My dear husband and I had an opportunity to go out for a very nice evening together on Saturday. What a treat it was! We have had the privilege of coming here to Italy three times now. Each time, whether for vacation or for ministry, we have had young children with us and no one to trust to be a babysitter. That's been ok, because we are so thankful for these little "arrows" God has given us and most of the time it is a real pleasure to have them around us. This time though, we are living in the same building with a very nice fifteen year old! We have been able to get to know her pretty well and with her mother being right upstairs, we felt that it was ok to leave the children with her for a couple hours. Enough said..... on with our evening!
We left the house about 7:45pm. This is actually early for dinner here in Italy. Dinner is a very late meal! There is about a five minute walk down to the old center of the city. We got there and found a nice restaurant, as far as we knew! Our judgement proved right! We were greeted with the typical Buona Sera (good evening) and shown to a table. We asked the server if she spoke English, and of course, she didn't. Thankfully, we had our trusty little dictionary!
My husband and I shared a very nice antipasti (appetizer) of baby shrimp in a lemon and olive oil sauce with fresh bread. Our next course, Primi, was pasta. My husband had the Fettucini with fish from the lake. I had Penne pasta with salmon in a cream sauce. Both were very delicious! We tried our best to think of how to recreate them! Our last course, dolci (dessert) was Tiramisu. We shared a piece. Typically, an Italian would have a full course meal of a lot more things, but we were so full. Not sure how they do it, but I can understand why their dinner meals take so long! They must have to wait to get more room!
We had a very nice evening and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. The conversation was wonderful as well... no interruptions! The children had a great time with Eliza... movie and monopoly... and we were so grateful for the opportunity. She wouldn't even let us pay her!
Such a nice evening!
Here is a picture of the town. Our restaurant was about half way up the hill. I don't have a picture of the two of us, but I took this one this afternoon and thought it looked nice.
... These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off and were PERSUADED of them, and EMBRACED them, and CONFESSED that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country... But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.