My European Trip Part 5 ,Venice, Italy

Hello, there ! !

This is Part 5 of  my European Trip.  ITALY !   Italy was definitely  a major destination. So, far, we ‘ve  stayed just 2 days in each country  ( England, Germany, Switzerland,  Holland, and one day in Belgium ) , but Italy was full 6 days.  I don’t know what that implies….. not that Italy  is  more beautiful or better  than the other countries we’ve already visited. . Not at all.  The reason is obviously the richness of Italy’s history that we can still see and appreciate to this day, from the ancient Roman Forum  and Coloseum to Medieval structures and  breathtaking architecture of  churches. Meanwhile……

The  scenery  from Switzerland  to Italy  was just  as  wonderful . We travelled  into mountain ranges  through numerous tunnels  that opened into more  breath-taking Alpine scenery as we descended from the cold  mountains to sunny Italy.  The change in topography  was even more stunning,   from undulating hills and  high mountain ranges of Switzerland to  beautiful valleys and green flatlands of Italy.

.I’m not sure but I think those are olive trees.

We arrived  in Venice  late afternoon, and checked in at Novotel Hotel,  but to be honest, I’m not sure about the timeline anymore. I go by the dresses I wear  in the pictures, but  they don’t coincide with the timeline.  Oh, well, it doesn’t matter, does it?  I guess I wore the same dress  in Venice and in Lugano/Florence.  O_O ”  Anyway,  we joined the Optional  Tour Venetian Night Out  + Dinner the night we arrived in Venice.  It was 65 Euro per person. (  $ 85 ).  The Venice that we know of and  are familiar with  is comprised of several small islands ( about a hundred ), the most famous of which is where the famous Piazza San Marco is situated.  Venice  is the only  car-less place in the world, and is also on the list of Living World Heritage.

.All dressed up and ready to go to dinner.

.We rode a ferry to go to the main island of San Marco.

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Now on terra firma. The guy in black pants and shirt was our tour director. ” Ruben, wait up !

.That is Piazza San Marco ( St. Mark’s Square ). The buildings on the left  are the Doge Palace, and  the side entrance of St. Mark’s Basilica .

.That’s the building across from Doge Palace.  We had  coffee and pastries at the outdoor cafe the next day.

Basilica San Marco

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Ugh ! I  just noticed I have only one style of posing.  Legs close together, one straight, and the other just a little bent at the knees.  What the heck ! Hahaha ! ” What’s up with the pose, Ren? ”  It’s too girly.   Next time I pose for a picture, I’ll rearrange myself and pose like this……..

.Architectural details

.That ‘s a really narrow street, isn’t it ? All the streets in Venice are that narrow.  The pic above is the street of the restaurant  where we had dinner.

That’s where we had dinner… Ristorante Antico Pignolu

.Moi, cousin, Thalin, and aunt… mom was taking the picture.

.Shrimp Alfredo

. Goat cheese

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Steak that was a bit chewy

.Dessert was teramisu, then coffee after.  The steak was a disapoointment, but over-all , dinner was good. There were 3 bottles of wine on the table , and guess what, we drank the wine like it was water….  My aunt just had half a glass, so that was pretty much  like one bottle per person, lol.   I was careful not to fall into the water  as we boarded the ferry to take us back to the hotel.  We were happily tipsy. Thumbs up, Venice !

.The following day was  another tour of Venice for everyone. But, there was another Optional tour that we got…… GONDOLA SERENADE ! 40 Euro ( $52 ) By the way, I’ve been talking about Optional tours from the beginning, but have you ever wondered what the others who didn’t join were doing while the rest of us were on special tours?  For this one, the rest just  toured around on solid ground… maybe they enjoyed it more, I don’t know.  Well, we experienced that too in Switzerland.  While those who joined had fine typical Swiss dinner , we bought ours at the convenience store and hang out at the hotel’s outdoor cafe.

Anyways,  I expected the gondolier to sing a familiar Italian song,  * sings * “ O, Sole mio, la la la ….. ”  , but he didn’t sing that.  His booming voice  echoed through the narrow canals, and I wonder what the residents are thinking  everytime they hear a gondolier singing as he passes by… ” Damn tourists. ”

Boarding  area

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.Oh, hi there, Paolo ! * waves and makes a V sign *

After the fun gondola ride, we went   to a glass  factory to watch a demo  on glass – blowing.   .  They also sell expensive glass stuff there. I bought a pair of  earrings for  32 E, the least expensive item on display.  Just like in Amsterdam at a diamond factory, I think we were brought there to shop. One of our group ( she’s from the Philippines too but lives in Australia ) bought an 800 Euro  (  $ 1,025 ) glass jar, free shipping to Australia.  She and my mom have become good buddies during the trip.

