Travel to Italy

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Angelskates, May 30, 2012.

  1. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Angelskates, have a glorious trip; the experience of a lifetime!
    Safe and happy travels.

    Would you share the link to your blog, again?
     
  2. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    I am careful everywhere. Beijing also has talented pickpockets and beggars ;).

    I'll be in Florence for 5 nights :)

    470 steps in nothing - the Great Wall is much more...I plan to climb to the top of the Duomo for sure!

    Sure. It's here.
     
  3. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Glad you said that. I've climbed on the Great Wall twice. At least the steps in the Duomo are a lot more uniform. The dome is actually two domes, one inside the other, you actually go through the two domes. This was done to give it strength with less weight. Towards the top, in the cupola, it gets a little more difficult, if you're tall. As the dome curves, so does the ceiling. And getting out onto the platform around the campanile is a bit tight - basically a trap door. I've done it twice, loved it! One thing that is interesting, is to look at the perspective of the dome frescoes from the floor and then from the loggia level. You rarely get to see the intentional distortion, up close. As much as Brunelleschi's genius construction of the dome is amazing, Vasari's frescoes are equally amazing.

    Have a wonderful time. I am so jealous! Will you keep your blog updated while you travel?
     
  4. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    I hope to :)
     
  5. Diane Mars

    Diane Mars Active Member

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  6. Tinami Amori

    Tinami Amori Well-Known Member

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    Put some fotos if you get a chance! Have a great trip!:rollin:

    (P.S. :rofl: at your blog's mention of Forza Italia... :rofl: that's Berlusconi's Party..... :rofl:)
     
  7. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    ;) I definitely plan to take lots of photos. I'm debating taking my extra zoom though...I'll have to lug it around! I have a Nikon D70, and an extra Tamron zoom for it....opinions?
     
  8. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Don't bring it, you'll wish you hadn't.
     
  9. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

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    Have a wonderful, wonderful trip!
     
  10. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    Why? I usually do the opposite and that's just in Beijing! In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't weight that much and if I don't want to take it around, I can always leave it at the hotel. Why do you think I'll regret taking it?

    Thank you!
     
  11. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Only because it's fragile and you'll have to carry it. I always regret bringing my Nikon and lenses. A smaller, purse sized camera is so much easier. But, if you won't mind schlepping it, you should bring it.
     
  12. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    :cheer2: Bon Voyage :cheer2:

    May you have the best holiday ever!
     
  13. 4rkidz

    4rkidz plotting, planning and travelling

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    Bon Voyage Angelskates.. Italy will always be my favourite vacation place and take all your camera gear as you will want to take amazing pics.. a year later I'm still enjoying all the pictures we took on our digital album that plays all the time in our living room..

    Have a great time..:)
     
  14. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    After a delay in Munich, I am here! The hotel is really well located, comfie bed and great shower. I've been really sick today so haven't explored much yet. Updated my website and am now resting for another hour or so before going out to lunch and exploring!

    I'm having dinner at Trastevere tomorrow night and Castelli Romani Saturday :)

    Most disappointing thing (aside from being sick!) was that I didn't get an Italia stamp in my passport!!
     
  15. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    In Italy, you have to ask for a stamp. :lol:

    I hope you feel better. Did you bring antibiotics, just in case? I went to Paris a few years ago, shortly after having oral surgery. My doctor insisted that I take antibiotics, in case I got an infection. Well, my teeth were fine, but I wound up with a fever, swollen glands and a sore throat, the first day. It was fortuitous that I had the meds, and Advil, felt better in a day or so. Now, I bring them with me if I leave the country.
     
  16. Nan

    Nan Just me

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    I hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy your vacation. :)
     
  17. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Echoing this!
     
  18. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    I guess since Europe has no money, this is saving ink. Who am I to argue?

    Thanks, I am feeling better. REALLY tired, but better. I did not bring antibiotics, I am not allowed to take medications without a doctor's actual supervision since I am already on medications and have several health issues and no health insurance. I would never take antibiotics without an appointment to see a doctor.

    Today I had a lot of fun getting lost. I found a lot of cool stuff, some really famous (the Spanish Steps, St. Peter's Basilica etc.) and some not (all the food I ate, some cool doors and windows) and the Google Maps helped me find my way back to the hotel.

    I want to photograph EVERYTHING - I've taken 324 photos already! I can't imagine not having digital :lol: I am very glad I brought the extra zoom. :)

    Tomorrow I am going to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica on a morning tour. I'm going to Travestere for dinner with my friend and some of her friends.

    The hardest thing so far: remembering they don't speak Chinese and remembering to flush toilet paper. It's also weird to have cars stop to let pedestrians cross at the zebra crossings! In China, they're just road decorations :lol: A lot of things remind me a of Beijing, or not so much remind me, but I have noticed similarities - the importance of elaborate doors, attention to details (especially in roofs), the magazine stands...
     
