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20070517 Arizona Women's Basketball Tour of Italy: Day 3 - Bardolino
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Release: 05/17/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;PALBID=11423">Photo Gallery</A></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Hi from Italia!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">This is Coach Joan Bonvicini, and I want to tell you about a very special day we had in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Lake Garda</st1:place>. Instead of visiting <st1:City w:st="on">Verona</st1:City> as our itinerary had on its schedule, we decided to let the players sleep in and then drive about 2 ? hours for a good meal before our game outside of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City>. I mentioned to our tour guide that my Dad has relatives in the <st1:place w:st="on">Lake Garda</st1:place> region and own a restaurant. It sounded like a good plan to see my family in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region> and have some great food. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">My parents had been to their restaurant ?Montefelice&rsquo; in Bardolino, and said that it was wonderful!! Our tour guides set up our reservation and I recommended some new items to try. We order food a bit different in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region> than in the States. If we were to sit down and have each player order their food and then get served, it would take approximately 3 hours! So, we order for the group and the players then are able to try new items they would not probably order for themselves.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The drive from <st1:City w:st="on">Milan</st1:City> to <st1:place w:st="on">Lake Garda</st1:place> was gorgeous. There are vineyards everywhere! This region of <st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region> is called the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Veneto</st1:place></st1:State> region and has wonderful food and wine. We found the restaurant in Bardolino which is on <st1:place w:st="on">Lake Garda</st1:place> and it also has a hotel and even had a discoth??que. It was the prettiest place we have visited so far! My relatives, the Moran do family, own the property. They are related to me on my grandmother&rsquo;s side. Her maiden name is Morando and this was her nephew.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Gianni Morando, his wife and mother were very gracious and we had lunch on the patio with a wonderful view of the lake. Our menu consisted of a few courses: 1<SUP>st</SUP> course-polenta with some fish; 2<SUP>nd</SUP> course-cold cuts; 3<SUP>rd</SUP> course-tortellini alla panna and risotto; 4<SUP>th</SUP> course-turkey and roasted potatoes or fresh fish. We are not lacking for food! It was by far the best meal we have had! To have this wonderful opportunity to travel with our <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> team and to share this experience in seeing my relatives was priceless!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I hope you all have an opportunity to visit <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region> some time! The people here truly love Americans and their hospitality is unmatched. I know I am a bit biased, but I am very proud of my Italian heritage! <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Ciao!!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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