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Report 1104: Perfect Piemonte and Bella Bologna: A Succulent Journey for the Senses and Soul

By Palma from California, Fall 2006

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Page 14 of 18: Shopping, Schlepping, and Shipping

photo by Brad

Shopping for Jewelry

It had rained during the night. We slept in later than usual, and by 9:30, during our breakfast, the rain stopped, and the sun came out. We walked to the towers for a 10-minute Furla stop. I got a black leather bag, soft as butter, and a stone necklace.

Brad was on a mission to find Bologna’s Conservatorio di Musica. We finally found the correct building at Piazza Rossini, but it was only the music school. We were directed to the museo on Strada Maggiore. It was only six or seven blocks away, so we headed that direction. Oh darn, we happened to be on a great shopping street in an area that was new to me, so I found three gifts along the way. When we arrived at the museum, we found it closed for the last day of its summer holiday (July15-Sept.15). We relaxed at a caffe with a beer for Brad, and a latte and rest stop for me.

We proceeded to a wonderful art and handicraft shop, directly under the two towers, that I had spied earlier. Local artists made everything in the shop. There was art, jewelry, paper products, glass, and textiles. I bought five Christmas gifts, and two sets of ceramic jewelry for myself. I also couldn’t resist a ceramic tortelloni for my kitchen shelf. What a great shop!

We were tired of walking, so we jumped in a taxi back to our hotel for our necessary afternoon errand…shipping! I packed up everything I’ve bought so far into four HUGE shopping bags, and we headed, by car, to the nearest Mailboxes Etc. I held my breath fearing a horrible number for what ended up to be two large shipping boxes of around 20 kilo. We came in at 210Euro, and my husband, the saint, was calm and relieved. I was gratefully and quietly ecstatic.

We had been told we could drive along the route of 3.5 kilometers of porticos to see the church of San Luca on a hill above the city, and knew my feet wouldn’t make the uphill climb. We drove halfway up, but got to a turn in the road and a steep street where traffic was limited to a permit. We could drive no further. Oh well! Instead, we found a pasticceria for fresh bread, and a salumeria where I bought hot soprasatta and prosciutto to go with the cheese and wine we had chilling at the hotel.

We returned to the hotel for a nap and a picnic dinner in the breakfast room. At 10:30, we returned to Giani’s for gelato. I tried “Inferno”: white chocolate, fiore di latte, black cherries and vanilla wafer cookies! Delicious!

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