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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir: http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy. I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

To University of Bologna, Vicenza, Venice and via Austria to The Netherlands

We did start early that Monday, October 29.
Via the mushroom farm and hotel Gallo for picking up the Americans at their hotel and off in two cars to the University of Bologna for meeting with Professor Ferri, an expert with Pleurotus.
Here I'm holding Pleurotus in my hand...
Pieter in Bologna with Professor Ferri
A lot of translations back and forth between English, Italian and Dutch...
Further Pleurotus discussion at the University of Bologna and there also lunch, as a lack of time.
We went to a private Pleurotus grower in Ferrera, a former student of Professor Ferri.
On Tuesday, October 30, first to the mushroom farm of the Sartor family.
Around 11:15 we left for Vicenza and after lunch with spawn representative Antonio, we visited a Pleurotus grower in Vicenza.
Pleurotus grower in Vicenza
The very first photo I did show you already some Pleurotus...
With the Pleurotus grower and his wife, spawn representative and our friend Tommaso, American colleagues and Martin, Pieter's former student around the table with a wine and sweet potatoes.
Next day we got up at 5:45 on October 31 and we picked up our colleagues. Together with Martin we drove to Venice and via another Pleurotus farm we were at the airport by 11:00.
We said our good byes to Long Chi Wu and Frank Gabell, as they departed for the USA.
A little bit time for us in Venice and I found an 18ct golden ring with red coral in a rose form.
Matching with the charm I had for decades! Very happy with it.
By 16:30 we all met in Jesolo, resort area near Venice where Tommaso with his wife and Martin's wife and daughter had come to meet us.
After some shoe shopping (gift) we went to a fish restaurant in the direction of home.
Delicious meal and by 23:00 we were back in Asolo and to bed.
On November 1, finally some time for Tommaso's mushroom farms.
Pieter had a meeting with the Sartor staff and I had a coffee at Annelies' and time to write my diary.
We had dinner at Gianni', where Frank stared at his pigeon soup before...
Always delicious home cooked meals, by him and his wife.
We walked in Asolo together.
Wearing my self made woolen skirt. The fabric was a gift from a friend here in Dublin, GA who owned a woolen mill...
On Friday, November 2, we got picked up by Tommaso after he'd checked out for us at the hotel.
Now off to Montebelluna and that yielded lovely black boots for me!
We always have been treated royally.
We said our goodbyes at the mushroom farms, also to Martin and his brother.
Now off into the direction of the Brenner Pass to Austria.
Our hotel from 1981, Staudacherhof' was closed so we sleep at hotel Obermühle.
We had a delicious meal and were on time in bed!
Saturday, November 2 we got up at 7:00 and after a delicious breakfast (oh, how we miss that bread here in the USA) we were riding by 9:00 via Munich.
With a stop in Altenahr, Germany and a quick visit with a dear friend, just as a coffee break, we were at my Parent's home by 19:15 with Babi Pangang from the Chinese restaurant...
We ourselves did drive some 3800 km and in Italy they drove another 1000 km with us.
On Wednesday November 7, we had a 25the wedding anniversary of Pieter's best friend.
A lovely day with lots of people we know.
On our wedding anniversary day on the 10th of November, we flew back to Atlanta, USA...
Thanks for your visit and comment!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Driving from Budapest, via Austria to Asolo, Italy

On Saturday, October 10 of 1984 we did rise at 6:00 as we wanted to caravan with Pieter's Dutch student back to Italy where he lived and worked for the largest Italian mushroom farm.
Together with the two American colleagues in our rental car we did so at 7:45 as breakfast only was available at 7:00...
We had only done 1515 km but today we would be adding some more!
This is me in Asolo, Italy after arrival and a good night sleep!
Notice my love for roses? I'm wearing here my red coral + gold rose pendant...

