Verona was first up. We actually stayed a bot outside town so that I could meet up with a friend from work who was leading a soccer/football youth team and their parents on a tour. For a few years Tony has vanished from work for weeks under the guise of doing this. It was great to be able to corroborate his story and see first-hand all the work he does to enable the athletic dreams of these kids. And of course it was nice to have some adult time in a bar and swap some stories. Tony even introduced me to the Italian "Spritz" drink, which went down very nicely.
The highlight of our brief walking tour of Verona was a visit to Juliet's purported balcony, as well as some of the other touristy elements:
|What Light Thru Yonder Window Breaks (on a balcony apparently built in 1930)?|
|Checking out the love notes (aka graffiti)|
|We never did find out what the deal was with all these locks.|
After that it was on to Venice. Venice was absolutely awesome. Years from now when I think of the trip Venice will be one of the cities on the forefront of my memory. We stayed in a little hotel recommended to us by our good friend and travel veteran Roz. It was so cool to be in the middle of it and be able to explore and even get ourselves lost on occasion.
|Heather hanging out in St Marks Square|
|The local highway..."The Grand Canal"|