Again a delay, jeez I have no excuse other than I have been away adventuring again, and once more am trying to get on track!
Back to Bologna - our first full day found us in the guiding hands of a lovely woman Elena, who took us to the Basilica we had been to the day before and answered some of our questions. We were pretty close to being correct with all of our assumptions, even with the Meridian Line. The mixture of religion and astronomy always gets to me.
We next wandered into an area called the Quadrilatero, an area filled with small shops and restaurants dating back to Medieval times. The narrow streets were crowded with locals out completing their shopping and meeting for morning coffee and sweets. The biggest group was huddled around a fish monger - the crowd was so dense that at my height there was no way to get a clear picture. We wandered into one of the many Gilberto’s shops to taste amazing chocolate and coffee - no visit there is complete with out a wee wander through the thoughtfully labeled wine cellar. We just may have carried some wine and port back to the hotel! Next was a pasta demonstration and sampling -
So very yummy! We peeked around the area a little longer then off to another spot that had a small store below with any cold meat you may want but especially mortadella which originated in Bologna (nothing like the Bologna or Mortadella we get here in Canada) and Parma ham. Upstairs we went for a wee taste - which in Northern Italy means one serving is big enough for a family of four. Of course this was washed down with a lovely glass of Lambrusco, a low alcohol sparklingly red wine that is from Northern Italy. It was a great way to end our tour. We headed back to the hotel to drop off our treasures and then back out to walk around town. A bright beautiful day, which of course had to end with...
A lovely Gin and Tonic while soaking up the Italian sun! Cheers to you dear imaginary readers. Next time - to bike or not to bike?