Posts Tagged ‘italy’

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.

 

Hello again fans, I’m back to post some more photo’s from past travels. Today I will share some from my stay in Como on Lake Como, and enjoying a cruise across to Bellagio in Northern Italy. Enjoy

This is the view we got of Como from Brunate. We took the Funicular Railway up to the top on the mountain where the town of Brunate resides to get this fantastic shot (and also to eat pizza and drink some wine while up here).

Back down in Como they hired out little paddle boats for two to ride on the lake, so my wife and I jumped in one and rode until sunset as you can see from the shots below.

That same night we went for a walk and I got this shot from the other side.

In the morning we went for a stroll, I enjoyed the fact that where they sold pork meats they had boar heads on display.

Como Cathedral was a site to see.

Time for a cruise to Bellagio as we hopped on board a ferry, the following photo’s were taken whilst on board at some of the homes by the lake.

We saw a helicopter fly over head and was wondering if it was George Clooney as he apparently has a home in this region.

Finally after the breathtaking cruise, we arrived in Bellagio to chill out and enjoy the view.

Just one more picture to finish it off, I loved all the little hidden corridors in Bellagio so I had to show one off. It was fun getting lost and stumbling upon hidden shops/places and people.

I hoped you have enjoyed my little tour from Como to Bellagio and recommend you take the trip one day yourselves. Until next time…..

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.

Hello fans, today I would like to share a picture of a Limoncello Cup I had for dessert yesterday, my wife and I got one each from Five Dock which is a suburb of Sydney known for it’s Italian population, and therefore it’s Italian restaurants and cafe’s. It was a tasty treat.

I still remember the first time I had actual Limoncello whilst I was in Positano on the Amalfi coast. The friendly waiter, an elderly Italian man asked me to join him for a drink (since my wife and I were the only ones in the restaurant). He poured me a shot and turned around to put the bottle back, so as I do with any shot glass, I picked it up and sculled it. He turned around laughing and saying “You bloody people from Australia, drink too fast, you supposed to sip it slowly and enjoy it after dinner”. We had a good laugh and that was the end of that. I took a quick picture with the couple which I will try and post later on when I get a chance and I also have a few shots of Lemons in that region.

Anyhow, here is my dessert.

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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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Hi fans,

Still at home with the wife, kids and new born so I haven’t had a chance to escape and bring home a story. I decided to find and post some pictures from past travels and today I chose some shots from Venice, Italy. These were all taken before I was into photography and had a DSLR, so I hope they are worthy of a view. I have been to Venice numerous times, and will have to wait for the kids to grow a little before I return to Europe again to enjoy the culture, food and history.

I especially enjoyed seeing the Bell Tower in Venice, it reminded of the many times I jumped off it……on the PlayStation console playing Assassin’s Creed. Enjoy!