Thursday, August 17
We met up on the pier at twilight, 14 friends, some who live here, some who come and visit every year. The town was still very busy after the festivities of the day before. We had decided to escape from the crowds and spend an evening at sea.
Shoes kicked off, stretched out on the boat cushions, the warm air rushing past our faces,this is what summer is all about. Bottles of Prosecco were opened, sighs of happiness were heard and paradise was mentioned.
We stopped for dinner in a small fishing village down the coast. The table groaned with food, surely there was no space for more? But more arrived. Fried zucchini flowers, marinated salmon,.
grilled eggplant, buffalo mozzerella, ricotta and salami tarts, melanzane parmeggiano, spaghetti con zucchini, homemade pasta with seafood, almond cake with vanilla icecream and jugs of wine with peaches. A toast was made to friendships and happiness.
We climbed back onto the boat and set off towards home. Thousands of stars lit up the night sky and everybody lay down to gaze into the sky. Amid the hum of the engine, there were occasional shouts of delight as shooting stars were spotted. We lay there in companiable silence, knowing that this was one of those magic evening that we will remember for always.
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