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Friday, April 13, 2012
Tourists in Town - Festa del Cioccolato
Easter was cold, damp and windy in most of Italy for the long weekend. Monday turned out to be the best day as at least the skies were blue, as you can see from my photos, but it was bitterly cold.
Easter Monday is called Pasquetta in Italy, literally Little Easter. Having probably spent the Sunday with their families, it is the day that traditionally Italians go out for the day into the countryside, for maybe weather permitting a picnic.
Marta was overrun with tourists, with car parks overflowing and restaurants and bars pulling in customers as it was too cold for picnics this year. This year for the first time Marta played host to 'Prima Festa del Cioccolato' 'First Festival of Chocolate', what a shame the weather was so disappointing as by Monday, some of the participants along the lakeside had already packed up and gone home.
You will see from my photos that the area around the 'Prima Festa del Cioccolato' was particularly busy. Although on our stroll around the rest of the town there were lots of people walking along the lakeside, I did manage to get photos without the crowds. A few streets back from the lake where it was not in the sun was very quiet in comparison, also the harbour, was not surprisingly due to the cold, still very empty of boats, although we did see a few out on the lake braving the wind.
Those of you that have been following the changes at Fishermens Beach - Spiaggia del Pescatore will notice that the replacement trees are now all planted and we have new railings, plant troughs and benches. What do you think of them?
The collages tell the story of the day, however if you wish to view the full album or look at individual pictures enlarged you are welcome to visit my album entitled Pasquetta in Marta at Flickr.com.
Have a lovely weekend, I am thinking of starting a new feature soon to replace Sunday Song, which has appeared three times this year, it had a good following as many of you have asked me to post Italian music more often. I was planning on posting exactly the same sort of feature, but calling it a Musical Moment so that I am not committed to posting on a particular day of the week. What do you think?