After a wonderful day of traveling, the group needed a fine Italian appetizer to finish the day. We had seen old churches laden with Islamic mosaics and an incredible puppet show following the tale of countless knights who wished to win over the heart of a certain Angelica. Seeing old Islamic mosaics was particularly exciting for me because, growing up, I have visited the Alhambra, the Seo, the Mesquita de Córdoba, and other mudejar architectural sites in Spain, but never did I realize Christian and Islamic architecture had combined in other parts of the world. Plus, geometrical mosaics create some of the most beautiful art I’ve ever seen. Pictured above are fine Italian cheeses, salami, mortadella, lard and jams that we devoured in seconds, despite severe jet lag. Boy is it good to be back!