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Nightmare in Perugia

sunny 22 °C

Following our blog about Rome several readers commented that they were envious of us, however, we realise that they may not fully comprehend the terrible conditions we endure on our travels. Take our present predicament for example. We booked to stay for three nights in a 15th century restored palace in the medieval central square of Perugia, the capital of Umbria. The weather was gloriously warm and sunny as our train from Rome climbed slowly through the lush olive groves and vineyards of Chianti, affording us spectacular views of the mountains and the many honey-coloured medieval towns and villages perched high on the surrounding hills. This was Italy at its finest; a timeless sun-drenched landscape dotted with ancient monasteries and castles; a country brimming with history; a beautiful green landscape redolent of Canaletto and Giovanni Ghisolfil. So imagine our dismay when we arrived in the centre of ancient Perugia to find that our hotel (circa 1491) and all the other historic buildings had been entirely surrounded by a circus...
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Quite unwittingly we had walked into the midst of the biggest chocolate festival in Europe - Eurochocolate 2011 - and wherever we went we were forced to eat free samples of Europe's finest candies...
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There was chocolate of every kind everywhere we went...
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We even had to drink chocolate liquor, and there was special chocolate for some of our friends on Gabriola...
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Strong winds had forced us to cancel a projected hot-air balloon ride over the alien rock formations of Capadoccia, but here in Perugia we were bribed into a flight with a large piece of Sacha-Torte each...
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We were made to enter a competition to win the world's largest chocolate bear - and we won. Here we are receiving our prize...
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(Note that we accepted the small gold bear as we don't have room in our luggage for the big brown one).

Unfortunately, Eurochocolate 2011 is on throughout our stay in Perugia, but we've decided to put up with being constantly hassled into trying free samples. It's a tough job, but these young ladies can be very persuasive and we don't like to discourage them...
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Posted by Hawkson 03:18 Archived in Italy Comments (8)

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