Biking in Italy

16 Jul

Charlotte and I just got back from a 7-day bike trip in Northern Italy! We started in the small town of Mantova, staying in a beautiful hotel, Ca delle Erbe and we ended the trip in the spectacular city of Venice!

There were 13 of us plus others from the US and Europe (Switzerland, Norway and England).  We had some ups and downs along the way (my mother liked to say Charlotte had a “crash” course in bike riding) but we had a lot of fun and laughed a lot — especially at dinner each night on the boat after riding our bikes 40-50 kilometers!

And we were definitely inspired by the good food! We all loved a mediterranean barley salad so here is my version:

Cook 1 cup of pearl barley in 3 cups of chicken broth for about 50 minutes. Toss in chopped tomatoes, persian cucumbers, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, pinenuts and olive oil.  Olives would be another good addition.  Or some basil pesto.

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2 Responses to “Biking in Italy”

  1. Katherine Brody July 16, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    Trip sounds like great fun. Can’t wait to try the salad.
    Who is the handsome man on the far right!

  2. Heather Losee July 16, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    You all look like you were having a great trip. The food looks yummy!
    congratulations to you Charlotte!!! OPA and are are very proud of you!!
    You are now an official international cyclist!

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