The alarm went off. Eyes opened. First thing out of bed was to ruffle the curtain drapes and peer out the window.
Nevertheless, we decided to push on with our plan to visit the neighboring islands Torcello and Burano. Who knows, maybe by the time we reached, the weather would have improved.
After an hour of traveling which involved transferring from one vaporetta to another, we finally reached the shores of Torcello. At this time, the rain was falling even more heavily. And the winds. The piercing winds!!
Compounding the depressing weather was the virtually empty streets as local vendors were all holed up at home while tourists that were as hardcore/foolish as us were far and few.
Well, I suppose our luck was going to run out sooner or later. Misfortune came in the form of rain as soon as we arrived at the train station. Thankfully we managed to find our way through the notorious Venetian alleys to our hotel.
First order of business was to hook ourselves up with tickets for the water taxi which is locally known as vaporetta. It is easily the only viable public transport if you wish to get around Venice. More often than not, you will see signs proclaiming “Vaporetta” pointing in all sorts of obscure directions while walking along the streets.
Unfortunately, this time round we fell victims to the maze of Venetian streets while trying to locate the vaporetta stop. Wandered for a good 20 minutes trying to make sense of the map/following the crowd/returning to base and starting all over again. Finally located the stop with the insides of our shoes feeling slightly soggy. D:
Proceeded to purchase the 72 hours tourist pass even though we would be staying for 2 days only. Value for money since a single ride cost 6 euros.
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Waiting to board our first ever vaporetta ride! Rather than being uber hyped about it, I remembered us shivering while holding our damp tickets, second guessing if we were waiting at the right stop.
Dragging ourselves out of bed early and eating takeaway breakfast prepared with love by Massimo was quite the bittersweet ending to our time in Rome. Saying goodbye can turn out to be pretty stressful too. Tackling the morning metro crowd, navigating the unfamiliar Termini station and having to constantly check for the train’s arrival.
Once on board, it was fairly straightforward. Look for seat, store luggage, sit and wait for train conductor to collect tickets. Before you know it, the stress returns and you’re scrambling to buy bus tickets and searching high and low for the right bus stop.
Stepping inside the historic center of Florence, we realised that Florence is quite a different kettle of fish. The roads are easier on the feet, the pace is a bit less rushed and its winds a little bit biting.
Lunch was takeaway sandwiches from I Fratellini which was yummy and easy to order. After satisfying out tummies, we dived straight into the Duomo.
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Ok, maybe this is not as powerful as the title sounds, but the actual scene was quite a sight to behold. Masses of people just crowding around, trying their darnedest to capture the Duomo from all sorts of angle and distance.
A trip made possible by our dear friend, Darwin who as a proud Ipohian (or Ipohnese?) finally got the chance to show us the glory of his hometown. Actually, we just nagged him into submission and tagged along on one of his trips back home.
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Presenting the traveling party sans me.
As promised, here I am with Part Deux of my Bangkok black & white series.
Once again, all the photos were taken with my LC-A+ RL on Lomography Earl Grey ISO 100 film. Check out Part 1 over here.
#1 Face Your Fears
That is if you’re suffering from motorphobia. Or worried that the light turns red too soon and you’ll end up squashed like how Wile E. Coyote always does when a heavy object lands on him.
I didn’t literally lose the film. Just neglected to upload it onto the blog. Only realised I had these babies lying somewhere after a random browse of my Facebook photos. Definitely a strong case of negligence here, considering the trip was way back in July. Yikes!
Been to Bangkok a few times during my carefree Uni days but haven’t had the chance to lap up the low cost shopping, massage and delicacies since work started. Until now. Whee!
All photos taken with my LC-A+ RL on Lomography Earl Grey ISO 100 film.
#1 Winging It
Actually more like shitting it. Especially during takeoff and landing. Prettyyyy sure I’m not the only one. Right?