My short vacation last week took me to the beautiful little town of Brixen in the south Tyrolean region of northern Italy. Here are some photos inside and outside the historic Elephant Hotel where I stayed, the hotel's gardens and of the main cathedral in the town square. Although we didn't meet, I learnt that the Pope was vacationing in Brixen at the time we were there. The souvenir shops were resplendent with commemorative papal merchandise.
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For more on the history and politics of the area and other photos, please see Abbas Raza's post on 3 Quarks Daily.