This has become a verypopular romantic gesture:your initials on a lock that ishung on the railing of one ofthe bridges ove...
More bridges over the Seine with locks. The Grand Palais in the background.
Notre Dame. Celebrating its 850thbirthday with tulips.
Fabulous Berthillon ice cream. We got ours. Everyone else is waiting in line.Just across the river from Notre Dame.
Celebrating 100 years of the Tour de France with pictures on the Luxembourggarden fence.
Putting in new color at the Luxembourg Gardens.
One of our favorite Paris gardens—the Parc Floral. The first time we have beenearly enough to see rhodies and azaleas in b...
The tulip display at the Parc Floral. We saw Dahlias last time we were there.
At Monet’s garden in Giverny.
The famous water lily pond and Japanese bridge at Giverny.
Plantings to match Monet’s house at Giverny.
One of the lakes in the Bois de Boulogne park. You can almost see theEiffel Tower in the background.
The Bois de Boulogne is a popular place for dog walking.
Parc de Bagatelle—the fantasy of rich royalty and now public.
The Pompidou Center. All the insides are on the outside.
A plaza outside the Pompidou Center, where the Modern Art museumresides.
A view of Paris and Sacre Coeur on the hill from the top of the PompidouCenter.
Torino has lots of grand plazas.
Torino has beautiful shopping arcades.
The river Po crosses the city. It was very high from rain when we arrived, butdropped about 3 feet in a couple of days.
A famous landmark called the Mole Antonelliana. It now houses a fun Museum ofCinema.
One of the best museums of Egyptianantiquities in the world is in Torino. Themuseum building is currently underconstruction.
Scenes from the Giro d’Italia bicycle race.
Scenes from the Giro d’Italia bicycle race.
Important thunderstorm warnings and castles in the hills above the river.
Really good gelato!
The Frecciarossa super fast train we took from Torino to Milano.
The Frecciarossa at 272 km/hr. It topped out at 300 km/hr.
The Milano train station.
The local trains. We took one of these from Milano to Lake Como.
At the train station in Varenna—across the lake from where we stayed. The traingoes through a tunnel on the way north.
At the ferry dock in Varenna on the way to our hotel.
Our walk to the hotel and views from our window.
Things you can see in a walk along the lake.
Walking up the hill to the bicycle museum.
More sights on the way up the hill to the bicycle museum.
The Museum of Cycling at Madonna del Ghisallo.
The Madonna del Ghisallochapel named for the hill ittops. The pope admittedthe Madonna as thepatroness of cycling.
Ferries on the lake and “Vias” (walkways) in the towns.
The Villa Melzi gardens on the lake.
Rainbow out our window after athunderstorm, one of our favoriterestaurants and more villas on the lake.
Villa Carlotta gardens and inside thevilla.
Moon on the lake near the hotel.
At the ferry docks in Stresa and Baveno. Swans on the lake.
Our private park below our apartment in Lesa and our view from the balcony.
Lakeside after dinner in Lesa.
Villa Pallancino zoo and gardens near Stresa.
Oak at the entrance to Villa Taranto garden.
Villa Taranto
More Villa Taranto with tornado damage.
La Posta—our favorite restaurant in Baveno.
The island gardens on the lake. Isola Bella in the foreground.
Gardens and grotto at Isola Bella.
Isola Madre garden with sculptures & birds.
More silly birds hiding from the rain at Isola Madre.
More sculptures in the Isola Madre garden.
The famousCashmere Cypress atIsola Madre wastoppled by a 2007tornado. It waswinched back up byhelicopter and isback in pla...
The train station.
The Milan Cathedral on thePlaza Duomo. The maintourist attraction. Settingup for a rock concert onthe plaza for the weekend.
More Milan sights:The Peace ArchSforza castleModern Art museum garden
And great gelato!
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May 2013 vacation trip to Paris andMonet's garden at Giverny, Then to Italy in Torino, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Milan.

