened and treated us to the best scent I have ever smelled in my life.  Espresso and cappuccinos mingled with fresh baked pastries and bread rolls to serenade our nostrils.  Our hungry tummies followed the cues, rumbling in exactly the right key and time signature.

Oooolala, breakfast was extra special that day!!!

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