.To be honest, that was quite a boring activity.  My father went to a glass blowing factory in Murano, which he says is the more famous site than the one in Venice. I don’t think so. I think Venitian glass is more well-known. He brought home a Murano glass unicorn, with the etched signature of the maker.  My mother tells me I broke a lot of stuff  when I was a kid, including that unicorn. ( ^_^)”

We had pizza for lunch, the first of so many pizzas that we consumed in Italy.  Pizzarias  were everywhere, and pastas too, so much , it made  me wonder if these were the only foods Italians eat. It got me  climbing the walls by third day and dreaming of  barbecued baby back ribs, sushi  and mushu pork.

.I did say I was going to compare American pizza and pasta with authentic Italian , didn’t I ?  I hope my Italian readers won’t get offended .( I do have quite a few readers from Italy ), but , to be honest, the pizzas and pastas here in the US are so much better.  Chicago deep dish pizza, anyone?  Of course , each to his her own taste. But compare the pizza I’m eating in the photo to this ——->

Go to Wal-Mart , Ren, and check out the frozen pizzas  section there. I assure you, they taste better. And  I recommend DiGiorno. ”  \(^__^)/

Awwww, my cousin is sooo cute !

.My outfit  * smiles *  ….. White hat with polka dot trimmings, wide sunglasses, long dress…. for some reason, it reminds me of what  1950’s  Audrey Hepburn  type  ladies wore strolling on the scenic promenades  of  C’ote d’ Azur. I don’t know what I was thinking when I wore that. * whispers*  By the way, one of my tourmates was actually nursing a broken heart when she joined the tour. Her boyfriend , who was supposed to go with her on this tour, dumped her 2 weeks before the scheduled departure. I don’t know which is more preferable, getting dumped before , or after.  It would suck, either way.  Aaaargh, as far as men go, deal with them tongue in cheek.   Oh, but I digress.

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.Above 2 photos are the entrances to the museum, I think.

Awesome architectural details…… It’s a pity we don’t do this stuff anymore. Modern sculpture is pure cr*p . What’s up with those pieces 0f iron welded together into an unrecognizable form and then call that art ?  I don’t appreciate what I don’t understamd. And,  there’s a reason why millions of people  travel across the  world to see Michaelangelo’s Pieta and David.

Do you know there’s no place in Venice where one can sit and rest, unless  you go to a restaurant and order something to eat ?

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Sorry  if I bored you with the tons of photos I posted here.  But I hope you’ll stay with me ’til the end of my tour. We ‘ve been to so many places in Italy. Florence, Assissi, Lugano, Rome, Verona, and The Vatican.

This is all for now. Good day and PEACE.

95 responses to this post.

  1. Great pictures! My folks are staying in Roma 🙂

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    • Oh, wow ! Really ? But you’re in the US ? I’ll go back to Rome. 2 days wasn’t enough. Rome is awesome !

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      • True, such a marvelous place. I’m thinking of visiting my folks there again this Christmas season. Nope, I’m here in Philippines 🙂

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        • Whoa ! You’re in the Philippines? You’re so lucky you have a place in Rome . You can just come and go. So why are you in the Philippines and your folks are in Rome? Aaaargh, nosy. You don’t have to answer that ! ! Ha ha ha

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  2. Venice is one of my favorite places in Italy. So pretty and the canals with the gondolas makes everything more romantic.

    Pizza is not really what Italy is famous for unlike their pastas and pastries. I believe pizza started in Naples, but the Italian Americans improved on it and perfected pizza. If you go to Naples, the pizza actually tastes much better. At least one pizzeria we went to had better pizza. XD

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    • You know, Simpleek, my mom makes better pastas. I guess it’s my own taste. There was hardly any meat in their pastas.

      There’s a great Italian resto here in the US called Napolitan. So far, they have the best pastas , better than, let’s say Olive Garden and Spaghetti factory or any restaurant that serve pastas.

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  3. WOW – What a beautiful Post !
    So Cute !
    Presented and captured elegantly !

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  4. The pizza bit…interesting. First off, I liked the size of the pizzas, as I think I can eat a whole one of those myself. Secondly, very interesting that you prefer American pizza. I am a big fan of the Hot Pocket. I doubt very much these pizzas can stack up to that. : )

    Love the pics! Keep em coming Ren!

