From the Stone Age to Now

Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
Trip End Sep 27, 2010

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

From Steve:

Steve's Word of the Day:  Today we left Milan for our three day journey to Venice.  First stop Veronia.  We went via a national park north of Lago (lake) D'Iseo which had unbelievable views on the drive (in between the tunnel sections) of very steep cliffs running down to the water and small villages clinging to the edges. Then half way up the cliff there would be a church jutting out, not sure how anybody would get to the but very nice to look at.

The national park had a series of rock carvings starting from the stone age, then iron age and up to 100BC.  A insight into what was important for life back then and very interesting to look at now.

Steve's word for the day:  Ancient

From Alison:  We left Milan this morning for the Val Camenico - a valley which contains a national park full of stone age and iron age rock carvings - the oldest in the world and classified by UNESCO.  Today was supposed to be a trip through winding mountain roads to get to a lake which we would drive around to get to the National park where we would have our picnic lunch.  What it turned into was a trip through a never ending series of tunnels up to 2.5 km long in some cases under the mountains in a dark straight line to the national park, where the tourist information centre was closed, there was nowhere to park and no information on where to go or where to park.  When we finally found it (and in desperate need of a toilet), we were hijacked by an old woman who told us we could park our car for 10 minutes for 2 euros.  It took us more than 10 minutes to climb the hill to find out that it would take between one and four hours to see the park, that we were not allowed to picnic there and that the toilet was way in the centre of the park - and that we would need to get back down the hill and move the car.  :( 

Steve went down to move the car, found the car park (and a toilet) and after sitting on the side of the road for 45 minutes waiting for him decided that something must have happened to him.  So we went down the hill, angry and cross as the people from the national park that claimed to speak little English and didn't understand the word toilet in Italian or English, walked past us speaking perfect English saying about how they had only had 6 Italian visitors that day and that everyone else was foreign!  So lovely of them to accommodate their paying foreign customers!  I went into complete meltdown - thank goodness for Steve's patience.  Steve took us to the toilet and then we had our lunch in a Church yard - very pretty.  After I had simmered down we went back up that horrible hill to have a look at the carvings that an hour before I couldn't have cared less about - even if we had spent all morning getting there.  It was very interesting to see them and read the info that believe it or not was in English - but I'm still not sure that it was worth all the hassle.  The best made plans of mice and men!

We travelled to Verona, found our hotel and went to a little cafe/restaurant for dinner.  I had a stunningly delicious meal of beef on a bed of red onions cooked in balsamic vinegar with a side serve of vegies - artichoke, carrots and zucchini. 

Alison's Word of the Day:  food

From Becky:  Today we had breakfast then left the hotel. Dad drove us through some tunnels (it was very pretty and the view was great - in the tunnels) that went through some mountains on the way to Parco Nationale delle Incisioni Rupestri. Mum thought that the road there was around the mountains and hills and not through them, so before we got to the part where it was supposed to be winding, she made us take travel sick pills, with the most horrible water there ever was. When we reached the Park, we thought we would be having a picnic there, but we weren't allowed, so we had lunch in a churchyard, it was cheese and meat again (but it was still yummy). We walked back up the hill to get to the park gates again and went in to take a look at the rock carvings.

Then we drove to Verona, found the hotel and had dinner, I had (drum roll) margherita pizza.

Becky's Word of the Day:  Rock-carvings

From Sam:  Today we had breakfast at the hotel (I had 3 little cakes (similar to Twinkies)). After breakfast we got in the car and headed for Parco Nationale delle Incisioni Rupestri where we were going to have a picnic lunch. When we arrived there (after a 2 hour drive through a lot of tunnels) we were tricked into parking somewhere that cost 2 Euros for 10 minutes by an old lady that didn't speak any English and old us to park before she told us the price.

We walked up a hill to the National Park (taking us about 10 minutes to get there) only to find out that it would take us at least 1 hour to walk around the park. Because of this Dad went back down the hill to move the car. After waiting for a long time Mum, Becky and I started down the hill to find where Dad was. We found him walking upwards halfway down (or halfway up) the hill. We decided to all go down to the car because we needed to go toilet (there was a toilet near the car) and it was lunchtime so we also wanted to get the picnic food from the car. We found a church yard to eat our lunch in (we weren't allowed to have a picnic at the National Park). Our picnic lunch consisted of yellow Fanta, salami, a solid cheese, some cream cheese, some bread, parma ham, pickled onions, biscuits and another parma meat. After lunch we went back up the hill and went into the National Park where there was a lot of ancient stone carvings, trees and big bugs. While we where there we saw a lizard with 2 tails sunning itself on a rock.

After the National Park we drove to Verona where our hotel was. We left our bags at the hotel and got some information on places to eat. After deciding that one of the places didn't look good we stopped at another where I had a few pieces of a pizza that had salmon, rocket,mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese, a piece of margherita pizza and some yellow Fanta.

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