On the Art Trail in Nice….

May 8, 2019

Up fairly early, but pretty low energy, which always seems to be the case right after a travel day. Got ourselves up and dressed, then headed out to find a little breakfast. Last nights dinner was so rich that my stomach and I decided simple was better. Suzanne was a good sport and agreed to go looking for someplace other than the hotel, that wanted 17 euros or $19 for the traditional hotel breakfast buffet.

It was eerily quiet on the streets and we discovered today is a National holiday, Victory Day. We were lucky to find this wonderful looking bakery (patisserie). Suzanne had a raisin sweet roll with coffee and I had a delicious apple turnover with tea. Now that’s a perfect French breakfast. The bakery also makes cakes and the most fanciful chocolate creations.

Feeling fortified I was unwittingly lured on a mammoth walk up the hill. We planned on seeing the Chagall and Matisse Museums today, taxiing up and walking back down. Well, we ended up walking up and busing partway down. The buildings here are so substantial and monumental looking. We walked through several different neighborhoods and enjoyed looking at all the different styles of structures.

The building below is a Greek Orthodox Church.

Saw this little house on the hill. It is for sale, but is a little too close to the freeway.

Think this building is a condo or apartment building. Very nice area on the hill with high fences for security and privacy.

About halfway up the hill we came to the Chagall Museum. The museum was opened in 1973, Chagall celebrated his 86th birthday the same day as the opening. It was the first time a National museum had been dedicated to a living artist. The photo below gives an idea of size of the large paintings depicting scenes inspired by the Bible.

This painting is of the story of Abraham and the Three Angels, divine messengers announcing to the elderly Abraham and Sarah the imminent birth of a son.

This painting is of the creation of man with the angel holding Adam.

Jacob Wrestling with the Angel in his dream.

‘Paradise’ the painting below shows two scenes, one set in Paradise and one on Earth. To the left is the creation of Eve and to the right the temptation. As you can see on the right Adam is with Eve and they are so close as to almost appear as one. This is an interpretation of the temptation showing Adam as responsible as Eve for the fall.

Adam and Eve Expelled From Paradise sows discord in Paradise. Trees are uprooted, birds have goats heads, heads are upside down and winged fish surge from the river. The angel of divine wrath drives Adam and Eve out.

Chagall created an huge tile mosaic above a reflecting pond at the museum. Below the mosaic are two beautiful stain glass windows.

Onward up to the top of the hill to the Matisse museum, which is located next to the ruins of a Roman amphitheater and children’s small amusement park.

The featured photo is of Matisse’s ‘Odalisque au coffret rouge’, painted in 1927. Both Chagall and Matisse lived in Nice and enjoyed working in it’s beautiful light.

This is a small art school of Matisse that is located in the museum up several flights of stairs. The second photo below is of student studies of one of Matisse’s paintings.

The photo below is from the Fauvism school of painting, where brazen colors were used for expressive impact.

Henri Matisse married Amelie Matisse and they celebrated their marriage with a few weeks in Corsica, before heading for the Toulouse region of France. This was Matisse’s first experience of the Southern light, that allowed him to break free into Impressionism. Here is a painting of Amelie.

These are a few of the pieces that were created for a book Matisse did, called Jazz.

Bronze sculptures, the first being titled ‘The Serf’. It is believed by some experts that the same model was used by Matisse for this work as Rodin used for his sculptures.

These pieces of work consist of paper cutouts that Matisse created for various compositions.

This was an interesting series of studies of lips, drawings, models and sculptures.

Partway down the hill I had enough and we caught a bus into the center of town. We stopped for lunch at a Pizzeria and had our only bad meal so far. The it was back to the hotel to plan for tomorrow’s adventure.

On to Nice

May 7, 2019

The last night in Santa Margherita we picked up our clean laundry, Hallelujah!!! Then stopped at a bar for a glass of wine and Campari soda before our favorite restaurant opened. The wine was 8 euros and the soda was 7. They gave us a little glass of carrot sticks, a larger container of bread sticks and a little cup of mustard. Then they appeared with a large plate of marinated olives, salami, ham, cheese and bread. We thought for sure there would be an additional charge, but no. I guess it’s to get you to sit there and drink more. Unfortunately for them we were only interested in one drink and a lot of good food went to waste.

My Fitbit informed me that Suzanne and I have walked over 57 miles in 15 days, with a lot of stairs. Certainly not what I use to do, but respectable.