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    • Hot Pocket ? He he he

      I guess I expected too much. To be honest, my father and so many others who have been there told us the same thing. Pizzas are better here in the US. I don’t know. How else can one improve on tomato sauce and cheese?

      When are u leaving for Europe, Topicless ?

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      • When I was in Vietnam, I ended up with a big group of Italian tourists, and we got into a discussion on pizza. They said that the pizza in Italy is nothing like American pizza, which they considered vastly inferior. I find things like this very interesting. It’s just like how Irish people keep telling me Guinness in the US is like a completely different beer than real Guinness. There’s real pride there. I guess maybe I feel the same way when it comes to pizza rolls or hot dogs. You know, those staple American foods.

        I’m getting nervous/excited Ren! Leave Sept 11. Wanna go back and show me around and eat pizza?

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        • “They said that the pizza in Italy is nothing like American pizza, which they considered vastly inferior ”

          Well, we say the same thing on their pizzas. All, and I mean ALL, of the people who have been there ( including my cousins, remember them? the doctors? ) told us American pizza tasted so much better, and my sister’s co workers also said the same thing. Americans have vast knowledge of food, having so many people from everywhere who brought their kind of food here in the US. Americans are already experts on different kinds of food…… Oh, my father even said one time, a Filipino friend with Italian husband were in the Philippines and he brought the couple to an Italian restaurant and the Italian husband was amazed that the pasta tasted better than the one back home.

          I’ve been itching to make a post on food, Topicless ! In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been writing snippets of it.

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  5. Great post and nice pictures. You have a tremendous journey.

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  6. Green’s a good color on you. Take that as the compliment it is and not as the creepy statement as some might.

    I feel like looking at pictures and reading about your trip is like watching The Amazing Race without as much tension.

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    • Come to think of it, it did feel like The Amazing Race. ( I managed to watch one episode of the show ).

      Aqua is actually my favorite color.

      How’s it goin’ Moose ? ITomorrow’s my 1st day of svhool. Back to the saltmines.

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      • Do you ever let yourself relax? Here’s to hoping it pays off big time for you after graduation!

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        • Do you know what I’m doing now? of course, responding to you, aaand, eating boiled peanuts,drinking Coke, and i’m getting a slice of peach pie with a dollop of cream after . I’m relaxing.

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          • But tomorrow it all goes away! Are boiled peanuts good? I’ve been a peanut fiend the last 2 months. Never boiled though.

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            • Boiled peanuts is the best. But first you have to find a store selling RAW peanuts, with shells on, of course. We buy them at a Filipino store ( coz Filipinos love boiled peanuts ), add salt to water, then boil the peanuts for 2 hours. Refrigerate leftovers,,, peanuts get moldy.

      • What’s the salt mines, Renx? Your first day back at school, back to the salt mines… ? I’m curious!

        As for your post – I’m jealous! Italy, travel, ah sigh…

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  7. These photos are just gorgeous. I was in Venice like 20 years ago…in January. I am thinking I should go back..in warmer weather!

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    • There were so many tourists, Zo. Somehow it affected my disposition. Was it like that 20 years ago? IOf course, just like us, people all over were there to appreciate the place. But, I guess you know what I mean?

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  8. Posted by REBECCA DAWN on August 29, 2012 at 4:16 am

    the pictures of Venice were so lovely! I loved your dress! you look so pretty!
    The streets are so narrow, I think I would get so claustrophobic walking thru them, either that or get stuck! lol
    I am so hungry right now, looking at the pictures of the food! I am not big fan of pizza, unless it has something other than tomato sauce on it.
    the gondola rides looked so romantic!
    I am so jealous right now 🙂

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    • Rebecca, I love that green dress. Oh, wait, which one ? o.Oa

      Oh, yeah, you can’t believe how narrow the streets are. And if you’re like sweetly chubby, yep, you’ll get stuck. bahahaha ! That’s how narrow some of the streets are.

      Uhm, the gondola rides…. it’s romantic if you’re on honeymoon, and there’s only 2 of you on the gondola, he h he.

      Well, looking at the photos, I’m jealous myself. When I posted the photos, I felt some sort of disconnect. So yeah, I’m jealous too, lol.

