Grand Hotel Porro
Travel Blogs from Salsomaggiore Terme
... making my way through this area, but sadly the lack of Wi-Fi means it goes left unsaid.
I had a health scare last week. I'd just finished my evening meal when all of a sudden the fingers in my right hand began to curl into the palm of my hand. I thought I was having a stroke as I struggled hard with my other hand to keep them straight. It was only later on in the evening when finishing off my washing that my fears could be allayed. Apparently, I'd strained the muscles in my hand ...
... for now I'll say simply that I am well, I'm making good progess and tonight I am sleeping with four other pilgrims - including a very special one - in parish accommodation in Medesano, not far out of the city of Fidenza.
Watch this space.
... going on. I loved the Italian cover band that managed a repertoire spanning Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi and Rage Against the Machine. All sung in a mix of English and Italian!
Wednesday we spent some more time in the city centre so we could go to the markets and some churches. The fresh produce markets that Franci and his father used to go to have closed down and in the cittadel, the covered markets which were once bustling and full are now run ...
... bought up some more salumi, local sparkling wine and crusty bread that we could take to his second cousin's where we were expected for brunch.
The mortadella and salumi were a bit too rich and fatty for my liking however Francesco had also got some gorgonzola which blew me away. We spent a lovely couple of hours at brunch but then it was time to take his mum, Betty, out to lunch.
Back into the Fiat to pick up Betty, we drove through corn fields to another ...
... me into the middle of the city to have a wander around, visit the Duomo and drop in on a friend of his which means yet more caffe but this time paired with 'gassy acqua' standing at the bar in a tiny Enoteca.
We head home to get changed for the night ahead and head out to meet Francesco's friends - it is a wonderful to finally put faces to names, everyone welcomes me warmly and thankfully enough people have enough ...
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking