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Italy vacation 2012

Arrival in Verona

May 29th, 2012 by alephnaught

Arrival in Verona

This is our first vacation in four years, and for me it’s an experiment in new technology. I’m not bringing a laptop – I have an iPhone and an iPad; I’ve set up the iPhone with international service, voice and data, and the iPad will go WiFi only. I have a bluetooth keyboard from Perixx, […]

Our first day in Verona

May 30th, 2012 by alephnaught

Our first day in Verona

We got up very early, sometime just after 4A; we drank the Coke Zeros and got cleaned up; breakfast starts at 7:30A so we had plenty of time. Breakfast was very European – cheese, meats, breads, yogurt and some cereal – we thought the eggs were hard boiled but no, they were raw. There was […]

Verona, day 2

May 31st, 2012 by alephnaught

Verona, day 2

We didn’t sleep especially well – I fell asleep quickly and then woke up early, Aviva didn’t fall asleep for a while and then sleep until time to wake up. Aviva’s phone stopped accessing data service, so we called AT&T – my phone was on a different carrier and working fine, but we couldn’t get […]

Training to Bergamo

June 1st, 2012 by alephnaught

Training to Bergamo

We didn’t sleep well. We got up, cleaned up, and had breakfast. Then dropped our big bags with our hotel to hold and caught a taxi to the a train station. We took a train to Brescia, but then a bus to Bergamo; the desk clerk didn’t know they ran buses to Bergamo… We spent […]

Bergamo, then back to Verona for the night

June 2nd, 2012 by alephnaught

Bergamo, then back to Verona for the night

We got up late, just after 7AM and grabbed breakfast, which was quite good. Got cleaned up and headed out. We took a taxi up to Accademia Carrara – GAMeC; the main building is closed for maintenance but they have a special exhibit up of works by Carlo Ceresa. The show was nice including room […]

On to Padua

June 3rd, 2012 by alephnaught

On to Padua

We got up to our alarm, showered and got breakfast. Then it was off to the train station and to Padua, or Padova in Italian. The train was packed, no air conditioning and it was quite humid. We got to our hotel, Hotel Plaza. It’s a very nice hotel. Unfortunately, it’s Sunday and so almost […]

Padua, day 2

June 4th, 2012 by alephnaught

Padua, day 2

We got up and had breakfast, which was quite good. We’re shipping home dirty clothes and some other things to lighten our load for the next two train trips; it wasn’t cheap but it shrank and lightened our load. Got cleaned up and headed out – our first really cloudy day with a chance of […]

From Padua to Ferrara

June 5th, 2012 by alephnaught

From Padua to Ferrara

We got up too early – our alarm went off a half hour too early, the battery may be going. We’re moving slowly today – as usual, as our vacations progress we get more and more tired (I need a vacation from my vacation). We’re hoping the recent earthquakes haven’t damaged Ferrara too much; we […]

Ferrara to Ravenna

June 6th, 2012 by alephnaught

Ferrara to Ravenna

We got up very early (5:30A) so we could get cleaned up and eat before trying to make a train just before 10A to Ravenna – otherwise it’s after noon. We checked out (too bad – this was one of the best hotels we’ve stayed in) and made the 9:22A train! It stopped everywhere… We […]

Ravenna, day 2

June 7th, 2012 by alephnaught

Ravenna, day 2

I woke up before the alarm this morning – because the room is a mini-suite I could get up, use the wash room and get on my iPad without bothering Aviva. We cancelled tonight in Bologna – no one knows anything about a strike so we’ll go back to our original plan to train to […]

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