So Bassano del Grappa. A sweet little town. Here are some photos.
A twenty four hour clock tower that was originally built in 1430. It has had a few updates in the last 600 years.
The town has the look of some of the buildings in Venice, and indeed its history has been strongly influenced by Venetian culture.
A bit of Italian patriotism as you walk across the bridge.
And what would a return trip to Italy be without some food shots.
And finally, the grappa museum. Fun place to wander.
And there you have it folks. A fascinating trip. One of the things we wanted to do when we moved to Italy was to explore nearby countries, and yet it has become harder and harder for me to leave Italy, for I have fallen deeply, madly in love with this chaotic, mess of a country. Yes, it isn't perfect, and yet......
On the other hand, I was also quite taken by Slovenia. I was suprised at how great all the roads were on our trip, except for the dreaded E45 in Italy. The rest of the roads were very good. We stayed on the main highways and had no problems.
I was surpised at how much you can learn about a country by their road signs. In Austria, a very common highway sign was "Be Fair Take Care". It must be an effective admonition for the Austrians to drive safely, as it is used frequently. I can't imagine it having much effect in the US, and I doubt it would even be seen by Italians zooming by.
It was a fascinating trip with good friends. Can't wait for the next one.