Friday, May 19, 2017

Paris at night



Walk bridge over the Seine

I guess you have to post it, hey

Gallaries Lafayette department store Paris. The photo does not do it justice

A day in Paris

The cafe under our apartment

Our apartment building, Paris

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just gorgeous

Beauty in Bolzano

Bolzano piazza in the sun

Church in Bolzano with a gorgeous roof

Poppies in Bolzano

Beautiful Italy, the weather is perfect every day

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Chess in the Hofgardens

A day in Innsbruck

Blue men Innsbruck

The cheapest and the most expensive 4WD's nose to tail

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The view from our dinner table

The roses are gorgeous

Morning Light

It's lovely here

Monday, May 15, 2017

Walking on top of the world Monte Baldo

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lake Garda

Red Roofs of Verona

Fast train to Verona

Friday, May 12, 2017

And, of course, the shot for which they all come

The ubiquitous Ponte Vecchio shot

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I like to think, couples enjoying lunch

We drove the Fiats to Tuscany

We went on a Fiat 500 and Vesper tour of Tuscany, our car was the blue one, check out the number plate

Our doorway in Florence

I think my favourite thing
Oh yes, and all the people

Horses feeding in the piazza

Ice cream and scaffolding, two of Italy's main stays

Travelling Diet

Oh dear, all this bread and cheese, I tell you we don't have enough fibre in our diets, if that is subtle enough for you. 

I bought two bags of oranges, which I thought would do the trick, but not so far. 

Sam bought two dodgy looking pre-packaged salads hoping that would do the trick. The salads weren't nearly as inedible as my some what disbelieving gaze would have you believe as Sam popped them into our supermarket trolley.

I don't know how the Italians do it.

Anyway, we're heading out for a walk around Florence.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Breakfast at the Food Market

We stopped at the outside markets on our way to the food market and looked at suitcases. The market stall guy dropped the price of the suitcase from 95 euros to 35 euros instantly, without me having to say a word, saying I was his first customer and that it was good luck.

We ate what were a big gooey slow cooked beef roll. It was yum. It was recommended by YELP, so there were a few people eating there. Some of the Italian guys were drinking red wine with theirs, at 8am. 

It is nice being up early.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Arrivederci Roma

Our time in Rome is up, lovely Rome, beautiful Rome, arrivederci Roma

We called an Uber at 3pm, it arrived at 3.15, a black Mercedes Vito van. We battled the Rome traffic, which seemed to be interminable, good thing we left plenty of time. We got to the dreaded Termini Station at 4pm, to catch our very fast train at 16.25 to Florence.

Italian trains are smooth and fast. And in no time we were in Florence.

I carried my old fashioned suit case, with no wheels, from the Florence station. I'd been meaning to buy a new one, as we packed, I thought stupid me, after which I thought, oh fuck it, I'll just take this old one. 

As we exited the Florence station, I decided then and there that it was ridiculous, that I needed to come into the 21st century and buy a suitcase with wheels in Florence. Sam had already transferred the heavy stuff into his suit case with wheels so my suitcase wasn’t so heavy to carry.

St Peter's at night, with the every present police and the army standing guard with machine guns 24/7

St Peter's at night. The weather was gorgeous, warm and the atmosphere serene

We went out late to St Peter’s to see it at night. The weather was gorgeous, the feeling serene. The were a few people there taking photos.
And the ever present police
It is amazing that there are so many homeless people sleeping rough just outside St Peters. Isn't that what Christianity all about, helping the poor. It didn't appear that way to me.
We ate McDonalds on the way home. Oh, you've got to, don't judge. The guy behind the counter had lots of Italian attitude.
The good looking cook, with the superman tattoo on his neck, had lots of Italian swagger.
A homeless woman came in, with giant womble feet, that looked as though they were made out of plastic bags, layers and layers of plastic bags. The McDonald’s boys fed her a hamburger. I think they referred to her as Maria. It seemed more than the Catholic Church is doing.

The Pantheon. We walked all day, we walked all over the place, until our feet hurt and we had to head home to rest. Rome is beautiful.

Horse and carriage outside the Pantheon

Busy day in the piazza

Streets of Rome

Early morning beats the crowds

River Tiber