Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Food features heavily in my holiday photos, when travelling I love to try the local specialties whether they be snack food such frites with mayo in Amsterdam or little fried fish in Venice. Eating out all the time can be expensive so tracking down local markets and buying fresh produce becomes essential and it is all part of the magic of being in a foreign country.

Venice delicatessan
Souvenirs you can eat
Markets in Venice
Fresh produce at the markets in Venice

 

Try the local pecorino cheese in Pienza
Try the local pecorino cheese in Pienza
Panforte and other sweets
Panforte and other sweets

 

The joy of hilltop towns

So far we’ve visited several hilltop towns starting with Siena and today Orvieto, we’re constantly amazed by the narrow streets and amount of people wandering through them. I’ll write more later, right now we’re off to watch the sunset on the Duomo in Orvieto before grabbing a bite to eat. San Gimignano and Siena are heavily visited by tourists, we preferred Volterra and Pienza – smaller towns and fewer tour groups. Orvieto in the evening is a joy, today it is crazy and we’ve seen both a wedding and funeral within a few hours. Lonely Planet describes shop assistants in Italy as providing service (or not) with supreme indifference, on the main we would have to agree however they know how to look after you at a bar, we ordered two glasses of Orvieto Classico and got a plate of bruschetta, cheese and tomato panini, olives, chips, focaccia, peanuts and savoury biscuits. Lunch definitely not needed.

Ciao for now!