Alpine Voyage – Verona
Ryan and I were lucky enough to stumble on an opportunity to join some friends for a trip to Oktoberfest in Munich. We were lucky because there was a room available at a reasonable price, and someone else had already figured out all of the details. We didn’t have any plans, and we love an adventure, so we joined up. However, since it was a last minute invitation (we’d just arrive to Rome anyway, and they had a friend drop out at the last minute) flights to Munich were pretty astronomical. So we decided to drive. The next few blog entries will chronicle our stops along the way, and the adventures at Oktoberfest.
Feel free to follow along on the awesome map that Ryan made chronicling our journey.
The plan was to hit Oktoberfest early in the morning on Saturday. Since the drive from Rome to Munich is about 8 hours, we left on Thursday night, planning to get 4 hours under our belt and spend the night outside of Verona. Friday morning we got up and explored Verona.
We had a nice time walking around and checking out all of the war memorial statues – apparently Verona is located such that it had citizens involved in a lot of wars. The sculptures were very cool.
Then we picked a shop-lined, marble & cobble stone street, and meandered down towards Juliet’s house. For those of you who don’t remember, Romeo & Juliet takes place “In fair Verona, where we lay our scene … ”
Verona takes full advantage of this famous literary reference by turning an 18th century Palazzo into a tourist trap. I know, I know, and we fell for it. But it turns out that the best part of visiting Juliet’s house is actually the atmosphere. Everyone is happy! And the walls are covered in loving affirmations, in all languages – it’s so much fun to see. So, of course, we added ours.
Our final stop was to check out the old castle by the river . . . with a stop for gelato along the way.
We were only in Verona for a couple of hours, but it was a fun little stop.