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Re: Where's Babs?
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2010, 12:56:49 PM »
Have a fantastic holiday then Babble and a very safe trip too :) makesure you get some pictures to show us and look forward to hearing from you soon mate :)
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Re: Where's Babs?
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2010, 05:35:24 PM »
Just back! Gots to take care of some business, then I'll holla' back at y'all.  :)
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Re: Where's Babs?
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2010, 05:37:59 PM »
Oh please don't.
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Re: Where's Babs?
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2010, 12:08:41 AM »
Hope you had a good trip Babble!
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Re: Where's Babs?
« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2010, 09:46:47 AM »
I did indeed, Chris. Was just jotting down some thoughts and posting pics to FB last night.
















First Impressions
WARNING: If you don’t want to have to speak Italian, Torino is not for you. In the six days I was there, I can count the number of English conversations on one hand: the hotel front desk, the visitor center, and a fortuitous conversation on my last day with a girl behind the counter of a café. Beyond that, man, it was tough! Mostly, I got by with Itanglish, or at least the waiter or salesperson came to an agreement on what I wanted. In fact, I often found myself making assumptions like, “My Italian is good enough,” or “Surely, the waiter or salesperson speaks English.” Much to my surprise, wrong on both counts, repeatedly.

I was absolutely shocked to see so many tourists and not hear a single word of English, not to mention French or German. Torino used to be a major European political centre, being Italy 's first capital city in 1861 and being home to the House of Savoy, Italy 's royal family. That might help explain why it’s a major destination for Italian tourists.

Overall, I find it truly brilliant. Magnificent piazzas and palatial buildings abound; window shopping galore; pastries and gelato everywhere.

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Re: Where's Babs?
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2010, 02:05:54 PM »
Those pictures are great Babble, what a beautiful city Torino really does look  :cool: the 5th picture, the 1 at night is absolutely brilliant in particular, it looks so beautiful. Really surprised to hear though that there's next to no English spoken there.
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Re: Where's Babs?
« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2010, 03:01:57 PM »
Those pictures are great Babble, what a beautiful city Torino really does look  :cool: the 5th picture, the 1 at night is absolutely brilliant in particular, it looks so beautiful. Really surprised to hear though that there's next to no English spoken there.

Yeah, it wasn't like they were being snobs and insisting that I speak Italian. They were trying to speak English to accommodate me. And I was relying on as much Italian as I could muster up. We always wound up laughing, anyway.  :) 
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