Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

While flying at Bassano, we made a brief visit to the attractive town. As you might guess from its full name, this is the place where grappa was invented - a type of brandy made from the grape skins, seeds, and stems left over from winemaking.

bicycle flower planter

I was surprised to see a lone Canada Goose with the other geese and ducks on the river. Wikipedia says their migration occasionally reaches northern Europe, and they have also been introduced to the United Kingdom. Perhaps they are spreading.

The town dates back to 2nd century BC and possibly much older. The bridge is one of its landmarks, designed 500 years ago, but destroyed and rebuilt several times, most recently during WWII. The cathedral is 1000 years old. It's quite a contrast to Canada, where there is little manmade that is more than a few hundred years old.

wooden bridge

grappa distillery

As usual, it's the little things that catch my eye, like this poster for a bicycling festival. Bicycles are ubiquitous in Europe, which is great, except when they almost run you over!

bicycle festival poster

And this piece of a sign:

sign

Of course, the river had reflections :-)

reflections

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