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A Gorgeous Italian Breakfast

There are moments in travel that give me such pangs of happiness and contentment that it almost hurts.

This morning was one of those times.

A treasured snippet of tranquility found in a sun-dappled Italian country garden where I lingered long over breakfast with a dear friend.

I met Maddalena online one day when she found my blog and sent me an email telling her story. Our friendship has grown ever since, fostered by a shared love for a travel and a shared YIPES as we attempt to forge paths for ourselves in this topsy-turvy world.

I was so excited to finally meet her in person this month, and a long, companionable breakfast in the unseasonably warm sunshine was the best way to get all caught up.

We talked of grand adventures and hilarious mishaps as we munched on crispy toast slathered with butter and lingonberry jam.

We discussed books, history, and the best way to grow tomatoes and cabbages as we nibbled sugar-topped pastries and sipped cup after cup of strong Italian coffee.

We spoke of family histories and personal heartaches, cheering each other on as we shared fears and hopes for the years to come.

Then we left our comfy perch in the garden and went for a stroll around the property, delighting in the ground carpeted in tiny purple cyclamen, the sun turning the grape vines a rich gold, and the cozy nest of brown crunchy leaves the pet turtles had made for hibernation.

Although I love exploring the enchanting alleyways of Italian cities, craning my neck to look up at medieval towers, there is something infinitely more precious about a morning in the country and a heart-to-heart talk with a good friend.

What is your favorite way to get caught up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while?




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bellini - I would sau exactly like you; a leisurely morning over pain au chocolat and a cup of chai.

[email protected] - Meeting up with friends whilst travelling is always very special. What a beautiful way to start a happy day

Krista - Oh, pain au chocolat sounds absolutely wonderful, Val! 🙂 I’d love that too. 🙂

Krista - It IS very special, Jenny. 🙂 It makes you feel at home even when you aren’t. 🙂

Margo Millure - So beautiful, Krista! So glad you made it the other day and were able to enjoy a nice time with a friend!

Kate Turner - My ideal catch up would definitely involve food too! Maybe a cup of tea and cake… or a cocktail 🙂

Jamie - I love this! And I agree catching up or getting to know someone over a meal is perfect! What a beautiful setting! Ah, Italy….

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Krista - Ohh, a cocktail is always good, isn’t it, Kate? 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Margo! It was such a perfect morning. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Jamie. 🙂 A sunny morning in Italy is pure bliss. 🙂

Paula McInerney - What a lovely way to catch up. Nice.

Laura - What a great story! It’s awesome that you met because of your blog and that you’ve been able to meet now and create a real friendship. Brunch is always the best of times.

Rosemarie - That’s so wonderful to share breakfast and a lovely day chatting with your blog reader! That’s special.

Lauren - You add jam just the way my boyfriend does in a delicious thick layer! Love it. Also, side note, I love the wooden spoons in your header image 🙂

Eileen | The Food Avenue - Looks like the perfect way to start the day. Amazing looking food and what a beautiful morning!

Elissa - That is a very cool story. I think catching up with an old friend any way you can is a good thing, haven’t tried it over breakfast in an Italian garden yet! Sounds wonderful

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