So here are the spoils of my Italy trip. Chocolatiers visited: Luca Mannori (the pastries, my god, the pastries!), Roberto Catinari (so....much to choose from), Paul de Bondt (why we were you out of honey chocolates???), and Vestri (could not have been ruder and hotter store). Chocolatiers visited who were closed Catinari & Salza (fie! fie on you both!). And of course, Eurochocolate.
I actually came in under budget. I think. Still haven't totaled the receipts yet, but I ran out of room in my chocolate case. Now my husband and I are eating our way through all the pralines & chocolate bars with nut & fruit additives. Its quite a lovely way to get through the work day.