Friday, November 29, 2013
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
After completing the walking tour of Milan on the Tuesday, on the Wednesday (Nov 15) we took a local train to Bergamo, about 50 km (30 mi) NE of Milan. As our Italy Walking Tours book by Earl Steinbicker says, Bergamo "is another one of those marvelously preserved medieval hill towns" and "makes an easy and satisfying day trip from Milan". He's right. There is a modern lower town and an ancient walled Upper Town, where most of these pics were taken. It's accessed by funicular, which Xavi loved. in fact there's a 2nd funicular to ascend to the S. Agostino neighborhood, for a panoramic view of the Old City. Some unmissable features of Bergamo include: the Rocca Fortress and war memorial, Piazza Vecchia nd the Palazzo della Ragione, the Colleoni Chapel and the Accedemia Carrara .
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Monday, November 25, 2013
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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Hi! here is the next post on our trip to Italy. These are the sights of Milan: the Duomo, the Galleria, La Scala, Castel Sforza, Santa Maria della Grazie church, where Leonardo's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) is located - painted on a wall in the refrectory - San Agostino basilica, Villa Necchi, the Old Market and to cap it off a Cinquecento in via Stendahl
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Seeing as Jenny P. inspired us to start the blog when she and Stephen S. visited in Jan 2009, it was only fitting that the 500th post should feature our vacation in Milan last week to visit them. The three of us had a great time with them, as these couple of pictures show (both taken on our side trip to Verona) - more to follow...
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thanks to everyone for their kind words about Paul's Marathon. Yes it was a great effort, finishing in the top 1/3 of entrants and most people wouldn't even drive that far (and at 10 km/h, was probably faster than driving on the M5 on a Friday afternoon), but the Tracker really showed what a dumb race he ran. This is the winner's graph (Geoffrey Mutai from kenya, bib #1), the complete inverse of Paul's. Clearly a change in race strategy is required!
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Monday, November 4, 2013
Ok so this is the graph from "Track My Runner". The black is Monica's friend Nikki who ran a perfect race in 3:36. The blue is Paul who ran like an idiot. Out too fast, then eased back to the right pace, then hit the wall with 10 km to go and died over the final 5km
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Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Courtesy of Katie. Ripped off from another blog called Cup of Jo. Sorry if you can't see the whole frame but if you double click on the video while playing, it should go to full screen Coincidentally on this day (November 1st) in NYC History: in 1918, 97 passengers were killed and more than 200 hurt in the worst subway accident in city history, when a train smashes into a tunnel wall along the old Brighton Beach line. The accident occurs when an untrained motorman who had crossed a picket line to fill in for striking train workers loses control of the train near the Malbone Street station – now the Prospect Place station on the D and Q lines. See also Post #490 last month
Posted by monica/paul at 8:43 AM
Yesterday was Halloween. Their preoccupation with zombies and the concept of trick-or-treat seems completely toxic to most Australians we know. But we discovered that its one redeeming feature is the adults having a party and buying or making a fancy dress costume to wear to it. Xavi did look cute in his dinosaur outfit and had his first "candy" yesterday ( a mini Kit Kat) Trick or treat! Paul's Captain America outfit was a Large, but turns out it was a children's Large even though he got it from the adult's rack in the costume store. He's shopping on line next year!
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