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Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
Trip End Oct 23, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Monday, October 12, 2009

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.  But they have gotten a bit brash with this luxury as they weave in and out of traffic at 20% greater speed than the rest of the moving traffic.  And this does not end at the signals.  These rogue testosterone mopeds will bust lanes, weave between two cars to come up the passenger side then weave back darting across the hood of the same car all to get to the red light first. This is so they can out accelerate the auto/bus/truck traffic and be off to the next intersection.  Well, I did feel compelled to teach them a lesson or two about leaving the light first… 

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.. how do you know that these people are Italians and not tourists?  Well, it can be difficult to tell who the locals are, but we have determined a couple of tips to help with this task.  First, check to see if they are smoking.  This helps, yet a lot of other tourists smoke as well.  So I have narrowed the criteria to simply those that pilot the scooters, especially the ones that are scootering whilst smoking too.  And, oh riding a bike would be a dead giveaway as well. 

My “Special Blog” on “European Cars” will follow shortly.  Ciao for now.


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