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Paris Italy Vacation May 2013

  1. 1. This has become a verypopular romantic gesture:your initials on a lock that ishung on the railing of one ofthe bridges over the Seine.
  2. 2. More bridges over the Seine with locks. The Grand Palais in the background.
  3. 3. Notre Dame. Celebrating its 850thbirthday with tulips.
  4. 4. Fabulous Berthillon ice cream. We got ours. Everyone else is waiting in line.Just across the river from Notre Dame.
  5. 5. Celebrating 100 years of the Tour de France with pictures on the Luxembourggarden fence.
  6. 6. Putting in new color at the Luxembourg Gardens.
  7. 7. One of our favorite Paris gardens—the Parc Floral. The first time we have beenearly enough to see rhodies and azaleas in bloom.
  8. 8. The tulip display at the Parc Floral. We saw Dahlias last time we were there.
  9. 9. At Monet’s garden in Giverny.
  10. 10. The famous water lily pond and Japanese bridge at Giverny.
  11. 11. Plantings to match Monet’s house at Giverny.
  12. 12. One of the lakes in the Bois de Boulogne park. You can almost see theEiffel Tower in the background.
  13. 13. The Bois de Boulogne is a popular place for dog walking.
  14. 14. Parc de Bagatelle—the fantasy of rich royalty and now public.
  15. 15. The Pompidou Center. All the insides are on the outside.
  16. 16. A plaza outside the Pompidou Center, where the Modern Art museumresides.
  17. 17. A view of Paris and Sacre Coeur on the hill from the top of the PompidouCenter.
  18. 18. Torino has lots of grand plazas.
  19. 19. Torino has beautiful shopping arcades.
  20. 20. The river Po crosses the city. It was very high from rain when we arrived, butdropped about 3 feet in a couple of days.
  21. 21. A famous landmark called the Mole Antonelliana. It now houses a fun Museum ofCinema.
  22. 22. One of the best museums of Egyptianantiquities in the world is in Torino. Themuseum building is currently underconstruction.
  23. 23. Scenes from the Giro d’Italia bicycle race.
  24. 24. Scenes from the Giro d’Italia bicycle race.
  25. 25. Important thunderstorm warnings and castles in the hills above the river.
  26. 26. Really good gelato!
  27. 27. The Frecciarossa super fast train we took from Torino to Milano.
  28. 28. The Frecciarossa at 272 km/hr. It topped out at 300 km/hr.
  29. 29. The Milano train station.
  30. 30. The local trains. We took one of these from Milano to Lake Como.
  31. 31. At the train station in Varenna—across the lake from where we stayed. The traingoes through a tunnel on the way north.
  32. 32. At the ferry dock in Varenna on the way to our hotel.
  33. 33. Our walk to the hotel and views from our window.
  34. 34. Things you can see in a walk along the lake.
  35. 35. Walking up the hill to the bicycle museum.
  36. 36. More sights on the way up the hill to the bicycle museum.
  37. 37. The Museum of Cycling at Madonna del Ghisallo.
  38. 38. The Madonna del Ghisallochapel named for the hill ittops. The pope admittedthe Madonna as thepatroness of cycling.
  39. 39. Ferries on the lake and “Vias” (walkways) in the towns.
  40. 40. The Villa Melzi gardens on the lake.
  41. 41. Rainbow out our window after athunderstorm, one of our favoriterestaurants and more villas on the lake.
  42. 42. Villa Carlotta gardens and inside thevilla.
  43. 43. Moon on the lake near the hotel.
  44. 44. At the ferry docks in Stresa and Baveno. Swans on the lake.
  45. 45. Our private park below our apartment in Lesa and our view from the balcony.
  46. 46. Lakeside after dinner in Lesa.
  47. 47. Villa Pallancino zoo and gardens near Stresa.
  48. 48. Oak at the entrance to Villa Taranto garden.
  49. 49. Villa Taranto
  50. 50. More Villa Taranto with tornado damage.
  51. 51. La Posta—our favorite restaurant in Baveno.
  52. 52. The island gardens on the lake. Isola Bella in the foreground.
  53. 53. Gardens and grotto at Isola Bella.
  54. 54. Isola Madre garden with sculptures & birds.
  55. 55. More silly birds hiding from the rain at Isola Madre.
  56. 56. More sculptures in the Isola Madre garden.
  57. 57. The famousCashmere Cypress atIsola Madre wastoppled by a 2007tornado. It waswinched back up byhelicopter and isback in place withpeacocks roosting inthe branches.
  58. 58. The train station.
  59. 59. The Milan Cathedral on thePlaza Duomo. The maintourist attraction. Settingup for a rock concert onthe plaza for the weekend.
  60. 60. More Milan sights:The Peace ArchSforza castleModern Art museum garden
  61. 61. And great gelato!

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