Sunday, 22 August 2010

Third instalment

Ready for your next dose of photos?! Here are some more snaps of Verona...

We took the train (hooray for The Doctor's grasp of Italian, and for the Italians' grasp of English - though by the end of the trip I had picked up a few words, and could order an espresso fluently!!)


Our first stop in Verona was to visit the arena, their version of the Colosseum in Rome. It's used for performances of opera so all the staging was up, which meant we couldn't see it 'properly', but also, on the other hand, that we got a sense of what it was like as a venue. The Girl loved telling us all she could remember about Roman amphitheatres, having studied the Romans during Year 3 - our own guided tour!



The views from the top tier of steps were pretty special, too - I particularly loved the juxtaposition of the wall paintings on the Louis Vuitton shop building!


The Doctor doesn't 'get' this photo of The Children's legs, but I hope somewhere out there in blogworld will understand why I took it?!


As in every other Italian town, there was beauty everywhere we looked.




 We saw 'Juliet's house' and her balcony, but only because we happened to be going that way anyway - Shakespeare may have used a real Italian family name (Capelletti) as inspiration for his Juliet Capulet, but the character herself is completely fictional and this is just a random 'old' Italian house picked by the Veronese as a focus for the tourism generated by the play. The balcony itself was done up in the 1930s, so is hardly authentic even to the time! But it was still interesting, especially to see the wall where people write love messages (many people added their graffiti while we were there). I couldn't get near the statue of Juliet in the courtyard, but as I'm very happy with The Doctor I didn't particularly want to test out the legend that if you rub her right breast you'll be with a new lover within a year!!


The Piazza delle Erbe was where the Roman forum used to be. It's now the home of a market, and has a couple of really interesting landmarks. One is a fountain which was built in the 14th century, but which used a Roman statue in its design:


And nearby, suspended from an archway, hangs a whale's rib. It's been there for about 500 years - legend has it that it will fall on the first honest person to walk underneath, but it didn't fall on any of us!!


The cathedral was rather gorgeous...


Even the ice cream parlours has beautiful features (other than the ice cream, obviously!)


Verona is also home to a couple of Roman arches, the second of which still shelters a tiny section of the original Roman road. (If you look closely at the people in the first and last pic, you'll get a sense of the scale of these structures!)


And something completely different to finish off with - I don't know if this was a deliberate piece or if people started it off with a chain and padlock and others decided to keep adding their padlocks, but this really appealed to me:


Thanks for your patience as I share all these photos - mostly it's a chance for me to gather my thoughts and memories while they're still fresh in my mind, but I hope you enjoy looking at the pics too - you don't have to read every word, I promise not to be offended! And if it's all too much for you, just avoid my blog for the next week or so till it's out of my system, OK?! Except - don't miss Friday's post, it's important!!

10 comments:

Deb said...

Well I am certainly enjoying seeing your vacation photos and wishing with every one that I was right there! There's SO much history in Italy and I think it's great that your family had the opportunity to be there together! :o)

debs14 said...

No, don't stop - I'm kind of relieved there's another Italy mad blogger out there! It's just so beautiful isn't it? And I'm finding it hard to choose which of the 300 or so pics we took to put into layouts! Looks like you really made the most of your time out there.
Ciao!

Ruth said...

Oooh, sensory overload, but in a good way! That padlock shot is fab!

Sian said...

Well, given the trouble I have just had uploading a couple of pics today, I have to say i admire your dedication to the blogging cause! They are cool to see though so please keep on showing us more :)

scrappyjacky said...

I'm really enjoying them.... especially seeing so many similarities to my own Italian photos. Though the Doctor must be being paid too much for you to afford to eat so many Italian ice creams!!!!

humel said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words and reassurance, I was starting to worry that I might be boring people so it's lovely of you to say otherwise :-)

Jacky, The Doctor isn't paid anywhere near enough! ;-) And those gorgeous, luxurious ice creams cost about 1 euro each. Seriously. That's what, about 85p? I should really have eaten even more....

Rhona said...

I'm loving seeing all the photos and think you've done a great job. I liked the legs/feet photo by the way - you'll be able to look back at it in years to come and think how little they look ;o). These photos are certainly going to keep you busy scrapbooking for a while! xx

SarahLP said...

*sigh* What a beautiful holiday you had.. your photos are blissful to look at! I think I'd be more worried about a falling brick than the whale's rib.. some of them looked ready to drop!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Gorgeous pictures Mel! We had to decide between Verona and Padua for a day trip from Venice. Now you make me wish we went to Verona!
thanks for sharing,
Rinda

Amy said...

Mel, I absolutely LOVE the travel posts - they are wonderful and informative!
As a historian I am disappointed to hear that The Doctor doesn't appreciate your documentation of The Children's favoured footwear whilst away on holidays ..... in years to come you will all giggle over what was worn, fashion choices and all of those sorts of things :-)
Keep them coming - between you and Jacky I'm having a lovely holiday ;-)