Italy: Day 2 - Bergamo

Day two of the trip started off literally on the wrong foot. My mom sprained her ankle at breakfast and we had a really rough time. It was unseasonably hot out and her ankle swelled up. She toughed it out though and we walked through the entire upper city of Bergamo. Bergamo was probably the highlight of the entire trip for me. It was a beautiful old city on a hill/fort. The mountains were very scenic around the city. 

Our original lunch destination was unfortunately closed. The owners were on vacation so we had to find an alternative. We lucked out with a great place at the top of the funicular at the top of the fort in the upper city. We then explored that area and a bit of gardens in the early afternoon. I also had some chilled espresso, which didn't sit right with me. 

The remainder of the afternoon was spent wandering the city and visiting some of the old churches. 

Dinner finished in the main square and was quite pleasant. 

Italy: Day 1 - Arrival in Milan and Bergamo

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

rgamo, 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

Our 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. 

I 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.

Book Review - Night's Master

Night's Master by Tanith Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed what this book had to offer. Its format and overt sexuality might take some readers by surprise, but if you think of this as written like a book of mythology, it works perfectly well. The chapters in the book are each a stand alone story. Some of them build upon previous chapters with events or characters, but not all.

What we get here is a fantastic crafting of a world and all of its myth. The place setting was mostly in the dessert, almost an Arabic sort of description. It all game across as wonderfully exotic and mysterious. I really enjoyed this and definitely would read more.

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