Posts Tagged ‘europe’

Hi fans, I still haven’t taken the SLR for a road trip, so I picked out some of the pictures I have yet to share from my travels in the European Spring of 2007.

I spent the first week of our two month honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast, accommodated by Positano. I only wish I could go back with my SLR with the skills I have learnt in the more recent months. I guess I’ll just have to go back then.

After getting off the plane in Rome from Australia, getting on the internal shuttle to the main airport, catching a train from the airport to Rome and then catching a train from Rome to Salerno (which I eventually realized I should of went to Sorrento instead), then getting a bus to Amalfi, we decided to stop and rest for a tasty beverage. We still needed to get a bus from Amalfi to Positano. This is how you travel!

Arriving in Positano with all our bags, we then had to jump on a smaller bus that dropped us closer to our hotel as there was no way I was going to carry all our bags up the hill after all that traveling. I don’t think my wife appreciated that I was making this all out to be the Amazing Race at the time.

As soon as we got to the hotel, we got some well earned rest then went to dinner. After almost falling asleep at the table, the restaurant owner introduced me to Limoncello which is an Italian Lemon liqueur produced in Southern Italy, usually taken after dinner, he laughed after I sculled it thinking it was a shot, whereas it was meant to be sipped on slowly, I’ll know for next time.

Over the next few days we explored Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. The following are more shots taken in Amalfi.

They really loved lemons in this region, these ones would hurt if thrown into the facial region of any man, look at the size of these bad boys.

The Cathedral of St.Andrew below.

When traveling back to Positano one day, the whole town eventually got involved in trying to sort out the mess below, so many buses, so little room for two, it was hilarious. Not sure what the book was telling the bus driver to do.

This shot below was taken from Ravello, way up top.

And below, out and about in Positano, the first image was the view from our hotel room by night.

Walking around in the day, it was so amazing to see how all these homes were stacked on the hill.

I was so excited, I was levitating.

I could of stayed here for hours if they had a chair here, and maybe a drink, again you can see lemons.

Down on the beach

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

The church, and our hotel somewhere in there.

Finally, I saw this lady almost every day on my pizza boxes, take away was so cheap, around two euros (with a pizza inside the box), I still consider these to be the best Pizza’s I have ever eaten in “my life”.

I’ll see you again someday lady on my pizza box, and maybe I can watch you next time………I mean, watch you make the Pizza that is.

Ciao!

Hello fans, the weather in Sydney has been cold and wet, so I haven’t had a chance to get outdoors to take some new pictures. I decided to browse through some images from past Travels in Europe again and today I chose to share some scenery from Florence in Italy.

This shot below was taken from our hotel window, I couldn’t get enough of Italy’s historic buildings.

Having spent a month in Italy, without fail everyday we started our lunch and dinners with some Italian bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar (Gelato was also a daily treat).

You can’t go to Florence without visiting the church of Santa Maria del Fiore. This is the bell Tower that we conquered.

The following two images were taken from the bell tower towards the rest of the cathedral and the drop if you happened to slip.

The following pictures are of Ponte Vecchio. This was Florence’s first bridge built across the Arno River in 1935. It is the only surviving bridge from Florence’s medieval days. All others were destroyed in World War II.

I hope you enjoyed my random selection of images from my travels in Florence. Hopefully the weather clears up and I can get out and about to get some new pictures.

 

I have been into my photo editing lately so I tried my luck with some pictures I took back in 2007 before I had my DSLR camera. These were taken in Portugal where my wife and I spent some time in Albufeira and Lisbon, including a day trip to Sintra. I didn’t take too many shots in Portugal as I caught the chicken pox just after leaving Spain and spent most of my time in bed.

This shot was taken in Albufeira just as I exited our hotel early one morning, it was a change to see such empty seats after the constant thumping of bass and the ambience of crowds during the night that gathered along this strip.

The Statues of the Glory on The Triumphal Arch is located at the entrance to Lisbon, well to the main road anyway from the ocean front.

For some reason I liked looking up this street laid with tram tracks, somehow the graffiti looked the part.

I took this shot of a cafe alongside the main strip of Lisbon which I was particularly proud of.

