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We left Stresa and went east to Verona, the medieval setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, where we saw Juliet's balcony and the well-preserved Arena.
We entered Venice by boat and saw St. Mark's Square where we were covered in pigeons. We saw the Byzantine Basilica, the Doges' Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. We watched a glassblowing demonstration and then took a serenaded gondola ride.
... and voila there is grappa. I reallly do not like it, it is way too strong for me, but it was nice to see anyway. Since it was beginning of winter, they put up a fake ice-skating field in the middle of the square. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the ice-pad felt a little out of place, but the idea is very nice.
On our way home we stopped at cittadella, which is medieval city, that still has the old ...
... week behind - and it was good to have people about to quiz on all the bits I had forgotten!!! Unfortunately there was no wifi on board and the cost of Internet access was extreme, so I had no chance to post anything - hopefully we may be able to get wifi access tonight to do that. The ferry trip itself was very enjoyable - the ferry was big, quite new and there were ample meal areas and bars - and to sit and look out over the flat calm ocean was most ...
... over the years have built custom pavilions in the park where their work is displayed. It was phenomenal. Some better than others, many seriously crazy and creepy. My favorite was a room full of red, white and black clay, just inviting you to play with it and stick it to the walls. Germany converted their pavilion into a church complete with huge screens hovering above with videos of midgets recreating the crucifixion of Christ. A taxidermied ...