The waterfront across the street was busy again this morning. They have a man made beach that apparently has to have fresh sand brought in everytime the ocean washes it away. Dump trucks of sand were there yesterday and it was being spread out today.

We are hustling today, getting to breakfast and finishing last bits of packing to catch the 11:15 am train to Nice. Goodbye to our beautiful ocean view and little village vibe and on to the big city.

The train ride to Nice with a layover in Genoa is almost 5 hours. We lucked out as the train wasn’t full and we had empty seats next to us for most of the trip. The tracks followed the ocean shore for most of the ride, with lots and lots of tunnels through the mountains. I was disappointed that Monaco was completely out of view from the train, as the station and track were in a tunnel.

We got settled in our hotel, Villa Victoria almost exactly between the train station and the ocean. There is a lovely promenade along the water where we sat, people watched and enjoyed the water view.

It was 60 degrees in Nice today, but it didn’t seem to stop the sunbathers.

Walking some of the streets before dinner it was surprising to see a lot of familiar names, unusual designer clothes and a mix of old and new.

We got a giggle out of the Department for Seniors.

Off to bed after a long day of travel. Have to say I hated leaving Italy, but am adjusting especially after a great dinner of bass and truffles.

A Beautiful Day in Santa Margherita

May 6, 2019

When traveling I’ve found that plans are always subject to change. Today was one of those days. The original plan was to go to the Cinque Terra to hike between two of the five little villages tucked between the headlands. Last night the hotel informed us that the police weren’t allowing hiking without technical footwear, in other words hiking boots. This is a new development because of falls and broken limbs on the steep trails. So, today we just enjoyed the sun and walked around Santa Margherita.

This is the start of my daily breakfast that is usually included with our room. The fruit here is so good it’s just impossible to pass up. I have to say that all the fruit and produce has just been top quality the entire trip. Salad greens so fresh that you could swear the chef just ran out and picked them.

The huge win for the day is that we dropped off our laundry and can pick up clean clothes tonight. What felt like 30 lbs of laundry by the time I’d drug it all over town yesterday, was really 3 Kilos or 6.6 lbs. A far cry from 30….. The laundry service in the hotel charges 5.5 euros to wash a pair of undies and 15 euros for a pair of pants. The local laundry about a 12 minute walk away charges 5 euros/kg. Have never been so excited to have clean clothes!

After disposing of our laundry bags, we decided to visit the Duomo. We were wandering around some lovely streets looking at the old buildings and finally asked a lady where it was. The people here are so friendly. She led us to the right street and pointed us in the right direction. My Italian has improved over time, but it’s still difficult to remember the proper words fast enough to carry on a little conversation. We leave for France tomorrow, so not much more opportunity to practice. Suzanne says that the natives are enjoying my mistakes more than when I get it right.

Absolutely, stunningly beautiful cathedral. As you can see from the scaffolding, some repair work is being done. The photo below is straight up at the ceiling.

Really like the faux architectural details on this building.

I have been looking in all the shop windows for a new lightweight shoulder bag. The one I brought with me is very old and has started falling apart under the strain of travel. Today was my lucky day…..Italy is known for it’s leather, but I finally found a fabric bag that will hold all my stuff.

As you can see below the Mediterranean diet is really agreeing with me….

We passed a couple statues on our peramulation around town. There was also a class of little kids on the beach. How lucky are they?

The photo below is of the Monument of Garibaldi and above is Columbus (he is claimed everywhere. I fact I’ve noticed in my travels that he is also buried in several different cities and countries).

We had a great dinner last night at Reve restaurant, Cod with lemon sauce, mashed potatoes, asparagus and sun dried tomatoes. We are going back again tonight for our last meal in Santa Margherita. As you probably know people eat fairly late here. Suzanne and I have adjusted our dinners to 7 to 8 pm, but as you can see below we were the only ones in the restaurant for almost 20 minutes.

Arrivederci! A Domani….

Just What We Were Looking For….

May 5, 2019

Woke up to pouring rain this morning, beating so hard on the window that it sounded like hail. We are taking our day off from sightseeing and taking it easy for most of the day.

Here are some more photos from our stay in Santa Marghertia Ligure.

These little mechanized rides for kids are so charming I had to take a picture.

This is Umberto I of Italy. He was King from 1887 to his assassination by an American-Italian anarchist in 1900.

