0543 Traveling back in Time (Ita 062â€”new)
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In spite of my excitement to reach
But first Iâ€™m going to take an evening stroll through town.
I pull out my guitar in a large grassy park in front of the old sort of castle when I notice a commotion over near the gate.
What I find particularly inspiring about this re-enactment, is that it doesnâ€™t seem to be a show put on for the tourists. This is just local folks getting in touch with their roots. They gather in the large courtyard where the lords and peasants mingle, eating medieval era staples (and drinking Coca cola!) and browse around the candlemaking stall, the armoury and the medieval calligrapherâ€¦
Itâ€™s a wonderful little moment. I must admit Iâ€™d always wanted to experience a medieval re enactment, and if youâ€™re able to ignore the peasants talking on their cellphones and drinking Cokeâ€¦ The dimly lit courtyard still has the haunting feel of that eraâ€¦ And a band playing melancholic music from the Middle Ages on authentic instruments help you travel back through timeâ€¦
Finally I decide to call it a nightâ€¦
I start the next day out on the west side of town, in a peaceful park, a lake with an island monument in the centerâ€¦ the I set out to the south end where it looks like thereâ€™s a castleâ€¦ not much to see except for the gatewayâ€¦
Then I head back to the historical sector where there are some splendid cathedrals from different erasâ€¦ Also an unusual, octagonal marble towerâ€”sort of a medieval skyscraperâ€¦