The Streets Are Alive...

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Aug 01, 2007


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Thursday, June 21, 2007

The streets are alive in Bologna. Nothing stops the ongoing bustle of this moderately sized city, not even the heat. The people are beautiful, the architecture fantastic, and the cafés are plentiful. Today was full on museum mode before everything closed on my last day, and let me just say, I did it all!

The best museums in my book were all in conjunction with the University. First was Museo di Palazzo Poggi housing scientific collections and furniture from the 18th cent. The anatomy portion was my favorite with wax examples of the body and fetus's, very interesting. Next I wandered over to the Botanical gardens that were so-so and the Anatomical Wax Museum for more interesting looks at the body. This time though it was L. Cattaneo's study of disfigured bodies and diseases. It was a little uneasy looking at what small pox does to the body, but still fascinating. Lastly, I made my way to the Museum of Zoology, Comparative Anatomy, and Anthropology. Whew, a thorough scope of evolution, human and animal anatomy, as well as entire collections of species! Wow!

After all of this I needed a break, but with time running out I headed for two more museums. Supposedly must sees; Museo Civico d'Arte Industriale, which I found rather dry, and finally the Collezioni Comunali d'Arte, that was worth a look, but found the photography exhibition much more interesting. (A note to those visiting, these museums are all free!)

Hotter than hell and needing to rest I picked up lunch and headed back to my hotel. Tonight would be another performance, so a nap would be good and figuring out my train for tomorrow would finish out my day. 2 and a half days, I don't think I missed much except maybe sitting in some café some where, but hey there's always Florence!

Well the performance once again was a smash. This time it was the Milan Ballet School, and wow, were they amazing. For only being students I was blow away by their precision and technicality. The other highlight was a famous Italian ballerina, now in her 60's, doing a solo piece. She was frightfully thin, but her movements were stunning showing off her experience.

During the performance I started chatting with Giuseppe, an Italian law student living here in Bologna. Very cultured man and well spoken in 6 languages, we had a lot to talk about. After the performance we went for a drink and bar chatting before I said ciao and headed back for some rest before departing in the morning. I went to bed ready for a new city, little did I know what tomorrow morning would bring...
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