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Hmm, I live in California for 5 years and they didn't visit, but I move to Italy and they decide to come over.
 

Inside Europe
First Trip | Riviera | Milan | July 2002 | July/August 2002 | September 2002 | La Thuille | Amsterdam | My Apartment | Mom and Dad | Spiazzi | London | Stonehenge | Heidelberg

Mom and Dad

I used some of my hoard of Frequent Flyer Miles to get tickets for my parents to visit Italy.  They had never been to Europe before, and wanted to see as much as they could.  And boy did we! In 5 days of driving, we put over 2000 miles on the car!  Here's a breakdown of the trip:

bulletSunday, June 29:  The arrive to Milan, and we planned to visit "The Last Supper" that evening.  We get there, and find out that it was closed due to a museum strike.  Benvenuti a Italia!
bulletMonday, June 30:  We did some sightseeing around Milan, going to the Duomo, the Galleria, the Castle and such.  I also made the mistake of introducing my mom to gelato.
bulletTuesday, July 1:  After some chewing out by one of my Italian co-workers, the staff at the Last Supper got us reservations to see it.  It was incredible.  When I first saw it, it didn't really sink in what I was looking at.  It is huge, a lot bigger than I was expecting.  Afterwards, we got the car and drove to Mont Blanc.  We made it to Chamonix, but the cable car to the top was closed due to bad weather.  We wandered around town a bit, then took off for Nice.  We drove through the Alps and Rhein river valley on our roundabout journey.
bulletWednesday, July 2:  We wake up in Nice, and stroll across the street to the beach.  We then head to Cannes to see the sights, and have lunch.  Afterwards we drive to Monte Carlo and stroll around town there taking in the sights.  My parents found out about a festival in Vessalico, Italy, which is near the coast, so we decide to investigate.  It was supposed to be a garlic festival, but it appeared to mainly be a reason for vendors to sell stuff.  It was still an interesting stop, as well as a nice drive in the seaside Alps.
bulletThursday, July 3:  We headed down to Florence to take in a bit of culture.  We get to see Michelangelo's David and many other sights in Florence.  We then headed to Pisa, where we got to climb up to the top of the tower, even my mom.  I have proof!
bulletFriday, July 4:  We headed first to Lago di Como on this day.  We took a boat tour, then headed up on the funicolare for lunch in  Brunate.  Afterwards we headed towards Bellagio, but stopped at a small town above when we noticed we needed to start to make our way to Verona for the outdoor opera at the Roman Arena.  Good thing we turned around when we did.  Traffic was horrible!  We almost missed the start of the opera, Carmen.  The music started 10 seconds after we took our seats!  It was a fantastic show.  We didn't get to our hotel until 3am!
bulletSaturday, July 5:  We drove to Venice to take in the sights there.  We rode several of the water taxis, and spent much of the day exploring the side streets.  We headed back to Milan, where we had my birthday dinner with some of my co-workers at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Duomo.
bulletSunday, July 6:  My parents stayed up all night packing and getting ready to head back.  I got a little bit of sleep, but had to wake up at 5am to get my parents to the airport for a 7am flight back to the US. 

 

     
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