Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Yesterday, we went to watch the parade in Putignano, which was marvelous, as well as unlike anything I had seen before. The floats were works of art, most of them made out of paper and other natural materials. Many of them depicted mythical creatures or famous Italian personages. Unfortunately, the rain ended the festivities prematurely, although we had already enjoyed a majority of the procession, which lumbered along the main street in downtown Putignano. Later in the evening, Angela's brother, Pino, and his wife, Roberta, drove us to the train station in Monopoli. We were on our way to catch a train to Bologna.

Right now, we're in Bologna, waiting for our hosts, Valeria and Giuseppe, to return home so we can eat a light dinner before hitting this sack. They were kind enough to let us stay in their apartment with them while we are visiting. Earlier tonight, we met our friends, Taty and Nathan, a couple we had met this Summer at a beach in Monopoli, for a drink, and planned to go to Venice with both of them later this week. We're staying in Bologna for the rest of the week, but have planned day-trips to Florence tomorrow and Venice on Thursday.

We took an overnight train here last night, without incident, and enjoyed a stroll through this beautiful city with Angela's friend, Valeria. She didn't have to do anything today and guided us around town. The downtown area of Bologna is filled with splendid shops along marlevous arch-covered walkways. One of the first things I noticed was that Bologna is also a very clean city.

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