Monday, June 11, 2012

Art Journaling - Why I loved Bolzano


Why I loved Bolzano
Yesterday I printed one of my travel journal pages and created a collage in my art journal: "Why I loved Bolzano."  After we left Florence on our trip, there were five of us that drove north into the Dolomites and the city of Bolzano (called Bozen by the German-speaking population).  It's just on the Austrian border and seemed like we left Italy and entered a different country!

Bolzano is an incredibly bike-friendly town (they are seeking to become carbon neutral by the year 2020 - neat)!  If your hotel doesn't have a bike for you to borrow, you can go anywhere in town and rent one.  

This is a great view of what I remember most about Bolzano, the beautiful landscape!  I'm not sure why all the locks were placed on this bridge... guess they belong to the local residents.  It reminded me of lovers, locked together.   

We didn't realize it was Pentecost weekend (which included a Monday holiday), so the stores were just about to shut down for the long weekend when we arrived Saturday afternoon.  Many of the designer shops were expensive, but I bought a reasonably priced blouse just before closing time.  We enjoyed walking along the shopping promenade the rest of our time there and looking at the beautiful scenery.  Our hotel opened the Sacher candy store which was in their building.  Very nice of them!  I bought chocolate to bring home for my co-workers and DH.

Luckily, the Sudtirol Archaeology Museum was open on Sunday and we took the opportunity to visit the Iceman.  This museum was designed around Otzi, a mummy found by two hikers in 1991 on a high Alpine pass along the Italian-Austrian border. Otzi lived over 5000 years ago; his body was frozen in a glacier with his clothes still intact!  There were also tools; he was carrying a copper ax, bow, arrows, and tools for making fire.
  
I wish we had visited Bolzano at another time during our trip, since we didn't get to see too much of the  historic sites, like the castles, because everything closed down.  We had our meals on the historic piazza - the hotel was on the piazza too.  My mom and I took a short walk on Sunday afternoon, while the others were cycling.  Monday, our last city: Venice!

Here's a 360 from the bridge where we found all the bicycle locks.  Please excuse the shaky video, and the yellow piece of ....  something, in the water.     



9 comments:

Teresa Kline said...

thanks for sharing, I luv the photos, it sounds wonderful....happy traveling!

enjoy *~*

Love, Yesterdays said...

Fun! thanks for the trip in the video! Some of us are too terrified to get on a plane to go to really cool places, so we have to rely on fine folks like you :)

storybeader said...

great looking bracelet. It reminds me so much of the beach, which I love. And a gift certificate? Neat! {:-Deb

Karen S. said...

Oh too bad about the holiday, that's one of the sad things about touring places, and even here sometimes things are closed on Monday, after being open all weekend. But still you did see quite a lovely place! What an amazing trip you are sharing!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Interesting about the locks! I guess everyone can just lock up their bikes and go for a swim!

Erika said...

That is too bad about the closings but it is actually nice to see that places still close to observe such occasions.

The locks are so interesting.

Rose said...

Thanks for giving us another little peek at your trip! Gorgeous photos as always. What a fun thing to include in your journal.

Nancy said...

Wonderful! It's a shame you went when things were closed down, but I'm sure just being there was amazing. How cool about the city being so bike friendly:)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I love seeing all your photos! How cool that the town is aiming to be carbon neutral!

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