We are officially back in Italy, and we’ll be here for a long, long time. It feels like an eternity to me. It’s only been a few days, but I already missed New Jersey and nearby New York as the plane was taking off from JFK Airport. In fact, it’s not an understatement to say that my heart aches for the sights and sounds of the tri-state area.
So, I’m putting a much-needed smile on my face by remembering some of the ways I bid farewell to my home sweet home. Thanks to a friend from Ischia, who was in New York on business and was kind enough to take Antonio and I aboard the Bateaux dining cruise, I was able to take in the lights of NYC one last time before leaving for Italy. Aboard the cruise, I ate yummy lobster bisque, crab cake, seafood-stuffed crepes and cheesecake (New York style, of course). The crepes were delicious, but dripping in cream sauce and paired with the bisque and the cheesecake, it was a bit of a heavy dinner. While the price is steep – our friend gave the experience to us as a gift to thank us for letting him stay at our place – I would recommend the Bateaux to out of towners and locals alike because it is a new and fun way to take in the New York skyline. It also is quite romantic, and makes for an extra-special way to celebrate an anniversary or birthday.
The highlight of the trip is not the food, by the way. It is the ambiance. I was even able to wave arriverderci to Miss Liberty herself. Being the child of an immigrant and a sucker for the American dream and all it represents, I get choked up just at the sight of THE Statue. It felt fitting to see her up close, in all her glory one last time before I set out an adventure in reverse; whereas my ancestors greeted her at their arrival to the new world, I was heading back to their old world for what is sure to be a life-changing experience.