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Venice

(This is the last of three parts of our Italy trip.)

If you haven’t been to Venice, it will take your breath away the moment you walk out of the train station. That’s the excitement we have experienced. We of course had heard about it many times from different sources. But to be there and see it with your own eyes, it’s just unbelievable. Once the water bus started leaving the dock, I just couldn’t help but kept snapping pictures. It’s like a kid entering into a wonderland.

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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Travel

 

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Florence and Pisa

On the map, Florence (Firenze, in Italian) doesn’t seem to be a big city, and it isn’t. The size is only about 10×10 km. Do you know people can walk 5 km per hour on average? So within a day, you should be able to finish the whole city. But taking the time to climb the 278 ft bell tower at the Piazza del Duomo is a different story, even though it’s no comparison to the Cologne Cathedral (471 ft) as we had done it before.

The Piazza del Duomo is the center of the city and most tourists flock over there, in addition to a few famous museums including the Accademia Gallery which houses Michelangelo’s David. It happened to be a cultural week when we were at Rome/Florence. So there’s no need to pay for entering all national museums. However, you WILL have to pay for the “reservation” (for a few euros each person) in order to bypass the long, long, long waiting line of people without “reservation”. Another way to get you, huh?

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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Travel

 

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Rome

(This is the first of three parts of our Italy trip.)

Rome (Roma, in Italian), as the capital city of Italy, has many memorable histories of Roman Empire and Roman Catholic Church. Being the 11th most visited city in the world, third most in the European Union, the city is very crowded. It claims to be the country’s largest city. Luckily, most attractive sightseeing area seems to be within walking distance — to tourists anyway. We walked around in the city for all four days. Although exhausted, it’s very rewarding. The city is old and there are not many modern high-rise buildings. The relics of the historic sites make it look even older. There are already many web sites talking about Rome. So say no more, here are the photos. (image count: 101)

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Travel

 

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