06 September 2011

Italy- land of the Gladiators

Each Hari Raya holidays i get to take my longest vacation for the year. This year we decided to see the land of the gladiators. How to describe it, in one word  - awesome . I took in total 740 photos and that was just scratching the surface.  



We started at Lake Como 



Magnificent mansions and villas everywhere


night view near the lake promenade


From Como we took a side trip into Switzerland for some shopping here again


This is what you call a showroom. Only Yamahas








RTW  ready


I came here last year to get a riding suit for myself. This time we came to get a suit for my wife.


Back in Como by lunch. Time to walk around.





After a couple of days we came here 



Looks familiar ?






Venice  : )


Great local beer



Man toys


After a few days there it was on to Florence.
here is the view from my hotel roof garden



Scooters rule here


Till i saw the real tourer


Massive church in Florence. See the top of the dome ?


Zoomed in        : 0


Ancient buildings everywhere




Ancient map of Malaysia from the Roman travellers. click to see the old names.
Some survive till today    


14th century bridge with shops lining the main path


Same bridge at dusk
 


13th century bridge


This is so cool . An old tower becomes someones private residence with gardens and parking


Trying to be artistic  : )


Same as above just zoomed in


The next day we took a drive to first Lucca 


Ancient walled city


Then to here


Awesome 


look , it leans



After a couple of days all roads lead here.
ROME
View from my hotel roof garden


piazza Navona


That obelisk is from ancient Egypt . more than 2000 years old


Where men walked


fought and died


The interior of the Collesium


Its bigger than it looks


Ancient F1 track.
Circus Maximus  


Piazza de Popolo


The Spanish steps


Trevi's fountain


Pantheon 





The next day it was the Vatican 


The inside of St.Peters. you can fit a 747 in there  


Click this to get some scale 


the famous square 


that tiny dot at the end is a 10 foot high door. amazing decor .  


Sistine chapel . You are not supposed to take pics here but with a rotating screen stealth photography was easy.


The most famous part. Zoomed in  


Here you can see room after room intricately decorated.



Italy was magnificant. And that was just a short trip. 
Wish i could ride the country though.   hmmmmmm.
Grazie and arreverdeci .
Cheers.


2 comments:

  1. what a nice place.... nice view... so ramantic..

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  2. Thanks bro. Memang tempat menarik : )

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