Monday, March 15, 2010

Sunny Sunday, let's head for the coast! (Never mind the snow...)

After much erming and aahing, we decided to head off to the festival of San Giuseppe in Cervia on the Romagnolo east coast. With expectations of a lovely fish lunch, we set off into the gorgeous sunny but chilly morning.
We've had so much snow this winter, but early last week we had the heaviest snowfall not just of this winter, but of many winters, with 50cm falling in little over 24 hours in our area of Modena and nearly a metre in Romagna where we were heading. As we headed towards Bologna, there was still snow lying in the fields, and in spite of the customary many layers, it was a bit chilly up on the back.
Leaving the confines of Bologna, the snow in the fields began to peter out. Interesting, since this was the area that had had more snow. All I can assume was that it was now warmer than around Modena and most of it had melted. There was still evidence of it in the shady bits of fields and the colossal mounds around the edges of service stations. This part of the journey was a bit warmer and was decidedly pleasant as we got nearer to the coast.
We parked up and had a walk before finding somewhere to eat for lunch. The sunny weather and festival had brought in a lot of visitors and restaurants were pretty full. We eventually opted for "La Cambusa", over the road from the lighthouse. We decided to forgo the starter and get straight in with the main course. I opted for a mixed grill of crustaceans, and Claudio went for mixed fried seafood and vegetables. We had this with oven roast potato wedges and grilled vegetables. Completely delicious. I finished off with a yummy mandarin sorbet and Claudio had a coffee.
After lunch we had another walk about and then headed home.
The festival of San Giuseppe largely takes place on the beach and in the evening there are fireworks and a ceremonial bonfire to burn all the sad and old things from the winter. Unfortunately we missed this as we wanted to get home before dark. Nevertheless, we had a great trip out!

km: 300
Buzzards spotted: 4 (one of which was on ground eating something
Grey Herons spotted: 2
Egrets spotted: 2
Grebes spotted: 1
Silly little dogs spotted: Millions. Loads with silly clothes on


  1. Can't believe you had more snow! Loving your trip reports, can't wait to be in Italy again xxx

  2. Yay! It's warmer now. I'm glad at least someone's reading the reports!!