Bologna In 3 Days - Part 2
Saturday morning we got up as early as we can. When we opened the curtains there was a big surprise for us. The sun was shining, there was no rain or anything. We had our breakfast at the hotel. There were two kinds of cheeses, cooked eggs and various kinds of tarts and pastries. We focused more on croissants. They were delicious. I always liked the coffee - croissant couple, so it was best possible breakfast for me.
After the breakfast we took a bus to city center. But on the way we saw a big bazaar and get off immediately as a bazaar is the best place to mix up in local people and learn more about them. The bazaar was no different than the ones in Turkey. But I managed to find a few cheap and beautiful trophies. While we were leaving the bazaar we saw a antique stand and looked a while. As we were leaving the owner called behind “arkadaş” (which means friend in Turkish) and said “teşekkürler” (thanks in Turkish). We were surprised and happy of course.
Then we get on the bus again and went to the University of Bologna which is one of the oldest universities of Europe. It is like a district more than a university. It is hard to understand where it starts and where it ends.
After making a fast tour in the University we walked to the famous Two Towers. As you can see from the photos, they are leaning. We made a very huge mistake and decided to climb up. You can only climb to the higher one by the way. It is 97 m high and I have acrophobia. At first it seemed easy. We were climbing very fast. Yasin was saying “we almost arrived” in every turn. But the turns didn’t come to an end somehow. The stairs were becoming more narrow and more steep as we go up. My heart was beating hysterically by both height and tiredness. At some point there was a crowd and we had to wait a few minutes still standing. I was standing near handrail and trying not to look down. But the only thing I was thinking was the handrail would break and I would fall down. I can swear that something was pulling me down. I closed my eyes and tried to think that I was somewhere else. These were the longest minutes I had ever lived in my life.
We arrived to the top after 20 minutes. The view was incredible though. But when the time came to get back I was more anxious than before. As I said the stairs were very narrow and steep. It was harder to step them while climbing down. We arrived down somehow. The first thing I did was to drink a whole bottle of water.
Afterwards we took a bus to the place where we should have lunch, Osteria La Balena. We took a cheese plate as starter and a glass of wine each. We liked the cheese and wine very much. As the main course I chose chicken with tomato sauce and Yasin preferred something like potato soup. Both were very delicious.
After the lunch it was time to visit Arte Fiera, the main reason of our visit to Bologna. It is a giant art fair. It took hours to tour all of it. But it worthed. There were incredible things.
We were very tired, we walked for hours, so we went to the hotel to get some rest. After an hour rest we went to a market near the hotel to buy some local food to bring Turkey. We bought wine, cheese, pasta and some chocolate.
Our dinner was at Papa Re which was near the hotel likewise. We loved the restaurant very much. The decoration and atmosphere was incredibly peaceful. The waiter and waitress were very kind.
They brought tomato sauce with ricotta cheese as treat of the kitchen. My choice for the main course was pasta with norma sauce and Yasin chose fish in salt. We liked our dinner very much. Especially Yasin loved his sibas fish. It was a different experience as we don’t have Sibas in Turkey. For dessert I preferred apple strudel and Yasin preferred chocolate cake. They treated liquors fit with our desserts. To cut it short we had a cosy dinner. Before we leave the restaurant we took photos together with our kind waiter and waitress.
Then we get on a bus to the city center. Our target was Museo Civico Archeologico. At first we hesitated if it was open or not at that time. But when we checked its website we learned that it was open till midnight because of Arte Fiera – Art City White Night. This was the first time for us to tour a museum at night, so we were very excited. The museum was very crowded in contrast to what I had expected. There were ancient sculptures and writings mostly. We felt so close to the history and as if we were time travelling because of the night and the wines we drank during dinner I think :)
Our last stop was Museo della Musica. It was even more interesting than the Museo Civico Archeologico. There were 500 years old musical instruments. Can you imagine that 500 years ago someone was composing songs with them and now you are a step away from them. You share something with a man lived 500 years ago, isn’t it magical?
So our second day and last night in Bologna ended up with this amazement.