Here's a few pictures to share. I'll post a few more pics over the weekend. I did make it to Firenze, Como, Milan and Mandello del Lario and toured the Moto Guzzi museum...
|The best vacation EVER...|
|Monterosso al Mare as seen from the trail|
|Neptune - a concrete and iron sculpture created in 1910, during WW2 it was damaged. Originally the statue had a trident and huge shell...|
|Typical trail cut into the steep terrain with lots and lots of...|
|STEPS and more steps!|
|Trail side view of Vernazza, I recommend eating at Batti Batti|
|Artist on the street|
So after hiking the Cinque Terre the next stop was Florence or Firenze in Italian... An amazing old world city with many treasures to experience.
|View from Michelangelo Piazza|
|Sculpture of Christ|
|Wall to wall jewelery of the most exquisite designs|
|A most cooperative mime at the Uffizi|
|Around the corner from the Uffizi...|
Moving around Italy is pretty easy and efficient on the TrenItalia rail system.
|Train station at Milan Airport (Malpensa)|
|Lake Como - a very beautiful place!|
|The train station is right across the street from the plant!|
|Carlo Guzzi and I hanging out in downtown Mandello del Lario...|
|It is I knocking at the big Red Door at the Moto Guzzi Factory...|
You can hear the famous 1957 Guzzi V-8 here... The factory rep explained to me that in the second year of racing they discovered that they had to add an extra fuel chamber on the carbs just so the engine wouldn't starve for fuel in corners... More art from Italy - desmodronic valves too!
|Ok, not to diminish Honda's break out CB 750 I-4 "Dream Machine." But this Magnum Opus of Carcano's rolled out of the Mandello plant 12 years before... AND this mill ran the Monza 500cc Grand Prix Circuit -- I'd doff my fedora (if I had one) to Giulio Carcano Ing extraordinaire.|
Carcano was one heck of an engineer!
|I really think über creative people tend to have crazy hair...|
Hope you enjoyed the pics. I have a 100's more, if anyone is inetersted in finding out more about Cinque Terre just ask.