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Genoa, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lugano and Verona

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Genoa is the birth place of Christopher Columbus, and the locals are proud of it!

It's picturesque, built around the port, with the typical mazes of alleyways and piazzas.

In Milan I kept an eye out for celebrities, but didn't spot anyone I recognised ...it's very fancy there, I saw all the high end stores,and the shopping arcades were a highlight in themselves with all their marble and glass.

I'm still having quite a lot of trouble at the bars (like our cafes), there's different systems wherever you go... most people have alcohol with their lunch here too and I've seen loads of people sitting at tables with their beer and spritz's even before lunch... its going to take me a while to readjust to NZ customs I think!

Road rules... here you have to be 18 to sit your licence and on the main highways (autostrades) the speed limit for cars is 130.

Our tour director says down south the driving is even worse than up north, and it's not uncommon to see 3 or 4 people on a single scooter all without helmets...I shall have to keep an eye out for that!

Lake Maggiore was lovely also, it's one of Italy's largest lakes, and the views of the Swiss Alps are spectacular.

A highlight of this leg of my holiday was daytripping to Lugano in Switzerland. The views from the lookout point were hard to capture in my photographs they were so breathtaking! We had lunch at Lake Lugano. I have to say the food was pretty average compared to what we've become used to in Italy. I didn't know what to expect when we crossed the border but it turned out to be pretty straightforward - in saying that it was made very clear we were not to take photographs of the border control officials doing their work (they don't want to have an image of being tourist attractions - I get that).

Verona was pretty, and we had a bonus commentary on the bus from a retired Canadian English teacher. What she doesn't know about William Shakespeare isn't worth knowing! I didn't do the optional excursion here, but still managed to easily find my way to see Juliet's balcony. It was one of the few things on this holiday that have to be honest underwhelmed me. Maybe it was because I've been told it's a fake, and not even in it's original position. (but according to my new found expert on all things William Shakespeare , he perhaps is too!)

Ciao, ciao, ciao xxx

Posted by Julie's blog 08:46 Archived in Italy

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