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#1 katya

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:24 PM

After 5 days in Paris I was ready for Italy and Italian food!

From Paris we flew to Munich where we had to change planes. It was a mad dash to get to our connecting flight as our plane was delayed. We were also worried that our luggage might not make it or that our luggage makes the flight but we don't. We made the plane which was a little plane with propellers identical to this one.
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I am so sure that planes with propellers had a higher chance of crashing so I was a bit nervous. This was the first time since I was a kid that I was afraid to fly.

I felt a bit better when I saw our luggage being loaded on the plane. I even took a photo of that but it was really blurry and not that interesting.

View from the plane.
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I kept thinking if we crashed here we probably won't survive or we'll have to eat each other as they'll never find us. Not pretty thoughts really.

Anyway, it was an uneventful flight and we made it to Venice! This is Fondamenta de la Sensa where our hotel is located further down the road. It was a really lovely boutique hotel on a quiet street. Hubby certainly didn't skimp on our accomodation. Thank God!
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It really didn't take me very long to fall in love with Venice. I loved the narrow streets and the buildings. It's very romantic.

I think this is the Grand Canal. I can't remember anymore.
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St. Mark's Square. Such a lovely place but I HATE pigeons. All of my photos taken here I have a panicked look on my face except for this one.
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St. Mark's Basilica
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The Rialto bridge at night. I didn't get one decent photo of it.
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My first and ultimately the best meal I had in Italy. I went for the classic spaghetti bolognese.
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A gondola
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We didn't get to go on a gondola ride as it was too expensive. It wasn't even that it was too expensive they just down right rip off tourists. I can understand a bit of Italian and the gondoliers charge Italians between 70-80 euros and they charge foreigners 150 euros!

However, we did get a free water taxi ride to Murano.
View from the back of the taxi.
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Murano
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Glassmaker at work at the Murano Glass factory.
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He was amazing!
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I don't remember what this is. if someone recognises it can you tell me what it is?

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That's all for Venezia. We both truly love Venice and we'll definitely go back. I thought the Venetians were better dressed than the Parisians. The shopping there was certainly better maybe because everything is so close together. When I was in Paris I didn't even find a single Chanel boutique! Venice had everything! Venice had a really energetic vibe to me and this is one place where I didn't mind the crowd.

Next stop Florence but first it's time for a lunch break.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:27 PM

150 euro for a Gondola ride?! ohmy.gif There goes my chance of riding in one sad.gif

MMm that spag bol looks great.. i'm hungry now.
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:28 PM

Looks amazing.... Was it raining when you were there?
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:35 PM

Jen, if your hubby can learn to speak Italian or at least pretend you could probably get in at Italian rate. You hubby looks like he can maybe pass for Italian. A lot of them thought my hubby was Italian and I looked Japanese apparently.

Yes the spag bol looks good huh. Guess what I'm having for lunch now tongue.gif.

Jo the day we went to Murano it rained while we were in the taxi but it was just cloudy the rest fo the day. The other days were nice and sunny.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 01:13 PM

As hubby is eurasian he's been mistaken for lots of races and Italian has been one of them. Now to get him to learn some Italian in 2 weeks...
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 02:13 PM

He only needs to learn how to say 70 or 80 which is sitenta (sp) and otsenta (sp)(pronounced ochenta).

From Venice we caught the Eurostar to Florence. What can I say about Florence? Hmmmm. It's a city with a pretty name but not much else really. We were really disappointed with Florence. It's just not a pretty city. We wished we went to Milan instead or other Tuscan regions. We were only there for a couple of days and it wasn't long enough to go on a day trip to the countryside and go to the mueums.

Here are a few pics from Florence as I just can't be bothered uploading them.

We liked our hotel room. It was spacious and had a proper balcony.
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The River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio in the background
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Here I am looking bored because hubby kept taking photos. this totally candid, I'm not posing at all.
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Piazza del Duomo. The cathedral.
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We lined for almost 2 hours to enter the Galleria dell'Academia to see Michaelangelo's David. It was amazing and truly is the work of a genius. We were in there for about 30 min. Not much else to see. Here's a fake David in a piazza somewhere near the Uffizi gallery.
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I really wanted to see the artwork in the Ufizi gallery but the line was another 2 hours long and at this stage I was over it so we went to Santa Croce instead where we saw Michaelangelo's tomb.

The highlight of our stay in Florence is we got the chance to shop and shop till we dropped we did.

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This our loot. The Ralph Lauren jacket was actually from Paris but the rest is one day's worth of shopping. We had so many shopping bags that I lost one. One which contained my beautiful Yves Saint Laurent stilletos.

And so we said arrivederci to Firenze and we boarded the train to Rome.

To be continued


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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:27 PM

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JELopus i have always wanted to go to Florence....

pics are gorgeous looks like you guys had a BALL

xxoo

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:33 PM

is that place notre dame? or is that somewhere else?? LOL *im so clueless*

Those photos are fantastic im imaginging them in B&W.. WOW!!

Sounds like you are having a fantastic time!!!
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:55 PM

QUOTE(Rachae @ Jul 13 2007, 04:33 PM) View Post

is that place notre dame? or is that somewhere else?? LOL *im so clueless*


Which place? The one I referred to as the cathedral I think is the San Giovanni cathedral and the one that looks like a castle with battlements is the Palazzo Vecchio. There are lots of churches named Notre Dame there's even one in Sydney. The one you're thinking of is probably the Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris. I posted a pic of it on My Honeymoon pics Part 1. It's an amazing church.
The square outside the Palazzo Vecchio is called the Piazza della Signora. There are lots of sculptures in this Piazza. Here'sa closeup of the fake David.
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QUOTE(Beachwedding @ Jul 13 2007, 04:27 PM) View Post

i have always wanted to go to Florence....


