Saturday, August 27, 2011

In Fair Verona

A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
This is the courtyard originally owned by the Capulet family. This statue of Juliette is a popular place for photos. I couldn't figure out why people, men and women kept touching her breast while they were taking pictures...I thought it was a bit crude. Even one family had their little boy put his hand there. Then I found out that their is a saying that if you touch her right breast, you will have the love of your life, if you touch the left, you will have money, but you cannot touch both! I decided I would just touch her hand instead of jinxing myself!
Here is the balcony that legend says Juliette stood and said,
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

Another thing for which Verona is famous is the "Arena" which was originally built in 30 AD. It is only about 1/2 the size of the Colliseum in Rome, but this one is actually still in use today. We were there for the famous Verona Opera season. The arena holds 25,000 people, and I think it must have been full for the Opera the night we were there.

We went inside the next day and it is impressive that it is still standing!The lower portion has modern seats, but up above is still old marble benches.
Here are a few things I thought were beautiful.

There was lots of shopping in the center of town. All of the streets in this area are paved with old pink marble. It is a pretty impressive sight.

This Roman Soldier didn't let us cross this bridge without having the girls take a photo with him.

It was SO hot for sight seeing, that this was probably the best part of the day. This water was so cold, and we wished we could jump in.

We had a great view from the balcony of our Bed and Breakfast "Ai Leoni".
Look at me, blogging away in a warm room without AC. A fan made it bearable.
We were excited to get back in a train the next day to drive through the alps. This was the first class cabin that the Danny, Tania and I shared. The three kids were back in 2nd class, and were happy to have some independence.
The Alps were beautiful, but we were on a high speed train, and the pictures don't do it justice.

1 comment:

Louie said...

I thought it was interesting that the statue of Juliette in Verona was protective of the left breast (money) but not the right (true love)! I'm guessing Danny went straight for that left breast because he already has the love of his life!


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