I had a very nice time!

First a couple of days in a small village outside Asti (in Piemonte, known especially for it's Spumante and Barbera wines, but also great Ruché, Grignolino, Moscato, and about 50 other types). The village was so small it had only three streets, but in one of them was an astonishingly good restaurant (the only one in the village).

Then on to Genova for three nights in a hotel in an old Palazzo - with a great 16th century fresco in the ceiling above our bed. Even more good food and wine.

Last night was spent in Milano, including a "Night at the Opera". Il Teatro della Scala may be one of the least audience-friendly in the world, and the particular opera running now may be one of the most hopelessly operatic of all times, but it was still a great experience (even for a former opera singer)!