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Catacombs & Sightseeing in Rome

30 Sep 08: Finally, some kind soul told me that this place is called Cappuccini. I googled about it and I am pretty sure that the full name is Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini.

Hi Friends! This is one of the 3 posts that is submitted for the nomination of Best Photo Blog category […]

By |July 6th, 2008|Europe, Italy, Rome|49 Comments

A Journey on the Night Train, from Vienna to Venice

The four of us occupied the whole cabin in the train when we were still in Austria. A cabin had six seats; three seats in a row facing opposite the other three seats. All the seats could slide down so that we could lay down to sleep. Not too comfortable, but cheaper than buying […]

By |January 22nd, 2008|Europe, Italy, Venice|1 Comment

Magical Venice

We disembarked the night train at Venezia Mestre station at the Italian mainland and took another train to cross the Venetian Lagoon to central Venice.

The Grand Canal is the most important canal in Venice that forms a major water-traffic corridor to the city. A canoeing competition was going on, so it was not possible for us to take a boat ride to Piazza San Marco or St Mark’s Square in English. We had to walked through the mysterious alleyways to find our way there, giving us the opportunity to explore every nook and canny.

The alleys are brimming with small artisan shops for every visitor to shop for the exquisite souvenirs like the Venetian masks. We entered one such shop and had some fun trying out the Venetian masks.

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By |January 21st, 2008|Europe, Italy, Venice|7 Comments

Camping in Florence!

We stayed at Michelangelo Campsite , the cheapest stay in our trip, only around €10 per night. per person. There were no light and electricity in the tent, only two single bed. We used our mini torch to shine at our bags to get clothes for bathing. The bathrooms were some distance away from […]

By |January 20th, 2008|Europe, Florence, Italy|5 Comments

Florence is a great beauty

The next morning, we headed to Ponte Vecchio. Our tents were nestled among the olive trees in the campsite.

On the hill overlooking Florence in the daylight is mysteriously enchanting; it was like being brought back by a time machine to centuries ago.

We passed by Piazza Michelangelo, a statue of David on the hill on […]

By |January 19th, 2008|Europe, Florence, Italy|4 Comments

The String Puppet Trickster

We walked along the historic buildings and naively believed in a trickster who looked like a South American. He showed us that by waving the paper doll in front of the speaker, the paper doll would dance. Seeing is believing, but not always! We tried to spot the trick; we tried to see if […]

By |January 18th, 2008|Europe, Florence, Italy|2 Comments

Pisa, the leaning tower that tilts heads

We left Florence to Pisa by train. It was a short ride of about one and a half hour.

We walked into yet another famous postcard scene again – the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), one of the main centres for Medieval art in the world. The square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site […]

By |January 17th, 2008|Europe, Italy, Pisa|0 Comments

Rome is not built in a day; we combed it in a day! [part 1]

In Rome, we stayed in Pensione Ottaviano Hostel, which is only a short walk to St Peter’s Square. We got ourselves a six-bedder dorm in this pleasant hostel occupied by youths from all over the world. An American youth told us she worked in the hostel to make some money to tour in Europe. […]

By |January 16th, 2008|Europe, Italy, Rome|0 Comments

Rome is not built in a day; we combed it in a day! [part 2]

Leaning Tower is to Pisa as Colosseum is to Rome. The mighty Colosseum is the largest elliptical amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire and one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. When we think of Colosseum, we think of the brave gladiators who fought for their lives.

Admission to Colosseum is […]

By |January 15th, 2008|Europe, Italy, Rome|0 Comments

Rome is a fine city… we got FINED!

Travelling in May proved to be the right month for us: lesser crowds, cheaper rates, attractions open with longer operating hours, longer daylight, not too cold yet see snowing in Central Europe like Austria, and spring flowers blooming.

Yes, everything seemed to be right for us throughout our 27 days in six countries. We did […]

By |January 13th, 2008|Europe, Italy, Rome|7 Comments