Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2010 Goldring Travel Food & Wine Cruise on the Seabourn Odyssey - Pizza or the Wintergarden Suite's Spa? Let's Try Both!

We arrived in Tripani, Sicily my focus was not on this small town, which is nice enough, but which really didn’t have much to offer of interest on a Saturday morning. We took a stroll around town, did some window shopping and such, but really don’t have anything of interest to note…other than I had an excellent slice of Sicilian pizza. (Hey, you gotta do these things.)

It really just happened upon us. We had agreed not to have a big breakfast and we would skip lunch because the Goldring Travel 2010 Food & Wine Tasting on the Seabourn Odyssey was happening later in the day. But things being what they are…and our stomachs used to being on Seabourn…we had to eat something.

It just so happened that we observed a woman pulling up a basket from street level to her balcony and paused to watch this ancient but oh so logical event. While stopped, my DW asked a local where we could find a slice of pizza. He said something we did not understand, but pointed next door. Through a doorway filled with hanging ropes was the local bakery and there it was: Sicilian pizza. While I am not a fan of the thick crust variety I figured I would overcome this by getting the one with the most “stuff” on it. It was a good choice. The others, we found out, were pretty ordinary. One half of the Pizza Pilgrimage complete.

But my pre-Food & Wine Tasting efforts were not complete. Our dear friends surprised me and my DW by arranging for his Wintergarden spa to be prepared with flowers, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and Molton Brown bath oils for me. Of course, solely in an effort to assure I can advise you on every aspect of the Seabourn experience we begrudgingly agreed to partake. (OK, and if you believe that, I have a bridge I want to sell you.) It was a lovely and enjoyable experience...complete with waves of optic fiber lighting from above, appropriate music from Seabourn's extensive library and...well that is enough information for you!

And, of course, I personally encourage all of you to book a Wintergarden Suite for your next cruise!

Ready for all the info on the Food & Wine Tasting? You will have to wait until the next posting.