Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
21Trip End Oct 23, 2009
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So we are a little over half way through this amazing honeymoon trip and I thought I ought to offer a guys point of view, my point of view, of the trip thus far.
There have been two distinct Italian experiences up to this point. The subtle beautiful settings of Bellagio on Lake Como and the Tuscany wine country vs. the bustling city life of Venezia, Firenze and Roma. It will be the latter that I discuss here.
The first thing that wakes you in these busy cities is always the same. It’s the sound of car horns, buses, motor scooters, and emergency fire and/or police sirens. Oh sure, there are no cars or scooters in Venice, yet water buses run 24 hours and everyone there has a boat of some sort that can either be considered a "sort of a car" or a "sort of scooter"
Once stirred by this soon-to-come frenzy, we move out on our journey for a cup of our ritual morning coffee. The theme here has a trend to it as well. Very tasty, but very strong coffee. This has got to be the best coffee I have ever had. It is really espresso that is merely diluted depending on the strength you are able to endure. I for one love it. Dawn being a light bodied coffee drinker has had to make some adjustments.
Next thing I notice whether it be on the way to the coffee café, or on the way back, is that everybody smokes. I mean everyone. I can only imagine what the lung cancer specs are in this part of the world. It is clear why Italy still allows cigarette advertisements in magazines, billboards and in F1 racing. Its because they are all customers.
Everyone has a scooter. If you don’t believe me go back to the Florence blog and take a look at the photos. We have nicknamed them the “gnats” as they buzz around so loudly (I’m thinking that they don’t have the same rules on catalytic converts and/or mufflers here). Understandably this may be the best way to get around in the big old cities
Overall the Italian people are a very good-looking bunch. And they seem quite fit. You know, from walking and biking and scootering about everywhere. It is clear that the majority of the unattractive people here are in fact American tourists, and they may also win the pole for the most inconsiderate group as well.
Another observation is that there appears to be an overwhelming greater population of females to males. Hmmm. Ok, so you may ask, John, why have you noticed such a fact, on your honeymoon and all…? Well, in case you forgot I did marry a brunette…
Anyway, I digress,,, you might also ask.
My “Special Blog” on “European Cars” will follow shortly. Ciao for now.