I have these huge albums of travel photos. Long before the creation of the digital camera, we use the Nikon SLR camera. I can tell you that it was a hassle taking photos with SLR camera because the subjects (that’s my fidgety kids and I) had to endure ‘face-cramping’ smiles under hot sun, cold winds and etc to get the right photo. My husband who was behind the camera will have to adjust the shutter speed, aperture and God knows what buttons.
Now with my digital camera, I decided to re-take photos of photos and turn them digital. These are some shots taken from our trip to France and Italy in 1999, I think.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Frankly, it is just a steel structure and nothing else! The only impressive thing I found was the nice lawn guarded by these fierce and arrogant guards in blacks. Long black pants, shirts, black gloves, hat and shoes. They will phwwweeeet you with their whistles and yelled in French should anyone step on the lawn. *sheesh*
One can go up to the Eiffel Tower but the queue to take the elevator was hours! It was during the Olympic in France, if I am not mistaken and there were lots of tourists.
Some genuine, 100% sidewalk French cafe. It is nice to sip coffee by the sidewalk where there are no fumes and the air was cold. Certainly not something for our hot, humid Malaysia weather. I wonder how we endure our local sidewalk cafes along Bintang Walk? (never been there)
From Paris, we travelled to Milan. In Milan, we did not take much photos because my husband’s Italian colleague took us around. But Milan’s people really lived up to their Milan-ish image. Fashionable, chic, tanned and in shape.
Food in Milan was great because our Italian friend know where to eat. Their pizza is the size of a small coffee table! And that is just starters.
The above is the jetty to Lake Como. Lake Como is not very far from Milan and the Italians recommended to us to see the beauty in Lake Como. It is like a fairy-tale island but more suitable for very, very rich retirees. We had a hotel room with jacuzzi in the bathroom! Luxurious.
We went to Venice next. Venice and Paris are two cities that I often read in romance novels. Therefore, I conjured up some really romantic notions about these places.
But, in truth, Venice is filled with black coloured rivers, over-crowded water taxis, lots of pick-pockets and migrants from Eastern Europe plus lots of pigeons. That photo above is a church ground. Only problem is I cannot remember whether it is San Marco, St. Paul or what! BTW, a gondola ride costs RM500 and only Japaneses ride on gondolas under the moonlight.
A Spider (I think) which was parked in front of a huge villa. We were play acting and the owner of the car happened to come by. *aiks* He must be amused with these country bumpkins taking photo of his car.
Trevi fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain and make a wish, your wish will come true. Errm…so far my wishes have not come true. One of them is to return to Italy.
…more pics to come. Florence, PISA and others