Back in June and July Megan and I visited Italy for my brother's
wedding. The trip was a two week adventure visiting Milan, Be
Verona and Lake Maggiore. The idea was to vacation with our family the
week prior to the wedding and then spend about a week in Lake Maggiore
for the wedding itself.
Day 1 - Arrival in Milan and Bergamo
first day was our arrival in Milan. I split off from the group to go
pick up the motorcycle I was renting for my ride up to the Dolomites and
they all took the train to Bergamo. I was going to meet them there
later that afternoon. My experience renting the motorcycle should have
cued me into to the troubles I was going to have on this trip.
arrived at the rental shop around noon. They notified me that I wasn't
supposed to pick the bike up until 5:00 pm. What? They stated they would
have it ready to go at 2:30. The neighborhood did not seem very good,
but I was able to find a McDonalds a few blocks away which had air
conditioning and free wifi, and I camped myself out there. I knew they
wouldn't kick me out for not buying any food. I was pretty tired after
our long flight after all.
When I finally got the motorcycle, I
was on the road around 3:30 that afternoon. Thankfully, Bergamo was only
about a 45 minute ride away. I discovered on my ride that I am not
nearly an aggressive enough motorcyclist for Italy. I was honked at by
all sorts of motorists.
I arrived at Bergamo and after we all
settled in we went for dinner in the upper portion of Bergamo. That was
very pretty and turned out to be one of our highlights for the trip.