Posted by: Author | July 26, 2011

Bier vs. Acqua Minerale vs. Mela Verde

One of the interesting things about Italy is that they don’t serve tap water there in the restaurants. They only serve bottled water – the question is always asked, “Still or Bubbles?” or “Still or Gas?”  If you get to Europe, never, never, never go for the bubbles or gas. That is pure seltzer water. Not refreshing at all!!  I learned that on a trip to Germany when I was 19. We were picked up at the airport by our host, Herr Ludwig and he went into a gas station and asked if we wanted water. When he asked if I wanted, “sparkling,”  in my head, that meant “cold”  – Uh, no. It was bubbles/gas. Can you say, “gag me?”  Well, I had to drink it and smile since Herr Ludwig was so proud of getting me the water.  I was raised to be polite no matter what I was served.  So, I grinned and drank the stuff. Yipes. 

This time, I was prepared and always said “still” almost before they asked.  The weird thing is the water was the same price as the beer or bier as they spell it.  Coca cola was outrageously expensive- the kid drinks that a lot.  He also found some apple juice he loved made with green apples. It was excellent. He inhaled that stuff.  I drank bier a few times when my feet got achy from walking. I call it self-medicating, and after all, it was as cheap as water, right?

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  1. I learned that one the same way. LOL. Ah, I’m so missing Italy.

    • Lol. Glad I’m not the only one. It is a great place, right?

  2. That’s really interesting about the water. And the apple juice is something I’d like to try. Keep the trip tips coming! 🙂

    • Yeah, it was interesting. The apple juice was good and they also had apple mineral water that was yummy

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