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11 travelers at this place:

  • Apr4

    Guter Wein im schönen Piemont

    April 4 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Dani kannte Alba bereits von zahlreichen Wochenendausflügen mit Wein und Grappa. Nun konnten wir das kleine Städten auch gemeinsam entdecken. Schöne Bauwerke, kleine Gassen und guter Wein sowie wunderbare Düfte auf dem Fleisch- und Gemüsemarkt... Da waren wir sicher nicht das letzte Mal!

  • Day2

    Besichtigung von Alba der Trüffelstadt

    September 9 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Am späteren Nachmittag machen wir uns auf zur Besichtigung von Alba 😊 Mit der Vespa sind wir im Nu da und bummeln durch die Gassen. So viele Enotecas, Weinkeller und Spezialitätenläden 🍷😋 Super 👍 Wir geniessen einen Apero mitten im beschaulichen Dörfchen, bevor wir uns auf die Suche nach einem Lokal für das Abendessen machen. Wir werden in einer Seitengasse fündig und geniessen ein wunderbares Abendessen mit Linguini Tartufo und Brasato Barolo 🤗 👍Read more

  • Day7

    Alba truffles festival

    November 19, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Between exhaustion from the lack of sleep and the difficult to hear Italian announcement over PA system in the trains, we thought that the train was going to the wrong stop in Turin, also known as Torino. Not to be mistaken for Tirano.
    We finally arrived in Turin and met by our host called Tiziana. She was so delightful. She not only came to pick us up from the train stazione but also gave us a mini tour of the city and its layout for our future wanderings. Even pointed out major landmarks so we would not get hopelessly lost. She said ,"Please remember big black ball ok?" "Later I tell you again about big black ball ok?" Punctuating all her sentences with ok and a big smile.
    After checking us into The Attic our host took us back to the train station for my travel to Alba in search of truffles at the Alba truffles festival.
    Alba is not only the home of white and Nero truffles but it is also the new home for Ferrara Rocher and hazel nut spreads aka nutella.
    Whilst I was merely tasting truffles infused spreads, dips, creams, cheeses, pasta, oils and salamis, Ruby was acquainting herself with the chocolates, hazelnut spreads, cheeses and yummy wine tastings. I never knew you could infused truffles into so many different foods. Truffles were also sold like gold nuggets by weight and judged by the smell and size. At some stands they allow the smelling of truffles directly but at others you could only sniff the plastic cups that had been covering the truffles hence truffles infused cups.
    We then caught the train back to Turin to have dinner at a restaurant that served typical Piedmont foods. We had our first veal tatare that had a to be prepared with hilarious gusto by a very animated waiter. He was mixing so quickly and furiously, tatare was flying onto the floor and into the air.
    The meal was yummy and entertaining.
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  • Day330

    Day 331: Vineyards of Piedmont

    January 11, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Our wedding anniversary today! Out fairly early to pick up a rental car from the south of Turin, then drove southwards into the hills. These areas are some of the world's oldest known wine-growing areas, and have been cultivated since at least 500 BC.

    We drove around a bit through a few different areas, but aside from vineyards and modern farmhouses there wasn't much to see. Found an old stone tower so we clambered up a muddy hill to check it out; nice view but we both got quite muddy shoes! Very sticky, claggy mud.

    Drove into one of the towns and managed to find an open cafe where we had some pizza slices for lunch - very tasty as always. Briefly visited the outside of a 13th century castle that was built by the local wine-maker baron to protect his crops. Closed for the winter of course!

    This area is home to some well known varieties of wine including Barbera, Barolo, Asti-Spumanti, and San Barrosco. But given the season, all the vines were brown and barren - nothing had started growing yet obviously.

    Final stop was the town of Barolo where literally everything was closed and there wasn't another soul in sight. I can imagine during the summer months it's a super popular spot on the European wine-tasting circuit, but for us on a cold winter's afternoon there was basically nothing to see.

    Disappointed, we drove back to Turin via the Palazzina del Stupigini - one of the royal villas constructed by the rulers of Turin on the outskirts of the city for their hunting trips. It was part of the WHS we'd be visiting tomorrow, so we stopped and filmed, though again it was closed and we couldn't see much from a distance.

    Dropped the car off again after a bit of difficulty filling up - the car rental place had given me a 3/4 tank and just said "fill it back to that point". So I put 10 euros in and the needle didn't move. Another 20 euros and it went from just under half to completely full. So I probably wasted 10 euros. Frustrating! And the drive wasn't the easiest either - Italians are awful, reckless, aggressive and unpredictable drivers.

    Got the tram back home where we stayed for the rest of the day. Nothing special for our anniversary, just some home-cooked pasta and a bottle of spumanti (Italian sparkling). We were both tired and grumpy with each other, particularly after a disappointing WHS and the stress of being in the car all day. Start all over tomorrow I guess!
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Alba, アルバ, Альбом

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