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Ole Flat Hippies Do Italy

The Church Palace was a lot of fun. The food was good and the drink was better. We rode a lion and took a selfie in front of artwork called selfie.  The bed was nice too.

 

These people that brought us along with them are really cool.  They took us everywhere.  We got to go to the Vatican Museum.

We had some great pasta for dinner.

We went to the forum which was very old.  We met a seagull with her two babies. We checked out a well too.

We hung out with the Ron

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Then we headed to the colosseum.  They said many animals, slaves and Christians were killed there.  I wonder what would happen to flat people like us.

 

We met some new friends when our carrying friends stopped for lunch.

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We went to a concert at a Refuge camp.

 

We got to go out to lunch the next day.

Then we got to go to St Peter’s Basilica with the choir.

 

We next stayed in Montecatini and got to eat breakfast out in the garden.

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There was even a huge lemon tree.

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We then visited with John for a little bit.

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We found a really cool phone.

The drinks all through Italy were great.  We tried many different things.

 

We had tons of different pastas.

 

We had a lot of white meat but we did have some fish that was very good.

 

The dessert were out of this world.

 

We rode on a gondola, saw many rivers, were put in prison, the bridges were cool and sang many times with the chorus.

 

Italy was really fun.  We met many new friends and saw many new things.  The people  who took us with them were great.  They never left us behind or stuck us in a bag where we could not see.  They fed us good food and drink.  I am glad they have decided to take us with them everywhere.

Take Care,

The Flat Ole Hippies

 

 

Leaving Italy

We all got back to our hotel.  We decided to not to catch the bus with the rest of the group due to the fact they were leaving at 5:30am.  We were told that it would be cheap to get to the airport.  All we had to do was take a taxi for about 5 euros to the train station  close to the hotel where we could catch a bus  to the airport for 10 euros.  We thought that was great, so we stayed and left when it was closer to our time to get to the airport.  The hotel called us a taxi which arrived in no time.  I told the driver to go to the train station to catch the bus to the airport.  He asked me what airport and I replied Malpensa.  At this time I realized he could not speak English very well.  He loaded the suitcases in the car and off we went.  David and I started  thinking well this was a little longer than where we should be going.  Then we started to see signs for the airport and started thinking this was not right.  We said something the taxi driver who then stopped in the lane to talk to us.  Due to the language barrier he was taking us to the airport.  He then told us that it would be 95 euros to take us to the airport.  David said that’s too much.  The taxi driver then said it would cost 25 euros to go back to the bus station, but he would take us to the airport for 80 euros.  Not sure if he did it on purpose or not.  We decided to just go with the 80 euro deal.  I asked if he would take card and he said yes, because we just had enough cash to pay for the other trip plan.  We then handed him a card for our Credit Union 1 which was declined.  After trying our other 3 cards for that account, all declined,  we found that luckily, there was money in our Wells Fargo account, so we did finally pay him.  I had contacted our banks and told them where we were traveling.  I contacted the Credit Union 1 and was informed that there was no declines on the cards.  I guess that bank was not big enough to work on his machine or they just got lost in the cloud somewhere. So we made our Easy Jet flight and headed off for London

Great Hotel Bristol

We had our final lunch together at the Great Hotel Bristol.  It was just an amazing place.
The Grand Hotel Bristol enjoys a magnificent location on the lakeshore of Stresa, a true pearl of Lake Maggiore, famous all over the world for the extraordinary way the beautiful landscape merges with the sumptuous dwellings scattered throughout it. Hotel guests can enjoy a privileged view of Isola Bella and the Borromeo Gulf. The prestigious building that is now the Grand Hotel in Stresa was originally a noble residence, and careful renovation work has allowed it to retain its elegance while enhancing it with modern conveniences. The Zacchera family’s traditional dedication to hospitality at the highest level completes the features that make the Grand Hotel Bristol an ideal place for relaxing and discovering the beauty of Lake Maggiore.

We had the most amazing meal.

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The meal was served by finely dressed waiters and waitresses.  Of course, this was the best meal we had the whole trip.  We were all very impressed. There was wine and water on the table.

 

 

After the meal was served and eaten we were served champagne.  Grant toasted and thanked everyone.  Sean and Roland stood up and said something. We then drank our champagne.  Our table noticed that there was open bottles of champagne that the waiters were seeming to take away.  We all told them we will drink that so you don’t have to through it away.  So we made the sacrifice and drank some of the open bottles for them.

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We then all thanked our guides Liz and Luigi.  Classical Movements furnished our dessert.  This cake was carried out by two waiters and about 4 feet in diameter. It was really fabulous.

 

After enjoying our dessert we walked back to our bus to head back to Milan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boat Ride to Pescatori Island

Our last trip the day before we left Italy we went to Stresa where we caught a private boat on Lake Maggiore to Pescatori Island. We got free time to explore the most picturesque island on Lake Maggoire. Pescatori is one of the oldest fishing villages. It is also celebrated for its well-preserved architecture and old-fashioned charm.

 

Dinner At Da Guilio Restaurant

Our group started wandering back from our free time.  We ended up sitting outside having a drink until time to go in and eat.  Once again we had what they called beef but it looked more like more white meat.  We kept asking what kind of meat.  The waiters kept telling us beef.  Everyone at our table were mooing and oinking trying to figure out the meat.  We had the waiters so confused that some were saying pig and some cow.  The dessert made up for it, cream puffs with milk chocolate sauce on them.

 

Covered Bridge in Pavia

We were told we had free time before dinner, so off we went to find the covered bridge we were told about. We got directions which we immediately screwed up. This means that we went sightseeing a little more. Finally, the covered bridge was in sight. There were tons of people on it and closed to vehicles. To our surprise I there was what kind of festival going on.
In 1431 there was a clash between the fleet of Filippo Maria Visconti, Lord of Milan, led by Pal of Eustachi, Bunting and Captain General of the Naviglio Ducale and the boathouse, and the impressive fleet of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, led by Nicolò Misrepresent. The navigli ducali, set sail from Pavia to prevent an attack on the city near Cremona, they stumble into the fleet of the Serenissima, bolstered by a hundred ships loaded with soldiers, went up the river right to move to besiege the ancient Ticinum ( the current Pavia). LL return to Pavia was triumphant!

 

 

 

Pavia

We arrived in Pavia and the chorus went to do a short rehearsal and sound check.  I went and checked out the castle gardens.  Looked like pretty new castle to me.  I didn’t bother to go in but enjoyed the shade of the gardens because once again it was very hot.  David tell me that I can’t complain about the heat until it reaches 80.  Well I got to complain everyday.

 

Dinner at Calafuria Union Restaurant

After rehearsal we headed back to Milan for our dinner, wondering what kind of white meat with gravy we would have next.  We were so surprised when the roast beef came out on the tray.  It wasn’t over cooked.  We were asked 2 or 3 pieces and everyone was 3 or more.  Boy did we miss the red meat. I remember there used to be a commercial with two old ladies that were asking, “Where’s the beef”.  We finally found the beef in Milan.  I didn’t even take a photo of it because I was too much in a hurry to eat it.  The desert was wonderful.