Irregular Posts; JiggiddityJig‏

Monday June 15, 2015 HomeAgain, HomeAgain, JiggiddityJig! Back in Andover with some jetlag.  Wide awake at 4A and coffee made.   GeezeLousie, there are hundreds of emails but no answering machine messages since I unplugged the phone.  I thought it was a good time to do the laundry; all of it. I had gotten quite used to doing a couple of things every day in rotation.  Now EVERYTHING at ONCE.      I began to transfer the 2000+ images from the little tavel computer to the workhorse and back-up storage.   A little chilly.  I needed more clothes than I had on, the temperature was in the 60s!  What?  When I left Venice, it was in the 90s.           I can be a little unfocused on jetlag.   Leaving Venice was an easy hour.  Vaporetto, the water version of subway/bus, to the AeroBus and bus off the island to the airport.  Feeling a little lazy, I decided to check my 22 pound backpack “all the way” to Boston from Venice and just carry my 9 pound camera/computer bag!  Check-in in Venice was interesting. The Departure area was CRAMMED with people with LARGE rolling bags.  I searched the board for Aer Lingus; “ckin AerLingus” and a couple of other counters, #84 – 96.  OK, but on the departure floor #1-68 were strung from the far left to the far right walls.  Another sign showed an arrow pointing downstairs!! for counters #84 – 96.  Stairs?  “You have to take the lift.” to the below-departure area.  Now in this region, there were lines, very long lines of BIG rolling BAGS with their attendants.  Counter #94-96 was AerLingus....

Irregular Posts; Venice‏

Thursday, June 11, 2015; Venezia Buongiorno, Monday from Verona, I trained to Padova.  I had found a 4Star hotal across from the train station.  Not much chance at spending major time/energy finding the place and the price was very good.  The hotel and room was far better than I had gotten used to.  But Padova is UNDERwhelming.  I looked all around.  It is a university town with young people everywhere.  Consequently food tends to be cheap and not foody-thrilling.  I had thought I could find a recommended place BUT…NO.  Another one was far out of my way and unattainable. In the evening,sitting at my computer with good wifi inPadova, I found an “emergency” hotel in Venice for Tuesday night before I went to my three night Venice B&B booking.  Nice place with gondolas just around the corner and over a canal bridge.  BTW, over 80E a ride.  A LARGE number of the gondolas were carrying groups of 4-5 Asians.   In Venice, the recommended food is seafood.  Tuesday I had spaghetti al Nero de Seppia.  This dish uses the black ink of the cuttlefish to infuse the pasta and with cooked cuttlefish in the dish. The ink gave the pasta a black, silky finish and richer flavor.  Cuttlefish is in the squid family.  Wednesday I had panzerotti with “pilgrim” scallops and shrimp.  Panzerotti is a 4 inch diameter “ravioli” filled with the shopped seafood.  A cheesy/milk sauce with some of the seafood bits and hint of heat in it was over and under four stuffed rounds.  A sprinkling of ?poppy seed? provided nice color contrast.  Each meal is finished with espresso with a packet of sugar. Last evening in Saint Mark’s Square, I partook in “aperativo”.  Before dinner, after 8P, folks...

Irregular Posts; Verona

Monday, June 08, 2015, Verona Buongiorno, “Cool at 92F?” “Yupe.  Cool! You have to walk slow, shoot in the morning, rest midday with lunch at 2:30P, and shoot before the light goes flat about 7P. “ Verona is a smaller city.  Laid back and it enjoys its way of life.  There are the groups on tour but they don’t overwhelm the place.  “Everyone” must stop by the House of Juliet.  Some will rub the statues’ left breast for finding a lover.   There was no Juliet in Verona. Shakespeare never was here (or at Elsinore Castle-Hamlet).  But a guide in the mid 80s invented a set of attractions and they ARE a draw.  Just see the tour groups in line to the balcony in the immaculate courtyard.  Shakespeare bust are in places about the old town with relevant quotes from the play.  And NO Romeo!! Can you imagine that>>>? I knew the bus number and the stop near my little hotel BUT it still took a half hour of asking directions “Mi scusi. Dov’e Auberge Arena?”  Answer in Italian, and then hand signals and fingers for turns. One gentleman said “400 meters ahead.”  Again, no screaming Hotel sign and the entrance in an alley with a few parking spots in front. It was sunny and lower 90s from noonish until after dark.  Walk slowly, in the shadier parts.  Fill you water bottle from the public faucets in all the piazzas.  Sit and watch people sit, and walk and talk.  In Piazza Bra, means “big open space”, on Saturday evening, there was a loud colorful LGBT parade.  I joined in a bit but it turned away from my direction for a “Fine Dining” Dinner. (I had not eaten...

Irregular Posts; Canazei3, Italy‏

Friday, June 05, 2015 Buongiorno, The scenery is magnificent, whether it is blue or grey in the sky. Mornings usually start sunny and blue. Clouds billow as the morning wears on. Afternoon the clouds become grey scarves around the peaks and then lower.  It isn’t a surprise when a shower hits around 6or so.  Temperatures have been about 60 – 65F.  When I began the loop drive of 700 km, it was the usual cool at the 1500 m altitude of Canazei in the Dolomites.  The temps climbed quickly in the lower altitudes to high 70s and then into the 90s by afternoon.  Today, Friday, I walked the river path for about 8 km.  By noon the temps were lower 80s!!. That called for a walk back into the town.  Shops are closed between noon and 3P; no shopping for me.  So I settled into a somewhat AC restaurant.  Certainly a tall cold one was in order.  And a Romana pizza with the required anchovy and caper topping.  A nice finish to the salty Romana was a dish of tart limon gelato.   I mentioned the loop drive.  After leaving Davos, the road climbed to Fluelapass, 2300m, where the snow fields came down to the road and melt streams ran strong to the waterfalls. The road descended with the usual hairy-pin turns. I often pull into a small pullout to let the faster more experienced drivers speed past, especially on the uphill.  Motorcycles will pass in a zipROAR regardless of whether it is a passing area!? or not. I drove into Ardez because of a ruined castle on the top of a small peak in town.  This little village is one of the...

IREGgulaR Posts; Canazei2, Italy‏

Monday June 1, 2015 Buongiorno, Sunny Monday and the abode is 68F.  I packed for a day out, including computer in case I found an internet connection.  I also had copied stuff to a flash drive in case I had to use another computer.  Still no internet at the timeshare; my computer would not hook up.  The lady did not offer the use of their computer as her husband did the morning before.  First off to I got a full tank of gas. YES!, with all the cyclists dressed in their black “leathers”.  The COOP was open for some groceries. YES!.  The GPS said the nearest library was in the western village of the Val.  The biblioteca was standing incognito as I circled the block on the narrow one-way lanes.  Finally I saw it “CHUISO”.  Why not have a long weekend like all the rest of the people?!\   “GPS, take me to Castlerotto.” “OK.  Proceed to roundabout, take second exit….” said GPS.   Twisty winding back over passo Costalunga.  The mountains turned from sharp canine teeth to molar rounds… green fields and alpine buildings in the sun. Lovely.  Cows with big clanking bells.  Twisty but not hairy turns at 50 kph.  Then I was in a long line following a truck with a load of construction stone doing 20 kph. Motorcycles would zip out…in..out..and sprint past the next car in line until they got the truck.  Only cars left.   GPS said, “100 meters turn right.  Turn right.”  OK I did. WTF?  This road was tiny; a lane.  It looked like a small Irish road.  Parabolic mirrors were on some of the turns so you could see what was ahead.  Once I met another car.  It backed down into a small wider space of the...