Looking back on Santa Margherita from the ferry.

Coastline point with castle.

Lunch in Portofino, the prawns were a wrestling match but worth the trouble. With the squid ink linguine the dish was delicious.

Happy wedding party in Portofino. The bride to be is standing and was dancing while everyone clapped in time to the music.

A painting that I really like by Emanuele Mura that is in a Portofino gallery.

Passed this terraced garden on our ferry ride.

Castle Brown was perched up above Portofino for defense in the 15th-Century.

Well today wasn’t quite as laid back as initially imagined. We decided we needed to walk to the grocery store for some more great Italian cookies. Then I got the bright idea that we should take our laundry and get it done. I found a self service laundromat online and we headed out, in my case with what felt like about 15 lbs of dirty clothes. Of course the laundry had closedown and all the other laundries were closed because it was Sunday. We did find the grocery and get our cookies, but 3 miles of lugging laundry didn’t feel quite as restful as I was envisioning.

It’s Saturday, a Good Day For Sailing

May 4, 2019

An extensive breakfast buffet at the hotel, one of the best of the trip. Breakfast was a fascinating visual experience, watching the slim and beautiful people. Definitely high fashion, the young woman sitting next to us in her short Fendi dress (I know it was Fendi, because it was written all over it) didn’t appear to be wearing underwear, as we could see when she stood up. Another woman was wearing heavy silk pajamas with a tailored blazer. I hope we didn’t give ourselves away as total rubes, but I’m afraid our attire just didn’t hit the mark.

We wandered out to the terrace and it was a madhouse out there (see featured photo). It seems that many sailors take their weekend cruises on the Italian Riviera. The strange part was that they all stayed bunched together, sailing around and trying to avoid hitting each other.

After consultation with the front desk, Suzanne and I took off at a rapid clip to catch the 11:15 ferry to San Fruttuoso and Portofino. We decided to do the Abbey at San Fruttuoso first then ferry back to Portofino for lunch. It was a slow trip out of our bay with all the sailboats in the way.

Most of the Abbey was heavily damaged by frequent pirate raids during the 16th century and was abandoned by the Benedictine monks. Andrea Doria became a patron of the Abbey and funded restoration and expansion of the Abbey. Because of the Doria family’s patronage the family crypts were allowed to be placed within the Abbey.

Currently some fishing expeditions are launched from the abbey. There were nets and boats stored under and around the museum.

The abbey was pretty much destroyed again in 1915 by a tremendous storm that swept the area and has again been restored.

This is Suzanne communing with the spirits in the Doria crypt area. The Doria family also sponsored the construction of a small church adjacent to the Abbey.

Today the Abbey is dedicated to Saint Fructuosus, a third-century Spanish bishop that was martyred under the Roman Emperor Valerian. In the eight-century his relics were transferred here by Greek monks*.

On display are many pieces of pottery that were used by monks from the 12-century to the 15-century.

On the way into the bay we noticed purple jellyfish floating everywhere in the water. I took a couple pictures that turned out looking more like paintings than photos.

After a quick Cappuccino it was off to Portofino on the ferry for another late lunch.

We walked around the bay to the restaurant La Critta, that has this floating seating area. In the middle of our lunch of Squid Ink linguine with prawns, there was a horrible, loud cracking sound. A duck had flown right into the plastic side of the float, so hard that it ended up dropping down inside. Mass confusion as diners and wait staff corralled the very lucky to be alive duck to take it outside to the water.

Portofino is a lovely little town with lots of flowers, restaurants, high end shopping and art galleries. It is a beautiful day and we just enjoyed strolling around and catching the sights. Could not believe the intense colors of this Hydrangea display.

Views of beautiful properties, a lighthouse, boats and churches on the ferry ride going and coming.

Back to the hotel for a rest up before dinner. We are here for four nights and tomorrow is supposed to be non-stop rain. We are thinking of taking a day off and giving our bodies a break from this relaxing vacation we planned.

Oh My…Santa Margherita Ligure

May 3, 2019

We survived the Milano Centrale Train Station, found the right level for our train platform and managed to heft our bulging luggage on board. I hope this is a lesson learned about packing and train travel, less is better.

The trains are to the left and there are at least two floors of platforms, not sure how that works. We shared space on the train with a friendly couple from Charleston, South Carolina. They were on their way to the Cinque Terre, just down the coast.

