Apologies for the lull in Boggs Blog action. As much of my constituency already knows, Kelly and I are in the midst of a 17 day jaunt through Italy.
Because I'm paying 2.7 Euros per hour here, I'll keep it quick and list some of the highlights:
- Jet lag worked in our favor on our first morning. Both Kelly and I awoke at the crack of down and decided to just start our day at 6AM local time. We took the metro to Vatican City and enjoyed a fairly empty St. Peter's square and Basillica. Lots of good photos.
The place was PACKED
a few hours later.
- Our 2nd night in Rome, we walked up on a barricaded street. One of the many nuns wandering around the street that evening told Kelly that the Holy Father would soon make his way up the street as a part of the Corpus Christi tradition.
Sure enough - 30 minutes or so later, the massive papal procession rolls up with the Pope bringing up the rear, riding on a platform built into the bed of what looked like a 70s model Chevrolet pick up truck. (Not joking.) He rolled by about 10 feet in front of Kelly and me.
Sadly - he wasn't wearing a funny hat.
- 3 days in the Cinque Terre. Google Image Search results
will have to suffice until I can post my photos. Best scenery and best food of the trip so far.
- On our first night in Florence, Kelly and I stumbled upon the BeBop Music Club for America Rock Tribute
night. Good times - no cover, decent beer, and the surreal experience of watching a band of 5 Italianos blast GNR and Bon Jovi covers. "You give low-ve a bad name."
and "Reminds me of childhood mammaries."
were a few of the lyrics hilariously lost in translation. Interestingly, the song lyrics and our conversation with Giovanni, one of the managers, were the only words I heard spoken in English the entire night.
- Unlike the US, cheap wine it Italy is actually pretty good - especially when consumed heavily, with cheese, in public squares or scenic vistas.
- I've grown an Italian beard and both Kelly and I have tried to dress so as to blend in. (No fanny packs, tennis shoes, or baseball caps here.) As such, locals have greeted us speaking Italian on numerous occassions - at the train station, in shops, etc. We're so cool!
Sadly - we quickly blow our cover when we just smile politely and say "Non parlo Italiano."
That'll have to do for now. We're in Florence for 3 more days - including day trips to Pisa and Siena (via rental car) and a tour of the Uffizzi Gallery. Then we're off to Venice and then back to Rome to wrap up our trip.