When I go to Italy one of my favorite things is to try new flavors of gelato. On my last visit I decided to go to gelato shops everywhere I went to see which one I liked the best. It wasn’t easy but since I challenged myself I went to lots of places to do this important research.
Later I decided I could never say who has the best gelato. I realized that I enjoyed a refreshing gelato from a stand near the Vatican just as much as one from a specialty shop in Venice. There was a Nutella and hazelnut combination in San Gimignano I’ll never forget. It was delicious and I nearly went back for a second one immediately. Another flavor I really enjoyed was crème brulee. It was so tasty I momentarily forgot to admire the beautiful scenery.
An important thing to remember about the gelato in Italy is the portions are quite small. I usually bought the smallest size, which was surprisingly satisfying. I’d buy it in a cone, but many people seemed to prefer cups. I’d also get one of those tiny spoons to try to make it last longer.
When I go back to Italy I’ll have to think of another important subject -like chocolate – to research!
After a trip it’s fun to reminisce by looking at photos. I’ve also accumulated quite a collection of postcards. Sometimes I think I take so many pictures I shouldn’t need postcards, but that doesn’t seem to matter when I’m looking for souvenirs.
When I was in Italy a few years ago I wondered if I should I buy this postcard.
… or should I buy this one?
I couldn’t decide, so I got them both!
Then there’s the somewhat competitive idea of whether my photo is as good as a postcard of the same scene. I took a picture of telephone boxes in Cambridge, England. Then I bought a postcard that was similar. I can’t decide which one is the better likeness, but I’m glad to have both for the sake of comparison.
I also like unusual postcards from different places. This is a unique card of the astronomical clock in Prague. There’s a little paper wheel on the side of the postcard that turns and shows the scenes on the clock changing the way it does when you see it in person.
Postcards are classic souvenirs. And I’ve enjoyed mine, so they were worth buying!