After a two hour plus ride we pulled into Santa Margherita. I have been here before and it’s one of my favorite places that I’ve visited so far. Our hotel is beautiful and the featured photo is from our window. The sun came out, so we ditched our bags in the room and took off to see a bit of the town. It was already 3 pm and we wanted to enjoy the good weather while we lasted.

The light near the water was very strange today and the photos look like the colors are saturated. Other photos taken in streets back from the water do not have this intensity of color and light.

The buildings are very colorful and all the architectural detail on the facades is faux. It is painted on and very realistic. The balconies and shutters of course are real.

Passed this carousel on our way through a small park that looked like it is set up for concerts and performances of some sort.

Out on the pier we noticed two unusual spires in town, so we wandered into the back streets, where there were few tourists, looking for the spires. We discovered a street lined with Orange trees loaded with fruit.

After looking in several streets, we gave it up and started back to the hotel. It became apparent that we had walked much further than intended. We passed this fish market on the way back. There is a large open area where the fishermen sell their daily catch.

By the time we got back it was after 5 pm and we decided to check out the hotel bar. Suzanne took this great photo of our view while enjoying our beverages and nibbles.

After freshening up a bit, it was time to find a dinner spot. The hotel is out a way from the main part of town. We had walked by a nice looking place fairly close to the hotel and decided to go back for dinner.

I had a pesto dish and Suzanne had a seafood pasta, both were delicious. The restaurant is attractive on the outside, but the inside was beyond charming. Suzanne took this photo that captures the restaurant perfectly. Our hostess had never met a stranger, she was one of those larger than life people that envelope you in warmth. Perfetto!

More Milano

May 1, 2019 continued….

May 1st is Labor Day in Italy, a national holiday. Fortunately we are in the big city, so attractions and restaurants are still open. But, out in the country everything is closed down with few exceptions.

After lunch we moved on to the Duomo Museum. This museum was opened in 1953 to protect and display sculptures from the Duomo that are susceptible to the elements, or have had war damage and chemical degradation. Some of the marbles used can’t stand up to exhaust, soot and centuries of weather. There are also works on display that were in storage. They are building models and models of decorative items displayed in chronological ordered following the construction of the Duomo. The featured photo is of God the Father.

These wooden relief sculpture was carved as a preliminary study for the final stone or bronze sculpture.

The 1st sculpture below is of Eve. The 2nd photo shows, St. Helena with the cross (broken off) and I’m not sure about the men. The 3rd photo is of St. Agnes and number 4 is the face of God. The photo of the 5th sculpture I took just because of the sculpting of the arms and hands showing the veins in fine detail fascinated me.

Below are sculptural figures that were created by artist’s hoping to get work with the studio creating sculptures for the Duomo. They would be given a subject matter to render in competition for the work. If they won, the work would be prestigious and create financial stability for many years.

There was also a wooden 1/20th scale model of the entire exterior of the Duomo that took up a whole room by itself.

The photo above is of a medieval book encrusted with precious stones.

Totally exhausted we headed back to the hotel for a well deserved glass of wine and Campari Spritz.

May 2, 2019

Back to the Piazza di Duomo to the Museo Del Novecento. We had planned on going to the Prada Foundation Museum of Contemporary art, but decided that we’d be much more interested in 20th Century modern art. The majority of the artists displayed in the Novecento are Italian artists, many from the Lombardy region, which is where Milan resides.

This museum is very interesting and it was fascinating to become acquainted with Italian modern artists such as Marino Marini who painted ‘The panel-beater’s three daughters’ above.

These two paintings are by Gino Severini, La chahuteuse and Blue dancer.

The drinker, by Umberto Boccioni a very famous Italian artist from 1914. The drinker is slouched over the table dozing. This painting is moving away from impressionistic to cubism.

The red horse, by Umberto Boccioni.

Elasticity, by Umberto Boccioni in 1912. This shows a knight riding in from the right.

The Motor-bus, by Umberto Boccioni in 1913. Depicts a panorama viewed from a motor-bus traveling between Montemartre and Montrouge. On the right is a woman wearing a little white hat.

Women at the cafe, by Piero Marussig in 1924 is a sculptural style of painting with many elements of classical painting*.

Street landscape, by Ardengo Soffici in 1925 is of a symbolic town reminiscent of Tuscany and farmland around Florence.

Suzanne and I were up on the 5th Floor of the museum where there was a photo opportunity too good to pass up.

