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.  img_4709

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:img_4721

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.

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We decided to take a bus back to the downtown area and then we walked a bit more.  There is a very large Roman Forum ruin in Brescia we went to see.  The lighting is strange but it is impressive.img_4731img_4734

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


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