Turin, Verona and Venice for the Easter Holidays.
|On our way up towards the Mont Blanc tunnel, we encountered snow, and a wait to get into the tunnel. The kids are happy as long as they can play on the Ipad.||Our first stop was at Issognes Castle. It was a bust - you had to be part of a guided tour to get in, and the guide spoke almost no English. Plus, no photos once we got in.||In Torino.||Eric took the kids to the Egyptian Museum while I was at our apartment, suffering from norovirus or something.||I thought this poster was interesting - it says "NO to expensive funerals!"||At the Cinema Museum in Torino||Peter signs the guest book||This is the building that houses the Cinema Museum. It's a former synagogue.||In the market. We bought some tasty fruit there, at much better prices than the supermarkets. These wagons look kind of archaic, but were in use.||Interesting looking artichokes. Not sure I understand the price...it can't possibly be 10 for 1 Euro?||We stopped for hot chocolate at a cafe. It wasn't the hot chocolate we're used to, though - it was the same VERY thick, eat with a spoon chocolate with whipped cream on top that we got in Madrid.||This fancy old-fasioned place is actually a hardware store||The kids got some chocolate eggs with surprises inside for Easter||The new pope is a big deal here!||Via Garibaldi - they say it's the longest pedestrian street in the world||At the Piazza Castello||At the Po river. Previously you were able to take a boat trip (30 hours) to Venice from here||Peter got really into picking flowers everywhere we went.||At the monastery Sacra di San Michele, in Avigliana, built on a huge bluff. Supposedly this is where Umberto Eco got the inspiration for the book The Name of the Rose. Luckily it was a sunny day and we had some great views.||The kids and I thought this shadow looked a lot like a dragon||Parts of this old monastery are from the 11th century||Inside the church, we saw a proposal of marriage occur. I guess she said yes - they looked very happy!||View from the top. You can also see the ruins of the old monastery.||In the apartment we stayed at in Turin||Next, we drove to Verona. We stayed in an apartment there as well, the Residence all'Adige. There were some American college students staying there for a study abroad program.||Peter makes another bouquet||Walking towards the old city along the river Adige. In the background is the Castelvecchio Bridge||The kids like getting these ice creams that look like bananas, to the point of being able to "peel" it||An old roman wall in Verona||Verona was beautiful - lots of little courtyards everywhere||The ladder is a symbol of Verona - you can see it in the wrought iron gate here||Saw this guy in the streets. An interesting twist!||The old Roman ampitheater. We didn't go in, but apparently the outside is more impressive anyway||We found a way home that led through the Porta Catena||Next day - towards the city through Parco delle Mura||At Ponte Pietra, an old Roman bridge||At the Roman forum||Peter took this one||Great views of the city from the museum on the above the forum||At the Santa Anastasia church. I don't think I've ever seen those wooden support beams being required for the arches in other churches||Verona was so picturesque I ended up taking a lot of street shots that I thought were particularly pretty.||Kenny also got into the flower picking with Peter||Back at the apartment Peter sorted all the flowers he picked||Day trip to Venice - on the boat along the Grand Canal to San Mark's Square||This guy looks like he's rowing for exercise||This is how containers get transported in Venice||In St Mark's Square. The actual basilica had a lot of construction going on||The line to get in moved pretty quickly||Sheesh, there's just so many beautiful spots in Venice!||There's frequent floods in Venice. In many public areas there are elevated walkways set up just in case of flooding.||The kids loved the little amaretti cookies you can get in Italy||The bridge of sighs (headed towards the prison)||Peter really enjoyed feeding the pigeons||The famous Rialto bridge. It's covered in grafitti, hard to imagine why they don't paint over it.||DHL delivers in Venice, too!||I noticed a store selling refills of cleaning fluids, etc. I wonder if this is popular here because garbage disposal is so expensive?||The COOP grocery store here is a LOT more scenic than the one close to our apartment in Geneva!||Almost back to the car now...||We ate at the AutoGrill on the way back. I don't think I've ever eaten over a highway before!||This little lookout tower was very close to our apartment. Maybe from World War II?||In Sirmione, on Lake Garda||Walking along the perimeter of the island||The Grotto of Catullus (ruins of a huge old Roman villa). It was an amazing place to walk through.||This old fragment of a wall is held up by a cable||We had a lot of fun playing hide and seek among the ruins||The stones with the holes in them were used to hold up sun canopies|