#17 – Our Italian Vacation- Day 2- B & B in Alba

cat Baby Wow! What a time we had getting here last night (see previous blog entry #16). So this morning breakfast was waiting for us, whenever we were ready, in the chapel. The chapel? So it seems that landowners with substantial properties a distance from town built chapels for their own use and probably for that of their employees. The original statues were still in place, and it was a beautiful and peaceful environment to sit and relax before beginning our day. Lots of food, including meats, cheeses, croissants, chocolate cake, fruits, and of course great coffee.

Here is the outside of the chapel.

Chapel

And the interior…

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the food…(note: those are hazelnuts, a local product- not chickpeas).

breakfast2

The statues…

statues

Artwork on the walls ranged from old family photos to pages of a graphic novel.

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graphicnovel

Sweeping views of vineyards from the outside.

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flowers

Even though this B & B was a former 18th century mansion, it was oddly constructed with farm buildings connected to the main house. A second group of rooms were next to the chapel, and connected to a private house. So there is no grand entrance to the main house, and most of the rooms seemed to be off the courtyard area.

courtyard

Nevertheless it was a wonderful place to stay for the time we were there! And the farm outbuildings were lovely with texture.

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I can’t seem to get beyond breakfast today- but after all, we are on vacation.

Link to the B & B above:

http://www.cascinabaresane.it

 

 

 

 

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