La serenissima

Trip Start Feb 18, 2004
Trip End Dec 05, 2005

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Sunday, June 6, 2004

I'm in northern Italy now getting ready to visit Grizzly Adams in the Dolomites. I figure it's about time to try to update everyone with some sort of itinerary (that can change at a moment's notice). Here goes:
June 7-8 = the Dolomites (Alps in Italy)
June 9 = Milan
June 10-11 = lakes (Lake Como, Lake Maggiore)
June 12-13 = Zermatt, Switzerland (Matterhorn)
June 14-15 = Vaduz, Liechenstein
June 16-18 = Lucerne, Switzerland
June 19-20 = Interlaken
June 21 = Grindelwald
June 22-24 = Gimmelwald
June 25 = Montreux
June 26-27 = Geneva
June 28 = Bern
June 29 = Zurich
July 17-25 = Czech Republic with Teeter

After Sicily, I went back to Naples for a couple days. I stayed with Allyson again and told her "hey, woman! my clothes are dirty! you wash 'em!" After being beaten bloody, I ended up washing the clothes myself. I had a couple chill-out days there which was nice before another round of city hopping.

I went back to Rome to see some of the things I missed the first time. I stayed with a friend of Nick's there (yes, I'm getting spoiled). I paid a visit to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo's paintings are incredible to say the least (and the fact that he did it all himself), but Spanky needed to add some improvements of his own. It's oooooh so purty now. Visited all the touristy stuff again, but this time it wasn't quite so crowded. President Bush came to visit so of course la Polizia came and insisted Spanky leave the city (I decided to leave too).

Choo-choo took me up to Bologna. I was going to stay the night but looked at my book and it listed very little to do so I just spent the afternoon there. I stopped by a restaurant and they didn't even have spaghetti with bolognese sauce!?! Geesh. There were a couple pretty piazzas to hang out in. By "hang out", I mean dressing up like an Oscar Meyer weiner and singing "my bologna has a first name, it's o-s-c-a-r...".

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

From Bologna and cheese, I went to Venice. Venice is a great city for wandering around in (no cars!), and since I like to wander that made it a good place for me. Seemed like around nearly every corner there was something worth taking a picture of. Piazza San Marcos is of course cool, but there were lots of churches and bridges and such. I even made it out to the beach on the island of Lido to lay in the sun for a bit. In Venice, I was back staying in the hostels more room to myself. Stuck with curfews, people snoring, pathetic breakfasts (bread and hot chocolate) and the like.

San Giorgio, Venice

Next was Verona. It's quite a cute town - got a river running through it, pretty churches and piazzas. Verona is famous for the setting of Romeo & Juliet. I'll post a pic related to that. There was also a VW 50 year anniversary thing going on in the Roman arena. They had cheesey singers and dancers to go along with it.


I'm off to the Dolomites for some alpine scenery now...
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