That’s Amore!

Saturday, June 19, 2010 — Lincoln, California

This was wedding reception day. Kris and Nichole were celebrating their “third” wedding, of sorts: a reception here in California for family and friends who were not able to make it to the two special weddings on the Amalfi Coast.

The reception was held at the beautiful Catta Verdera Country Club
in Lincoln, California

We all wore the same outfits we had worn to the evening wedding in Praiano. It was surreal to meet up again, but this time back in California. In the dining room, a slide show of the wedding(s) and trip to Italia was projected on the wall. The tables had all been assigned names after the places we had gone: Praiano, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Rome, Sorrento, and Naples.

It was wonderful to celebrate with our family and friends back home.

We dined, we danced, we laughed, and we cried.

These are my parents, Mario and Arleta. Just two days before the reception, they celebrated their own 60th anniversary. They still hold hands when they walk together. They inspire us all.

At the very end of the night, everyone gathered in a huge circle, holding hands, preparing for one last dance. Then, singing at the top of our lungs, we began with the words that carried a special meaning for those of us who had been on this special trip together:

That's Amore!!!

When the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie, that’s amore

When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore

Bells’ll ring, ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling, and you’ll sing “Vita Bella!”

Hearts’ll play, tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tay like a gay Tarantella

When the stars make you drool just-a like pasta fazool, that’s amore

When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you’re in love!

When you walk in a dream but know you’re not dreamin’, signore

‘Scusami, but you see, back in old Napoli,

That’s Amore!


[Update: 1) l’hotel in pietra in Matera found and sent my coat. It arrived two weeks later in perfect shape.  2) I never did get charged for those scratches on the rental car. And don’t you tell them!]

June, 2011: It’s been a year now since the Wedding Trip to Italia. We’re thinking of going some place completely new this year. Hmmm…I’m smelling Turkey…and it’s way too soon for Thanksgiving…

This September, check back in to to see what’s cooking.


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