If you think it is hot in Texas, it is also hot in Italy. It got up to 94 degrees today and humid. We rode the train in and then had lunch and a long pausa until it got a little cooler. Verona is a lovely town. Once again, we’re in a great location, in the heart of the old city, at Hotel Torcolo. We are about 100 meters from Piazza Bra, which is lined with cafes and centers on an ancient Roman arena, where we will see Aida doppodomani. I love that word. It means day after tomorrow. We wandered the streets and went to the house of Juliet, as in Romeo and Juliet. It’s overly touristy, but it was also fun to tour her “home” and read passages from Shakespeare. There were computer terminals where you could write letters to Juliet, and we did, of course. Caroline has not gotten a response. (Or maybe she has– keep reading) The locks she’s gazing at are locks left by lovers who come to commit themselves at the shrine to Juliet. There are similar locks on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, even though they come through and cut them off periodically. She has a date tonight with our waiter, Cristian. He’s twenty-three. We lingered at dinner
for several hours so feel like part of the family. Christian just got back from 8 days at Disney World! The restaurant, Osteria D’al Duca, is nice and a good value. They have witch dolls hanging from the ceiling. The owner said they are for good luck. As far as I know, he doesn’t have a Vespa.