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Incredible Venice!

It's exactly as you imagine it would be.

We took the shuttle from the camping village into Venice this morning. As soon as we got there we hopped on vaporetto #1 and cruised all the way down the Grand Canal to the Piazza San Marco. Absolutely gorgeous! Every bridge, every little side canal, the gondoliers, the classy wooden speed boats...just what I had pictured in my imagination. Once we got off the boat we walked through a million tourists and went through the Basilica San Marco, which was stunning but the crowds took a little bit away from the enjoyment. The most fun was when we decided to just wander the narrow little side streets. We tried snacks that caught our eye and Baylie even bought an actual souvenir. We're going to experiment with shipping something home and see just how pricey and complicated it really is.IMG_3791

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Posted by Pelham Family 08:52 Archived in Italy Comments (5)

Last Day in Milan

We are leaving this fashionable city tomorrow morning on the 9:00 am train to Venice. Shawn successfully made it to the Formula 1 race (and back). He says he had a great day being a "tifosi" (which he says means "crazy Italian Ferrari fan"). He was pretty excited that after the race everyone ran out onto the track, he demonstrated for us how he jumped around like a happy little kid. Glad we put this stop into the itinerary.
Baylie and I had a great day. We saw the most amazing cemetery in the world! Whatever you would imagine an old Italian cemetery FILLED with monuments and statues would look like, it seemed more spectacular than that. It was called the Il Cimitero Monumentale. I guess a cemetery isn't any stranger than visiting a museum or old church, right? Now that I am describing how cool it was it seems a little odd.
So one observation from Milan that I wonder if we will see in other parts of Italy: the super high fashion lady, all dressed up with her hair and make-up perfectly done, wearing 4-inch heels...riding a bicycle, often with a large basket containing a small dog.
I know Baylie and I will continue to sample gelato throughout Italy! Our favorite so far, coconut.

Posted by Pelham Family 10:56 Archived in Italy Comments (5)

Shawn's day out...

Baylie and I went with Shawn yesterday to figure out how to get to the town of Monza and everything involved with going to his big race. We took the tram from our apartment to the metro station, we took the metro to the train station, it turned out to be the wrong one, got back on the metro to the right train station, we took a train to Monza, we then took a bus to the park where the raceway is and we walked a couple of miles from the bus stop to the track. All with hundreds of other people headed the same way. It took hours! Along the way we luckily found some guys selling tickets (I should say, they found us) and Shawn was able to get a ticket for all 3 days of the event. Baylie and I have no interest in Formula 1 racing, so we told Shawn we would walk around town and meet him back at the train station at the end of the day. We walked all day, mostly enjoyed ourselves, but then managed to get completely turned around and had no idea how to get to the train. We took a bus that the driver said would go to the station. It didn't. When it came to the end of the line the driver was a little surprised to see us still on it (we were the only ones left). His response was "oohhh, the stazione!" He gave us very good directions, in Italian, and we started walking again. We asked every person we passed and they all seemed to say we were going the right way. After walking about 25 minutes we did actually find the station! This morning Shawn set off on his own to repeat the journey. After about 45 minutes he was back. He had made it as far as the train...and realized he had forgotten his ticket. Hope he's having a good time now! And it would be nice if he made it back.

Posted by Pelham Family 05:39 Archived in Italy Comments (6)

"Homeschooling"

Today was all about science. We spent the day at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. Very cool! There are a bunch of models made by following the plans for machines dreamed up by da Vinci plus exhibits on the history of radio, telephones, etc. There were quite a few gadgets you could turn and push and move, which is always a big hit with Baylie.
Found a great snack in a bakery while walking. Focaccia bread with whole green olives baked into it. It was delicious! The spaghetti carbonara for lunch was also outstanding.

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Soaking up Culture

This is educational Baylie, now appreciate that 600 year old plate!

Today we went to Castello Sforzesco. Shawn procalaimed it the most impressive castle we have seen so far. It was full of museums - 14 separate museums. We did our best, but all that sightseeing is pretty exhausting. The Museum of Ancient Art was very good (it was also first, so it had the advantage of our energetic attention). It ended with Michelangelo's final work. An unfinished statue he was working on in his 90's. I was impressed. The Picture Gallery was also impressive, but just how is all that heavy, dark religious artwork full of anguish, pain, torture, death, and fear supposed to make you feel? Uplifted? At peace? Full of hope? I was definitely ready to move on to the Museum of Musical Instruments!209

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