Hotel bar of Cacciatore hotel offered good choice of spirits, selected local wines and some beer. Although there was no constant barman/bartender (temporarily I caught this job) it was a very busy place at first night of the meeting (the second night we were in Verona).
If you like or accept a little bit sweet medium strong spirits try local Limoncello (yellow or limon colour liquid stored in long bottles in a frige). It will warm you very fast.
Dress Code: During the meeting: casual VT-fashion including VT T-shirts and VT baseball caps.
It was brilliant idea of Barbara (BarbaraForza on VT) to take a walk to Borghetto at dusk.
Matcrazy0 and I enjoyed a lot our supper in San Marco restaurant in very picturesque Borghetto a day before official VT-meeting. We enjoyed both very good Italian food and, first of all, our great, international, company and amuzing talks. Well, we had never met others before so we surely had a lot of to talk about.
Dress Code: No dress code, just what you like. Enlarge my picture and look, from the left:
- JLBG (France)
- his lady Francoise (France)
- BarbarForza (Italy)
- Carolina71 (Spain)
- Beach_dog (Spain now, Wales = UK before)
- Sachara (the Netherlands)
- matcrazy0 (Poland as I know :-).
Add Co (the Netherlands) and me (Poland) - the two most movable guys (and smokers... allowed exclusively outside the restaurant).
Those VT-ers who were addicted to smoking (minority) had to go outside Cacciatore hotel. Well, I had a few nice smoking breaks during the first night of the VT-meeting in the hotel. The last break was somewhen after 2.00 pm and my only company was this guy in white, on the picture, from hotel VT-staff. Well, we didn't talk a lot as I could't speak Italian and the guy didn't know English and Polish.
Dress Code: Look at my picture :-)
It was after 2 am on first day of the meeting when i took this picture. Fortunately or unfortunately ? this guy in hotel reception didn't put any attention to songs and loud talks from the hotel bar. Well, he was busy reading newspaper that time.
Dress Code: Look at the picture :-)
The first night was that of eating and drinking and then getting to know one another. You are free to cross table and take pictures or exchange greetings with one another.
The atmosphere was very warm and friendly.
Borghetto - tiny hamlet of Vallegio - looked very picturesque at dusk when we arrived there. When we finished our supper in a local restaurant, in the late evening it looked empty and somewhat secret in lights of few street lamps.
In my opinion Borghetto is a lovely place to visit in the late evening, say 8 - 9 pm, to taste some Italian food in numerous restaurants there.
We - a group of 9 VT-ers - came back on foot from restaurant in Borghetto to our Cacciatore hotel in the late evening. It was very nice walk (maybe 40 min.). Streets of Valeggio were completely empty, sleepy and... charming. As I left my tripod in a hotel I could take a picture exclusively of heavy lit building of City Hall. Just in case... keep you camera strong or buy one with anti-shake stabilizasation.
Dress Code: Casual clothes. Put your gun at home. Valeggio looked very quiet and peaceful town both at day and night.
Well, Beachdog, Carmela, Ma Kettle and myself spent an hour and a half walking about Piazza Bra searching for this place, which was supposedly just beside the Verona Arena. Uttiz was gracious enough to come get us, and led us to the party.
However, because we were so late arriving, all food was gone, all wine had been consumed, but pity was shown, and through combined efforts, we had munchies galore as well as a bottle of vino all to ourselves.
We were tucked away in a private room downstairs, but there were VTers everywhere, spilling out onto the street, dancing, weaving to and fro, and I even heard a tune or two being sung.
Laughter was abundant and sincere, everybody was enjoying themselves, and the flashes kept illuminating every dark corner of the room.
Dress Code: Belly buttons were checked at the door by BradBrown, and veils and belts of coin were wrapped around appropriate places on various torsos.
We were warned that no vino or food would be issued unless particpants agreed to participate in a belly dance or two. KristaB and Alusru (Krista and Ursula) were the official instructors, as well as the watchdogs insuring that members did their bit to entertain.
All in all, lots of fun, great music, and bribe money to ensure a comfortable life for Ma and Pa's future.
It was dancing time in Verona. The night was very charged with members taking on each other. The belly dancing competition was to follow.
Meeting each other for the first time, was not a problem. Everyone had looked forward to this meet..so, the first night was that of happy union.
Here they are, instead of sleeeping, the pose and pose to be taking pictures. I guess, 99.9% of VTiers time is spent taking pictures..lol!
For Vtiers, I discovered that they don't like to sleep. Even into the wee of the hour, they refused to sleep, instead the belly danced..lol!