Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Torino, Italy

We were pleasantly surprised with how much we liked Torino, Italy (a.k.a. Turin). We arrived by train by mid-afternoon and checked in right away to our hotel room. This was the start of our rainy days so we were happy to get out of the rain for a short rest. We got a map from our hotel and figured out where all we wanted to visit and headed out to see the National Cinema Museum. The building itself is beautiful and you can go up to the top of the dome for a view of the city - it was awesome! Afterwards, we walked around the museum and saw some amazing things, like the different cameras they have used over the years as well as old movie poster collections and movie sets recreated. They also had costumes used in different movies and stations where you could see how they did special effects (hence why I'm on a bike with a blank screen behind me). Afterwards, we went to dinner and walked around the city some more in the cold while eating Gelato.

The next morning, we woke up to snow (see below - view from hotel window) and slush everywhere. First, we went to see the Shroud of Turin in a cathedral there. Regardless if it is Jesus or not, this is a cool piece of history. The fact that they can make out details of the person (supposedly) from the cloths that they were buried in is a pretty cool thing. We really enjoyed this. Next, we decided to go see the Egyptian Museum - they have the 2nd most artifacts next to the Cairo, Egypt museum. It was neat to see these things, but it wasn't our cup of tea. Overall, we enjoyed Torino and we are glad we stopped there for an evening.

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