Mmmmmmmm Pizza

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Sunday, August 23, 1998

Once again, we were slightly behind schedule. Because of this, I was unable to visit the Ducati factory. We drove over the hills and through Bologna, and there it was, the factory. I almost cried !!!!! We drove past Modena, but I am not a Ferrari man so it did not bother me. In the morning, we arrived in Verona. We had been here before, so we headed for the Youth Hostel, drove the van in and put the roof up. This was the cheapest campground in Italy. Still 8000 Lira per person including breakfast. We had returned as we had wanted to see the opera. We bought tickets two days before for Aida. The spiritual home of this opera. Joseph Verdi had come here in 1913 and seen it and played it for the first time here. The evening was upon us, so we lined up with everyone else to get into L'Arena. Then the gates opened. There were the Grannies, elbowing everyone out of the way, to get a good spot. I ran with them and secured pretty good seats. What were we in for. Having never been to the opera, I did not know if I would like it. Three sessions spread over 4.5 hours is a long time. It was ok though, as the majority of the tunes have been used in adverts. During one of the breaks, I went out and joined the masses in getting in my opinion, the best pizza I have ever had. Pizza, wine, opera and Roman ruins all in one evening. I think the thing that amazed me was the amplification. No microphones, just natural acoustics. We left for Venice and found John and Janelle in the campground, so we sat down and had a session of beers. The following day, we went into Venice. It was ok wandering around and their pizza was nice, but it wasn't really my cup of tea. We caught a boat and watched the glass blowing, but I was ready to move on.. The Eastern block was calling and we had less than a month till the Oktoberfest. It was time to move
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