Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Black and White Wednesday #56

Lail from With a Spin is hosting this edition of Black & White Wednesday and this week it's a step back in time with a medieval Bacchanal.

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"Fire and Smoke"

As I mentioned previously, every weekend in October brings a new celebration and for this weekend, Alba turns back the clock and the streets are taken over by a medieval fair.

It began on the Friday - we knew something big was happening when we spied this rolling through town

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and by the next morning, the scenes on the street couldn't but bring a smile to your face.

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Each borgo is assigned its own area in the city in which it sets up food stalls and games and their members are all dressed up for the occasion

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One borgo even had its own mini duomo!

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On the food front we were spoiled for choice

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these wood fired ovens were pumping out massive discs of farinata

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arms were tested as they tended vast vats of polenta

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while another borgo was kept busy suppling porchetta for the hungry crowds.

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It was two days of absolute fun.

When we woke on Monday and wandered down to the piazza, you'd be hard pressed to believe anything was there - well except for the presence of a single wood burning oven.

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4 comments:

  1. Great photo story, Haalo. I hope this type of traditions continue to thrive in Italy for centuries to come.

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    1. Thanks Simona - I hope they continue too!

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  2. Hi Haalo - Great photo narration. The gallery is up -

    http://withaspin.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/black-white-wednesday-october-31-2012-gallery

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