Best of 2016 from the chestnut forest

The year isn’t even over yet and I’m already fantasizing of what’s in store for 2017. After the frenetic rollercoaster of events that went down all over the world in 2016, a blank slate and fresh start is a welcome thought. I’ll toast to that! Here in the chestnut forest, we are blessed to have had plenty of good times, but these are the bests.

Winter

View of Monviso

Christmas in Dogliani for the snow. I honestly didn’t know beforehand that it had snowed a few days before our arrival, so it was a really nice surprise to see the ground all covered in white when we rolled into town. We ♥ Piemonte.

Spring

Cascina Peliza strawberry picking

Self-service organic farms are still a rare thing in Italy, and the prices are higher than what supermarkets charge. But if you can pick-your-own strawberries and cherries where the land is not full of pesticides, then that, in itself, is what counts for us.

Summer

The Floating Piers Isola di San Paolo

Lake IseoThe Floating Piers by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude was an experience that we’ll never forget. Walked it. On our 13th anniversary. And despite the massive crowds, the heat, and the naysayers (art critics included), The Floating Piers ranks #1 in Italy for 2016.

Fall

Sunset in Kekaha

Kauai. We waited 5 years for a return trip to the island of my birth. Loved everything, every bite of poke, every visit to the colorful farmers markets, every ride on The Kauai Bus, but most of all, hiking in Honopu which was the icing on the cake. Let’s hope another 5 years doesn’t pass by before we visit again.

Dogs’ best

Itinerary n.36 (9)

Every day is a good day for the dogs, but it’s the moments when they can amicably meet and greet other pooches that stand out the most. Goodwill rarely happens with Mister Bentley, and a little butt-sniffing occurred when we did the cherry tree hike in Marostica. Look how sociable the doxie is with Bruno. A miracle! The Westie is always friendly. Even with cats.

Itinerary n.36 (8)

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6 thoughts on “Best of 2016 from the chestnut forest

  1. Nonna T

    Thank you for all of your entertaining and informative posts! Mi manca L’Italia (e Hawaii):-) Yesterday I had chicken curry, Hawaiian style made by my Hawaiian native born friend. A lot more interesting toppings options– yum!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Sounds fantastic! I am thinking of all the foodstuffs that are crowded on tables back in the islands right now, and it is making me thinking of poke, dried fish, and poi. 🙂

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