  19. pingu

    pingu Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Italy :)
     
  20. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    Thanks ping, where in Italy are you? (Sorry if I've already asked). It was funny when I arrived in Rome - the first sign I was was "Welcome to Rome" written in Chinese with a big picture of the Colosseum!
     
  21. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Angelskates, so you know, you can take photos in the Vatican.
     
  22. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    I know ;) Thanks.
     
  23. pingu

    pingu Well-Known Member

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    I live in Milan :) I'm not surprised that you saw that sign, there have been a lot of chinese tourists here (well, at least where I live) in the recent years.
     
  24. allezfred

    allezfred Upsetting Canadians Since 2004 Staff Member

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    Probably because you entered the Schengen Area when you arrived in Germany.
     
  25. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

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    If you're good at dodging traffic, you'll be right at home in Rome. My poor friend was not so bold and almost got run over a few times. :yikes:

    Yes, that's what happened to us. Furthermore, we didn't even get a stamp coming into the EU because we went through an expedited customs line since our layover at Schipol was less than an hour. I was quite sad. :lol: The only stamp I have is for leaving Amsterdam!
     
  26. Tinami Amori

    Tinami Amori Well-Known Member

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    No it is not that..:D You've entered EU/schengen section through Germany because your first point of entry into EU was Munchen. So you got a German stamp. The Munchen-Roma flight was technically "domestic" and you did not go through customs and passport control, so no need to stamp your passport.

    You'll get one out of Milan when leaving....:rollin:
     
  27. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily, I drove from Slovenia to Venice, in 2003. Before Slovenia was part of the area. When I crossed into Italy, they took our passports and did not stamp them. We asked for stamps, they looked incredibly annoyed, made us pull over and wait for 20 minutes :lol:. But, we got our stamps.

    Maybe, I've flown out of Firenze and Rome, never got a stamp. and the Rome flight was Rome to Newark, non-stop.
     
  28. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

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    Meh, if the stamp (or lack of) is the most disappointing thing about the trip, I'll be delighted! :)
     
  29. Tinami Amori

    Tinami Amori Well-Known Member

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    Ok.....:)

    When you flown ex Rome or Firenze directly to USA, yes you were on an international flight, and yes you had to go through passport control, but it was bound for the USA.

    US Citizens do NOT require to have Schengen Visas to Europe, so the passport control procedures differ from flights which service origins/destination of countries from which citizens do require a Schengen Visa.

    One of the conditions of Schengen visa for visa holders, if they do not want to be black-listed for next time, is to LEAVE BEFORE YOUR SCHENGEN VISA EXPIRES.

    In order to register "exit" for Schengen Visa holders, the customs at the last port of exist from the EU/schengen zone do two things:
    a) Scan the Passport into the "departure database" for their own records.

    b) Put a stamp into the departing schengen-holder's passport to give him/her a PROOF OF TIMELY EXIST according to Visa Rules.

    Most passengers on the flight ex EU/Schengen zone to USA/Canada/etc, are NOT Schengen visa holders and their passports do not get stamped automatically. If one needs a stamp - ONE MUST ASK FOR IT.

    However... In case of Angelskates, she is comming from and going back to China. Chinese citizens do need Schengen Visa. Angelskate is an Auzzie, but she is on a flight from/to a zone (China) which requires Schengen Visa for most passengers.

    So the customs/passport control will process to/from China flights with all the Schengen requirements in mind.

    If Angelskates flight ex MXP/Milan is direct to PEK/Pekin - she'll get exist stamp automatically.

    If her flight ex MXP back to Munchen or Frankfurt and then on to PEK - she'll get her stamp ex German airport.
     
  30. Tinami Amori

    Tinami Amori Well-Known Member

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    Angelskates, when you get to Tivoli, Villa D’Este tomorrow, if you get a chance can you please bring a snack for feral cats who live there?

    You will see them when you get to the main fountain (see the right lower corner of this foto), there is a feral cats colony, cats who live there in the bushes, and people bring cat snack to feed them. Or some buy “something cheesy” or “milky” at the snack stand right there. Or one can buy and bring a cat food from a store in Rome, or cottage cheese jar, or something…. These cats depend on people feeding them.

    This is were you can find most of the cats (lower right corner).
    http://bagnidilucca.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/img_0422.jpg

    These are the cats, well few of them.
    http://daypic.ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/1411.jpg

    http://honeybadgerhall.blogspot.com/2009/06/cats-of-italy.html

    http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/4501825

    (this is not me, just a foto)
    http://justmarriedblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/dsc_0479web.jpg?w=398&h=600

    (only if you have a chance, and if you will, then THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!...:cat:)