Monday, 30 April 2012

The Others

Beautiful, inspiring, interesting things seen on the road.


Going East. April, Saturday 28th

on saturday morning, there were just 75 km between us and the Far East.
following a beautiful shining sun, we rode towards Udine, to enjoy the last day of the Far East film festival, the biggest european festival of popular east asian cinema.
the first part of the journey seemed kind of boring, cause it was all across the main road: straight and full of traffic {not to mention the traffic lights}. but with a Lambretta you don’t even have the chance to be bored… after the first 10 km she had already turned off twice. 

crossed the Tagliamento river, we finally took a more interesting side road, which ran through several tiny friulian towns. the road signs began to being bilingual: Italian (of course), and friulian dialect.  

with the festival, Udine only confirms his position as a major center of multiculturalism. 

red market stalls displaying bonsai, kokeshi dolls, cupcakes, handmade bags, teas. ethnic restaurants offering ad hoc menus, asian girls hanging around hand in hand giggling while eating gelato, cosplayers sitting down the loggia, the big panda {which is the symbol of the festival fourteenth edition} peeping at every street corner…
the tavern Al Cappello {The Hat} is our must in Udine. the owners put together in an unique spot their four great passions: for hats, cats, good food and good wine. coincidentally, they are also four of our greatest passions. we are addicted to their tartine, and the cold tocai {a white local wine} is the perfect companion. 

after a movie {we saw the papanese comedy “Mitsuko Delivers” by Ishii Yuya, original title Hara ga Kore Nande}  we were ready to go back home, but the lambretta wasn’t on the same page. 
it took a lot to turn her on and, as always, that attracted some old men willing to dispense good advices. lambrettas were really popular in italy during the fifties and the sixties, so the “original owners”, who are now in their seventies or eighties are always happy, nostalgic and fond of seeing someone with a lambretta, and they often stop to have a little chat with us about the pro and cons of having a scooter like that {fifty years and still the same problems, as, indeed, the ignition}.

mister Mario, who was there to see a kendo show, helped M. out with the spark plug {is not that M. was not capable, but we were glad to get help and chat with him} and talk about his old lambretta and his work as a mechanic

wonderful day. 

Al Cappello
via Paolo Sarpi, 5  
33100 Udine 

Saturday, 7 April 2012

April, Friday 6th

My beloved friends gave me this book for my birthday. It’s a guidebook by Slowfood to the best Italian taverns. I think it’s going to be so useful for idiaridellalambretta! Thank you guys!

The invitations and some decorations for my party were made by the talented Yee Von and Mr Fox {you can find their Etsy shop here}

I managed to spare a foxy sticker in the end, that found its place on the Lambretta. 

Nice, ah?

the prosecco road. April, Sunday 1st

the weather was cloudy today but we choose to go out anyway. we have kind of a crush on vineyards and landscapes typical of our region, so we ended up running on the prosecco district, trying to find some back streets we didn’t know yet.

prosecco is a white sparkling wine produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli, but its land par excellence is near Conegliano and Valdobbiadene: the famous prosecco hills, where the Prosecco Superiore is born.

during spring there are a lot of town festivals celebrating the DOCG zone, that's called la primavera del prosecco {the prosecco spring}. our favorite is held in a tiny town called Col San Martino. 

the weather get worse while we were running, and we were freezing out there.
it seemed so dark that i ended up overexposing the pics taken with diana F+.

as always i took way too many photos of M. {guess is what you do when you’re in love,right?}

it melts in your mouth. San Daniele del Friuli. March, Sunday 25th

it melts in your mouth. literally. you don’t know what these words mean until you taste some prosciutto in San Daniele {a pdo product}.

the last sunday of every month there is a flea market in San Daniele del Friuli, and the weather was so nice in these days that we decided to take the chance to go and eat some  really good prosciutto.

it’s about 60 km from home and the journey took about 1 hour and 20'. the lambretta had some problems in the beginning (still don’t know why) but then she did just fine.

we met a lot of other vintage scooters along the road, the temperature was perfect.

our favorite place to eat in San Daniele is a restaurant called Ai Bintars: the food is mouthwatering and the prices are good (with 15-20 euro you’ll come back home as full as an egg).

we had some prosciutto crudo, two slices of fresh goat cheese with olive oil and pepper, and a small dish of mushrooms in oil. 

Ai Bintars
viale Trento e Trieste, 63
San Daniele del Friuli (UD)

{pictures taken with diana F+ and iPhone 4}


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