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... for telling her what to do...."Oh for Gods sake" was the gist of it! We phoned the hotel and were talked in by the receptionist on speakerphone. Left hotel to visit the Duomo, to see the paintings in the church by Parmigianino. The painting of the Virgin Mary's ascent to Heaven in the Cupola was described as 'floating through a sea of limbs, faces and swirling clouds', a 'hash of frogs legs' and later by Charles Dickens ...
... in fact a garbage truck! First night on tour and in nice was a blast, everyone is lovely and here for some fun! Woke up to head down to breakfast to find Nicole, she was in a different room and wanted to check out this seafood place we read about aswell. So Kelly, Anna, Nicole, Cat and I headed down the Main Street for a bit of shopping and exploring. We came across the markets which are held in old town then on our way to ...
... about the festival. We then looked at plan B and headed for a place about 25 miles away from the lakes, and found a place called Cremona.
This didn't turn out to be our best decision- it was a mixture of Stalag 13 and a building site. We kept the caravan hooked up to the car and were charged 22 euros for the night. The staff couldn't even muster up a smile and we were glad to move on next ...
... began to ride. We just zoomed to the city. Our hotel/hostel is apparently 10 km from the city center of Piacenza, so it's annoyingly far away. It is run by some old British couple who specializes in hosting pilgrims or something? so we decided to wait as long as possible before actually showing up at this place.
We managed to get to Piacenza in under 3 hours, and I'm pretty sure that makes today the fastest overall day of biking we've done thus far. We had so ...
... but it would have tons of hills. We expected to go 80-100 km or so and then take the train the rest of the way. This way we get the beauty of the area, but also stay on our new schedule.
Sidenote: Since I don't read what the other guys have been posting, I wanted to address our change in course. We initially planned to go to Florence and then the east coast of Italy, take a ferry to Greece, bike to Athens and then fly to Amsterdam...but, we realized none of us speak Greek, ...
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