Images

Here is a collection of images we liked but didn’t get a chance to post.

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Yikes, that is little! Typical electric car in Florence

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Water fountain at the Vatican

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Making pomegranate juice in Rome market

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Want a slice of ham?

 

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Turin Castle

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Local girl cooling off in a fountain in Turin

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Heading Home

With much sadness we leave beautiful Italy. We have enjoyed out trip immensely. Leaving the Malpensa Sheraton, we being our long flight home. The MIlan Malpensa airport is one of the busiest airports in Italy. We walked from one end of terminal 1 to the other to check in at the United counter, and back to the gate.

After a very long flight of 9 hours we land in Newark N.J. airport. We head through customs and recheck our luggage. An unusual thing that we thought was that they swabbed our hand for gun powder residue. We board for our last leg to San Francisco. We were spoiled on the way across the ocean as we had movies to watch. The last leg didn’t have any entertainment and made for a “very” long flight.

We end where we began at the Oyster Point Hotel, enjoyed a great dinner as well a long nights sleep before heading for home.

Some pictures from the Guggenheim Museum.

Vivi Venice

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The title translated means “live Venice”, Our first view of Venice was crossing the bridge from the mainland to the islands of Venice. There was this huge bay of water and soon we were off the train and standing in front of a Venetian canal with boats going, coming and a sea of people.You think you are prepared to see a city surrounded by water but it is truly amazing. We had heard that there was an abundance of dog poo and trash everywhere but the city is kept up quite nicely. The only poo we saw was the paddie that ended up on Christopher’s shoe. It is quite crowded, we saw people from all over the world and wearing every thing as far as clothing you can imagine. We will say we didn’t think it was the ideal place for children especially babies. The main form of transportation is the Vaporetto. They are jammed packed with people going from one end to the other so for a little one it seems it would be rather scary. We mainly explored the waterways, people watched and attended the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. We would start the day with the trusty map all marked by Mateo, our house host, and it never failed we would be lost. All those narrow streets look alike. We weren’t the only ones. Everywhere people had the maps open, looking confused. It was quite warm so sunscreen and hats  are a must.

The second day we tried to get an early start to see the famous Rialto fish market. You cannot believe the different types of seafood. The locals were there picking up their groceries. We are fond of seafood so it was a thrill to watch the locals and the vendors making the exchange.

Down the path from our B&B was a vegetable  and fruit stand. It was nice to have fresh fruit for a snack. One thing that is different from our stores is that you aren’t suppose to touch any of the produce. You just point as to what you would like and they pick it up and say “okay”? We finally saw some Pomodoro Tomatoes. These were used along with San Marzano’s in the sauce we had in our cooking class. Yum!

Christopher wanted some night images of Venice, so he ventured out to find that the city is alive with everyone else doing the same thing. He met a young man from Latvia who shared some of ideas on photography. The two of them came back with some interesting shots.

To cap off the end of the vacation, we sat in the patio area of our B&B and watched on of the two turtles make its way around the yard. Then it as back on the vaporetto to the train station to Milan.

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Ladies! Sorry Gentleman, Its all about Shoes!

I’ve always had a thing for a nice pair of shoes. Let’s face it, we spend most of our time standing on our feet. When we started our journey in France, I noticed all the great looking footwear. As we went on to Milan, the fashion capital of the world I took serious notice. I even succumbed to  buy a funky pair I justified by saying they would be great for work. The following photographs are of shoes I found most interesting. Some were on actual people and most in store windows as we were browsing. Besides the shoes we couldn’t figure out how Italian women walked over these uneven, knobbly, cobblestone roads. It is a mystery. (to view any photo larger, click on any one to open the gallery)

