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Rome - Fountains and ruins


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Rome - Fountains and ruins

Like any good conquering empire's capital, Rome brought home some Egyptian Obelisks, like this one in at the top of the Spanish steps.
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Similarly, they have a couple of Jesuses standing on the top of pillars.
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One of the main squares is beautiful by night, with fountains and artists
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The Vatican is technically a seperate country, but with no borders to the tourist parts (St Peters Square and Basilica, and Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel). The rest is inaccessible, guarded by the Swiss Guard (in their colorful costumes).

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It's a bit troubling how many statues and carvings are of small children, especially in St Peters Basilica.
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Me on the Spanish steps, and refilling my water from the fountain in front
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National Antimafia Directorate, on a side street. There were a few officers in front, smiling for the camera as we took this pic, but we didn't take a picture of them.
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Smart cars seem to be the most popular type in Europe, and there are many copycats there, a few of which, like this Auto Pini 2, are even smaller
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The Roman ruins are situated in the middle of the city, and are the reason the transport system is so bad (2 subway lines) -- large parts of the city are above hidden ruins, and they do not want to destroy that without first excavating.
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In front of the Colussium
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At the Triti Fountain, and more small child angels
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Posted by chrisvasil 10:49 Archived in Italy Comments (0)

Cinque Terre - Dramatic seaside villages on cliffs


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Cinque Terre is a stunning collection of 5 picturesque villages with farms perched along cliffs and overlooking beaches. Each village is about the same: a few thousand residents, a beach with touristy restaurants nearby, a convenience store somewhere in town, and trails leading into the hills.
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There are trails connecting the 5 villages, accessible for 5 Euros and with a total of 5 hours of hiking. We skipped 2 hours of the trail, going instead by train, to conserve our energy.

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Posted by chrisvasil 10:47 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Venice - A truly unique city

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Venice is a beautiful town, albeit a little touristy. Something like a quarter of the streets are canals, which makes it easy to get lost and makes the city very unique - definitely worth seeing.
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There were lots and lots of these papier mache mask stores, whose connection to Venice I don't know but which made me think of my aunt Marie, who has a few similar masks at her place.
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Most of the driving is done on boats, so that the main local bus lines and the taxis are boats rather than cars or buses, as are delivery trucks (we saw an electronics shop getting their merchandise delivered by boat)
Here is a taxi
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Here is a fruit stand on a boat - good way to save on rent I suppose
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There's a massive square with a cathedral and some old shops (now the rich people shopping district).
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周庄的欧洲版 - 威尼斯 (Venice)

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威尼斯和周庄的共同点:
* 房子都建在水上;
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* 狭窄的街道用很多的小桥连接着;
* 被游人,饭店和礼品店侵占了的城市;
* 游人可以雇条小船从城市的一头游到另一头,同样是人力的小船,只不过威尼斯的小船有华丽的装饰和“刚朵拉”的洋名。
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威尼斯和周庄的不同之处:
* 威尼斯的价格是周庄的10倍;
* 周庄的特产是万三蹄,威尼斯的是冰激凌,披萨和意大利面条;
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* 周庄的水是清澈的,威尼斯(小巷里的水)的水泛着微绿,散发着“微臭”;
* 威尼斯有巨大的教堂和广场,周庄的人民信仰的是共产主义;
* 在周庄可以很容易地找到免费的厕所,而我在威尼斯憋了一个小时尿之后偷偷溜到当地的大学才用上洗手间。

我和chris的不同点:
* 他喜欢威尼斯,我却对此不屑一顾;
* 他是浪漫的,我是现实的!

威尼斯的港湾,空中飞着几百只海鸟/燕。要是高尔基还能从坟墓里爬出来的话,说不定他就站在船头高吟了!
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破烂的房子- 难怪我老爸10年前从意大利旅游回来唯一的一句评论就是"破破烂烂的房子,远没有杭州建设的好!” 经典事实的评论,不容我不苟同。(哈哈,我的没内涵原来是遗传的!)
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这不是我看见的第一个教堂,也不是最后一个;不是最美的;也不是最差的 - 一般吧!
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大广场,很有气势,但是太多太多的游人,让我爱不起来。从天而降,落在我脚踝的鸽子粪实在是大煞风景!
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走累了,小广场里歇一歇。
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披萨店门口用面粉做的鬼脸.
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久违了的巴巴爸爸和蓝精灵。
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Posted by suevasil 05:39 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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