More about Torino (Turin)
We started our eating adventures outside of a magnificent cathedral in the heart of the city near a locally famous coffee pub: Caffe Al Bicerin. Their specialty is a thick cream, coffee, hot chocolate concoction, made for cool, rainy, grey days that we have this weekend.
And here’s some more info about our B&B:
B&B Palazzo Chiablese: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s a crazy long email addy, but there it is. Our hosts are Marta and Riccardo. They could not be more pleasant. Their home is on the third American floor, 2nd Italian Floor of a typical older building in the center of old Torino. The front door is off of an alley-like street called Vicolo San Lorenzo #1. It intersects a main street complete with a modern street car line. We are two blocks from the Shroud of Turin and from the Royal Palace. I cannot imagine a more convenient locale. The only caveat is parking. But when in the “go with the flow” mode, it is really no big deal. Julie and I packed an over-night bag and left our big travel bags in the vehicle. We left our Fiat 500 in the parking garage a few blocks away in the private space of our B&B. It’s covered and pass card entry-only-safe. We hiked up three long flights of stairs to our accommodation and were greeted by Riccardo and Marta as if we were long lost friends.
When driving these old cities with crushingly narrow streets, one must be focused on the task at hand and allow much patience with both navigators: your co-pilot and Siri. They can both be right, and they can both be wrong, and then each in their own way, be right and wrong. And sometimes you just have to follow your nose.
One of the Travel Tips I wanted to remember to tell you about is bring a wash cloth. It’s something we take for granted in America. The other Travel Tip Julie wanted me to mention is being aware of the days of the week you are traveling and in which city. In other words, do a little checking to see what is open regarding museums, cathedrals, parks, restaurants and other points of interest so that the days you travel to your locations they are more likely than not to be available. We are traveling through wine country between Torino and Eze, France today: Sunday. We are hoping to find a few wineries open.
Dinner last night was at a “locals” restaurant: L’Osto del Borgh Vej. It was number 4 on our hosts’ list. The other three were booked. Another travel tip: remember the day of the week you are visiting so that you can be aware if you need reservations for dinner. We needn’t worry too much, L’Osto was ranked number 155 out of 4555 restaurants in Torino. Julie had the Piedmont version of beef Burgundy; I had the Lamb Shank which fell off of the bone. The wine recommendation was terrific. Our sparkling wine: Contratto from Piemonte, was more like Champagne than Prosecco. Our red was a blend of Merlot, Syrah, a Monsordo Rosso, Cretto from Alba, Italy. It was very nice and opened perfectly with the meat dishes. The “house dish” is a home-made pasta/ravioli stuffed with meat sauce. Yes please.