Monday, September 26, 2016

Venice, Day 2: Correr Museum

Correr Museum is a lot less crowded than Doge’s Palace but it is definitely worth the visit. The museum showcases the history of Venice from 13th century to 16th century. The collections include paintings, prints, coins, weapons, and military.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Venice, Day 2: Streets of Venice

On our way to Correr Museum in the morning, we saw a lot of interesting shops. This one is a print shop. Venice used to have a very vibrant printing industry.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Venice, Day 1: St. Mark’s Square

Yes! Here we were in Venice. The first thing we did was to take the vaporetti (waterbus) to the stop near our hotel and drop off our luggages. Then we went out to buy jackets. It’s not because shopping was our priority. The reason was the weather was surprising cold and windy when we arrived. It was early October but it felt like early winter. All the clothes we brought along the trip were thin, which were perfectly fine for Rome and Florence but not suitable for Venice. It was actually hot in Rome during sunny days, you would just want to wear short sleeves. 

Without proper gear, we couldn’t function and enjoy the trip. We had to shop. It took us a while to find clothing stores because Venice is like a maze. After we found the shops and got our outerwear, we went to St. Mark’s Square. It was already late afternoon, too late to enter any site. Therefore, we wandered around St. Mark’s Square and nearby for the rest of the day.

That’s the Campanile and St. Mark’s Basilica. The tower is so tall, it can hardly fit in the frame. The exterior of St. Mark’s Basilica was under renovation and they worked slow, really slow. Yeah, I didn’t see a single soul working on the building there. In Italian tourist sites, there is always something under renovation. It almost feels like these sites are taking turns to undergo restoration. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Venice, Day 1: How to Travel From Florence to Venice - taking Italo

Italo is a disappointment. We heard it was built by Ferrari, so we expected it to be fancy. It turned out to be just an all right high-speed train showing signs of wear and tear. It would be nice they at least wash the exterior of the train, so tourists can have a better picture. See the photo below, doesn't the train look dirty? Spain's high-speed train Renfe is way better.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Florence, Day 5: Last Supper in Florence

We had our last supper in Florence. To top it off, we went for a gelato run. The chocolate fountain wall in the gelato shop made it so tempting. Don’t you just want to dip strawberries in that fountain wall? In Italy, we had gelato almost everyday. When I cam home from the trip, I was really depressed I couldn’t find any gelato as good as what we had in Italy, 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Florence, Day 4: Palazzo Pitti

In the late afternoon, we crossed the river to the Oltrano neighborhood to visit Palazzo Pitti as our final stop.

Palazzo Pitti looks like a stone fortress from outside. There were a lot of people chilling at the square in front of the palazzo.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Florence, Day 4: Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio, “old bridge” in Italian, is a stone bridge over Arno River. First built in 996, destroyed by a flood in 1117, reconstructed but destroyed again in 1333, it was rebuilt again in 1345. The bridge had always been housing shops. Until 1400s, there were butchers and fish mongers doing business on the bridge, they were evicted later in order to make the bridge cleaner and more refined. Gold merchants moved in.