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Cherries: Fresh Produce and Culture Festivals July 19, 2011

Posted by savannahcookson in Travel Log.
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If there are two things Gorizians do incredibly well, they are produce and festivals. And I got a taste of both.

I dare you to eat just one.

The same day I got my tasty pizza, we visited the local culture festival. Gorizia has an interesting culture. Because it is a border town, it is not strictly italian; rather, it is a conglomeration of Italian, Slovenian, and even Austrian and German to some extent. In fact, it’s only a 15-minute walk to the Slovenian border (which, by the way, was recently opened).

All these different roots give the Gorizians a unique culture to celebrate. And in this sleepy little town, “celebrate” means pull out all of your old stuff and sell it. I got a hardback copy of the Divine Comedy–original language with footnotes. I’ve been looking for one for ages. Go figure I find it for 20 euro in its birth country. You could also find old World War II maps and objects, traditional glassware, and lots of different homemade fineries.

While we wandered, we managed to get embroiled in a conversation with one of the locals. It was an interesting mix of Italian, Spanish, and English, putting together sentences with the shared vocabulary we could muster. At the end of it, he was so thrilled that we would talk to him that he gave each of us a booklet of Gorizia photos and a bowl full of cherries. Gorizian local cherries, mind you. I have posted a fine little gallery at Sideways Sweets for you to check out these beautiful fruits! Keep in mind that this is just my first day of travels–there is much more to see!

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