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S: Cardinale Automotive Group - European Retreat October 2011

1: James Austin and Cheri Smith Austin | To Joe and Tom, I have enjoyed both the time we spent together in Europe and reliving those memories while putting together this photo journal. I don’t believe words alone can sufficiently express my sincere gratitude for allowing us to experience such amazing sights, sounds, tastes and emotions. I feel extremely blessed to not only have a career I enjoy but the opportunity to spend my days with people that seek to inspire and uplift those around them. I hope you find pleasure in these pages. Sincerely, Teresa Fountain | A special thanks to Genevieve Pullara. Without her diligence we may still be waiting for a bus. Gen you made this a wonderful and worry free trip! Photos contributions; Teresa Fountain, Catherine Cardinale, Kelly Owens, Kris and Doran Poma

5: Day 1 and 2~Venice _ October 6, 7th Composed of 117 islands in the Venetian Lagoon and held together by a series of canals, Venice is like no other city in the world. Established more than 1,000 years ago by seafarers and Roman refugees, this magnificent city continues to be the heart of Italian culture as well as a mecca for hopeless romantics. The Venetian island of Murano. located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano has been a commercial port as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century, the city had become well known for its glassmakers, who created unique Murano glass.

6: Piazza San Marco

8: Murano Glass!

22: Day 4~Koper October 9th Trieste, Italy and Koper, Slovenia Explore the City of Koper, Venture to the nearby Italian City city of Trieste, hosting the 43rd Annual Barcolana Sailing Regatta or visit the caves of Postojnska Jama -- Have a wonderful day!

24: October 2011 Regatta photos borrowed from the internet

25: Cheers | Voted one of the best meals! | Trieste

30: Day 5~Split October 10th The ruins of Diocletian's Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area. The Roman Emperor Diocletian spent his final years here , in an huge palace that he had built near his birthplace, Aspalthos, today called Split

42: Day 6~ Dubrovnik October 11th The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', on the Dalmatian coast, was an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains.

64: Croatian Soccer Team

65: Day 7~At SEA.October 12th .;) Spa, Pool, Sleep, Eat, Gin, Casino...Hmmmm Onward to ItalyWoohoo!! The closer to Rome the better, I say! When in Italy do as the Italian EAT!!!

67: The Food | Great Friends

68: Day 8~Messina, Sicily.October 13th At 9:00 am, the excursion star with the visit of Messina located near the northeast corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina: The Cathedral, the church of Annunziata dei Catalani, the Fountain of Orion next to the Cathedral and the Fountain of Neptune. After excursion of Messina, proceed to Taormina, the best known resort in Sicily. Its narrow stone paved streets are lined by elegant shops and cafés; to spend some time in Taormina is an unforgettable experience between natural beauties, shores wet by a crystal blue sea and the deep culture of the island. Besides the Greek theatre with its breathtaking view on Mount Etna, you must visit the public gardens (Villa Comunale) and the palace of the Duchi di Santo Stefano.

86: Day 9~Naples, Italy.October 14th Naples sits on the coast on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy. Its harbor is the most important port in Southern Italy. Pompeii, A once-thriving commercial port of 20,000, Pompeii grew from Greek and Etruscan roots to become an important Roman city. Then, at about noon on August 24, A.D. 79, everything stopped when the city was suddenly buried under 30 feet of hot volcanic ash. Pompeii was rediscovered in the 1600s, and excavations began in 1748.

100: photos from the web site, http://www.museosansevero.it/index_ing.html

101: Floor Labyrinth Francesco Celebrano, from the mid-sixties of the eighteenth century to c. 1771 Around the mid-sixties, Francesco Celebrano was responsible for producing a floor with marble polychrome inlay, within which there was to be a continuous line of white marble without join, prodigious invention of the genius Raimondo di Sangro. The work – as the Prince states in his will – was “difficult and cumbersome”, so much so that it may not have been finished by the time of his death. Veiled Christ Giuseppe Sanmartino, 1753 Placed at the centre of the nave of the Sansevero Chapel, the Veiled Christ is one of the most famous and impressive works of art in the world. It was the Prince’s wish that the statue be made by Antonio Corradini, who had already done Modesty for him. However, Corradini died in 1752 and only managed to make a terracotta scale model of the Christ, which is now preserved in the Museo di San Martino.

107: Day 10~Rome, Italy.October 15th Vatican City officially Stato della Citt del Vaticano which translates literally as State of the City of the Vatican, is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of just over 800.This makes Vatican City the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population.

111: Sistine Chapel borrowed from the internet

150: Thank you again to the Cardinale Auto Group, Joe, Tom and Families!

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