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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Padua (Padova)

My friend, Steve, told me that Padova had the best food market in Italy. I'm not sure that's official, but I know that it was just as great as a museum visit for me! I loved being surrounded by the herbs (photo) and colorful fruits, vegetables, spices and clothing.

I grew up with a chestnut tree in my backyard in West Virginia. Every winter my Italian grandmother, who lived next door, would roast the nuts in a pan on her stove. The mess left from the prickly chestnut covering on the ground got the better of my dad, and sometime after I graduated from college, he cut the tree down. But when I saw all the chestnuts displayed in the market in Padua, they looked so exotic and beautiful. Round and brown protected in their porcupine bed.

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