I Make You What You Want….

Day 10 – 9th July 2020 – Civitavecchia to San Marino

After the usual faffing around I get on the road about 10.  I have decided to make my way to San Marino, I definitely have time to get there today and plenty of time for a look around tomorrow and still ride to Ancona for 5pm.

I really love Italy, the scenery is so picturesque with all the wonderful villas perched on hills surrounded by green fields and cypress trees marching up their driveways, just so iconic.

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SIENA – I didn’t see any burnt bits

Now, as you know, I love a water tower… look what I found hiding in the bushes…

Managed to get a close up view

And… love this one, so unusual I thought, until I saw a couple more like it.

Another Iconic Italian Structure

The weather is perfect and I have an enjoyable ride across Italy to San Marino. I have booked some accommodation near to the old town so I won’t have too far to go in the morning to see the sights before making my way to Ancona and the ferry to Croatia.

The man on the reception desk seems a bit grumpy. I have parked out on the front, there are a couple of cars there already, so assume this is ok. Grumps tells me to put it in the car park… I don’t want to, it is all on a slope so I know it will be murder trying to get it out in the morning, if it doesn’t keel over that is. I persuade him to let me leave it where it is, he grunts.

I arrange to have a table for dinner and after a quick shower make my way down to the restaurant. It is empty and not very inviting, I must say this is not a great place. Anyway, a young woman beings me a menu, it is in Italian and the bits I know I don’t want eg prawns, (I don’t eat fish), spag boll, nope don’t like it much and something else that I don’t recognise.  Not very promising.  I ask the waitress if they have a menu in English, she disappears and comes back with grumps in tow. He says

‘I’ll help you, want do you want?’

‘Do you have a menu in English, please?’

‘No I’ll help you, want do you want? I can make you anything’

He is saying this while looking out of the window and speaking in an off hand kind of way.  I really don’t like him, I want to find somewhere else to eat, so I say;

‘It’s ok thanks, I’ll just leave it’

‘No, I make you what you want… what about pasta bolognese, or pasta with vegetables?’

‘I don’t really want pasta, I don’t know what I want… what is this on the menu?’ Pointing to the item I don’t understand

‘Oh you don’t want that, I make you a nice pasta’

‘No, it’s ok I will leave it’ I say and stand up

‘What about a pasta bolognese, I make what you want’

Clearly he can make me some of what is on the menu, that is all he suggests, no alternatives… I am too tired and frustrated to argue, so agree to the bolognese… blimey what a pain.

Another couple come in…. they take a look around and are taken to the rear of the restaurant, out of sight. A few minutes later they leave… says it all.

My food arrives… Tagliatelle Ragu… it is pretty tasteless. There is no salt or pepper on the table and I can’t be bothered to ask, I eat a bit, but leave most of it.

Back in my room I want to charge my phone etc.. no plug points.. there is a mini fridge, it’s empty, but there are two plug points behind it so I pull it out of the way and plug my stuff in, all a wee bit depressing really, after such a lovely day.

Hope San Marino isn’t going to disappoint tomorrow.

 

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