Spending A Day in Luzern

Ray of lights illuminated us in one of Luzern’s traffic junction
The last time we visited Luzern in December last year, it was only short visit, and unfortunately thick fog clouded Luzern which set the mood gloom, and made our opportunity to experience Luzern very limited. So I vowed myself back then to return to this beautifull town.

And Alhamdulillah, here we are, in much better weather, and longer time to roam and explore. Here are some pictures we took:

Luzern famous chapel. I can capture in much colorful tone this time around
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Coffee in Rest Area on Way to Innsbruck

On our way to Inssbruck, we took a short break in Rest Area near Trento, Italy. Get my daily dose of coffee with these Italians. 

It’s funny to observe how different the Italians (compared to us) in having their coffee. Mostly they will order for espresso and will finish it in 1-2 sips. While for me, I would rather to sit back, relax and enjoy my cappuccino. 

But one thing for sure, the standar of coffee in this country is very good. Even rest area on highway serve you high quality coffee!

The view from Rest Area
Our bus stopped at rest area

Misty (and yet still) Picturesque Venice

The unmistaken view of Venice
Some people says “it is hard to be original when it comes to Venice. Every aspects of the city has been painted, photographed and described a hundred times before by some of the greatest minds of the Western hemisphere”

I guess that was right. I myself had seen many pictures, paintings, and even comics about Venice. I have clear vision of how Venice looks like, and how I should take pictures of this beautiful city.

Alas, this morning gave me unexpected weather.  The mist clouded the city since early day. This casted monochromatic ambience throughout the city. My hope to get sparkling scenes of Venice from bright sunlight was gone.

But thankfully Venice is still as enchanting as ever. The small island on the northeastern of Italy does not need help from the nature to give you interesting point of interests. The decaying walls, the artistic gondolas, and the mirages reflected in every corner of canals, however unoriginal, are still feast for photographers. 

Myself included. 

So here are some of my shots from today. I hope I’m still able to capture the beauty of Venice, one of the most picturesque city in the world, although of course, it’s far from original 🙂

Gears: Fujifilm XE2 with Fujinon lens 14mm, 23mm, 56mm. GoPro Hero 4. IPhone 6s. Edited in Snapseed – with warm color set to enhance to mood.

One of many canals you find in Venice
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The top of Pisa tower, with a plane flying by
This landmark needs no introduction. Almost everyone knows it. The 55 meters tower was started to be built in 12th century. Because of an inadequate foundation on ground (it’s too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight), the tower tilted and the tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed in the 14th century. Thanks to modern day technology, in 21st century, the structure is now stabilized to avoid further tilt.

The cathedral beside the leaning tower, in Piazza de Miracoli

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When in Rome: Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, and Cappuccino!

Colosseum doesn’t look so colossal in this picture 🙂
This is the first time for me to be in Europe following a packaged tour. It gives you plenty of place to see within short period of time, but with much less time to enjoy the moment. 

I’m actually more of a slow traveller, loves to set my own itinerary and savours the moment while in it. But anyway, here I am, in view of practicality and adjusting to my mother-in-law’s preference to visit many places, we join the tour.

Hence, after a visit to Vatican, we continued our trip to another Rome’s landmarks: Colosseum and Fontana di Trevi. Mainstream tourist destination, obviously, but as I haven’t been to Italy, I welcomed the idea.

Me, Elok and Mom in Colosseum
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Visit to St. Peter’s Basilica

When you’re in Rome, one of the most visited landmark is St. Peter’s Basilica, located at Vatican City. It’s actually an Italian Renaissance church built in 16th century. 

As one of main tourist’s destination, which also serves as religious place, to get inside the church you have to queue for long security inspection. We spent more than an hour on this. Thankfully the weather was not too humid, as it’s already an autumn.

Long queue for security check. Seen from one of the security check post
When we’re still early in the queue

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