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Published: April 29th 2019
Today we covered a lot of territory as we rode the bus about 250 miles through the Alps, back into Germany, back in to Austria, then to a Italy. Riding on the bus is interesting. You get to see a lot of things if you pay attention. As we drove through the Alps it was raining but then it turned to snow. Snow covered everything and it was beautiful. Once we got back down to lower altitudes everything was lush and green. We passed some beautiful farms and gorgeous churches, aw well as castles everywhere. It is really hard to get a picture out of a moving bus. It also depends what side of the bus you are sitting. I've included some random pictures we saw while riding so many miles.
Our first scheduled stop was Innsbruck, Austria. As we were driving through to our drop off point we got to see several Olympic structures from the 1976 Olympics. We only had a short time in Innsbruck. To be honest it was really a waste of time to stop because once you left the group you had little time on your own.
We did get to walk through to
the Old Town district to see what is known as the Golden Roof, considered to be the symbol of the city. It is also one of the three most important buildings in Austria. It was constructed in 1500 with 2,657 copper tiles. It includes a number of figures, symbols, and the coat of arms for Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor. It also served as the royal seating area where Maximilian I was able to enjoy tournaments taking place in the square below.
The same thing happened when we stopped at Lake Garda. It was a beautiful place and we all would like to have had more time there to explore, but we were only given half an hour. Some of our group are trying to return there tomorrow. It is a lake resort area with several eateries and shops.
Once we left Lake Garda it was a fairly short trip to Verona. Verona is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, mostly because of its artistic heritage and various fairs, shoes, and operas. It is also most famous for Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s play about star crossed lovers.
Verona is filled with chips of Roman
columns, old building facades, various statues, old streets and archways. These are mixed with modern day fancy shops and restaurants and eateries galore!! One of my favorite places was the od colosseum which was built in the 1st century and is still used today!
We enjoyed a meal which included some of the best pizza crust I’ve ever tasted....made much better by BUTTER! Plus we got to have ICE in our drinks!!
It seemed like a really long day today with so much riding on the bus and the hurry up stops. We are now in our hotel where we will be staying for two nights. Tomorrow many of us will take an excursion to Venice. Hopefully we get to go on a gondola ride! Night all!
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