I'm eager to share all the wonderful places we went and things we saw - that
will come soon!
Meanwhile, a definite highlight of the trip was meeting Simona, Marco and
Monica in Turin. What a super evening we had together!
They met us at our hotel (definitely one for the Ziner list - a gem!) - the
Hotel Victoria, and Simona treated us to a special aperitif. Marco and his
sister Monica had driven from Milan (about and hour and a half) for the
evening - thanks again, Marco! After a delightful hour of getting to know
each other, in English thanks to their excellent language skills (glad we
didn't have to depend on our meager to non-existent Italian!) we walked to
the nearby restaurant where Simona had made reservations.
C'èra una Volta (Once Upon a Time) was a delight - from the obscure
entrance, where we rang a doorbell, and were buzzed inside, and walked up a
flight of stairs to the vintage restaurant, to the delicious meal - one
course after another, complimented by some superb regional wine. Simona is a
regular there, which guaranteed great and friendly service - lots of banter
in Italian, which our new friends ably interpreted for us so we could enjoy
The meal was wonderful - old Piemontese recipes that had been passed down
through generations. We were happy to see that they enjoyed sharing tastes
of each others choices like we do - we were passing lots of delicious
tidbits around the table.
We closed down the restaurant - I think they were waiting for us to
leave! And walked back to the hotel, enjoying the distinctive holiday lights
of Turin (more about that in another post...). Marco and Monica drove back
to Milan, and Simona went home to pack for a ski trip the next day (how was
It added SO much to our time in Turin to meet and spend time with Ziners
there. I hope all Ziners get an opportunity to do so in their travels.
Once again, Molto Grazie, Simona, Marco and Monica - we treasured our time
Anne and Kirk in VA