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Travel Blogs from Piacenza
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 ...
... even though it was very run down. It had a series of courtyards around it with boys playing cards and football set ups. The second church (Basilica Santa Maria de Campagna) was much bigger and in the centre of town. From the outside it was quite simple but they have recently restored the interior paintings so they were v vibrant. We bumped into an old family friend of Franci's who is a volunteer tour guide there and kindly gave us some postcards and ...
... tried. Betty also made sure I tried her porcini tagliatelli which was pungent and rich and earthy. Afterwards, Francesco and I shared some peach and hazelnut semifredo which was thankfully light and refreshing.
As you can probably tell, the eating is almost constant. I know everyone talks about this but it is hard to truly understand how overwhelming it is. I am learning fast to just take the smallest nibbles and only sip drinks slightly so my plate and glass are never ...
... the energy to make coffee in the morning because we are in the land of espresso so we are making this by coffee press and it takes too damn long. This entry is mainly so you understand what we are not doing on this trip and that is spending each evening like this couple across from us at the moment who are enjoying some wine and reading books. I have yet to take out the book I brought with me and only just worked on my resume, which had to be done in the car on the way ...
... France and we
all decided it was time for a cuppa!!! Well, yet again its not holiday season
and every shop up here at the summit was closed!! Not even a cup of hot
chocolate could be had!!
I headed down the twisty roads of the other side of the pass and could see
for miles as I went. I had to be extremely careful when braking as there was
quite a lot of ice and some large lumps of snow on the road.
Near the bottom of the pass there was a grand waterfall ...