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Posted by kernelbob on August 15, 2009

End Of Trip.

Pics later.  Sleep now.

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Milan

Posted by kernelbob on August 14, 2009

We’ve had a lot of fun on this trip and done some wonderful stuff.  However, visiting Milan was not one of them.  First, it’s hot here.  32° C (90° F) and most buildings are hotter inside.

Secondly, the city is on vacation this month.  The city is especially on vacation this weekend, because today, 15.8, is a national holiday, celebrating the assumption of the Virgin.  Last night we walked for an hour looking for an open restaurant.  (We finally found one.)

Nonetheless, the National Museum for Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci was a good find.  We saw models of many of Leonardo’s inventions and some other exhibits, including a recreation of a circa 1950 steelworks.

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A long day ahead

Posted by kernelbob on August 14, 2009

After about three hours’ sleep, we got up at 03:00 (Athens time).  We’re in the Milano Linate airport now.  Hopping to Frankfurt, then direct to Portland.  Couple of hours in Portland, 2.5 hours driving home.  If all goes well, we’ll get home by 16:00 PDT.  About 21 hours.  If all goes well.

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Lake Maggiore and Milano

Posted by kernelbob on August 13, 2009

This morning we woke up in Locarno, Switzerland, on the north shore of Lake Maggiore.  We’d planned to hang around Locarno until 1:00, then catch the autostrada to Milan and drop off Mito.  But we’re not so good at following our own plans these days.

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Meet Mito.

Posted by kernelbob on August 12, 2009

Mito

Mito

This is Mito, our rental car for four days.  It is an Alfa Romeo. Mito means Myth, I’m told.  It’s been a delightful car.  It has a six speed manual and a diesel engine that could use a little more oomph.  It likes to squeal its tires on switchbacks.

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No ‘net access

Posted by kernelbob on August 11, 2009

We’re in Desenzano del Garda, and our hotel has no Internet access.  So updates will be sparse for a couple of days.  Right now, we’re sitting in a lavanderia (laundromat) and squatting on an unsecured Wi-Fi network.

I am aquiver with anticipation of wearing machine-washed clothes again.

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Pictures of Venice

Posted by kernelbob on August 10, 2009

A water taxi.

A water taxi.

I’m waiting for Anne to run one more shopping errand, then we’re taking a water taxi to Piazzole Roma and leaving town.  Venice was amazing and unique, but soon it will be a memory for us.

Meanwhile, here are a few photos.

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Venice, second day

Posted by kernelbob on August 10, 2009

Basilica di Santa Maria.  The low white building on the right is the Guggenheim.

Basilica di Santa Maria. The low white building on the right is the Guggenheim.

Note: This post was written on Sunday night.

Today was Art Appreciation Day in Venice.  Anne and I went to the Guggenheim museum, visited the Basilica San Marco, and had dinner at Antica Locanda Montin, a restaurant where artists hang out.

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Venice at night

Posted by kernelbob on August 9, 2009

A street musician

A street musician

After dinner, we strolled back to our hotel, and I snapped some photos.

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Chicken on your head

Posted by kernelbob on August 9, 2009

Usually, the wine goes in, not on.

Usually, the wine goes in, not on.

Audience participation in Budapest

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