We had a lot of fun in the Environment displays in the museum. First we went into the very dark mirrored room, the mirrors revolved, which in the little bit of light was very disorienting. Then we walked through a strobe hall which made for some interesting images.

Then there was the room of moving lines of light.

Having squeezed all the fun out of the museum that we could, it was time for lunch. We’d noticed a street with lots of restaurants from the window and decided to head in that direction.

I had a really yummy tuna salad with fresh brined capers. They were much milder than what we buy in the jar. Suzanne had a bean and escarole soup that she said was very good.

There was a little street market going on when we were walking to lunch, so we shopped our way back to the taxi stand. There was vintage costume jewelry, watches, hats, purses, clothing, designer ties, toys and more.

Really liked this Betty Boop on a motorcycle.

Back to the hotel to pack up for a travel day tomorrow. Wish us luck with the Milan Central Railway station.

Exploring Milano

May 1, 2019

Not to be too original we caught a taxi to the Piazza di Duomo. I had been before, but there is always more to explore and the Gothic Duomo is one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Europe. One of the areas that I’d missed were the roof terraces. The photo below was taken by my travel companion, Suzanne. This shot is from the roof looking down to the Piazza and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on the right. Must say my stomach flipped over everytime I looked down. Now I remember why I’d never gone to the roof before.

Lots and lots of stairs even with taking the lift up. Many places with only waist high railings and walking across roof tiles. Although they give you a lift up, it’s stairs all the way down.

Here is the spire with the gold Madonna that is the tip top the of cathedral. It was completed in 1762 at the dizzying height of 355.97 feet or 108.5 meters.

These two photos show just a bit of the incredibly detailed carving and sculptures on the roof terraces.

The cathedral took over 6 centuries to build and was started in 1386. The site was originally a Roman Forum and public basilica. There is an old octagonal Baptistery from 335 that we visited under the cathedral.

Napoleon Bonaparte about to be crowned King of Italy ordered the facade finished in 1805 and promised the cost would come from the French treasury. Although the funds never materialized the facade was finished and Napoleon was crowned king in the cathedral.

The intricate bronze front doors of the cathedral were designed by Italian sculptor Ludovico Pogliaghi.

Mussolini commanded the Mascioni organ building firm to construct the 5-manual, 225-rank pipe-organ. The organ is currently the largest in Italy*.

The red light above the apse is where a nail purportedly from the cross of Christ’s crucifixion resides. The archbishop comes once a year and retrieves the holy relic to display it to the public in the celebration, Rite of the Nivola (nail).

The are three great windows were made by Italian, French and German artists. The lower part of the windows are newer enameled glass with only the upper portions the original leaded stained glass.

The are 52 columns, one for every week of the year. All aspects of the cathedral marry religious symbolism and depictions with everyday life. There are 5 broad naves, the central nave is 148′ high. The highest Gothic vaults in a completed cathedral*.

Throughout the cathedral are these beautiful inlaid marble and stone floors that are still in amazing condition.

This window is over the front doors of the cathedral, depicts the Virgin Mary.

Whew, in serious need of an ATM and sustenance we decided to head for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major land mark. The mall is named after Vittorio Emanuele the first King of the Kingdom of Italy. It was built between 1865 and 1867. The mall is built in the shape of a cross, is four stories high and enclosed with a glass and iron ceiling.

Love the African and American Indian in these murals at the intersection of arms of the mall.

We couldn’t resist the Marchesi bakery and confectionary. Everything was absolutely perfect and beautiful. Even the embroidered wall covering was amazing.

This is Milan, we were surrounded by luxury retailers selling haute couture, jewelry, books and paintings.

After a lunch of pizza with asparagus and truffle paste, we felt revived enough to continue on to the Duomo Museum. To be continued tomorrow……..

Milano in the Sun….

April 30, 2019

Suzanne and I had a hectic time of it, getting the train in Verona to Milan. No, disasters, just near misses. The Milan train station Central (I have found 2 others on the map) is a multi-level zoo, but we finally found a cab and made it to our very modern and contemporary hotel. What a change from the historic properties that we’ve stayed in to date. We are in a part of Milan I’m not familiar with and we seem to be ensconced in a small neighborhood. We’ll have to figure out the Metro subway system tomorrow to see the sights.

