|The Piazza del Popolo in Ravenna was marked with mosaic signs|
|Piazza del Popolo, a very common name (Square of the People)|
|Piazza del Duomo, adjacent to Piazza del Nettuno in Bologna|
|Piazza della Santa Croce Firenze The most famous square is Piazza dei Signori but it was so large, it was impossible to get it in one photo|
|main piazza in Castelrotto in front of the church. The men sported hats with sprigs of rosemary|
|Platz Walther, Bolzano We ate at the café on the far left on our last day there|
|Piazza del San Marco Venice|
|Piazza delle Erbe Verona|
|same piazza, different view|
|Piazza dei Signori Verona|
|Piazza Bra, Verona|
|Piazza del Duomo Milano|
So cold here with wind chills below zero. I ran in the snow yesterday. The roads had a coating of slush making them slippery. I am fighting a cold so perhaps today will be spent indoors. Last winter was so brutal, everyone fears a repeat though one of the snowiest winters on record, 1982 was followed by the least snowiest 1983.
I was pregnant with Josh during 1982. I used to be able to ski in the fields near our house (out in the township) almost every winter day but that winter, I was afraid to as I was pregnant. Our driveway went uphill with a sharp corner to negotiate right before the street. Cars would whip onto the street without a second's notice so while one gained momentum, we had to look at the street one last time. Very easy to end up in the huge snowbanks flanking our path. I fretted that we would be stuck in the snowbanks when it came time to go to the hospital though on the night I was admitted, it was warm and foggy. I was able to ski after he was born as the snows persisted into April.
The next winter, I had taken up running to deal with the babyfat, which fortunately melted away. Work was 6.5 miles uphill from our house. I ran home three days a week (downhill but usually against the wind), I never was stopped by ice or snow the entire season (though very bad for cross country skiing). It was a nice run going along a parkway then a couple miles along the river. The last 1.5 miles were not fun as it went along busy roads. We then moved much closer to work where we have lived almost 31 years. We were on the outskirts of the city but as new developments keep happening, soon we will be surrounded. The city council is unable to say No though most of the new stuff is in the townships. Where are all these people coming from? Don't they remember 2008?