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La Cena in Bianco

Back in July, a little group of us, including The Greek and the two lovely girls from work, decided to take part in the Cena in Bianco.

If you’ve never heard of it, the White Dinner is a free event which takes place in a different location around Turin each year, and this year it was held in the grounds of the Venaria Reale, a beautiful palace just outside the city. According to the papers the next day, over 15 thousand people turned up this year, so as you can imagine, there’s a pretty amazing atmosphere.

The catch is that you have to take absolutely everything yourself… and take it away again afterwards. I’m not just talking food and drink – I mean tables, chairs, tablecloths, water, decorations, the whole shabang. There’s no plastic – so real crockery and glass bottles only – oh, and everything has to be white.

Sounds cool, right? Well, it is. However, this year the event happened to fall on one of the hottest days of the year, so what I didn’t photograph were our angry, sweaty faces as we carried absolutely everything half a kilometre from the car to the gardens in 42 degree heat. No, that’s not a typo. Forty flipping two.

Needless to say, once we’d finally set everything up, drunk many litres of water, and sat down for a while, the rage began to subside and we started to enjoy ourselves as we tucked into our delicious, candlelit picnic dinner.

Am I pleased we did it? Absolutely. Will I be able to convince The Greek to go back for the 2016 edition? Not a chance.

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