This past Saturday Kate and I took a train trip to Vigevano, Italy. It's probably only 30 minutes by car, but takes more like an hour and a half to go the round about way from the small town of Opera. We hopped on our bikes and pedaled down to Locate (lose the English pronunciation and give it three syllables), the next small town south of us. They have a train station. We locked our bikes, took a picture for posterity, and prayed that they'd still be attached to the pole upon our return. Bike theft is just a bit of a problem around here.
|Thought I'd snap a pic just in case it was the last time we saw them!|
The center of the city is quite picturesque, with a cathedral at one end of Piazza Ducale and the castle and tower sitting beside the piazza.
|One of four weddings we saw, with the cathedral in the background|
|View from a decorative hole in the tower|
|Pope Benedict's shoes up top, and Pope John Paul II down on the left|
|Shoes by Alexander McQueen...little signed claimed they were the last two pairs he made, |
but somehow I doubt that this little museum would have such a treasure.
We ate Napolitano style pizza, reminisced about eating the real thing in Naples a few months ago, and sampled a gelato that reminded us of cookies and cream ice cream.
As for things I miss from the US? Tonight it's that delicious frozen garlic bread you can buy at the grocery. I made this yummy pan of baked tri-color pasta and was thinking how nice a slice of that greasy garlic bread would have been. Plenty of leftovers...who's coming to dinner tomorrow?
Finally, a special shout out today to my friend Becky (Nease) Johnston to let her know that I'm thinking of her today as Kyle deploys with his unit to Afghanistan. Keeping you both in my prayers! Love you!