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Wednesday, 25-Jun-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Back in Switzerland

Up in Signal de Bougy
A choreographed pose?
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June 18 - After 6 days of hiking, riding the trains from city to city in Italy, sightseeing, panini-eating, we were back in Switzerland to meet with the newest European tourist, the youngest of the Arreza siblings. What a grand reunion of sorts!

The two extra days in Switzerland proved to be therapeutic for us and our lower limbs that somehow got a little worn because of all the walking. We were driven by Junnie to new sights: Signal d Bougy and Lucerne.

Jerry had the chance to drive on the way to Lucerne via the scenic route. He drove into tunnels, through mountains and valleys. The sights were breathtaking but I couldn't help but feel scared when were going up and driving on the mountainside. It felt like a few inches more in miscalculation and the car would just fall over the cliff! I was branded as "Mama Junior" for feeling that way and for clinging to the car's handrail really hard that my knuckles turned white...

According to internet travel guides, any tour of Luzern must begin with the fourteenth-century covered Kapellbrücke, the oldest road bridge in Europe, angled around the octagonal mid-river Wasserturm... So most of our Lucerne shots were within this ancient landmark...

Tuesday, 24-Jun-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Venice, Italy (continuation)

At the Piazza San Marco
What a good-looking pair!
Palazzo Ducale or the Doge's Palace
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More sightseeing...

Monday, 23-Jun-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Venice, Italy

Ca' d' Oro (taken aboard a vaporetto on the Grand Canal)
Rialto Bridge (taken aboard a vaporetto on the Grand Canal)
Ca' Rezonnico (taken aboard a vaporetto on the Grand Canal)
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June 15-16 Touring Italy's most romantic city...

(Grand Canal
Venice's main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces, is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.

Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.

St. Mark's Square
Undoubtedly the most photographed and famous plaza in Europe, St. Mark's is in the heart of the city, surrounded by chic sidewalk cafes and boutiques.

Academy Gallery (Gallerie dell'Accademia)
The city's most important and prestigious art gallery features an impressive collection of Venetian paintings and works by such artists as Bellini, Titian and Mantegna.

Guggenheim Museum
This satellite gallery of the famous Guggenheim in New York occupies the 17th-century Customs House in Venice, featuring modern and contemporary works of art.

Rialto Bridge
Considered the true heart of Venice, this landmark bridge, characterized by its 24-foot arch, is built on approximately 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years after it was built.
Attraction type: Flea/street market; Bridge

Santa Maria della Salute
Designed by Baldassare Longhena in 1631-83, the church's façade is embellished with 125 statues, which form a sharp contrast to the somber interior.

Doge's Palace
The most impressive secular building in Venice, this palace served as the senate house, administrative center, hall of justice, public archive and prison up until the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797.

Campanile di San Marco
Originally built as a lighthouse to assist navigation in the lagoon, visitors can be whisked by elevator to the top of St. Mark's Campanile or bell tower to savor incredible views of Venice, the lagoon and the Alps in the distance.

Ca' Rezzonico
Immerse yourself in Venice's Age of Decadence with a visit to this lavish palace of the Venetian aristocracy Rezzonico, which houses an unsurpassed collection of eighteenth-century Venetian art.

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Sunday, 22-Jun-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Rome, Italy

In front of the Arch of Constantine
At the Via Sacra
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June 14-15 - More of Ancient Rome and St. Peter's Basilica...

(Arch of Constantine

On this arch immediately outside the Colosseum, sculptural friezes commemorate the first Christian emperor's military successes -- most of the sculptures and medallions were taken from earlier monuments.


The most frequently evoked symbol of Rome, where gladiatorial combat was held. Unfortunately, the Flavian Amphitheater (as it was originally named), became a handy source of marble for various popes who stripped it for their building projects. Even though you're not seeing it as in the days of the Empire, its size and history are quite breathtaking. Audio tours and guided archaeological tours are available. From mid July to the end of September plays are staged in and around the Colosseum. Almost year-round, you'll see a handful of people in gladiator costumes who are out front trying to make a few lire off the tourists.

Roman Forum

Once the political and religious epicenter of the Western world, the Forum today appears as fragmented columns. However, even as ruins, the Forum has become a testament to Roman and, indeed, all Western, civilization. The best view is at night, thanks to the skillfully placed lighting.

Within the Forum are the Sacred Way, the Via Trionfale (an avenue where victorious generals paraded with their soldiers and prisoners to the base of Capitoline Hill) and the Arch of Titus. On the south side of the Forum is the Palatine Museum.

Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps

The piazza is the heart of Rome's most fashionable shopping area, and it's familiar to residents and visitors alike because of the Spanish Steps ascending grandly from it -- they're a great place to perch, rest and watch street musicians, vendors, young lovers and other tourists. The steps are at their most impressive in spring, when the staircases are decorated with azaleas -- it's really something to behold. At the base sits a Bernini fountain, John Keats' house overlooks the steps, and at the top there's a grand view of the city.

Trevi Fountain

The iconic fountain is usually thronged with tourist groups repeating the long-standing tradition of throwing a coin in before leaving Rome. Turn your back to the fountain, toss a coin over your shoulder and into the water, and a return to the city is assured. Even with the crowds, you should be able to get a good view of the mighty god Neptune riding his winged chariot through gushing waters supplied by the ancient Acqua Vergine aqueduct. Nicely illuminated at night.

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Saturday, 21-Jun-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Rome, Italy

Piazza Navona, Rome
By the fountain at Piazza Navona
A good dinner at P Navona - canelloni, roasted chicken & wine
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June 13-14 - Morning in Florence, afternoon and another day in Rome... Everything about Rome is preserved history.

(Piazza Navona

This serene piazza was originally laid out as an athletic stadium in AD 90. Today you can savor the play of light on terra-cotta and ocher stucco buildings and admire the baroque church dedicated to St. Agnes. You can't miss the sculptor Bernini's Fountain of the Moor and Fountain of the Four Rivers (its colossal figures represent four great rivers and their continents). A third fountain has a 19th-century rendering of Neptune. Once the scene of great aquatic competitions (for which the square was flooded), Piazza Navona today is the perfect spot for eating gelato tartufo and people watching. There are street artists and, during the Christmas season, a fair with numerous stalls.

Basilica di San Pietro

St. Peter's Basilica is the most imposing church in Christendom and a prime destination for pilgrims and visitors interested in architecture. The dome, designed by Michelangelo, is one of the largest in the world, but when you approach it through Bernini's monumental Piazza San Pietro, the dome seems to sink behind the church's facade.

The basilica is not only a church; it also contains magnificent works of art, including Michelangelo's Pieta. The incredible amount of gold mosaic work and the ornate baldachino are striking, as is the sheer size of the building. On the lower level is a crypt where many popes (and four women) are buried. The scale and amount of detail can be overwhelming -- we suggest you take a free tour with one of the volunteer guides. Ninety-minute tours are led in English every day at 3 pm (2:30 pm on Sunday). They start at the information desk to the right as you enter the portico of the basilica.

When the pope is in residence, he usually addresses the crowds in Piazza San Pietro at noon on Sunday. But with a little planning, it's possible to attend a papal audience, which are held Wednesday at 10:30 am in Piazza San Pietro (or in the Paul VI Audience Hall in the winter). Free admission tickets can be ordered in advance by writing. Contact your local parish priest for more information.

There is an extremely strictly enforced dress code for all indoor areas at the Vatican: knees and shoulders must be covered, for both men and women.

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