Not home yet, but I have pictures and they are backed up this time.
I will try and upload them tonight, but the Internet is not exactly high-speed here, so it may have to wait a week.
Turin was great, though unfortunately we were passing through and had dinner set up with family so I didn't have time to make it to Filadelfia (though when I was discussing the visit, my dad reminded me that I had given some photos from my previous trip, and he thinks he may have some pics saved, which would be amazing). Did make it back to Superga though, and it was nice, seemed like there were a fair amount of people interested in the memorial, and in fact, apart from a wedding, I didn't see anyone that didn't at least stop by. My dad was really the only one familiar with the story of Grande Torino and Superga, and since I was with a lot of other family who had travelled from the States, it was very nice to be able to explain the significance of that spot and the importance it held to me and to share with the rest of my family my love for Torino.
I was also able to stop by the Granata Store, which was open this time. I went on a Saturday, whereas previously I had been in the city on a Sunday and Monday, the two days the store was closed. Didn't pick up a jersey, since you can get those fairly easily elsewhere, but I got a cool T-shirt, a scarf, and a great book by Franco Ossola (his father's namesake, who died in the crash) called Un secolo di Toro
, a very comprehensive history released in 2006 for the centenary of the club. The store is not much, just a tiny shop on the Piazza Castello, the main square of Turin, but it was great to see a number of people shopping there, buying jerseys and balls for their children, and through that knowing that the passion for Toro is being passed down the generations.
I also met a lot of new family here in Italy, they are spread across Piemonte. I had met some of them previously that were Toro fans, but the new ones were mostly actually all Genoa fans, as the town was much closer to Genova than to Turin. Still, it was fun to talk calcio with them, though I did learn that the friendship between Genoa and Torino is not as warm as it used to be, actually owing to the events of 2005. As we know, Genoa were sent down to C1 for attempting to bribe Venezia players on the last day, but what some Genoa fans claim is that Torino, who would also benefit from a result, tried to influence the game the other way, as the Venezia players played very well in the first half, but since Genoa won and the Venezia directors were caught with Genoa's cash, Torino were never implicated in the scandal. I don't buy into it that much, but that is why some Genoa fans are less close to Toro than they used to be. Besides, if we had spent that money, I guess it was karma, since a month later we didn't have any.
Anyway, I will try and upload those pics. Also, I am in a town near Como right now, and I am hoping one of these next few days I can visit the cemetery there and see Meroni's tombstone.
I am actually going to try to come back as soon as possible, as my previous two trips have been in summer, so I haven't see a game in over a decade, depending on my work situation and how the Serie B schedule pans out, I might try and be back in the winter time, though I'm obviously not sure at all yet.