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      • Posted by REBECCA DAWN on August 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        maybe i should get married and go to venice on my honeymoon ^_^
        because i want to have a romantic gondola ride!
        now im going to mope…cuz i dont think i will get married…
        bwahahahah

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        • There, there…

          You don’t need to be married to have a romantic gondola ride…. a BF will do… or a male close friend , whatever. he he he

          C’mon, girl.

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  9. breathtaking… *envy envy envy*

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    • It is , potsquared ! I’m envious too. When I posted those photos, it didn’t feel like i was actually the one who was there. See, I’m even critiquing my own pictures. There’s some sort of disconnect going on here. o.Oa

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      • but why?!?!?!

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        • Can’t really explain it. maybe right now, I feel it wasn’t enough, and I long to go back and really feel it this time. What I see is myself having a fun time, so there’s a disconnect there. Maybe next time, I will not join a tour group. I want to take my time to enjoy and savor the beauty around me. As it is, I feel I just took pictures but couldn’t connect any feeling to them. I don’t know. I need to go back.

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          • ahhh.. i see.. so there is no real connection between you and the place.. got it… go back!! go back!!

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            • Oh, no, no ! What I mean is, the photos and myself , at this very moment, feel like they are not connected… as if i wasn’t the one who took those photos and those that have my image in it feel like I’m looking at a stranger.

              I’m fully connected to the places I had visited…. I was always excited that finally I got to see these places that I only saw or read about. The disconnect was between me and the photos. I really need to go back.

            • ahh ok.. sorry.. ehehehehe.. you and the photos.. *write memo* ok. got it.. hihihi

            • Weird, huh. I’ll give you clearer explanation… you know how celebrities feel when they see their pictures everywhere ? Nothing….. that is the disconnect.

            • got it.. *write memo* so you feel like a celebrity… ok..

            • * cries *

            • don’t cry! i was just teasing… i understand what you mean..

            • Sniff… how do you understand it to mean ?

              It’s 12 midnight here, wednesday… what time is it there now? 4 PM ?

            • it’s like the pictures have no impact when you look at it.. like it was not you who took the pictures… am i right?

              yes it’s 4 pm here… you should get some sleep… don’t mind me.. i’ll just lurk and envy your pictures.. hihihi…

    • Something like that, yes ! Don’t you sometimes feel that way ?……. i guess not. I just had dinner…. pork chop adobo and chicken soup… tinola, he he he. yummy ! I came from school, and from work…

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      • i do feel that way sometimes… wow! i also envy what you ate.. i am on a diet!! huhuhu for me… ohhh.. you’re very busy huh.. with school and work.. don’t sleep yet.. there is a saying “pababain muna ang kinain” which roughly translate to “put down the eaten food” or something like that… hihihi…

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        • Oh, you mean, digest the food first, or else you’ll have nightmare or something like that. I work at an ice cream parlor. It was quite busy today. It’s still summer here you know.First day of school was yesterday. I’m not tempred to eat ice cream anymore. I work at Baskin and Robbins. Weekends ( now that sschool has started ) I work at a clothing store, BCBG, have you heard of it? It’s kinda high -end.

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          • wow.. an ice cream parlor… goodie!!! so when you first work there, were you tempted in eating all of it’s flavors? yeah.. i heard of BCBG.. is it Max Azria’s? so you have 2 jobs while going to school… wow! amazing! i wish i have your spirit…

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            • Baskin is my first job, right after graduating from high school. I’m sticking there coz I work around my school schedule. Not all employers will allow that. It’s now 1″35 AM. And yes, I’ve tasted all the flavors. And yes, it’s MaxAzria

            • i think you can sleep now.. do you have school tomorrow? better sleep…

  10. These pictures are incredible! there’s something about a city so surrounded by water I really enjoy 🙂

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    • There are a lot of cities surrounded by water, but Venice is extreme. water is like, right there at their doorsteps… well, backdoor steps.

      How is it going, Andy?

      Cheers !

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  11. Thank you so much…you have convinced my wife to make the trip…we’ve talked about it for several years…what beautiful photos…and don’t worry about the one-style pose…just be you.

    Be encouraged!

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  12. Posted by globaldruginfo on August 30, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Venice is one of the favorite place for everyone…It is also called as romantic city in the world….The pictures are really amazing!!!!

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  13. the photos look awesome but can i just say you look so pretty on that green dress? 😀

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  14. Great post! Oh Venice Venice… I’d love to go there one day… before the water level rises!

