Today was kind of a crazy day. Not "crazy" crazy, just out of the norm. Like I said yesterday, Christine's aunt, Kathy, and cousin, Jessica, were flying in town this morning from Idaho. They had 4 connecting flights to get here, and left Idaho Thursday morning around 9. Their flight was scheduled to arrive in Venice around 9, so Christine was going to the airport to meet up with them. They're renting a car while they're here, but Kathy was concerned about speaking Italian to get the rental car, and then reading the road signs to get to the house. Understandable. So Christer got a ride to work with Blake (of Blake and Carrie, the family that had the bbq a week or so ago), so Christine could have the car to go to the airport. I stayed home with Jameson because there was really no point in dragging him along on the hour ride to and from the airport. Also, Christer and Blake were stopping by during lunch with Caleb, Blake and Carrie's youngest son, because it was his last day of school today and it was a half day so he got out at lunchtime. Carrie had a going away part to go to and wasn't able to get home, so Caleb was going to hang with us for a bit. Blake and Carrie also have 2 other kids, but they're both older and go to American school, while Caleb goes to Italian school. American school doesn't get out until next week. Jameson went down for his nap, and I hear people bustling around in the kitchen, so I head down to have lunch with Christer and Blake and Caleb. I walk down, and Christer, Blake, Caleb, AND Christine are all in the kitchen. No Kathy or Jessica. Apparently they had a 2 1/2 hour delay in Charlotte, SC, and missed their connecting flight from Frankfurt to Venice. They couldn't get on standby for the next flight, so they had to wait 6 hours for the next plane to take them to Venice. That means, that by the time they got here, they had literally been traveling, with the time difference, for over 24 hours. CRAZY! So we all had lunch, Caleb hung out, and Jameson slept. For an unusually long amount of time. His naps are normally anywhere from an hour to 2 hours and today he slept for over 3 hours! Christine left to make the trek back to the airport to pick up Kathy and Jessica for real, and Jameson and I played some more. We had made plans to eat at one of Christer and Christine's favorite restaurants, Le Contrade, for dinner tonight. Since Jameson would already be in bed, we had the Smith kids come over and hang out at the house while Jameson slept and we were at dinner. Poor Kathy and Jessica. They got home, threw their suitcases in their room and got ready for dinner. Such troopers!
We had a real Italian meal at real Italian time. We got to the restaurant at about 8 something and left around 11:30. Dining like the locals! Le Contrade is in Sacile, the town nearby with the market and the good gelato. All 7 of us piled into Carrie's SUV and rode up together. Blake and Christer were real men and squished into the back seat so us ladies could sit up front. Blake's like 6'3". Le Contrade means "the neighborhood," and it truly does feel like a neighborhood restaurant. It's very nice but casual, and sits right in the middle of Sacile, amongst houses and shops. The owner, Roberto, met us as we were walking up and got us situated on the covered patio. Christer had told us that they get fresh seafood every day, and tonight on the menu was an assortment of raw seafoods. Mmmm (sarcastically, of course). We start with a bottle of prosecco, which is like the Italian version of Champagne, and is sooooo good. I'm not a big fan of champagne, but all the proseccos I've had have been amazing. We were brought little espresso type glasses with pureed tomato with cilantro and an assortment of other spices to start our meal. Everyone knows how much I LOVE tomatoes, but I couldn't just NOT try it on principle. And, surprisingly, it was okay. It was like a thick, pureed tomato with added spices. Next up was the antipasti, or appetizer. I opted for the lobster salad with lemon and some other thing that we couldn't quite understand. The waitress tried explaining but something was lost in translation because Christine thought it was chestnuts and I'm pretty sure it wasn't chestnuts. The lemon is used as a way of cooking the seafood. They soak the lobster in the lemon juice, and the acid acts on the meat and "cooks" it. I took a photo journal of our meal tonight, so I have pictures of everything!