We made the long drive to the beach the other day. We were regular road trippers, stopping for snacks, occasional fights, wrong turns, and some impatience showing. Along the way we drove through France for awhile (cool, but would've been cooler had I gotten my passport stamped...) We spent the day at a beach in Ventimiglia. Changing clothes on the beach was the norm, with no regard for modesty. We laid in the sun all day, swam, ate sandwiches, I got an awesome sunglasses tan, we were sucked in by beach vendors, then we headed onto our next stop.
I don't think it's a coincidence that the last movie I saw in the US was Monte Carlo. Talk about a very rich and beautiful area. We wandered and I saw some familiar sights. Sara suggested I go hobnob with the rich people to find a boyfriend, I respectfully declined. I got in trouble when I took a picture in a casino, but as you can see, it was very important! I've always wanted to play a Wizard of Oz machine, I should've done it there. We stopped by the royal castle there as well, very beautiful.
On our way home we stopped at a seafood pasta place. During dessert I was offered some lemon sorbet. "It's lemon sorbet, and a little vodka," Ivana purposely told me after I had taken a drink. She thought it was funny, because she knows I don't drink.
Yesterday I went into Turin again and went to the Mole Antonelliana. Built as a synagogue, it now houses the National Museum of Cinema. As mentioned in an earlier post, I get kind of bored at museums, but not this one. NOT THIS ONE! This was by far the coolest museum I've ever been to. The history of how movies have been made was really interesting, there were poster galleries, interactive displays, on and on. I already was having a great time, when my breath was literally taken away as I entered what's called Temple Hall. It was a large open room, around the perimeter was a walk that went up a few floors that had pictures from various films. On the ground level you could lay in a lounger and watch movies, complete with speakers in the headrest. There was also a light display on the dome far above. Along the bottom floor you could wander through old family rooms, watch movies on a heart shaped bed, or a toilet, or many various other places. The curtains around the room automatically closed when a movie was about to start. My favorite thing though, was right through the middle of the room was the elevator lift, which went straight up and through a small opening in the dome. I rode the lift after the museum portion and the view from the top was beautiful. This was a highly successful trip which only cost me a mere 9 euros.
PS - I searched high and low for Wizard of Oz things, and found only one, and a photo of Judy Garland.
Not much else to report from this day, other than my mouth blistering from the hot hot pizza I bought, wandering through a park by the royal residences, realizing my 20 oz Coke Light cost me 2.50 euros (ouch), Zara, and checking into bike tours. Oh and I found this little gem, what a great place.