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    Old city with young children

    by JLBG Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Though Alba is an old city, it is not a "museum" town and even the old city center is fully inhabited by citizens of every age. There are several schools and though they are in the pedestrians only zone, the road warning sign, mainly designed for cars are there, in case a busy pedestrian, walking too fast, might injure children at play !

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    Lion's heads

    by JLBG Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: A lion's head tops the entrance of several houses of the old city of Alba. There is certainly a reason for this choice but I have been unable to find out which one. I have taken only two photos but they are much more. Each of them has a different style. On the first photo, it looks almost like a sun while on the second it is more like a gargoyle that might spit some water !

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    Walled window

    by JLBG Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In a small street of the old city center I found that a walled window had been painted with a design that looks almost Indian with great flowers hanging from a tree while doves (are they really doves ?) stand or fly on each corner. That is certainly nicer than a plain concrete walled window, isn’t it ?

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    Sun dial

    by JLBG Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: On the front of a house, an advanced sundial is supposed to give both the legal time (ora legale) in Arab numbers and the sun time (ora solare) in Roman numbers. It is supposed to ! Actually, I wonder how it could achieve it when there is a summer legal time and a winter legal time. Though, it was built recently as it is written in the top right corner Mauro Borio fecit, agosto 2000 (made by Mauro Borio in August 2000), at a time when these two legal times had already been introduced.

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    Ancient fresco

    by JLBG Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In via Pierino Belli, next to via Vittorio Emanuele, I spotted on the second level of the front of a house the remains of a fresco. It seems that most of the fresco disappeared when a window was open into the wall ! There remains only (close-up on the second photo) a bare breasted woman that might have been the figure-head of a now disappeared ship.

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    Street musician

    by JLBG Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In via Cavour, on Saturday, I heard several times the sound of an accordion but it never lasted long enough to find where it was coming from. Finally, on Sunday, I could see that it was a little man with strange clothes that went out of a café, played a few times on his accordion in the street and went back into the café where he disappeared.

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    Steel structure

    by JLBG Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: On Piazza Medford, in front of the Grande Enoteca, stands a steel structure. Nothing says what it is supposed to mean but owing to the fact that the name of Alba is so strongly linked with the white truffle, I feel that the circle recalls the truffle itself while the wisp on top might recall its mycelium. Hmm…

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    Piazza Medford

    by JLBG Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Piazza Medford is named by the name of the sister city of Alba. Medford (Oregon) has now been for 45 years the sister city of Alba. On piazza Medford stands the “Grande enoteca” in the Palazzo Mostre é Congressi (Palace for Fairs and Meetings) where wine producers from the whole Alba region present their wines. The entrance is free of charge but if you want to taste wines, you can buy for 6 euros, a bag that you hang at your neck and that holds a glass (that you can keep afterwards) with 6 tickets. Each time you visit a producer and taste his wine, you give him a ticket but most of the time, if you taste several of his wines, he will ask only for one ticket !

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