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Venice, Italy

Friday, August 31, 2012 / , , ,

Venice, a beautiful and breathtaking city, also known as City of Water or The Floating City. It was made by 118 small islands which were separated by canals and linked by bridges. Who doesn't want to be here? And I finally made it to here for a half day trip, I would definitely stay more longer if my time allows me to do so.

We went to Venice by train from Milan, took around three hours. It was not a long journey and trenitalia was a good choice.

A sorbet before off to the Milano centrale.

On the train

And the moment we stepped out of Venice station.

Greeting from Venezia! ;)

In Italy, imitation of branded goods are selling along roadside everywhere.

And so do buskers.

San Moise church

According to the travel research that I'd found, the great part of being in Venice is actually to get lost in it! More special places would be discovered if you're getting lost in Venice. But we didn't have much time to allow us to do so, so just follow the google map to our next destination while sightseeing this beautiful city. Good thing was, we visited Venice by foot, because most of the main roads were narrow alleys. And there were many small shops selling local handicrafts, like carnival masks.

Gondolas were everywhere on the canals waiting for the tourists. It was quite pricey so we'd rather explored the place by foot.

Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square), San Marco.

Spot me? :p

Saint Mark's Basilica, Byzantine architecture.

We've missed out a lot of places to enter, such as Doge's Palace and campanile, every place was full of tourists queuing for the tickets. The queue was long enough that you could spend more than three hours for it! Ended up just walking around to take photos of the surrounding.

Famous Rialto Bridge.

There were luxury boutiques in Venice as well.

Took a break in a restaurant. We met a lovely Italian couple while on the way back to Milan and they told us there actually have two menus in Venice restaurant, one is for locals and another one is for tourists. Foods are served differently, of course prices as well.

It's time to say goodbye to Venice! ;)

As I mentioned, we met a lovely Italian married couple and we became friends! We talked all the way back to Milan. They gave us a lot of travel information about Italy and our upcoming trip, Rome. We've definitely changed our mind towards Italians which we thought they were unfriendly and rude! :) Hope to see them around!

Pictures of Venezia.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 / , , ,

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a shopping arcade in Milan, it's just located beside the piazza of Milan, as from the last post. So you could straight away go shopping after visiting the piazza. Any luxury brands you name it, they have it, such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and etc. So regret that I did not have a chance to have high-tea at Gucci cafe. :(

 He ruined my pic ;(

Not to forget about the architecture, the central of the building was covered with a glass dome, and the whole building, makes you feel like wanna stop by the mall even you don't want to make any purchase.

Did you see someone got spotted in the middle of the circle? Wonder what was she doing?

Actually there was a mosaic of a bull from Turin, saying that if a person put its right heel on the bull's genitals and turn on himself three times, this will bring good luck. Amazing right?

I made my first attempt too!

Another side of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is Piazza della Scala, monument of Leonardo da Vinci is placed over there.

The day after, we went to Santa Maria delle Grazie to see the last supper painting by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting described the scene of The Last Supper when Jesus announced that one of his Twelve Disciples would betray him. No picture of the painting, but it was worth to visit!

 Santa Maria delle Grazie

End of Milan. :)