Europe 2019

October 8 & 9, 2019 – A rest day & Bassano del Grappa

After six straight days of riding Mike decided a day off the bike was in order but I wanted to get at least a short ride in nonetheless.

I headed for Valstagna on the path along the Brenta River.

A little further north, just as one is about to leave Valstagna, there are a series of white-water kayak slalom gates positioned along a set of rapids.

The next day we headed to Bassano del Grappa and crossed over the 500-year-old Ponte Vecchio which is undergoing repair.

Bassano del Grappa is an ancient city on the Brenta River. It has a famous old bridge that was first built in the 1500s. Like most beautiful old cities these days it is mostly a high-end shopping mall of ancient marble. But that is how you stop old cities from being ploughed under in favor of glass and steel these days.

I love the marble as a subject in abstract patterns, each piece being different than the next.

We spent a day enjoying the architecture, art, and marble of Bassano del Grappa.

And enjoyed some gelato as well.

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