Me too, until I got there. It's just me though. I know a couple who's favourite Italian city is Florence.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:00 PM

Ahhhh okay, i meant the im not sure where this is can anyone tell me pic! LOL


I'm just spitballin!! HA HA, either way its GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:57 PM

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We again boarded the Eurostar this time to Rome. I watched the Tuscan countryside on the train and it looks so beautiful. There were vast fields of yellow flowers I just wanted to run through it.

Our hotel was near the Stazione Termini (Terminal station) which is good because at this stage the amount of travelling was starting to catch up on me. It was supposed to have the vespa used by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Roman Holiday displayed in the lobby but it wasn't there sad.gif.

Hubby and I had a bit of a laugh when we saw our suite.
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My first time in a 4-poster bed. I actually felt a bit silly.


Anyway we didn't waste much time. As soon as our luggage arrived we're off again, first stop was the Colosseum. We walked there from the hotel and I was really overwhelmed by Rome. Ancient history has always been one of my favourite subjects in school and I'm finally seeing (and touching!) all these monuments that I've only ever seen in pictures and on TV. It was surreal.

Outside the Colosseum
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It was colossal alright. I couldn't fit it all in my shot.

In the stalls
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The maze underneath where the arena used to be
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Across the arena
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The Colosseum from the other side
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Just south of the Colosseum is the ruins of the Palatine
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I can only imgaine what an amzing place this once was in it's glory days.

Day 2 we went on a tour of the Vatican. This was the only tour we booked and good thing that we did as the lines were incredibly long. I wouldn't be surprised if the line is at least 4 hours long.

The entrance to the Vatican with the giant pine cone which symbolises something I just don't remember what.
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The Vatican museum has an amazing collection but we shall skip right to the important part - The Sistine Chapel
The Last Judgement
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I never realised how massive that mural was. No wonder it took Michaelangelo 5 years to complete it.

The ceiling and the famous 'The creation of Man'
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They're blurry because I didn't use flash.

I was completely in awe the entire time.

You can't go to the Vatican and not visit St. Peter's Basilica. I had to stand in the middle of the road to get a complete shot of the Piazza San Pietro.
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Before we went inside the Basilica first we climbed up to the Dome of St Peter.

Almost there.
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If you look closely you can see the tiny people on the terrace on top of the dome

Over 500 steps later we made it! I will never again say that 500 steps is easy peasy. I was sweating like a hog by the time we got to the Dome and the steps in there were really narrow and the walls slope in like it caving in on you. I felt very claustrophobic.

The view of St. Peter's Square from the Dome.
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:59 PM

Oh I can't see the pics (sobs)

QUOTE(katya @ Jul 13 2007, 12:35 PM) View Post

and I looked Japanese apparently.


Yes it seems that if you are Asian looking, you must be Japanese in Europe. I got it everywhere too.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:30 PM

Empy, the pics are there. Maybe try refreshing. Girl, you nearly gave me a heart attack!

There are a lot of Japanese tourists in Europe maybe that is why.

After our legs stopped shaking from having a race down the 500 + steps we finally made it inside the Basilica
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I wasn't going to take a photo inside but when hubby pointed out the nuns who were posing next to the statue of St. Peter, I thought what the heck.

I knew I wasn't going to leave the city until I saw the Swiss Guards. What a treat!
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On the way back we passed by the Castel d' Sant Angelo
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A random fountain as we navigate our way to the Trevi fountain. It's always this crowded near the landmarks.
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The Spanish Steps
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Not a very good pic.

Finally! The Trevi Fountain! It's beautiful.
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It was incredibly crowded there. I've heard of people proposing here but there is no place to get down on one knee. It was absolutely chockers. Even so, it still has a romantic vibe despite the crowd. A rose vendor took a photo of hubby and I here. It was a good one too so hubby had to buy roses from him.
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Here I am collapsed on the floor in front of the elevator at our hotel with my roses. I love this photo. I'm in an incredible amount of pain but very, very happy.

Day 3 involved a lot more walking. We walked the entire time we were in Italy. We didn't trust their public transport system. We went to the Pantheon.
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Inside
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Then we went to the Piazza Navona to seeBernini's masterpiece the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the four rivers), which according to my outdated Lonely planet book was covered in scaffolding undergoing restoration work that should be finished in early 2004. Well guess what, they're running almost 4 years behind schedule. So disappointed.

We decided to go inside the Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone in front of the Piazza and guess what we saw inside?

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My photo is blurry as I didn't want to use flash but what a beautiful wedding. Can you imagine getting married in a church like this one?


On the way back we passed the Piazza della Republica which we walk past everyday but never bothered to take a photo of.
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That's it the following day we said good bye to Roma. I was thouroughly in awe of Rome. the entire time I was there I just couldn't believe I was there. We went to so many churches while in Rome we're practically holy and they're all astoundingly beautiful.
As much as I enjoyed most of the Italy we saw I was more than ready to see Japan, which will be Part 3 of this epic honeymoon story.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 07:55 PM

Oh your photos brought back so many memories! I kept thinking: 'I remember that place!'

It looks like you are having such a wonderful time!!


My happy little boy!


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Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:30 PM

Oh I can see them now. They look great and you sound like you had so much fun smile.gif

Can't wait for the next installment!




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