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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice March 20th 2005

sorry for not adding posts...I have been so busy! So far I have seen Nice, Monaco, Canne, Grasse, The Cinque Terre, Pisa, and now Venice. My mom, brother and I climbed the 300 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was so cool!! And also a little dizzying! But well worth the 15 euros. We are going to take the bus into Venice in about 15 minutes, but since there in internet accsess in our hotel I will post again soon... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice March 9th 2005

So, I'm freshly back from six days in Italy. It was interesting to say the least. Our intended itinerary was to fly out very early on Thursday morning and touch down in Rome. We would spend two nights in Rome, the take an early train to Pisa, where we were only going to spend a few hours, then take a late train to Venice, where we would stay until Wednesday morning. This plan only half worked. Tristan came down with a cold before we left, and was only barely able to go. I got it (or one from one of the germ bags I live with who are also all sick) a little after we left. We were both partially miserable for quite a bit of the trip, but I'm still happy I went. Flight: The ... read more
Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 27th 2005

PICTURES OF VENICE Feb 05 Our first morning. We are in the breakfast room of the tourist hotel ‘La Forcola’ in Cannaregio. At the next table to ours a man is reading from the Venice guidebook to a sullen teenage boy, who is obviously his son. The boy shows no interest whatsoever in his father’s reading, but stares into his yoghurt as if this little pot might save him from the uninvited punishment. The father drones on; “Charlemagne” drone, drone, “Constantinople” drone, drone. I realise that this man intends to read a whole chapter of the guidebook to his captive, even ignoring his own food, so absorbed is he in delivering the unwanted litany. A woman joins them, small and silent, and the boy doesn’t glance up at his mother, the reader doesn’t break even for ... read more
Goatee beard

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 6th 2005

On the train to Venezia! We're passing through the countryside outside of Milano, which is eerily beautiful in the winter. The frosted fields are full of stubble, and are criss-crossed by rows of elegant bare trees, canals full of silvery ice, and hedges protecting stubborn bits of snow from the weak sun. This morning, a mist hangs over everything, and the new rays transform the scene into a study in pastels. We're sitting across from three people who seem to be going home to Venice. Their Italian is softer, full of sussurating z's, not the hard explosions of Milanese. Erika gets a text, and they smile at each other, indulgent of the American students, when I whip out my dictionary to translate "augorio." (Wish, as in "best wishes.") ... Morning after arrival. Yesterday: Stopped at a ... read more
Two Masks

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 6th 2004

Venice. It took a lot of hard travelling to get there. It was worth it to go somewhere a bit warmer for a couple days. It was well worth it. It may have a reputation as dirty, but its beautiful. It has real character.... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice October 17th 2004

We arrived in Venice on Septmeber 10, in the middle of the film festival. Not having booked our accomodations in advance, we spent an hour at the train station, along with hundreds of other people, trying to book one of the few budget rooms left in the city. We finally found a room in a Christian hostel and were allowed to share a double with bunkbeds beacuse we are married. The first night we met up with Sarah, an old friend of Tracey's, in Sant Margarita Square (the student area) and shared stories and wine on tap until we had to return to the hostel for the 11:00 cerfew. Sarah and her husband Giamba live in Venice, make paper mache masks and play together in two bands (pretty nice lifestyle). The second night we were there, ... read more
Tracey and Sarah
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 17th 2004

So we haven't actually left for Venice yet. We've been running around like crazy doing last minute things: neighbors to look after the house and water the plants, shopping for a proper coat for Debbie, etc. But it is finally starting to sink in that we are actually going to do this...we've been talking about it for 10 years now (Debbie is of Italian descent). So my travel agent tells me that I must read "The Agony and the Ecstacy" a biographical novel of the life and times of Michelangelo. I knew of this book and heard it was great, so said "ok" and went down to B&N. So its a 700 page book in small type. And I am on page 3 with about 36 hours before I get on a plane. Got some reading ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 16th 2004

A long day travelling today, as we travelled the 300 km journey north up to Venezia (Venice). The weather seemed to change from here onwards really. We arrived in the afternoon. There had been a storm the previous night, and it was quite cool still. The campsite wasn't bad. The cabins were four-share again, and I was with Stu, Tim and Charl. We had an hour to settle in, before we were back off again, and on the motor boat to Venice. This was about a 30-minute journey. It was a lovely sight gradually seeing Venice come into view, and it was just a little disaapointing it wasn't warmer and that the sun wasn't out. It would've looked amazing if there had been a sunset shining onto the city as we arrived there. The city of ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 12th 2004

(written during a weekend trip to italy four years ago while on assignment in munich, germany) May 31, 2000. SAG Systemhaus Office, Munich. Late Afternoon. We hurriedly cleaned our desk. Tomorrow is a German holiday and on Friday, almost every staff in our Munich office will be on vacation taking advantage of the four-day weekend opportunity. So the three of us - Mac, Che and me - will be heading our way to Italy, catching the midnight train from Munich to Venice, the first stop of our Italian tour. This is a dream come true. I was assigned to this reengineering project a year ago little suspecting that I would be very fortunate to see most of Europe for free. We are here in Munich for the whole of spring to tie some loose ends of ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 7th 2004

Have arrived in Italy after leaving Asia behind. The change is, needless to say, extraordinary. It's been strange to come from Laos, where there are signs of poverty in your face on a daily basis and everything is so underdeveloped, to then be in Italy - and in the north where many people are quite affluent. Venice is still as spectacular as I remember it. We went to the film festival last week and saw The Terminal. I also saw Steven Speielberg in the flesh and got a glimpse of Tom Hanks. I was surprised the crowd was so small - but then, you had to be lucky to see anything because the press were plonked down right in front of the viewing area and there was no real consideration for people who wanted to watch ... read more

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