Gastronomy. The word itself conjures up images of European chefs and erudite food writers. But today’s new gastronome is a chef who cares about biodynamic farming, a farmer who cares about the quality and heritage of food, an artisan food producer who supports heirloom and rare varieties, even a home cook who finds adventure in exploring everything edible. Now gastronomy sounds friendly and sustainable. Good for the earth, and good for us. Good for you, Gastronomy.
July 13, 2013
Medieval Hill Towns
My Ventimiglia hostess, Elizabeth, took time from osteopath and naturopath studies to give me a scooter tour through a few of the old towns in the hills.
The first one translates to sweet water.
Community olive press. Still today communities share a press.
Accurate sun dial.
There is a law that you have to paint buildings to be aesthetically pleasing.
A woman getting her water from the community well.
Just inside the entrance to the town.
Lookout at the top.
The bumps on these leaves become a berry.
This town is noted for the wall paintings throughout.
A good restaurant worth traveling to.
Kitty on the curb doing a good job. There were no rats.
Elizabeth leading the way up a steep street.
Looking back down. Dizzying.
Someone's front entrance.
Another front entrance.
Church at the top.
View from the top.
On a clear day you can see the snow capped Dolomites.