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    • OMG ! The ice somewhere are melting. However, our tour director categorically stated Venice is not sinking. Ha ! I highly doubt that. There are photos of venice where St, Mark’s Square is flooded, during high tide in spring. So hurry and go ! !

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  15. Beautiful images my friend , Thanks for sharing your adventure photography in Italy 🙂

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  16. I loved quite a bit about Venice (excepting the stench from the canals), and your pictures evoked memories of that long-ago trip.

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  17. Ciao! Italy is awesome! I’ve been there twice in the last 2 years and am planning to go again in December. I haven’t made it to Venice yet though. Thank you for sharing! Beautiful images…

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  18. I read it again – I enjoyed it more than the before…I love this …So informative and so cool….so much interesting ….Simply awesome !

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  19. Italy was one of the country we went on our trip as well. Your photos remind me of our good time there. Looks like we went to so many same destination :). I am still catching up on my posts from holidays too 🙂
    Great photos!!!!

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  20. Posted by Androgoth on September 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    An exquisitely generous feast of photographs
    my friend, all adding the the beauty of Venice…
    By the way there is nothing wrong with your
    posing stance, and from what I can see you
    certainly enjoyed the six day whole experience…

    A great posting Renxkyoko 🙂

    Androgoth

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  21. You all take some great pictures! I’ve never been to Europe, but I you’ve given me a nice window into what it would be like to visit 🙂

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  22. Beautiful pictures, Ren! It looks like you had some great time with your family there. The way you presented this post, is worth all the appreciation. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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  23. hello, Ren… yes, dear, you look pretty in the green dress. i particularly like how you look in the lobby shot, with your cousin… hala pa, gala galore ang ginawa nyo, as in… natutuwa ako that your pics captured the highs and lows of your trip – the panoramic views, the obscure corners, the lively travelers (you, guys) and the tired feet, haha. ^^

    thanks for sharing this. looking forward to the next installment. cheers! 😉

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    • Thanks, Ate ! Sana matapos ko na to, pero, I have school na ! ! Gusto ko talaga yan green dress na yan, It drops beautifully on me, di ba, he he he. Basta don’t get tired reading my posts, huh.

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      • haha, books, classes and teacher’s nasty looks once again. nako, di intimate na naman kayo ng molecules mo, haha. ^^ good luck sa pasukan, Ren…

        yes, maganda ang bagsak sa ‘yo and it shows your curves – o, di ba? 😉 i won’t get tired, naman, masasaya ang kwento mo. btw, pag may time ka, do come over and read the translation of the poem – Confused, Unsettled, haha. ang lakas mo sa ‘kin… 😉

        cheers!

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        • Sa sobrang walang oras ako, nakaklimutan ko na meron pala ako dapat sagutin.

          * sigh * I need all the luck. The course s are really hard now.

          Talaga? favorite ko yan. Parang it was made for me, and me alone, di ba? Ha ha

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          • ah, oo, i can imagine, it’s a busy season for you… take heart, masipag ka naman. basta, paghusayan mo… at talagang made for you alone ang green dress? the dress becomes you, ahaha 😉 have a good weekend ahead, Ren 🙂

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  24. Posted by Androgoth on September 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Have a wickedly enjoyable Friday my friend…

    Androgoth

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  25. I suddenly have the hunger to eat some Italian food. You should come by Jakarta sometime. Just holla back!

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    • Sorry for the late response…. busy, busy, busy. Wanna go to Indonesia too…. Bali, specifically. Heard it’s a great place… very exotic. Been there, yet?

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  26. I knew only one thing about Venice, that it is the most romantic city in the world. Now i know more about it. More than the pictures i love the way you write about them. Its like being a part of your trip. How i wish to visit these places some day! By the way I love your green dress. 🙂

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    • I don’t know about the romance….. there were so many people ! If a couple or two could just walk along the narrow alleyways, ride on the gondola , just the two of them, then , it definitely would be romantic.

      I love that green dress too, ha ha, but I think I neeed to retire it already.

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  27. Thanx for sharing these pics. My wife and I enjoyed our own 9 day trip in Rome. Still trying to fine a bottle of Italian wine in America that compares as well as any we drank there. Peace.

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    • I want to go back to Italy.

      No fine wines from Italy here in the US ? We live near Napa Valley, so most of the wines we have here at home are Napa Valley wines. I’m not really a wine drinker, but I’ve sipped quite a few local ones, but you’re right, Italian wines taste better, for some reason.

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  28. If I could only go to one other country, Italy would be it. You photos are awesome. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

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