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Travel Blogs from Tortoreto
... Year a little late, but better late then never!
Back to the saffron, after breakfast we go to the lab and start removing the stigmas from the flowers. There are three of them per flower and they are the saffron. The key is to pinch off the stigmas where they turn a bright red, the yellow and orange portion of the stigma is not needed. The red is what makes the saffron the highest quality there is. This causes our fingers to rapidly become a lovely shade ...
Happy Halloween! We did find a little Halloween over here tonight. Trick or Treat youngsters go from store to store. If a store has a pumpkin or candle or Halloween decorations then the kids go in and get treats. No wild costumes....very simple and conservative.
Today we just kicked back and took it easy. We walked into the city a couple of times as there was a fair ...
... for awhile. Found the 43 parallel along the way in Grottomare. It is the perfect location time wise with 9 hours of sunlight in the winter and 15 hours of sunlight in the summer.
We decided to be adventurous and not use the navigation system for bit. We found a Medieval hilltop town called Torre di Palme. It was extremely tiny but very nice to walk through. We even popped into a small church there ...
... breakfast of porridge and fresh fruit with honey. At about 10:30 am each morning we break for a coffee or tea. Lunch at 1:30 p.m. is the main meal of the day. Often we eat a saffron infused recipe or a pair of volunteers will create a meal with whatever is on hand. It is always good food and very seldom are there leftovers. Everyone is always hungry. After lunch we break for an hour or more, then work for two more hours, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Like the first week ...
... are a fury of activity with over 15 people around the table. At one end of the table most of the people are speaking Dutch. At the other end, English is being spoken with a variety of accents. Mealtimes are a hoot. The sound is a jumble of words, laughs, slang in 6 languages and the like. You don't have to understand everything, just go with the flow. It's ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking