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Analogue Adventures – Europe 1984 -Venice to Perugia to Rome, Italy

All photos taken on June 26, 1984.

Another big driving day today (over 6 hours to Rome, with a stop at Perugia). Our hotel on the outskirts of the outskirts of Venice pulled out all the stops for breakfast this morning and served us ……….rolls and coffee. Sighhhhhhhhhh.

We set off at 8:00 AM on another 7 hour drive. Our first stop was at Ravenna for a cappuccino. We loved Italian coffees.

We motored on through the Umbrian countryside, headed for Perugia.

beautiful Umbrian countryside

We arrived in Perugia around 1:00 PM and stopped for a lunch of ham and cheese sandwiches with sauce?? and peas. Dessert was a double dip gelato cone. Then it was on up into the hill town of Perugia, using the series of escalators provided.

Perugia is the capital city of Umbria in central Italy, crossed by the River Tiber, and of the province of Perugia. The city is located about 164 km (102 mi) north of Rome and 148 km (92 mi) southeast of Florence. It covers a high hilltop and part of the valleys around the area. The region of Umbria is bordered by Tuscany, Lazio, and Marche.

The history of Perugia goes back to the Etruscan period; Perugia was one of the main Etruscan cities.

The city is also known as the universities town, with the University of Perugia founded in 1308 (about 34,000 students), the University for Foreigners (5,000 students), and some smaller colleges such as the Academy of Fine Arts “Pietro Vannucci” (Italian: Accademia di Belle Arti “Pietro Vannucci”) public athenaeum founded in 1573, the Perugia University Institute of Linguistic Mediation for translators and interpreters, the Music Conservatory of Perugia, founded in 1788, and other institutes.

(Source: Wikipedia)

hillsides around Perugia
hilly winding streets of Perugia
countryside around Perugia
we were there
Pat overlooking cliffside of Perugia
Perugia skyline

Back on the bus at 3:30 for the last 2 hours of our trip to Rome. Marc’Aurelio Hotel, our stop for 2 nights was about 5 km out of the city center. Dinner was on our own tonight and we hit the streets to see what we could find. The locals were not interested in helping us, but we finally found a trattoria and dined on Minnestrone Soup, Spaghetti and meat sauce, vegetables and insalata mista.

Back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.


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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

17 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Europe 1984 -Venice to Perugia to Rome, Italy

    1. I think Cosmos was described as carefree travel. My joke about carefree is that “They do not care and nothing is free.” Cosmos gave the bare bones and then made money with add-ons, kickback stops, hotels on the outskirts. They had a system. It was likely the perfect tour operator for young single’s travel. In hindsight, it was a good way for us to see a bit of Europe before coming back on our own. Thanks for reading Luisa. Allan

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    1. It was beautiful. I love the Italian hill towns and cities. They are all so interesting. Hope you can visit Perugia one day. Agreed on the Italian coffee. Thanks for reading and commenting Blanca. Have a great weekend. Allan

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    1. We could all learn from the use of rock in building. Those buildings have longevity and durability, unlike wood and vinyl. That being said, similar buildings would not work as well in a cold climate like much of Canada. Thanks for your comments on Patty’s dress and for reading Anneli.

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    1. She will be pleased to hear that. Until Italy, my only coffee experience came from a bottle of instant granules. I’ve come a long way since then. Hope your trip is going well, Lynette. Thanks for reading. Allan


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