|Cassino War Cemetery and Monte Cassino|
The car was covered in light gray road dust from the rain yesterday, which does a great job of hiding any of the scratches from last night. We seemed to be making good time on our return drive, so we detoured to see the Cassino War Cemetery.
Cassino War Cemetery
During the WWII Battle of Monte Cassino, Cassino saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Italian Campaign, the town itself and the dominating Monastery Hill proving the most stubborn obstacles encountered in the advance towards Rome. The capture of Monte Cassino came at a high price. The Allies suffered around 55,000 casualties in the Monte Cassino campaign. German casualty figures are estimated at around 20,000 killed and wounded. The total Allied casualties spanning the period of the four Cassino battles and the Anzio campaign with the subsequent capture of Rome on 5 June 1944, were over 105,000. (Source: Wikipedia)
|The entrance to the Cassino War Cemetery|
What I found most fascinating was how many non-European countries you could find there: Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and India were well represented.
Canada & England
Australia & New Zealand
India & South AfricaAlso, I'm pretty sure I found a Buddhist among the (I assume) Hindus and several Stars of David among the crosses. It's definitely a reminder of how much of the world was engulfed in conflict at that time.
|Is it a flag or a drainage feature?|
We ate in the car as we continued onward towards the airport, and it now looks like we are running on a pretty tight schedule to make our flight. Along the way, I saw a few signs for "A1 - Appian Way" which reminded me of the three years I spent in Latin class during high school. Aside from most of the Lord's Prayer in Latin, the Appian Way is one of the few things that I still remember, mostly because I imagined the Roman emperors saying "It's my way or the highway...which is also my way."
It was tight getting to the gate. We had to turn off the highway to get gas and ended up navigating a spaghetti bowl of on-ramps and off-ramps using the GPS. We dropped the car off in the rental car return area, then speed-walked to the check-in counter in Terminal 3. As is our luck, our check-in counter was about as far away from we came into the terminal from the garage as it could be. I guess there isn't a lot of demand to fly from Italy to Saudi Arabia. We made up some time as we breezed through an almost empty security area, using the time we saved to savor a glass of Italian wine in the concourse. Priorities, people.
We finished our drinks right about when our plane's status changed to "now boarding," so we headed off to gate 43 of 61. You might think that "Gate 43" would be closer to check-in than "Gate 60", but you would be wrong. The numbers branch off such that gates 31 to 44 require riding a train to the gate area.
|Gate 43: Way out in left field. Source: Delta|
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