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... Italian pizza for lunch whilst we waited for the platform to be displayed. Wendy continued her extreme diet - no solids. We boarded and sat opposite each other in quite comfortable seats for about an hour and a half as we both tried not to go to sleep in case we missed our station. John succeeded in staying awake. We alit at Genova station, were met by a man with a sign saying "Pearce" and were then transported in a Mercedes "S" to Monterosso. Our driver told us that he used to ...
... buying things just to get it to work!) We bought some fresh looking pastry at a local shop and some fresh fruit back at the market and ate our lunch on a seat overlooking the lake. Once again, very picturesque. It is good to practice our Italian. Next we took the ferry back to Moltraio via Torno and wished we could have goth off at Torno too but our ticket would not allow it. Back at Moltrasio, we decided to go to a local cafe and ...
... in the shadow of some the worlds most historic buildings. The cafés and restaurants filled early with people formally dressed for the opera. They actually have the opera in the Roman Arena. Great people watching from my table smack in front of it all. And then the skies opened and it hardly phased them at all. Plastic ponchos appeared out of no where over tuxedos and gowns and they just went about their business. I was actually thinking of trying to get ...
... guided around the town, saw some amazing and varied architecture, Wendy bought a Swatch watch (purple of course) and John had a good Italian coffee. Next we bought tickets for the ferry and headed off on the river for a two hour trip to Bellagio with our guide. He pointed out important places like Versace's villa, George's villa, Ric************'s villa and lots of others. It rained most of the time but wasn't cold. The low lying cloud was quite picturesque though. We ...
... Each corner and alcove was unique with tombs of cardinals past, tapestries, marble alters, statues, gold inlayed reliefs, stained glass windows and tributes to saints that I never heard of. Being the lapsed Catholic that I claim to be it's humbling to see these works of art and the depth of century's old devotion and faith. And as the rain let up I headed out to the other areas of worship, the higher ...
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