|The old windmill|
The museum was a life-size reconstruction of an 18th century rural fishing village.We had the opportunity to actually go inside some of these ridiculously old buildings which had the indoors set up as a family living there in the 18th century would of had it set up. They had a windmill there as well and we were able to go inside and get an idea of how things worked in there. It was pretty amazing. It made me think of how excited (and smart) the first person to come up with the windmill idea must have been once they realized they could harness wind to grind their wheat. The machinery inside was pretty surreal, all made out of wood-pulleys, levers, cranks, gears, cogs, etc… I guess I never imagined that wood could work in many of these ways so this was very surprising and awesome (awe-inspiring indeed) to me.
|Inside the windmill. This was the first floor
and the windmill had a total of 3 floors with
equal amounts of infrastructure.
|Big wooden swing and yes, we were allowed to swing on it.
I realized we were swinging on it incorrectly when I later saw
other people standing on the part we were sitting on and
holding on the the bar above.
|A sample layout of a home in the 18th century. This home had
a total of 3 rooms: the bedroom, the kitchen and a storage room.
|A side of mashed potatoes and barley with pickles, tomato,
bacon, and sour cream. I couldn’t get enough of this dish.
|Potatoes with braised cabbage and veggies, pork, and tomatoes.
I was a little put off by how this pork looked so I stayed away
from it and just focused on the sausage.
|Potatoes with sausage, pickles, and a fresh tomato, cucumber
and onion salad. This was just so yummy!
[JP interlude: After lunch I decided it would be cool if I fell off my bike, so I dropped the chain when we got started riding across the grass and fell over. Nat busted out laughing as she should have, and some locals tried to pretend they didn’t notice. One lady actually covered her mouth like she was yawning, but I’m certain she was hiding a guffaw. It was very funny indeed.]
[JP interlude #2: ever been cycling and ride over some in-ground railroad tracks and thought.. “damn.. what if my tires actually fell into those track grooves just perfectly while I was riding?” I’ve certainly thought that. So here is “what if”. You fall over on the ground. Again. That was also pretty funny, but I immediately assumed a train was coming. One wasn’t. In any event, hilarity again.]
|Lasagnetta with snails in Gorgonzola sauce. [JP: let me
emphasize that.. an appetizer that was miniature lasagna with
big snails in it. Not an easy dish to pull off. It was supurb]
|The best caprese salad I’ve ever had.|
|Foie gras with cognac seasoned fig and melon in
|Gratinated lobster with basil and Merlot wine vinegar and
marinated cherry tomatoes.
|A side of pasta with sauce for the hubby. [JP: they were nonplussed
when I asked for a side of pasta with my lobster. Is that so crazy?
It’s an italian restaurant]
|Black risotto with seafood. The seafood included were
mussels and squid and the black sauce is made of squid ink.