Monument to the discoveries was a short walk away, featuring Prince Henry up front of all the other human statues.

Next stop was Sintra and this was a day trip from Lisbon. The fountain pictured here is in front of the Palace of Sintra.

We then decided to hike up the hill to Palácio da Pena, where we got the following two shots, one is of myself enjoying the view, and the other is of a sculpture that was on the Palace itself.

Finally across to Sintra Castle, this was spectacular. I remember picking up a big stick, standing on one of the towers pretending I was a guard screaming at the enemy below, I looked at my wife and she shook her head, so I put down the stick and moved on.

I hope you enjoyed viewing the images I have put up today, and hopefully you felt like you were in Portugal alongside me, probably not though.

Today I’m posting random shots from my past travels in Cinque Terre, Italy, translated to “Five Lands” in English, this is due to the fact that it’s made up of five lands, I guess someone couldn’t have been bothered to give it another name, though it does sound good in Italian.

The five lands that make this wonderful region are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. My wife and I stayed in Monterosso and enjoyed the little beach that was situated here with the large rock that I conquered. We also spent some time in Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore and if my memory serves me correctly, you can hike from one town to the next, though my wife and I chose only to do the easiest walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola also known as the “Love Walk”, why, because we’d rather spend more time seeing some sites rather than rummaging through the bush with the short time we had in this region.

These were taken before I was into photography so I apologize that they are not up to my standards, meaning I will have to go back and do this again.

To begin, the shot below is the large rock I was telling you about in Monterosso, that’s me up top and not a weird pelican.

Taking a short stroll from our hotel we spotted this waterhole, for some reason it made me take a picture.

I enjoyed watching this colourful train pass by. Came out of no where as I did not expect a train to ride through the middle of town.

The beginning of the “Love Walk” trail.

Enjoyed the bruschetta we had mid way along the Love Walk.

Spent most of a day just sitting on the rocks in Vernazza above the jetty watching the locals go about their daily business. I made my wife walk up the hill just to take this picture, it was worth it just for the view alone.

We also spend some time sitting on the rocks in Riomaggiore, just taking it all in.

After some of the hills we walked up, it was good to finally look at our decent, but we still had a lot of work to do to get to the station below.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. I have a whole lot more except my head is in it, sticking to my policy of remaining anonymous. I was pushing the boundaries on the first picture, maybe I’m caving in. Anyhow, until next time.

Rolling through my pictures from my past travels in Europe, I stumbled upon this picture which made me laugh as it has a little story attached to it.

My wife and I whilst in Paris arrived at our 1 star hotel, checked in, and with our backpacks on our backs and front, was guided to the lift that would take us to our rooms. When the door to the lift opened, we saw the smallest lift in the world, my wife and I starred blankly at each other and than the hotel receptionist, he also had a blank look as if he was saying, “Well you can go to your room now”. So I shrugged my shoulders while looking at my wife and walked in, she was giggling at me as I couldn’t even fit in with my bags on. I had to reverse out backwards and the hotel receptionist said “Leave your bag here and go up, I will send up your bags, than your wife. Normally I would say ladies first to allow my wife to go, but I thought I’d better check if this contraption went anywhere safe. It did and after the lift door opened, I reversed into a room that was the similar size to the lift with a door on either side, one was our room and the other for another hotel guest. I opened the door to our room and had a quick peek when suddenly I heard a “ding” from the lift and the doors opened and it was my bag, I said “Hello bag, glad you could make it” and threw it into the room. Another minute had passed, “ding”, my wife’s bags had arrived. I was now hoping my wife arrived next, or perhaps an exotic French maid to clean our room. Finally the last “ding” sound from the lift and it was my wonderful wife with a big smile on her face. We laughed and went inside our room which we could gladly both fit into. I love traveling in Europe.

A little reminder I have on my desk from past travels in Europe while I am stuck in the office.

Two little Vespa models with a San Gimignano calendar backdrop. That’s as close as I’m getting to Europe in the next few years. *sigh*

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Hello again fans,

You now have me bringing out all my European photos, for now I chose a few that contain the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the city of lights. These were taken back in 2007.