Driving all the way from Budapest, Hungary, through Austria...
We ate here in St. Gertraud, Austria at Café-Restaurant Gutschi...
To the Venice area in Italy...
We arrived at Asolo by 20:00 and had now a total of 2390 km.
Husband Pieter took this photo of our Italian friend Tommaso  (l), Long Chi Wu and Frank Gabell, me and the Dutch student who worked and lived in Italy at the time.
After a glass of wine we go out to dinner. Boletus and delicious.
We were tame...!
Hotel Duse, Asolo - Historic Center where we loved to stay!
Sunday, October 28, we got up and had breakfast. 
We both walked around in Asolo, went to the little Church - being very happy!
We both love Asolo and staying at Hotel Duse was always a joy.
Lovely to walk around on a Sunday morning...
Wearing my Scottish Royal Stewart Tartan skirt, my own sewing creation from the fabric Pieter brought me home the year before from his MGA conference trip in England.
Pieter gifted me also the Royal Stewart Tartan woolen scarf + matching gloves.
Asolo's Historic Center is so special!
Medieval Asolo, with its cobble stone one-way roads!
By 11:45 Martin came to pick us up and we went to Tommaso all together.
Rosella had cooked a delicious meal for all of us.
Cozy in the lower part of the big house of his Father, with open hearth fire we enjoyed our lunch!
Martin took us to the Tempio Canoviano from a wealthy artist in Possagno.
Some climbing to do but breathtaking view!
What a lovely Sunday it was in the fall here in Italy!
We went to Monte Grappa and had a coffee with Grappa in their mountain hut.
Even on top of the mountain they grew Pleurotus in bags!
With our American colleagues we visited Bassano del Grappa with its covered bridge over the River Brenta at the foothills of the Venetian Prealps.
Sunday at the end of the day... Martin's wife and child and also his brother.
We rounded things off with a dinner together, specialty of the region at a local restaurant.
That meant pigeon soup!
I will never forget Frank Gabell's face when I did translate this to him...

What a day; stay tuned...
Thanks for your visit and comment!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part VI - Gorsium and Old Market Halls Budapest

From the Beethoven Museum at Martonvásár, we now arrived at this old Roman town...
A fascinating archaeological site is located in Gorsium.
Husband Pieter pondering about being back in time, into a Roman era...
Here lay the Roman settlement of Gorsium, which operated for three centuries and where a magnificent palace stood, an amphitheater and a cemetery.
Long Chi Wu, me and husband Pieter
It was quite a transformation for being way back in time!
Hungary has lots of thermal baths, so the Romans already used the warm water!
In Summer, events are now organized here
There also was a museum that we visited and we had lunch there.
At 15:15 we went back to Budapest with one bus, the other group did split off for an extended stay at Lake Balaton.
Hungary has a lot to offer and we must say that the Congress did include a lot of culture for getting to know this beautiful country.
We got off at the Gellért Hotel in Budapest by 16:20 and since it was very foggy, it would be already dark by 17:00.
At 13:17 in this video you will see the Great Market Hall, Budapest, just click through from my Pinterest.
With Pieter's Campbell Soup colleagues together we went to the Great Market Hall and got to see the information about edible and non-edible fungi.
That was quite interesting.
A perfect day's ending for all four of us!
On our way back we ate authentic Hungarian Goulash soup and with a taxi from the Gellért hotel we went all four back to the Congress Center.

We had to rise again at 6:00... stay tuned!
Thanks for your visit and comment.

Related link:
Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part V - Martonvásár Beethoven Museum | previous post
Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part IV -  Kiskunhalas | previous post by me
Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part III - Szentendre | previous post by me
My 1st Trip to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part II - Budapest | previous post by me
Driving to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part I - Mayerling | previous post by me

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part V - Martonvásár Beethoven Museum

After our dinner the previous night and the 3 hour ride in the bus back to the Congress Center in Budapest we had to rise early again at 6:30 because we would depart by bus at 8:00.
Quite a Ludwig van Beethoven statue!
Beethoven stayed several times in the 18th century country house in
When he went to visit the noble family Brunswick. 
Concerts take place here In July.
Under an old poplar on the island in the lake, Beethoven sat to compose...
Ludwig van Beethoven's writing...
Here was also an agricultural research institute.
Long Chi Wu sent us this picture with both of us in it.

Stay tuned for the next stop...
Thanks for your visit and comment!

Related link:
Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part IV -  Kiskunhalas | previous post by me
Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part III - Szentendre | previous post by me
My 1st Trip to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part II - Budapest | previous post by me
Driving to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part I - Mayerling | previous post by me

