A Big Walk

Well the weather has changed.. meaning the temperature has dropped and there is rain. Needless to say neither of us wanted to go for a walk this morning even if it hadn’t been raining! So after enjoying a fantastic breakfast of cold meats and cheese, we decided to head into town for the markets.

We thoroughly enjoyed checking out the clothes stalls and then the food stalls. We decided to purchase some cold meats from the butcher in the van which included some stuffed meat and some porchetta.

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We then enjoyed a lovely café latte and beer at the café before deciding to do what next.

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Again, whilst we were sitting there we couldn’t help laugh at the crazy Italians.. up drove a car pulling over outside the cafe with a child sitting on the passenger’s lap.

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The rain was very intermittent so we decided to undertake one of the very popular walks in the area.. the Gole dell’Infernaccio.. the “Gorge of Hell”. It got this name as this was part of the crossing for ancient travellers from Rome to the Adriatic & apparently it was well known for brigands causing problems. What else it is known for is the hermit who decided in the 1960’s to demolish the medieval church in San Leopardo and make his own. Apparently it caused a great stir and he lived up in the pass for the remainder of his life only passing away in the last few months.

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So off we set. It really was a beautiful walk .. first we had to climb into the gorge which was breathtaking then along the river then up a winding zig zag path that finally took us to the church. The mist had been closing in so by the time we got to the church we could barely see it let alone any of the scenery. We figured the extra 2 hour walk wasn’t worth it as we wouldn’t be able to see anything anyway so we started our descent. We found a lovely clearing in the forest & enjoyed our picnic lunch of the goodies we had obtained at the markets earlier. It was soooo mystical with the mist swirling around, we expected witches or woodland creatures to appear at any minute!

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So, well fed we continued to the end of our walk – over 2 hours in total. We then headed for the car on our way home. We stopped off at Amandola for a quick drink and a slice of focaccia & happened upon a funeral – haven’t seen that before in Italy.

Home again & we decided to have dinner at a local restaurant. We got there at 7 but they didn’t open until 7.30 so we trotted off to the nearest bar for an apertivo. Back to the restaurant at 7.30 & enjoyed an OK meal… then home to bed.

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