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6th February
2013
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The last day trip was to the Island of Capri. It was an island that’s about 20 minutes away by a speedy ferry. Or you can go on an 90 minute tour ferry around the island. We took the tour ferry to Capri and it was beautiful; there were lots of beautiful vistas on the trip and grottos that were were able to take the boat into or near.

One day earlier in the trip, I saw a family kayaking down the coast near Positano. And since that day, all I wanted to do was go kayaking. While on Capri, the last day in Italy, I finally had my chance. I had to walk across the island to the Small Marina (no really, that’s its name, Marina Piccolo). I rented a kayak and then spent the next 90 minutes paddling around. It was amazing. Soooo relaxing. I don’t know how things could have been more perfect. Of everything I did, I think kayaking in the Mediterranean Sea was my favorite part of this trip.

Jellyfish!

For the rest of the pictures from Capri, see my flickr page.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the pictures from Italy. It only took me 8 months to to finish post-processing and make posts, lol. Now to figure out where I’m going on my next trip!

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4th February
2013
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The next day trip we took was to Pompeii. I’ve wanted to go to Pompeii since I was a kid in elementary school, where I learned about Pompeii for the first time. I learned a lot on this trip. One thing that shocked me was the size of Pompeii. You could walk for 15-20 minutes and still not be at the other end of the city. It amazed me that there was a city of that size thousands of years ago. The time needed to build all of that, without the modern day tools. Also the coordination needed to build a city and have it make sense. But it did, they built their market area, there were spaces for tradesmen, areas for the rich, for the poor, an entertainment area with theaters and a sports complex. I was just in awe the entire time.

The above are just a few of the pictures I took from Pompeii. There are a bunch more on my flickr page and I made comments on a bunch of them, describing what you’re looking at in the picture. But a fair warning first… I did post pictures of some of the preserved bodies… so if you think that’s creepy maybe you shouldn’t look…

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3rd February
2013
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Facing the town of Amalfi One day of the trip was spent on a day trip further down the Amalfi Coast. We went to visit the towns of Amalfi and Ravello. This first image is one of us approaching Amalfi. We’re going to pass that hotel in the forefront of the image and Amalfi is in the background at sea level. Amalfi has a lot of history in it. It used to be one of the four main Maritime Republics of Italy along with Venice, Genoa, and Pisa. It was really neat walking down the streets in Amalfi and seeing the Amalfi crest design they’ve been using since the middle ages.

Amalfi

After Amalfi, it was off to Ravello. Ravello, while still on the coast, it was higher up on a cliff-side. Ravello is apparently known for music festivals. There are a couple really beautiful old residences. They’re not castles, but entire grounds where lordly people used to live. For a fee, you could tour the grounds. I have to say, those were the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I can only imagine what it would be like to go there and listen to an Italian orchestra playing here, while looking out over the sea.

WellPillars

For the rest of the pictures from Amalfi & Ravello see my flickr page.

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13th January
2013
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Even though I one of the main reasons for going to Italy was the cooking tour, I took very few pictures of food. Usually, when food was placed in front of me, I just wanted to eat it, lol.

I only took a few food pictures – which can be found here.

One type of food that I feel in love with was fresh ravioli.

I also really enjoyed all the fresh mozzarella. I ate a lot of mozzarella while in Italy.

Then there were a couple cases where I took a picture of food because of the location around the food. This next picture shows two of my favorite things: ravioli and water. On this particular day, I decided to splurge and get some Coke. But they must use different sugar in their Coke than in the US, also they put a slice of lemon in it. It was probably the most refreshing feeling I had gotten from a drink while in Italy.

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8th January
2013
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I was in Positano for the rest of the trip. I was lead here to Positano after reading an article in National Geographic Traveler in 2009. The article was about this woman who went on this cooking tour in this little seaside town called Positano. The way she described the trip sounded like the most amazing, relaxing trip ever and since then I couldn’t get it out of my head. Now, here I was, I finally made it.

Other than the cooking part of the tour, there were some excursions (which will have their own posts). My goal in Positano was to not get stressed about anything. Everyday of the trip included free time (time not scheduled for the cooking tour). During that free time, I would wander around taking pictures and would break up picture time with eating. When I had had my fill of food, I’d break up food time with more picture taking. It was this wonderful back and forth with two of my favorite things – photography and eating. :)

I’ve only posted a small, small set of pictures here. For the set of pictures from Positano, click here. For the all of my Italy pictures, click here.

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7th January
2013
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For all the photos from Italy, you can go to my flickr page. For photos of Venice only, this page has them.

Canal in VeniceStreet in VeniceWindows

I spent the first couple days of the trip in Venice. I was really excited to be there because I had read so much about the history from playing Assassin’s Creed. 😛 I loved walking around the little streets and such, taking pictures of the cute windows, the canals. It was beautiful. That’s mostly what I did in Venice, just wandered around, taking pictures and eating.

Cute house and yard

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6th January
2013
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In May 2012 I went to Italy. I had never been there before. In fact this was my first trip to Europe. This was my first real vacation since starting at Microsoft. I had taken a bunch of short trips, mostly around the US or to Vancouver.

Italy was amazing. I was so relaxed after that trip, it showed me the importance of taking time off. :)

I took my DSLR on this trip and ended up taking over 2400 photos. It’s taken me the last 7 months to go through each one and do a bit of post-processing on them. Now that I’m finally done with the post-processing I’m going to be making posts about them.

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23rd December
2011
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Notes about the photos: You can see the entire set of photos on my flickr page. Pictures titled “India 24”, “India 25”, “India 43″ through “India 53″, “India 67”, Day 328, Day 330, and Day 331 cover this post. The pictures on flickr go into more detail about the trip than here in the blog post.

These photos are some of the random ones that I didn’t know how to group.

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23rd December
2011
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Notes about the photos: You can see the entire set of photos on my flickr page. Pictures titled “India 54″ through “India 66″ and Day 329 cover this post. The pictures on flickr go into more detail about the trip than here in the blog post.

This post is dedicated to the small amount of sight seeing I did. Because of the food poisoning that I got, I had no energy or desire really to move away from bed. But one evening I toughed it out. We went and saw a few things, a marketplace built by the British, a memorial, and a souvenir area. We also drove past some government buildings, some of the embassy buildings.

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23rd December
2011
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Notes about the photos: You can see the entire set of photos on my flickr page. Pictures titled “India 17″ through “India 23″, “India 26” through “India 42”, Day 325, and Day 326 cover this post. The pictures on flickr go into more detail about the trip than here in the blog post.

This post is about what I saw while we were driving or walking through town and markets.

You could see everything and anything on the side of the roads. Some areas were covered in signs. Some areas had mounds of trash. And the mounds of trash just continue and continue. Living right next to the mounds of trash are people, with tents fashioned out of sticks and sheets of cloth. Some of the lucky ones were able to find some sheet metal for roofs. There were all sorts of animals in the streets from elephants, to sheep, to monkeys.

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