We only went for a short walk in the morning spurred on by the fact that I saw a bit of a market happening on via Roma while I was standing on our balcony. The “show” was only about 8 stalls with local crafts people–jewelry, felt work, small mosaics–but it was enjoyable to see it.
We caught a train for Brescia, a good meeting place for a reunion with our friend Massimo who lives in Bergamo. We met right in front of the train station. It’s a pretty station but there are armed guards outside. Massimo said it’s because there are many immigrants in Brescia and a lengthy discussion ensued.
I had discovered online that the number one pastry shop in Italy, according to Gambero Rosso, is in Brescia so I had to make a pilgrimage there. It was about a 40 minute walk and we were talking so much we didn’t really appreciate the sites of Brescia. It is a surprisingly pretty town with lots of trees and wide pedestrian streets. We walked through the Piazza della Loggia where there was a horrible, terrorist, bombing in 1974 at an anti fascist rally. And we saw the beautiful astrological clock:
Finally we made it to Pasticceria Veneto in a nice residential area. The place was very crowded with people mostly buying boxed panettone, but also sitting at the tables. We had to wait a while for a table and there are about 20 of them. We ordered an assortment of “mignon” meant to be one bite delights. And I finally had a hot chocolate which was like liquid chocolate pudding. While I didn’t think it was a really good combination (the chocolate flavor overwhelmed the pastries) I loved every mouth moment.
We rushed to make our return train and hurried our goodbyes with our dear friend Massimo. It was a great joy to see him!
Back at the apartment, we put together a late dinner and drank some wine.
I think life will be very boring when we go home. All of these days have been so emotionally thrilling. Yes, it was another wonderful day.