Thursday, December 16, 2010

Night Time in Verona

I was looking through the pictures I have taken thus far last night, and I came across one I took in the Minneapolis Airport. It is of a sign that was outside a bar near the gate my flight left from.

Now I have been know to be a litte picky, and overly precise at times, but this time I think it is justified.

Look at the picture. There is a map on it. Now look at where the lines are pointing to; nothing wrong so far. Now, take a gander at the place names at the ends of the lines. Nothing wrong with North America, though the choice of where the lines end is a little strange.

Move over to Europe. Expting France, none of the lines arrive anywhere near the country they say they are from!!! Even the french one, which is the closest, ends up somewhere in Switzerland! And it is not like this sign was in a little tiny town somewhere where nobody knows the difference. This was in one of the busiest airports in the country, in a place where thousands of people see it every day!


I guess the sign did it's job though, I have just writen at length about it, and posted a picture of it on the internet.


With that tirade out of the way, lets move on.

Today, another nice day by anyones standards, I took some time in the evening to take my camera for a walk. It definatly liked the exercise, and produced what I think are some fairly decent photos.

I will start where I started walking and post in the order that I took them.

The first picture is of one of the gates in the old city wall. As you can see it is quite the wall, and continues for a fair ways in very good condition.

The next picture is of Piazza Bra, this time with the market that was there yesterday all packed up and gone.

There are a bunch of these huge christmas trees all over the city, all sponsored by Bauli, one of the makers of the amazing and fairly magical dessert the Pandoro.

As you continue across the piazza, you encounter the most prominent shopping street in Verona, Via Mazzini. It is a pedestrian street with all the most prominent names in fashion present from Dolce & Gabbana to Gucci, to Ralph Lauren, and all sorts of others. Right above the street in the first picture, the tallest tower in the town can be seen lit up with blue lights. It is at the other end of the street in Piazza del Erbe.

I see these all the time, but this is the first time I have stopped to take a picture. They are based on scooters, and are so tiny.

Here is the afformentioned tower in all its glory, along with a little bit of Piazza del Erbe. This piazza is just about only for tourists, and filled with expensive resteraunts and shops.

This is the market that is in the center of the piazza.

From there, it is just a few meters to one of the most famous balconies in the world, that of Julliet. Even though the story is fictional, it is in fact set in Verona, and in fact on this very balcony.

The entrance to the street is covered in writing. On both sides there are phone things in all different languages that you put money in and I guess get talked to about love or something, I did not really read it carefully.

Here is some of the writing that covers the whole passageway.

From there, I walked to the library across the river, and on the way back, I took this picture looking back towards the city center. The tower with the green lights is the one in the previous photos.

Finally, on the way back to the apartment, I walked by the arena with its gigantic shooting star. It is really quite huge, and actually looks quite nice.

That concludes today's tour of Verona, I hope you enjoyed!

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