After our Haute Route adventure, I had a few more days to tour around Northern Italy
Here are some of our photos from the trip.

Chamonix, France


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As we were leaving our hostel to head to Italy, I snapped a shot of Mont Blanc. We couldn't
see it the day before with all of the cloud and rain.


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Alex Birman and Mont Blanc from Chamonix, France.

Aoste, Italy


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It turns out that it took us 3 buses to get from Chamonix to Turin, so that's what we did. Here is
a cool castle from the bus as we are traveling through the Vallee d'Aoste. I think more things need
turrets. Chris, Alex, Dicky, and I made our way through Northern Italy.


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We had a layover in Aoste so we wandered a little and checked out the town. This is Alex with a
greater than 2000 year old Roman wall.


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This is an old Roman arch in the town of Aoste.


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This is me on an old Roman bridge dating back to early Roman times.


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This is Alex with a ski resort up in the mountains behind him.


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We both thought this old archway was neat.


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The view into the old town of Aoste.


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I thought this work of art was fun and was called 'The Accordionists'.


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Here is Randall in Aoste, Italy.


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Another cool castle enroute to Turin.

Turin, Italy


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The Shroud of Turin is housed here at the Duomo of Turin or the Turin Cathedral. More on this church
can be found HERE .


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Here is Alex in the main square (Piazza Castello) in Turin, with the Palazzo Madama Torino behind him.


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I really dislike mimes but Alex thought this guy was cool.


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A nice shopping street - the via Garibaldi - took us most of the way to our hotel.


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The 'A'-style shirt made me laugh.


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We learned about the Turin traadition of aperitivo - which has most cafes/bars serving all you can eat
appetizers for the price of a drink (5-8 Euro). I thought it was pretty awesome.


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Alex and Chris and Dicky in front of an old Egyptian obelisk.


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We found a very cool cafe serving aperitivo, but the coolest thing about it was the classic cars
parked in front of the shop. I think this is from an old 80's show called Starsky and Hutch called
the Ford Gran Torino.


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This is Dicky with Herbie the Love Bug.


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This is the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard.


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This is the Piazza Palazzo di Citta, or the City's Palace. I thought the view at night was
pretty cool.


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Some lanterns lit up in the piazza with the colours of Italy.


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Here is Randall hanging out in the Dogana Vecchia hotel, a place where Mozart once stayed.


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Here's Randall tickling the ivories at the Dogana Vecchia.


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Randall made a major cultural stop at the Turin Cathedral to see the Shroud of Turin. Here,
it is said that this shroud shows the face of Jesus, and you can see a face in the shroud
behind Randall. I suspect this is likely some manner of reproduction as the real shroud is housed
within the chapel, but it's still pretty neat. Had this not been at 8 in the morning, someone
would have given me a hard time about taking a photo.


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Here is Randall in front of the Royal Palace in Turin. This now houses a number of museums.

Inside the Egyptian Museum of Turin


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We decided to take a tour inside the Egyptian Museum of Turin. Alex is showing off a mummy. This museum
was founded in 1824 with the acquisition of the Drovetti Collection by the Savoy Kin Carlo Felice. Like
most artifacts, these were mostly plundered. In this case, they were plundered by Drovetti, who was the
French Consul to Egypt.


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Randall and an actual mummy at the Egyptian Museum.


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Randall and a small sphinx.


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Randall and a really big statue of a pharaoh. Were I a better Egyptologist, I could tell you who this is.


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Randall and King Ramses the Second.


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Randall along with a proper sphinx.


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I thought this was a beautifully decorated sarcophagus.


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Randall liked this statue. I'm not sure why.


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A darker photo of Alex in Turin.


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Randall is so cultured, here he is with the Mole Antonelliana in Turin. This building is on the Italian
two-cent piece and was planned to be a synagogue but was never used for that. It's now the home of the
Italian National Cinema Museum.


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Randall took in the sights along the Po River as well.


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I though this piece of graffiti was excellent.


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Randall takes in the view from the top of the Mole Antonelliana.


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Yup, I was up there as well.


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Turin is home to the Slow Food movement and there is no shortage of excellent food options if you're
willing to spend a little bit of time. This excellent fish is at Eataly - the Slow Food Movement's 'supermarket'.


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All kinds of Mediterranean fish can be found here.


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I had never seen this red fish before - scorfani.


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Eataly is located inside the Lingotto, which is the old Fiat factory. On the roof is the old test track
which I think could still make me spew a little. Check out the banks on this thing!


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Italy is also home to many 'starchitects'. In this case, Renzo Piano redesigned the old Fiat factory and it
now houses a museum, two Le Meridien hotels, and the excellent food supermarket we found. Chris is posing
with the museum section.


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Inside the main metro stop is this unbelievably high arched ceiling. Sure beats the crap out of taking
the subway in Toronto.

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