Continued from Venice Day 2 Part 2.
Today we will be heading on a short train ride out of Venice for a day trip to Verona.
Recycling boat in Venice. A mechanical arm picks up the carts that guys push around the islands. The carts have a mechanical contraption where the bottom falls out and the refuse goes into the boat. Very cool.
It was a 40 minute walk to the station and this being Venice, I think we got lost literally 20 times. Not exaggerating at all. Getting lost did provide for many photo opportunities though. The more we walked around Venice, the more we saw how different areas had distinct different flavors. It is not all retail shops in this city even though they do take up a great deal of it.
We are here asking for directions. Asked this nice lady about where we are at, and she said that she couldn’t pick it out on a map because Venice is so crazy confusing. She even admits that she’s a true Venetian but still doesn’t always know her way around!
Ticket kiosk for the train tickets to Verona. That was one very long walk to the station. We kept on getting lost so much that we ended up just making our train with 5 minutes to spare instead of the 30 minutes that we had estimated.
The old city center is completely surrounded by bastion walls for defense. Of course, that means there are only a few entrances into the old city. Of course, that means we got lost and missed our first entrance. Of course, that meant that we ended up taking a 40 minute detour. Sigh.
We are now in the old city center.
Our detour took so long that we all got hungry and decided to eat. No, wait, all of us were only semi hungry except for AB who was on a mission to find food. This is the about the 6th time in 3 days that AB has gone berserk when his hungry strikes.
Our cafe sat right outside the fortress and faced it. It was strange to be sitting there about to have lunch while thinking about all the battles that went on where we sat and all those people who died in the past. Yet, here we were, having an excellent day enjoying the nice weather and food. So very strange.
While waiting for our food I got this photo. HOLY SHIT!!! EPIC WALRUS BEARD MAN!! Thanks for ruining my trip to Verona for me. I am sure this is going to be the best picture that I’ll get all day here. Ugh, premature climax.
HOLY SHIT!!! EPIC WALRUS BEARD MAN!!!! Yup, there he is displaying his beard proudly to the busy pedestrian area. I wonder if he thinks of his up curving beard as a phallic symbol. Regardless, he is very proud of it.
The arena is now used as a stadium for concerts, operas and plays. At first, we were disappointed that this ancient arena is now used for such modern purposes. Then as we sat around and thought about it some more, we thought about how cool it would be to attend a concert here. People have been sitting here for close to 2000 years enjoying entertainment(granted, very different types) and today it is still being used for the same purpose. They don’t build them like they used to now. Can you imagine a modern stadium lasting even just two hundred years?
Verona is actually filled with mostly locals, unlike central Rome and Venice. We actually saw a bunch of younger people. In Venice, it was mostly an older crowd. In fact, there is no nightlife in Venice. By 10PM, everything shuts down completely. You can barely find a place that’s open in Venice at night.
For lunch, we all put in cash and everyone overpaid. We ended up solving that problem by having a communal fund that would go towards whatever food we all get as a group. In this case, we all wanted gelatos and that came out of the communal fund. I like this system.
Juliet’s house. Shakespeare based the story of Romeo and Juliet in the city of Verona and Juliet’s house is based on this very house. There were actually two feuding families in Verona at the time that had very similar sounding names to Montague and Capulet.
This place was crawling with Asian tourists. Supposedly 16,000 Asian tour groups come here every year just to see Juliet’s house. Not sure why there’s such obsession with Romeo and Juliet because I am positive very few Asians actually have read Romeo and Juliet.
I saw these naked anatomically correct manikins with actual nipples(darkened too!). Of course I had to take a photo of them. As I walked up to the window with a big smile on my face and my camera readied, the shop girl who worked in the store walked to the window to, I assume, dress them. She turned and saw me standing there, big smile on my face and camera ready. I snapped this photo at that moment as she stood there with the mischievous innocent smile on her face looking at me. She caught me. Then the unexpected happened because the next moment she gave me a nice flirtatious wink as I walked away half laughing. Oh my fair Verona.
Some smoking and some drinking to get more ready. I didn’t get a photo of when she actually started performing, but she literally pulled an 180 from the moment work started. That switch turned on and she was off playing pranks on pedestrians walking on the street. EF gave her a few Euros.
Verona was a very nice detour. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did. I am sure EPIC WALRUS BEARD MAN helped though.
To be continued at Munich Day 1.