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In Fair Verona

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2013 at 6:29 am

Yesterday was our last day in Venice. After spending two nights docked there for the second time, I was very much not ready to say goodbye to the hauntingly beautiful city. Alex and I both had to start work at noon and both desperately wanted to get to Verona (at least a two hour drive) to see Juliet’s house (casa di Guiletta) and balcony, the balcony that inspired Shakespeare to write ‘Romeo & Juliet’. Determined to make it happen, we awoke at 5:30am, ran out in the rain and caught a train to Verona. The regular train takes 2 hours to get there and quite frankly, we didn’t have that kind of time, so we splurged and got tickets for the express train there and back, allowing us almost two hours in Verona. From the train station we used our broken Italian, and found a bus to take us as close as possible to Juliet’s house. From there we roamed the streets until we found the house. We got there just as the house was opening, at 8:30am, and we had the entire courtyard to ourselves. The house and courtyard are stunning. There’s an iron fence that is covered with locks engraved with people’s names on them, locking them forever in love! The statue of Juliet is worn from eager hands stroking the bronze and the walls of the entrance are covered in notes to Juliet. It was such an amazing experience. We went inside the house, which was decorated with paintings and costumes and decorations from movies. The house itself was also stunning. There is a society of people who have worked hard to retain as much of the house’s original structure as possible. I even got to stand on Juliet’s balcony. It was such a surreal experience. After touring the house, I bought a lock in the shop next door and wrote the names of some dear friends who’s wedding I’m missing this summer. I locked it on the fence in their honor to bring them all the happiness possible in their marriage. We were running out of time and just about to take a cab back to the train station but the moment we stepped onto the street, a bus came!  On the bus we hopped, and ten minutes later arrived at the train station, in perfect time for our train!! Happy and tired, we listened to music and watched the Italian countryside speed by. An amazing morning, and we returned in time for our noon shift!! Great success!!

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