0492 Down into the valley (Ita 017—new)

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From Celano I take a one hour train ride down the mountains.  The train comes out of a tunnel and suddenly there’s a vast valley thousands of feet below… We now begin our descent to the Adriatic side of Italy…

 

Sulmona is a flat, small city, but with a good bit of history as will.  It’s got a nice plaza converted into an open air market with a small, raised aqueduct running along one side.  The downtown shopping area is quite classy and there it has some architectural distinctions--  like a very boxy rectangular church and an arch at the entrance to the old city. 

 

There’s an amateur bicycle race going on today and men of all ages participate… Everybody says that football is Italy’s national sport… Well, it might be the nation’s spectator sport, but cycling I think is the most practiced sport here in Italy… On the weekends the roads are full of guys in spandex cycling across the plains and through the hills.

  Unlike in north Europe, people don’t use bicycles here for transportation too much, but they definitely do use them for recreation…

 

I wandered off to the edge of town to take a video clip with a mountain backdrop. Back in town I stopped at a bus stop to escape from the rain.  The cops pulled up and called me over--  I guess they don’t get many guys wandering around carrying guitars in these parts.  I decided to play dumb instead of trying to speak fake Italian, so when I gave him my passport it took him about 10 minutes to figure out what my name was.  I waited for a while and then the called me back over to the car. One of the cops handed me my passport back then the other yelled at him and grabbed it out of his hands, said not to give it back yet… they got into a lively argument and finally gave me my passport back…

 

Kind of a humorous first encounter with the Italian police…

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