Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
After Barcelona we flew to Milan, Italy. Greg and I had been to Italy before on separate trips. Florence was his favorite and Venice mine, so we agreed to visit each city for a day. Once in Milan, we took the train to Venice. I never had the chance to spend the night in Venice and really wanted to see it lit up at night..the rose colored lamps reflecting off the canal water. I also love getting lost in Venice, which is a good thing, because it is very easy to do, winding in between the buildings and over bridges. We did get lost and ended up by the train station after walking for a few hours. In part we were happy to see the train station because we had been looking for a restroom. For those who haven't been there, restrooms are hard to come by in Venice and when you do find one, be sure to have Euros on you because there is always a charge to use them. In this case, .80 for each of us. After the train station, we took the waterbus back to San Marco, where we were staying. It's one of the longest 'taxi' rides but the gorgeous views made me forget about the time. Back in San Marco, we began taking night photos..just what I wanted.
After Venice, we took the train to Florence. Our main goal in Florence: food. Greg loved the food in Florence. Luckily sight seeing wasn't our main priority because it rained the entire time we were in Florence. We did catch the leather markets at the very end of the day and did some shopping in stores since it got us out of the rain. Our only photo taken in Florence was on the Ponte Vecchio. The food was delicious. Lots of pasta, bread, wine and mussels.
After our night in Florence, we took the train to the western coast of Italy to the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre is 5 (cinque) towns connected by trains or trails, but no roads connect all 5. Everywhere we turned was a view worthy of a postcard. We expected this area to force us to utter Italian but it has become quite touristy and almost everyone spoke English. We met the most people from the US here, including a couple from Louisville and two med students from Mississippi who shared some time on the trails with us. I thought it was smart to have the girls with us, considering how klutzy I tend to be. We stayed in a hotel in Monterosso for 3 days. It was raining the first night we arrived so the trails on day one were quite wet which made for some challenging walks. The weather caused a couple landslides which closed two of the paths, but despite those warnings, we climbed under/over the landslides to say that we walked it. We treked from Monterosso to Vernazza (where we had the best pesto pizza, maybe the best pizza, ever). Then we walked from Corniglia to Vernazza to Monterosso. I was so sore after the first day of hiking - wouldn't you be after climbing 380 steps to reach the town of Corniglia as part of 7 hours of walking? - and knew we had more the next day. We started with the easy trails the 2nd day, starting in Riomaggiore, walking through Manarola and turning around at Corniglia (I wasn't walking up those stairs 2 days in a row) to walk back to Manarola to take the train to Monterosso. This day Matt and Lisa were meeting us. Matt and Greg went to high school together and now he and his wife Lisa live in Italy. The four of us walked from Monterosso to Vernazza and took the train back. We were certainly ready for a nice dinner of spaghetti and mussels.After the Cinque Terre, we road through mountains with Matt and Lisa to their apartment in Verese, just outside of Milan. They gave us a walking tour of Verese, did some shopping, ate some delicious risotto, gnocchi, pizza, chocolate, and gelato. We also got March Madness basketball updates. Yes, it is amazing that we scheduled our honeymoon during March Madness..one of the few things that could take me away from college basketball. Greg was happy to learn that his bracket was doing quite well and mine was not. Oh well, I was in Italy.
Greg and I took a day trip to Milan. He had been there before but I had not. We visited the castle, the duomo and Galleria. It rained most of the time, which wasn't ideal, but because of the rain, there were fewer people on the roof of the duomo. At one time, we were on the very top and had it all to ourselves. Very cool
After Verese and Milan, we flew back to Barcelona for one more day, and of course, one more meal at Sukur. After layovers in Paris (consisting mainly of running around armed gunmen so we didn't miss our flight) and Atlanta, we flew into Indy. We made a quick stop in Linton to pick up our cats Sam and Smalls and returned home. I'd love to tell you more, but I think this blog is long enough. Give us a call or stop by for a visit to hear more stories.