Giving Italy the Boot!
Trip Start Apr 24, 2007
38Trip End Nov 16, 2008
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Beautiful city, the water all around and inside Venice really gives it a special look and feel. They say you don't really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes? Well we walked about 10km a day, so we got to know Venice pretty well. This city is pure confusion- the signs for streets are more like suggestions of what that street might be but hmm... "We are not sure..." To navigate in this town we figure you need to live there or have a lot of time to randomly get lost, find your way again.
Cinderella where is your glass slipper- Florence is, to us, the pumpkin city. Great by day with lovely architecture and sights to see, but by night one of the creepiest towns you will ever walk through (in tight commando formation of course to make sure you avoid the crazy/drunks/homeless). All I have to say about it is: I hope you have your Hobo stabbing insurance when you come to this town. The only thing that saves this town is David. Michealangelo's David is by far the greatest statue I have ever seen. Not to mention that you are expecting a statue of a man and end up with a 17ft tall behemoth of a man! No wonder he beat the crap out of a giant! Personal opinion, day trips here are fine but if staying for more than a day bring your full metal jacket for after dark!
Ancient Capital of the known world. Now in ruins... ooh and I'm not just talking about the Colliseum- everywhere you look, all the buildings in this town seem to be having a bad day! Now depending of where you stay in Rome you will get a totally different view of the place. We stayed in a no man zone, mostly industrial buildings and I have to tell you... I'm not really jumping at the idea going back there anytime soon. But Rome does have a far more relaxed feel to it, considering it's the capital. Sadly Heather and I both agree that we would likely not come back here, but we would recommend it for a few days to really get a taste of Italian lifestyle!
The land of thieves, or so we heard. So far we still have our clothes and bag. We did lose a lot of money but mostly because of all the tourist traps they have around. From Pompei to Capri, they have lots of ways to suck your money out of your wallet without you even knowing it! Nevertheless we consider Pompei, Capri and even Napoli worth the visit, but just be aware that there are clever thieves that point at one tourist attraction with one hand, and 'collect' your money with the other!
Well this will be all for our European odyssey. In 3 days Heather is going back to Canada and I will be heading off to Japan. So to all my friends and family I say to you "Ciao!, and Konishiwa!"
Jonathan, getting ready to get lost in translation, Tessier