One of my favourite things in the world is gelato. It’s an Italian ice cream that is beyond wonderful. It’s creamy, cream, creamy and comes in every flavour under the sun. I’m told that the creamy style gelato is found in northern Italy and that as you go further south; it becomes less creamy and more like a sorbet. However, some of the creamiest gelato I’ve ever had I got in Rome; which is in the south. Maybe, it gets icy further down the ‘boot,’ like in the toes or heel, I don’t know. All I know is the creamier the better.
Now, this is where the Grams and I part company. It’s not that she doesn’t like the creamy gelato; it’s just that she prefers French sorbets: cassis sorbet to be specific. She’s crazy for cassis sorbet. It stains her lips and has caused her to have to throw away more than one stained garment, but she’s a fool for cassis sorbet.
She has a point. Cassis sorbet is good, but I happen to prefer gelato. Here’s another thing: the French serve their ices and ice creams in these teeny tiny little cones. I mean you need at least 2 of them to feel that you’ve had anything that resembles an ice cream cone. The Italians, on the other hand, have all sizes of cones. This means that they have bigger scoops too. Furthermore, you can get 2 or 3 scoops of gelato in one cone. Now, that’s what I call an ice cream cone!
The morning that I took this shot we had just crossed the Ponte Vecchio and were headed for the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens. I pressed my nose against the glass looking at the fresh gelato. I sighed loudly. “Gweeds, you just had breakfast!” Grams said sternly. I gave her my best “Bambi” eyes (It works every time-no words, just cut to the chase). She scrunched up her mouth, “Oh, okay; but don’t complain when you’ve no appetite for dinner.” By the time we left the gelato shop, I had a 2 scoop banana cone and she had a 1 scoop strawberry cone. “How do I let you talk me into these things?” she asked.
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