No Boloney in Bologna

We just booked one day in Bologna to see the city, relax and regroup before heading to Venice. Arriving at 11:00 to pouring rain that is quite a change from the really warm weather we have encountered. Our hotel is located just a few blocks away. We unpack and head out to explore. The city , in our opinion, doesn’t have the wow factor that we have been seeing. We find the place our hotel has recommended for lunch and enjoy some great food with amazing flavors. After lunch we start walking back and Christopher notices an Alfa Romeo car dealership. Of course we have to go inside. In the showroom they have a new Giulietta GTa premier edition on display. We go find the owner who happens to be an elderly lady, and ask her if we can look over the car as we can’t get these in the USA yet. She speaks broken English and says “Fine”. After awhile we head back to her desk to chat.  Christopher mentions he has a sprint speciale, spider veloce, and he starts to say another car and the owner says “Come with me”. We follow her to an elevator and get in. We look at each other as to say what is going on. We stop in the basement and to our surprise it is filled with cars…rare cars…lots of them. She shows us her and her late husbands car collection that makes Christopher’s eyes bug out of his head. He is like a kid in a candy store. We are sure these cars haven’t been shown to anyone outside of family and her closest friends. Most of the collection are Alfa Romeo’s and a rare vintage FIAT that tops 1 million. To a car enthusiastic this is a rare opportunity. We chat for awhile and exchange email addresses. Who would have thought just by walking into a car dealership we would have this great experience. It made Christoper’s day, no make that his year. I’m glad we decided to see Bologna for the day. Expect the unexpected. On to Venice!

On to the underground

I’ve decided to visit a salon in Rome whose owners are from my neck of
the woods down in San Diego. We head out to the area by the Vatican for my 12:00 appointment. I have a great conversation with Rick the owner of Noi Salon. We talk about the business and how it has evolved. My appoinment is with Patrizia. She suggests I go shorter with my style and I say sure it will grow. Patrizia is from Australia and quite a kick. We have similar cutting styles and use a lot of the same products. Had a great afternoon. Bringing back some cool ideas.

 

Our underground tour of the Coliseum which entails seeing how the Gladiator acts were set up and how the animals were transported to the upper levels was scheduled for later in the day to escape the hot Roman sun.The Coliseum was originally Nero’s home and gardens. An ancient amphitheater in Rome around 70 A.D. started by Vespasian.  It as hard to imagine that 80,000 people were in this structure. All the important people had their names on their seats. You were also seated by class meaning the slaves were seated in the nosebleed section. The games were an all day affair. The animal acts were first then ending with the Gladiators.

Off to Bologna tomorrow!

 

 

Seeing the Sistine

Well, if you want to beat the crowds and move around at your leisure, you book an early morning tour, get up at the crack of dawn, miss breakfast, but you will really have quality time to enjoy the Sistine Chapel. Photographs were not allowed so you won’t see any unfortunately.

We brought our binoculars and sat on the benches and scrutinized every detail of Michaelangelo’s masterpiece. The Sistine Chapel consists of 46 panels painted in 48 months. From there we moved on to see the other parts of the Vatican. The wealth and beauty of the Vatican is unfathomable.

There was a first for us at dinner that night, we had a fried artichoke.

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The crowds in the street seemed to be bubbling over from the Rolling Stones concert the night before in the city park. Who would have thought, we could have been watching some 70 year old guys running around on stage.

Different colored marble used in this statue

Different colored marble used in this statue

Statue representing St. Peter

Statue representing St. Peter

Central dome of St. Peters Basilica

Central dome of St. Peters Basilica

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Check out the detail in the dome

Check out the detail in the dome

Saint Peters Basilica

Saint Peters Basilica

One of the many frescos in the Vatican

One of the many frescos in the Vatican

Vatican apartments

Vatican apartments

This is only a small part of the painting! Check out the detail

This is only a small part of the painting! Check out the detail

Mosaic tile art on the floor

Mosaic tile art on the floor

Remember to look up!

Remember to look up!

First ruler of Rome

First ruler of Venice

Hall of statuary in the Vatican

Hall of statuary in the Vatican

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Vatican museum hallway

Vatican museum hallway

Ceiling in the Vatican

Ceiling in the Vatican