WP Michelle says, this week share a photo that includes a name. When you stop and look, you realize that you’re surrounded by names: street signs, name tags, vanity license plates, boat names, brand names, the spines of the books … there are possibilities everywhere.

On a recent trip to Turin, I meandered the Borgo Po. Turin’s famous flea market is a century-old, sprawling outdoor affair. It attracts browsers, collectors, and strollers who buy a variety of things from purses to potholders, statues to screwdrivers.

img_1138So many vendors, live music, pungent aromas. Stalls huddle up against ancient facades across the bridge from the city proper.

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Cafes, vinoteccas, gelato trucks. Antiques, furniture, ceramics, books, clothing, vintage cars, old toys, clothes, handicrafts and trinkets of all kinds.  Borgo Po Fall Festa is quite the draw. Have a look.

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But this street really wowed.  A row of vintage cars, one more ogle-worthy than the next.

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Before coming to America, my Nonno and Nonna Bruno lived near Torino. They were farmers and silk weavers who relied on mules and worms for a living.  Cars were for rich people.

I was so mesmerized by these vintage autos that I almost missed a ‘sign’  from my grandparents.

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I love to learn about my ancestors but their stories aren’t only found in museums.

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There’s no better place to immerse yourself in a locale, to be an archaeologist of your past, than at a flea market. In Italy, I went to the Borgo Po and it will forever be engraved in my memory.

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Toni 1/12/17

4 thoughts on “WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: NAMES

  1. An interesting post. Thank you. How lovely that you were able to take this trip, and what a great sign “Bruno”. I’ve been to Torino twice, but not been to this market (whereas I know several of the outdoor markets in Firenze, and used to even know some of the vendors quite well).

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    1. It’s truly a unique experience. Easy to tell the strollers from the serious shoppers! This was our first trip to Piemonte, we hiked the Lakes region, were entranced by Alba/Monforte, etc, spent some time in Stresa, would go back in a minute 🙂

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