Friday, September 24, 2010
From up on Top!
Around 4pm, I headed back to the hotel to pick up my husband who had been working all day. His request was to go on top of the Duomo. He loves climbing to the top of every high building in the cities we visit. He had actually been on the Duomo before, but that time I wouldn't go with him because I was too afraid of falling off. I conquered my fear this time and went with him. It was a beautiful view from the top of the Duomo. Miles of red tiled roofs, an Italian flag,busy traffic passing by, and people going places for all the eye to see. We were up in the clouds. You can even see them in the middle photo I took. The Duomo was completed in the year 1813 after close to 500 years of work . Our tour guide told us don't be disappointed if there is scaffolding on the building because she has heard some of the oldest residents of the city, who are almost a hundred years old, say there has never been a time when there hasn't been scaffolding on the the cathedral. It is the 4th largest in Europe, and the Madonna who sits on the top of the Cathedral was a gift from the Queen of Austria. She weigh (the Madonna) 9 tons and is about 4 feet tall. Do you have one particular thing that you like to do when visiting a new city ? I like to find the best restaurants. We didn't succeed that night. Out of convenience, we choose one of the cafes that line the street leading away from the Duomo. It took forever for the waitress to come over to us. She kept dropping glasses every where and our food was just mediocre.