Tuesday, 29 September 2009

The city of bicycles (and balloons)

Ferrara is known as the city of bicycles and so when we visited Ambra and Paola there we had to get some too. With all the bike paths (often cobbled ...ouch!) and lovely weather it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The old Jewish ghetto. The city had one of the largest Jewish communities in Italy reaching a peak of over 2,000 inhabitants. 96 were deported during the 2nd WW

Via Volta (archway)

And there was also a balloon festival going on in the skies above the city.

But the fun didn't end there . Ambra also treated us to a special vegetarian lunch of local specailites including farainata (chick pea batter), pumpkin souffles (recipe please) and even a cake without sugar, butter or eggs which still managing to be rather tasty (and probably just as fattening!).

We also had a bit of 'yarn' talk. Rav pals might like to visit her on the community. She does some lovely crocheting too.


Suse-the-slow-knitta said...

That looks like a fascinating place. The balloons look wonderful too. I'd love to have a trip in a balloon, it must be such fun.

Kathy said...

Oh Sue, what a wonderful place indeed! I want to go. I haven't been able to ride my bike much this year and that looks the perfect place to have a ride, cobblestones and all! Thanks for sharing and the links too...

Anonymous said...

Ferrara is really wonderful , uor photos lovely. see you soon S.

Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a lovely day out.
Ferrara looks a lovely place.