Which says a lot about my tardiness.
Or maybe it’s just a personal choice as I believe photos age like fine wine.
Mega Lightsticks | LC-A+ RL | Lomography RedScale
Peasants Party | LC-A+ RL | Lomography RedScale
Wishing all a happy 2014 with precious fireworks that I’ve been saving for a whole year. You’re welcome.
Empty, Almost | LC-A+ RL | Sunny 200
Seats and breathing space aplenty.
The early bird gets the worm, indeed.
Speaking of early birds and worms, be sure to check out the prints and tees at my redbubble site to get a head start on your Christmas shopping.
Finding the perfect and affordable gifts for die hard football or soccer fans? Then head on down to my football t-shirts store at shirtyfooty.com.
Start shopping now to get your beak on that sweet wiggly worm. Yums.
Pick You Later | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Earl Grey 100
Having quite the obsession with the reality show American Pickers featuring a pair of professional pickers, Mike and Frank.
Pickers basically buzz around buying a whole load of junk/old stuffs/antiques and sell them to collectors for a profit. Singaporeans would probably label them as a bunch of karung guni men.
Anyhoo one of the common items they keep buying are old and rare signs, with the porcelain ones selling up to $500!
This sign will probably need to wait and simmer for another good 50 years before you can get any substantial dough out of it.
Back with a stab at positivity.
Rock On | LC-A+ RL | AGFA 100
What passion cannot music raise and quell?
– John Dryden, St. Cecilia’s Day
An early start to the day with us all geared up for our pre-booked Tuscany tour with Walkabout Florence. Only to meet with a slight setback as it started pouring just as we were about to make our way to the tour bus. It proved to be the only disappointment of the day as the tour turned out to be freakin’ awesome!!
Time flew by all thanks to our guide Steffano who kept us entertained throughout the bus ride to our first stop, Siena. Highlights include the Siena town square also known as Piazza del Campo which is supposedly one of the greatest city squares in the world.
Florence is well known for its collection of sculptures and paintings which are proudly displayed in museums across the city. But apart from its assortment of art works nourished with years of history, there are also artifacts of the less artsy kind to be admired in the Museo Galileo.
Rather than being a shrine dedicated to the life and times of Galileo Galilei, the museum housed a huge collection of scientific instruments and inventions from the good ol’ days of the 15th to 19th century. A very educational tour that will no doubt invoke tonnes of challenging whys and hows that parents will find hard to answer.
Suffice to say, the amount of information to digest left my holiday brains in a state of paralysis. Can’t say I’ll do any better with my normal day to day brain. Doubt there will be many left wearing t-shirts with “Nerd” or “Geek” emblazoned across their chests if they were made to tour the museum before they could gain the right to don them.
Time to recharge with a quick lunch at one of the top rated eateries on TripAdvisor, All’Antico Vinaio. Similar in concept to the sandwich joint we visited yesterday, it was located along one of those cosy alleys serving up cheap tasty sandwiches and glasses of wine.
Ordering was a challenge though as there was no fixed menu and the chefs were not fluent in English. Due to the store’s popularity, the queues were a huge clump of people squished against the counter. Ordering methods varied as there were customers who carefully questioned the identity of the various ingredients before making a decision or those that pointed randomly at the ingredients. I went for the “anything with truffle” option.
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.
#1 POW! | LC-A+ RL | Lucky 200
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.