Halloweekend Staycation

This weekend Em came into the city and stayed on our tiny little pull-out bed. I love having her around even if our apartment is barely big enough for two, we make it work in three. We spent the weekend having a little stay-cation. In Italy, since it is a Catholic state, they celebrate All Saints Day which is the first of November so it was a four day weekend and we planned to make the most of it! 

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Saturday: A tripThe Italianized Blonde to the market and LOTS of Coffee

One thing I love about Emily is that she loves coffee just as much as I do, and we have a mutual understanding that the day hasn’t properly started until we have both consumed about five cups of coffee. So, first thing first we had coffee. 

Then, for our Saturday in the city we wandered around one of my favorite places, Porta Palazzo. It is a giant outdoor market (in fact it is Europe’s largest), where you can find literally anything. I get our fruits and veggies from there almost every week. We got a bunch of fake flowers to make our flower crowns for our costumes.

Sunday: The International Truffle Festival in Alba

Wanting to see and do something new, we decided to leave Turin and go to a little town about an hour and a half away. Alba is famous for its vineyards and annual truffle festival. The streets were filled with booths selling the most decadent of foods. If you’ve never tried truffles it is quite a particular taste. Lorenzo claims they have a flavor reminiscent of “natural gas”. However, I rather like them if it is just a seasoning on a creamy cheesy pasta dish. We tried one sauce with Parmesan and truffles that was delectable. Of course, it was a bit out of the reasonable price range so we just filled up on samples.


img_7222Then there was the wine tasting. 10 Euros and we all had our fill of local wines. It was absolutely delicious. On our way home everyone was ready for naps.



Once we had returned to Turin, we went for a bite to eat at Casa Manitu’. It is an adorable cocktail bar hidden in a residential neighborhood. The cocktails were by far some of the most delicious ones I’ve ever tried. I had a yummy spiced rum, vanilla, and passion fruit drink…DELICIOUS! If you’re in Turin you’ll have to check this place out!

Monday: A hike along the river to an amazing view of the city and more coffee.

Monday we spent a relaxing morning chatting. I love getting to know Emily better, she is such a beautiful person and our conversations cover almost every topic. In the afternoon, we hiked up to Monte Cappuccino where there is a fantastic look out point of the city.

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That evening we finished our epic Day of the Dead costumes and went out for a night of dancing! We were the best sugar skulls around, even though I was informed I still need to work on creepy face….


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  1. Grandma Ginnie

    November 8, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Oh Abby I love this blog idea!. I think of you so often and wonder how you are and what your doing. Now I can just check in on your. Love you and miss you like crazy. But happy for you and Lorenzo and your new friend. I’m sure I like her. Maybe if I get to Italy again I’ll get to meet her. Hugs Grams

  2. Sharon Fields

    December 11, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Love your blog Abbey. Let’s us ‘back’ home know how you are and give us glimpses of your new life. Thanks for sharing. Aunt Sharon

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