Friday, May 31, 2019

Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part IV - Kiskunhalas

We must keep in mind that our visit was during Communism and everything was owned by the State.
So a lot of things are no longer valid...
On Thursday, October 25 of 1984, we got up early at 6:00 for having breakfast and then departure by bus at 7:00 for a visit to the research center in Kecskemét, Hungary.
Next we went to Hajos, where we hd lunch at the State Estate.
Complete with good music and wine!
We even purchased a bottle of wine... a Tokaj.
We saw huge agricultural areas; everything was State owned.
Next we went to the substrate preparation place for Pleurotus, in Borota.
Then we visited a private Pleurotus grower in Kunfehértó.
We even went to the State Forestry in Kiskunhalas, to look at sawn off poplar trunks. These were being spawned with  Pleurotus to digest them within 5 years. They also yielded some fresh Pleurotus. 
In KISKUNHALAS, at the State Forestry Company we had dinner with music and dance and lots of brandy, wine and champagne tasting!
In my diary I wrote: 'We even could handle it!'
Well, we dumped most of it in the decanter, at the table...
Pieter's successor at the Dutch Practical Training College, did NOT dump his glass' contents in the decanter...
A fun evening.
Barack Pálinka or Apricot Pálinka (brandy) is a national drink.
Earlier, in Hajos, the Congress participants could select their photos, taken during different events.
Here Pieter is dealing with that and it probably was the photo taken during the lectures.
That's me on the right, sitting next to Frank Gabell, Pieter's Campbell Soup colleague and the one with his glass to his lips is the other colleague, Long Chi Wu.
Around 20:30 we departed for Budapest where we arrived singing... around 23:30.
Yes, in the bus I've been singing together with two Hungarian colleagues/friends; Júlia Györfi and Katalin Stubnya.
Our song was: KALINKA and without dancing... Haha!
Enjoy it from my Pinterest: Kalinka
and to see the authentic Russian dance to it, click here: Kalinka
My Dad sang in a small choir as a Don Kozach for a while... I had to sew his Astrakan hat, his red satin blouse and the cummerbund to it.
Both, Pieter and I LOVE Hungarian and Slavic music, including Russian!
Bit by bit you figure out who we are....
Thanks for your visit and comment!

Related link:
Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part III - Szentendre | previous post by me
My 1st Trip to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part II - Budapest | previous post by me
Driving to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part I - Mayerling | previous post by me

Monday, May 27, 2019

Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part III - Szentendre

On Wednesday, October 24, it was again full congress day for husband Pieter and I could join the ladies in the different buses. For me no problem for joining the English, German or French speaking group.
Pieter later would have an excursion to the state owned Duna in Csepel. 
But we were going to Szentendre...
The first city you reach in the Danube Bend; Szentendre (St. Andrew).
This was once a popular place for immigrated Serbs who fled for the Turks, and that is still visible in the many Serbian Orthodox churches.
A beautiful Serbian Orthodox Church
Wooden frescoes of St. Constantine and St. Helene.
Paintings throughout this Church by Mihailo Zivkovic, with eyes that seem to follow you...
Blagovestenska Church at Fo tér 4, is the only one of the town's several Serbian Orthodox Churches that will be fairly sure open.
The tiny Church (as in above's card), dating from 1752, was built on the site of a wooden Church from Serbian migration of 1690.
Lovely Baroque-Rococo design!
Check on my Pinterest link for information in regard to the Plaque Cross, seen above to the right. 
Click here and then enter from there.
Folklore Center Scentendre... I did find a lovely, hand embroidered Hungarian blouse here.
You will see it later in a post...
This is from a brochure but their work is stunning!
Szentendre is only 20 km away from Budapest!
A Nostalgia Café at the back of a Folklore Gift shop.
We first got offered an aperitif and then we ate lunch there.
Above the bar they had all kinds of money bills, also Dutch Guilders and US Dollars...
This was the Restaurant
In the Danube Bend we did visit the 13th Century Esztergom Castle and had a great view from there.
Click to see it on my Pinterest: Esztergom Basilica and Castle and this is the very place where husband Pieter in 1974 visited... see post below.
Esztergrom is the seat of the Hungarian Catholic Church and this is the largest Church in Hungary.
The first Hungarian King, Saint Stephen, got coronated here and it was the Capitol till the 13th Century.
Back home to the Congress Center in our little German speaking bus, via Margaret Island at 17:15.
A gem in the middle of the Danube, with Margaret Bridge reaching it...
Click here to find out more via my Pinterest.
The men got home from their excursion to the Duna by 19:30.

For me it was a lovely day, with lots of impressions!
Just pondering if the Belgian Mrs. Jacquemin in my bus, would be related to the Jacquemin in my post (see below) about the1958 tragedy in the caves... We meet so many people in this life!

Stay tuned for the next chapter...
Thanks for your visit and comment!

Related link:
My 1st Trip to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part II - Budapest | previous post by me
Driving to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part I - Mayerling | previous post by me
Husband Pieter's 1974 Visit to Esztergom, Hungary during Communism | post where Pieter was in Eszergom
1958 Tragedy for Pieter's Mushroom Friends in Zichen-Zussen-Bolder in Belgium | previous post in which I mentioned mushroom friend Jacquemin...
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