Carol-IvanTravels travel blog

This is the name of the train station for Varenna

Just some of the people here ahead of us, waiting for our...

Our hotel room in Padua

Notice the blue bathroom door and the pictures on the walls

Our Welcome Dinner

It was across from a lovely large parklike square

Ivan got some sunset shots

Doesn't look good but was delicious delicate pastry filled with veggies

Excellent fish on green beans

Yummy lemon-flavored dessert


Raining so no breakfast on the terrace this morning. Ate inside. Had to get out our raincoats (first time in a nice long time) to wear as we hiked up the sidewalk ramp to meet our taxi to take us to the train station. We were early but found lots of people there ahead of us, standing under the roof out of the rain.

After getting to the Milan train station again we knew where to look for seating. I found 2 turkey wrap sandwiches and a banana for lunch to each while we waited for our next train,

On the last train for the day – going to Padua [PAD ov ah] we met a fellow traveling alone to Venice. He was very interested in any tips we had for train travel and getting around certain cities. Recently retired in Chicago he is eager to travel in Europe.

The Padua train station was confusing as it did not post any signs to show where to find taxis so we ended up doing a lot more walking than necessary. Made it to our funky hotel, hot and sweaty, about 3:45. Would you believe shag carpet area rugs on each side of the bed and in front of the bathroom sink? Really weird art (?) pieces and pictures in our room and on all the hall walls! Impossible to describe; even 'hippy' doesn't do it. We do have air conditioning so we can ignore some of the artworks.

Met our Rick Steves group leader, Trina, and the other 17 folks at 5:00 for Orientation to our tour of 'Villages of Northern Italy'. We then walked a couple of blocks to a lovely restaurant on a beautiful huge 'square' for our Welcome Dinner.

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