Thursday, July 24, 2008

Some Everyday Stuff

I thought I'd show a few sights of our regular days. The train station marks half-way between our apartment and downtown. Obviously, we pass here just about everyday.

It is also a newsstand, and there is a restaurant with a great view of the city. It serves as a major bus stop and the finiculare ends here (the finiculare is essential when we're loaded with groceries! The walk from the train station to home with groceries is a workout in itself.) We sometimes pass up the finiculare and hoof it when we're feeling particularly energetic.

This is the Piazza della Reforma and is the center of town. Around the corner to the left of the photo (out of sight)is city hall.

Here's a common activity on the Pizza:

Fountains are important here. They are certainly beautiful, but the have real functions as a kind of public air conditioner and as a source of drinking water. The "outcropping" parts are drinking fountains.

Here are a couple more we use every day:

This one is across the street from the train station--where I took the picture of the station.

While this one is not pretty, it means we're 2/3 of the way home!

Finally, tunnels help make the trips a bit easier and safer. This one goes under the train tracks and saves us having to go a more circuitous route through the station itself:

More soon.

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