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#21
Rainbow 
Good morning everyone.
It's Day 12 and after a heavy breakfast, we are leaving our hotel in Venice.

When we just step out, there was a hotel staff asking us where are we going and what transportation we are using to get there.

Then he open up his newspaper and check.
He says ok, no strike today, safe to go.

Wow seh.
Workers on strike must schedule ahead and report in newspaper? I asked.

He says aper-then?
Imagine everyone wanted to go to work and then found out that train worker is on strike and there is no train?

Ok Ok - I acknowledged.

I dragged my luggage into the train.
Well, we are going to Bergamo for our tonight stop.
However, now, we are going to Verona to see the famous Juliet and Romeo's balcony.  

As we settled down on our train seats, a tall and elegant lady walked into our cabin.  She sat opposite me and looking out into the window.

I glanced at her, erh her fur coats, there seems to be an animal slung on her shoulder. I can not keep looking at her, so I look out of the window too. 

Wow, the heavy snow started again. 

The weather at Verona is good and boy the first thing we saw is a Colosseum.

So, now you know that Colosseum is not unique to Roma?

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Ok, we reached the Romeo and Juliet Balcony.
Below the balcony has a bronze status.
Not sure you get to see.
But this is what we saw, any idea why the color looks so wired?
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When we reached Bergamo, first thing we do is search for phone booth at the train station.  
We had yet booked our hotel at Bergamo.  

I put in one Euro but no dial tone.
I crackle but my one Euro did not come out.

Sian, walk away and will pop into the hotel directly and try our luck.

Then, I saw a few gypsy woman walk passed me.

My instinct kick in and I watch them walk toward the phone booth.

Ai yo, they did and pull out my one Euro.  Sad 

No wonder it won't works.

Anyway, let it be.

Bergamo city center is actually on the hill. So, we need to take a funicular up. Btw, city center is Citta Alta (upper town).
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On top is a huge Duomo and big parade squares.
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Well, amazing ancient city... 4BC and it's a UNESCO World heritage site.

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#22
Rainbow 
I am the most lucky person in the whole wide world.
Tongue

Without a hotel room confirmed, I'm not really in the sight seeing mode.

Based on Lonely planet recommendation, we approached our first try, which is just few steps away from the plaza.

Well, it looks like a Restaurant, dark wood, aged and certainly looks classical.

We step up to the counter and was greeted by a receptionist.
Being a romantic coming from Venice, I requested for a quiet room.

The receptionist lead the way and we walked on a long passage inside the building, walk and walk and walk, until the last room.  I estimated the walk for at least 100m.  Tongue

It's a corner room with a large window open out to a garden.
Not a garden, more like a farm land.
Initially, I thought it was a garden because of the green plants and flowers or this could be a garden but someone just kept the farming equipment - cart, shovel etc here. 

Who cares?

Life is great! I tell myself.

Another fantastic day started.
I bring my toothbrush and open up the large window.
Holy...
I am in outer space.
The entire garden was white...covered by a thick layer of white snow.
All the greenery, all the farm equipment are gone.
Just like that.

I stare at the blank and brushed my teeth.
I don't even feel the cool weather outside.

Life is beautiful! I tell myself.

As we walk along the narrow cobble streets filled with shops on both side, we spotted a pastry shops. 
Mmm... nice treat.
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Then, in the middle of a road, a truck/lorry, on top a ladder and on top a man was changing the light bulks.

Oh, I remembered, Christmas decoration.
My heart warmed.

Further on, we saw someone house, with a little garden.
Guess what, same as our garden.
It's pure white! purely thick white snow.

Our destination today is to go to the top of the hill so that we could get a panorama view of the old town. 

Another Funicolare S. Vigilio
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On top the panorama view of the white town is fantastic.
In fact, we did not come to Bergamo because of Rick Steve's recommendation, it was from Lonely Planet.  

While looking down at the white town, we build a small snowman at the ledge of the cliff.

More memorable moments outside the Fort.

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A fantastic day in Bergamo.
Make sure you make it too.

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#23
Rainbow 
Day 14
We are checking out of Bergamo and train to Milan.
We had been to Milan a few times and I preferred to sleep near the train station as it's easy to go to town (by Metro) and also to Airport (by Bus).

Most of our valuebuddies spending our time everyday looking for something special.

In Milan, there is something special too.
Only by chance and by luck that you had a chance of your lifetime to visit
... Da Vinci's the last supper.

Along with Mona Lisa, this would be Da Vinci's most recognisable art works.

It's a mixture of art and spirituality.

It was painted between 1494 and 1498. Da Vinci experiment using oil and tempera paint on top of a dry foundation achieved a brilliant lustre, but it soon began flaking and showing signs of damp.

Hence, there is a control to see the wall painting, limited to 12 person take turns every 15 minutes.


Hope that you're one of the lucky one.  Cool

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Home sweet home.

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