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Since Sunday's in Padova are really boring, we developed the habit of driving around northern Italy. We saw a lot of nice cities already. Last week we went to see Bologna, the oldest university. well we weren't able to look at it, because it is closed on sundays. But the red city was also nice to look at. It is called the red city because the stones are actually red marmor, and also because ...
... they are very pretty colored here). We then got some gelato but I tried Betty's and it wasn't good so I wasn't in the mood anymore. We wandered through a refurbished castle turned mall called Corte Isolani, and it luckily led right into Santo Stefani which was also spectacular - they have bits from the original floor and a pretty pulpit. Sara and I got giant chocolate frappes after that, at Cremeria Sette Chiesa which was delicious. Betty had a praline gelato which she said ...
Sami and I left Monterosso early and caught a train to Bologna to stay with our good friends Justin & Ann (they recently took up residence there for a year sabbatical from work to learn Italian). We had a connecting train in Prato, but what we didn't know was that there were two stops in Prato. We got off the train on the first stop and the train we were meant to catch left the 2nd stop with 10 minutes to spare. We had one choice if we wanted to catch ...
... her home, stopping on the way we admired the great castle that dominates the city, it is a huge fortress with a moat and architecture that is reminiscent of Eastern Europe, not a building I would naturally associate with the romance of Italy. I was immediately intrigued by this city and struck by the much larger and grander buildings than those found in the quaint villages that we had left behind. This seemed to be the more realistic side of Italy.
... to use the center rear view mirror because I'm not used to looking right + the angle some how seems wrong. Also strange is the fact that the fast lane is the inside lane, although I have been here before, my mind had the fast lane on the outside (the right side) lane... Hmmm, should be fun when I get home :)
Vinci was only 30km from Florence. A beautiful, ...
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