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Travel Blogs from Salsomaggiore Terme
... pilgrim contact these days. One evening there were ten of us in the same Ostello (n.b. the ostello at Cassio has to be the very best one of all). In addition to my French companions, I've seen a lot of two young Spaniards who shared the river taxi ride with me. We've also enjoyed the company of two sets of French cyclists on consecutive days, who would normally pass in a flash but who are of an age to take the mountain slopes more slowly.
Today is the last day of month two of ...
Apologies for being so quiet of late. The reason is that I've been staying mostly in parish accommodation, which is inexpensive but gives no access to wi-fi. I'll try to do a bumper update edition before too long as there is lots to ...
... courtyards with lush gardens and when I mentioned this to Betty she showed me a book she has that catalogues the 'hidden gardens of Piacenza'. They are incredible - lots of the blocks in the city centre are built around a garden courtyard so from the aerial photos you can see so many patches of green throughout the city. I just love the feeling of walking around and getting little glimpses of hidden treats - even if I don't get to experience them firsthand!
... we skipped the antipasti plate, instead we went straight for more tortelli, this time a mix of a pumpkin tortelli (a modern variation) and a traditional wild nettle variety. These were served without a sauce and I was informed weren't nearly as good as the ones the day before as the pasta was thicker. The pumpkin was lovely but the wild nettle were my favourite - it's hard to describe the flavour, it's subtle but just a distinctly different 'green' flavour to anything else ...
... so no passport checks, no customs or quarantine wanting to pull your bag open, nothing. From now on, I'm flying into Milano Malpensa more often!
Francesco's mum and cousin picked us up, Piacenza is about 120km South of the airport so my first hour and a half is on the freeway watching dark green crops whizz by and listening to Francesco, Claudia and Betty catch up on all the family goings on. Claudia speaks English ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Pets allowed