Steamy windows at Teramo, 7months away!January 27, 2017 in Italy
Today's travels took us to the border of the beautiful Gran Sasso National Park with its magnificent mountains. We rose to an altitude of 550m where the snow was very thick and was obviously still causing difficulties. Workers surveyed the area, large generators were hooked up to pylons and several homes had poles with makeshift flags flying, possibly marking them out as in need of support.
We'd been away 7 months today and although we've had some difficulties with the van and adjusting to the nomadic lifestyle, we are in love with life on the road, the opportunities it brings for exploration, both of the world about us and of ourselves.
Teramo's free stopover was a bit muddy and littered but it was bordered by grass for Poppy and had a gorgeous long reaching view over a church tower, the town and mountains beyond.
We'd decided we would try and eat out on Friday lunch times if we could and so started in to town to find a Trattoria. Cafés closest to the van were a bit down market with a tendency towards packaged fast foods. The streets were dirty with grit and run-off from the waterlogged land. It was difficult to walk because sections of pavements (where it existed) were still covered in snow and the zebra crossings, they were so faded that drivers couldn't see them clearly.
We persisted through the stone archway into the Centro Storico and found a pretty church square bathed in warm sunshine and surrounded by cafès with outdoor tables. Few displayed menus and those that did didn't seem to show local dishes so we carried on and found a small restaurant hidden up a side street. It had a menu of traditional dishes and was just the place we were after. We ordered Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a regional red, Arrosticini (small pieces of lamb skewered and flame grilled) and Chitarra alla Teramo (that turned out to be polenta and sausage served on a rectangular wooden plate). The accent here is difficult to understand and it was a challenge to know what the waiter was saying, but we muddled along and ended up having a fruits of the forest and a chocolate gateaux deserts rounded up by coffee and limoncellos. We came away very happy!
Later that evening a car pulled up alongside us. The couple got into the back seat and started kissing. We'd noticed several discarded condoms among the litter earlier and looking around the car park we saw a few other cars had parked up amongst the vans. A number of them had steamy windows, which led us to the incontrovertible conclusion that our overnight spot was also used for other purposes. We put some music on and it may, or may not have been coincidence that Meatloaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' came on...Read more