The foraging fiasco..

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Monday, October 18, 2010

When we arrived in San Miniato, we were immediately attracted by the huge medieval tower on the hill top. As we scaled the hill in Bigwig we were suddenly stuck in damn near impossible narrow streets. A little headache and a minor heart attack later we found a parkplatz and began our assault on the town, a town famous for its truffle! The streets literally smelt like truffle, they had a truffle man who had piles of freshly dug up truffle. It smelt like euphoria! The day was actually some medieval festival, which was celebrating a very old pilgrimage route. San Miniato has half a dozen gorgeous old churches too.

The tower (or torre) on top of the hill was unfortunately a remake of the original which had toppled during WW2, but none the less was pretty impressive and the park below offered an awesome view of the surrounding countryside.

We spent a large amount of time foraging for pine nuts in a chapel courtyard, much to the amusement of the many school kids passing by. When we returned to the van with our huge bag of nuts, Joel got to cracking them open, only to find out they were all rotten.
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