Tarcento, Italy!December 29, 2016 in Italy
We'd stoped over in Tarcento on our way to Croatia back at the end of October and thought it would be a good familiar place to start our 3 and a half month tour of Italy. It was dark when we pulled in and nearly time to eat so Vicky went about making a pesto sauce while Will popped up the road and bought some delicious little strips of tagliatelle. We thought it was a fitting first meal for this new country!
Although Poppy's health is a lot better than it was, she still needs to be taken out several times in the night and when Vicky was out with her at 2am she was approached by a young man holding a silver metal stick about the length of a shoe horn. She couldn't see clearly what it was but the man started talking quickly to her in Italian. She picked up something that sounded like 'waiters' or 'police' and 'fast'. She said she didn't understand and he kept talking at her in quite a demanding manner, listing some women's names. She apologised and said again that she didn't understand before walking back to the van to get a bag for Poppy. It had been uncomfortable, but when he followed her it became unnerving. He kept talking and waving the metal stick and when he saw the handbag the poo bags were kept in he said 'bag' and 'everything' at which point Vicky got scared and quickly got in the van, slammed the door and locked it. We didn't see or hear anything further of him and the language barrier meant we couldn't know what he was after, but it made for a sleepless night.
The next day brought sunshine and good times! We took a walk along the clear river under a blue sky with the sun's warmth bringing out the best in us and the small birds that were chirping merrily in the trees. We even saw the iridescent blue and orange of a kingfisher as it sped along the river channel. A market was on in town and we soaked in the atmosphere before going to a pub for a delicious lunch of a carbonara and a bowl of tripe in tomato sauce with bread, red wine, a quality espresso for Will and complimentary limoncellos. The total cost was only €22 and left us looking forward to many more meals out in Italy!Read more