Saturday, October 31, 2015

Italy Slightly Off the Tourist Track

Sightseeing in Europe comprises a variety of experiences touring churches, old buildings large and small, churches, castles and palaces, churches, museums, churches, viewing picturesque landscapes, churches, and gift shops.

Every place has a gift shop situated at the end of the tour. You must pass by and usually through the shop to exit.

We spent hours walking and saw additional sites not normally pointed out by tour guides. A few of the hidden gems discovered are pictured below.

Electricity is very expensive. Hanging wash out to dry is one way to save money and conserve resources.

This glass blower works in a factory on the Venetian island of Murano. It is hard to see from my picture, but he is fashioning a horse. Murano has been a center of glassmaking for centuries. Another interesting comment about this photo is it illustrates that not all Italians are slim (only most of them).

Artwork is everywhere. These pieces are part of a display in the middle of a vineyard.

Laundry and brightly colored houses. many old homes - old as in hundreds of years old - are not painted, but some towns excel in brightening their environment. These houses are on the Venetian island of Burano, originally a fishing village. legend goes that the men would return drunk after weeks at sea and often enter the wrong house - and wrong bed. The women got fed up with their wandering spouses and came up with the idea of painting their houses different colors so the men could recognize their own home. Truth? Fiction? Who knows...

An almost universal sight - rain, traffic, and too many trucks. 
We are in a van on our way to Verona. We were supposed to see the picturesque, scenic, beautiful (so we were told) Lake Garda, but rain and fog forced a change of itinerary to Plan B. We drove through wine country and up a windy road (in the rain and fog) to a restaurant on top of a mountain and enjoyed a gourmet feast. Luckily we were oblivious to the dangers of driving down the mountain on wet roads, thanks to the wine.

Relieving oneself turned out to be an adventure at times.
More on this subject in my next post.


  1. Love all these photos and the adventurous spirit of the travelers who took them!

  2. I love being able to tag along with you on your travels. Those houses are nothing if not visible! :-)

  3. I think we're seeing some of the "real" Italy, which still seems very colorful, artistic, historic ... all except the traffic, I guess there's no getting away from that!