We have a view of Stefan’s Boeri’s, Bosco Verticale. It’s architecture like this that have made Milano a global leader in design. These residential towers contain more than 900 trees on 96,000 square feet of terraces. This was on my list of sites to see and here they are right in our window. The buildings were completed in 2014 and won the International Highrise Award, a prestigious international competition and they also won the “2015 best tall building worldwide” from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat*. Here’s to creative and brave developers and architects that aren’t afraid of originality and improved urban living.

We decided to explore our little corner of the city to find some lunch although it was a bit late. Many restaurants in Italy close at 2:30 to 3:30 pm and reopen at 7:00 to 8:00 pm. We found a little DimSum restaurant that was still open for 30 minutes, so we took a break from Italian food and had a quick, light lunch. There was an interesting building at the end of the street, so we walked down to take a look. It turned out to be a Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale) that was opened in 1866. It was created to consolidate several small cemeteries around the city. 2,700,000 square feet of land are dedicated to this amazing display of tombs with contemporary and classical Italian sculptures. Although not the cheeriest of locales the artwork is incredible.

The little flower shops in the featured photo are outside the cemetery.

I have never seen anything like the ornate tombs in this cemetery. The cost of constructing these tombs with their ornamentation and sculptures boggles the mind.

So on that note, we are down for the day. Tomorrow we will fire up the engines and storm the sites of Milano.

* Bosco Verticale, Wikipedia

*Cemetry Monumental, Wikipedia

Palazzo e Giardino Giusti

April 29, 2019

Iffy weather forecast today, we dithered over breakfast, grabbed our umbrellas and struck out for the Roman Amphitheater and Giusti Palace and Gardens.

Crossing the Roman bridge again we turned southeast towards the Roman Amphitheater, which we discovered doesn’t open until 1:30 pm on Mondays. It was only 10:00 am and we decided to walk on to the Palace and Gardens. They were open and we started our exploration in the magnificent gardens. Not a lot of tourists and plenty of sweet birdsong. The photo is of Bacchus found in a niche on the way to the upper levels of this terraced Renaissance garden planted in 1580.

The garden is considered one of the finest of it’s kind, featuring fountains, acoustic caves, pergolas, Italian-style boxwood, mythological statues and a small labyrinth*. Instead of the Palace being on the summit in the typical style, the garden terraces to the summit with the Palace below.

This photo is of the “belvedere” that is at the summit of the hill. It is the upper terrace with the gargoyle underneath.

Suzanne found an interesting Italian snail on a bench. It was probably about an inch and a half in length. I really thought it had a pretty shell. Much more colorful than what we find in the Pacific NW.

Here’s Suzanne in the maze, she of course walked right to the center, while I took the road less traveled. That brilliant decision resulted in Suzanne having to point the way out for me. And I need to let you know that some of the photos in the previous entries were courtesy of Suzanne. I get so focused on writing that I keep forgetting to give credit where it is due.

The palace is a 16th-century Mannerist structure. The gardens and palace were designed by Agostino Giusti, a Venetian knight and squire of the grand duchy of Tuscany*. The family moved from Florence to Verona and like any Florentine noble Agostino wanted his own small Boboli garden*. The 20 heirs to the Giusti Palace and gardens placed the property on the market in 2005, after years of squabbling since the death of it’s owner Justo Giusti, an Italian diplomat. The family still retains the property*.

Photo of a photo depicting a Giusti ball.

The inlaid wood floors with corner ceiling and wall paintings.

So having climbed many hillside paths and steps we started back to see if the Amphitheater and Museum had opened yet. No, we were still early, so were forced to find a Cappuccino to while away the time. Finally we were able to enter and found an Amphitheater that is still in use. Part modern seating, part ancient Roman and part repaired Roman. Plus there was a museum, you’ve got it….up 7 steep, high flights of stairs. I’m not sure why they made the steps so high.

A piece of mosaic flooring from an Roman palace. The city was founded in the 1st century BC when it became a Roman municipium and rose rapidly in importance*. The city is a UNESCO world heritage site with one of the richest collections of Roman remains in Northern Italy*.

Famished at 3:15 pm, we finally made it back to our favorite lunch spot.

Yummy tuna salad with pears, absolutely one of the best salads ever. Suzanne and I both love this dish.

Beautiful little balcony garden and florist shop we saw on our evening perambulation.

* garden description, Grandi Giardini Italiani

*Agostino Giusti and heirs, The Guardian

*Agostino’s garden, Italiantalks.com

*Verona history, whc.unesco.org