Last weekend I took a trip sponsored by Outdoor Rec here on post. I usually love taking trips with Outdoor Rec because they are normally cheap, you get to see someplace you might not normally go and you don't have to worry about travel.
However, this was probably the worst trip I've ever taken. For starters, I get carsick when a road has switchbacks. One particular road we traveled on for an hour had switchback after switchback. Then the little girl in front of me got carsick and puked in her seat. Being nauseous already and then smelling vomit almost did me in. Because of a detour on the autostrada, the trip took about twice as long as it should have, putting us at our first location, Castello di Bardi about an hour and a half late.
We had a guided tour of Castello di Bardi and it was very informative. The castle had an amazing view of the surrounding valley and it was interesting to see the torture devices they used to use, although somewhat unpleasant to imagine them actually being used.
A view of the top of the castle
Inside the castle courtyard
A view to the side of the castle. Isn't the valley below pretty?
I love the zig-zag road through the valley. Even though I don't think I'd like traveling on it!
The town below
A tranquil scene within the castle
The castle was full of spooky little corners like this
I thought this church was the prettiest part of the town
This way to the castle
Horse meat for sale! I haven't been adventurous enough to try it.
This was a first for me in Italy. They drank this wine out of what we originally thought were soup bowls. I've never seen that before. It was delish wine though! We were all starving since we got done with our tour too late to eat lunch. Thankfully we found an enoteca in the next location we visited that agreed to serve us dinner. They whipped up plates of meats, cheeses and some tortellini with spinach and mushrooms. Very fresh and very delicious.
Isn't this wedding dress gorgeous? I happend to spy it on my way back to the bus.