I’ve been “off the air” for a little while as I was concentrating on exploring rather than writing. In the last few weeks I’ve been busy doing the following:
- exploring parts of the Majella I hadn’t seen before
- visiting an abbey with an amazing floor
- visiting a basilica with fantastic frescoes
- exploring shepherds’ ancient stone refuges
- taking photos of the elusive Ferrari-red Ape with roll bars! (proof provided below)
- discovering a new restaurant and new Abruzzese dish
- showing some of my favourite places to a visiting friend
- tasting new olive oil
- getting a personal tour of Loreto Aprutino’s Oil Museum
- enjoying an exhibition of paintings from an important Abruzzese artist
- buying more CDs of Abruzzo folk and jazz
And if that wasn’t enough I was stunned as temperatures dropped 15 degrees practically overnight bringing snow and hailstones to a region that was basking in mid-20s sunshine the day before.
Of course too much exploring can be tiring so relaxing with friends over excellent food and wine regularly is crucial.
I had the pleasure of drinking two wines I hadn’t come across before:
The first Villa Gemma Bianco (white) from Masciarlli the same people who bring you Marina Cvetic. This white is made from 80% Trebbiano d’Abruzzo – 15% Cococciola – 5% Chardonnay, its colour is pale straw and it has slightly fruity taste (apple perhaps). It costs around €10 in Abruzzo shops and I think it is fabulous.
The second was recommended to me by Octavio in the New Evo restaurant in Loreto Aprutino. It was our last night in the area and we wanted to have something special. Closing the wine list I asked Octavio if he’d recommend something and he suggested a red from the Pasetti Vini. They are based in Francavilla (CH) and the chosen red was from the Pasetti range. This wine is made from Montepulciano d’Abruzzzo grapes grown on the foothills of the Gran Sasso mountains. We wanted something special and were not disappointed.
I’ll give you more details about what I’ve been doing in up-coming posts.