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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 9 of 18: Final Day in Acqui: Pottery and the Pro Loco

photo by Brad

Palma on the Pottery Wheel

Again, we slept in until 8:15, and it was another beautiful, clear, sunny morning. I was well rested, and ready for a relaxing last full day in Piemonte. I came downstairs for coffee, and journaling. For some reason, Diana thought we should eat again. At 9:00 we had one of her lovely patio breakfasts: juice, wholegrain bread, tomatoes, salami, smoked salmon for Brad, and a wonderful robiola cheese with a medley of late summer warm fruits. I sat under the fig tree and lazily read until 11:00.

Diana and Micha offer a number of optional possibilities for their guests. Extra services such as wine tasting, pottery, and day-tours are available. I decided to take advantage of the pottery wheel experience. It was time to play in Diana’s art studio! I was very excited about attempting to make something. Diana had the clay ready, and demonstrated making a bowl on her pottery wheel. She is a wonderful, patient, and encouraging teacher. With her guidance, I made a cute little pot I will always treasure. Diana made an adorable lid to fit it, and we left it to dry. She will glaze and fire it for me, and mail it when it is done. It will be my Italian honey jar, and a symbol of our friendship and wonderful first visit. (I say first visit, because I can’t imagine not returning to this magical place!)

We lounged around some more, and even took a short nap. Well-rested, we drove into town for the Pro Loco event in Acqui. All over town were many food and wine booths, and crowds of hungry people sampling local delights. I must say, it would have been even more fun attending this if someone were hungry, as the aromas were wonderful. Unfortunately, we had little interest in another official meal. We shared a small fried dough snack stuffed with gorgonzola, and Brad drank a beer. I had decided I needed an alcohol-free day, so I found a Coke Light. We walked all through town, and I was very pleased with my last Acqui purchase of some stunning yarns at the local yarn shop. We somehow ended up at the gelateria, and stopped for some crocantti for me (little crunchy toffee bits in vanilla), and cioccolato-nociola for Brad. Around 8:00, we had our last visit to Balalah, the Internet caffe, for a SlowTrav check-in, and a glass of wine for Brad and cappuccino for me.

It has been a wonderfully fun and restful week in Piemonte. The food and wine have been off the charts. It will be difficult to leave Diana and Micha’s warm hospitality, but it is time to pack up for our adventure in Bologna. I spent a couple of hours before bed writing a “Love Poem for Max,” and writing in the Baur B&B guest book.

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