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We finally left Venice and arrived at Bologna. This pace is everything I would imagine Italy to be. Friendly locals, great food, cars, architecture, and more.
One thing we noticed here are the doors in the buildings.. They are huge and elaborate

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Another is arched walkways everywhere.. Very convenient

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On our first day here we stumbled upon a food market. Everything looked amazing, local, and half the price of US.

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We have also visited some of the largest churches I have ever seen

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On the second day we took a trip to Maranello Ferrari museum, also my friend got to ride one of them

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After that we went to a place where they make a real balsamic vinegar. I had no idea that the one we get at stores is such crap compared to the real thing. It takes at least 12 years to produce.

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We also stopped at a cheese factory.. Although no tour there, so we just walked around, and found a car collection of the owner

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Also some bikes

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And tractors..

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And of course some cheese

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The day concluded with another great dinner

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Today is our last day at Bologna, and I am sad to leave.. But Cinco Terre is next..

After 2 weeks of travel we ran out of clean things to wear. Fortunately, there is a laundry in Veranno, however upon our visit we were told the only washing machine on the island is “rota” and “no functionale”. The other laundromat is in Bellagio, which we wanted to visit anyway. So we took a boat there..

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The views from the boat are amazing

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Once we got there we found the laundry, and for just 20 euro managed to wash 2 loads and dry 1

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Bellagio turned out to be a larger town pack with mostly american tourists

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On our way back we took some pics of our hotel from the lake, pease note the 2 inclanators and an escalator you have to take to get there

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In the afternoon we went to the “beach”.. If you can call it that.. Disappointing

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And yet another tasty Italian dinner to finish off the day

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Yesterday, after another great breakfast at Muller

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We took one last look at the hotel

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And the lake next to it

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Before going on a 300 km drive thru the Alps to lake Como (Varenna). I fully expected this to take under 4 hour… Well… Maybe not..
Some pics of the scenery

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We made a lunch stop in Switzerland.. 2 salads in 2 glasses of coke for $50,.. Wow
The town kind of looked like Colorado Rockies resort towns

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After lunch the fun road started

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We finally make it to a hotel.. The views are stunning

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A nice dinner

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And we explorer the town in the twilight

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More from lake Como to follow

This morning we took a nice walk through the English gardens towards Marienplatz

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On a way we saw some surfers on a river.. Pretty neat

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The architecture is very interesting.. Much older vs. Odessa or st. Petersburg

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We had an amazing breakfast at cafe Glockenspiel

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Their cakes looked good too.. But we did not try..

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The plan called for a walking tour, but it started to rain very hard

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So, we took a bus tour instead.. Pictures are not as great from a moving bus

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The tour took us to BMW welt.. More of it tomorrow (a lot more) but the museum was open today and is closed on Mondays.

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I wanted to take one for a spin.. Denied

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On our way to dinner spotted another nice ride

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And for today’s moment of zen.. Just meditate on this!

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Yesterday we pretty uneventful aside from a major rain/hail/storm that flooded Odessa. We were just outside the storm zone, so we missed all the fun, aside from a flooded road, which we had to take. 20km ride back took about 1.5 hours.

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However, we did find Japan on our way home

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Due to this heavy traffic we missed some of the opera “don Juan”. By the way, the price: $25 per ticket for the 4th row seats. The opera was pretty good, I just wish I could understand what was going on. It was in Italian, with Ukrainian subtitles.
It did feature an interesting character, I wish I could understand

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Now, if you remember the models from yesterday’s blog, I think I found them

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Later, we met up with our friends for dinner at a kosher restaurant. Good meal overall, unusual serving of gaspaccio, served in an ice bowl

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For today’s moment of zen, I think I found an Obama poster in Ukraine.

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For those not speaking the language it says: tax the luxury, tax the rich: return the country to the people. Vote for communists!