Saturday, October 29, 2011

Leaning Tower of Pisa~

Before going to Pisa I came across this photo on the internet and I was like...

"Lolll they look hilarious! I'm going to Pisa to take photos of people making these poses!!"

The guy with the bent knee is hilarious lol

Will continue this story later on...

There's pretty much only one stop in Pisa and that's at the famous Leaning tower of Pisa! I'm surprised you didn't have to pay any entry fee because the whole area was gated off. You had to pay if you wanted to go into the tower though.

I think that's one of the great things about Italy. Most of the famous buildings, cathedrals etc was all free!! So there was no silly entrance prices unless you actually want to go up tall towers to get nice views. 

Ahh the gorgeous blue sky~

So the leaning tower is actually quite small!

 Forgot to bring my sunnies and couldn't even open my eyes because I was facing the sun =(

Although the tower was small but it looked sooo gorgeous and white! Why does all the architecture in Italy look like this? So pretty and new looking but it look so fake in a good way of course.

The Cathedral square

 Me getting my camera ready for some shooting!

Ok back to my story..

So I had that first picture in my head the whole time so I was like ok... must not conform and make stupid poses with the tower!!!

So took some very normal poses...

like this...

and this...

Ooo got a bit creative by not standing next to each other but still pretty normal posing..

Pwhahaha do you see that guy next to me! I actually didn't end up *intentionally* taking photos of people posing funny with the tower but I guess I got one by accident haha!

Then I was like ok.. I won't do the stupid hand pose but I'll just 'lean' on the 'leaning' tower 

And omgg it turned out pretty well! Cos the tower look so fake and you look like a giant and the effect was really cool!!! Then my bf's god sister was like omgg I wanna try some cool poses!


In the end... We/I caved in!! We couldn't resist the temptation!!

And we conformed!!!! >____<

Kicking the tower lol!

Headbutting the tower

Three people trying to push the tower straight again

This was my favourite lol!

Ahhh.. heck I mean how many times do you have the chance to go and see the leaning tower of Pisa and take cool photos like that? I mean I didn't realise the results was so cool!!! The tower looked so fake and we looked like awesome giants!!! Pwahahah and it was heaps of fun thinking up random poses >.<

The photos turned out so much better than the first couple of boring poses right? lol

And two more photos of the cathedral from the front entrance

The next day we went to Roma~~~but before I start that post I'll do a post on my shopping in Italy! Something different for those readers that are getting bored of my Italy travel posts lol 



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gorgeous day in Florence

Yay! First day of no work and all play officially begins! We hired a personal driver to drive us from Bologna to Florence and then Pisa! The scenery from Bologna to Florence was breathtaking! We were driving through lushes green mountains. I tried taking photos but just ended up taking a bunch of blurry green pictures =.= 

There were soo many tourists that day in Florence! We were dropped off at the Piazza del Duomo.

This was one of my favourite pictures taken of Florence! The octagonal building is the Baptistery of St John. 

 The buildings are magnificent! I felt as if I walked right into the game Assassin! The buildings were so beautiful they looked fake! It's hard to believe buildings this gorgeous are actually right in front of you! I got used to this later on as I realise pretty much all historical buildings in Italy look this magnificent. Esp the ones in Rome omggg

  It was great for picture taking because you have superb backdrop everywhere!! For example... 

And another example. Ok the background is not that great but hey a horse drawn carriage! =P

At the souvenir stand

Giotto's bell tower

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore - 4th largest church in Europe!

Close up of the entrance
I can't believe how much detail is put into these buildings! I've never seen anything like this before! 

Look at the miniture sculptures on the wall! omfgg

Side of the the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Such pretty paintings!! Very talented man!

Another one of my favourite pictures taken of Florence! Look how blue the sky is!! I felt soo lucky during this trip because I had weather like this everyday!!

They were selling a lot of these aprons in Florence and Pisa which was super interesting lol!

Taking silly photos with my bf's mummy and his god sister~ still outside the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. On a different side now

How HUGE and pretty is the door?

Yay! Ice cream time!!!


Happily eating our yummy ice cream in Florence <3

After walking all the way around the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore we went in search for the Ponte Vecchio, the old bridge over the Arno river.

Walked past the Piazza della Repubblica

Another talented painter, you see a lot of these street painters in Italy.

And omg another super talented artist drawing with chalk on the ground! Amazing!

A mini market in the Loggia dei Lanzi 

Close up of the sculpture on the wall of the Loggia dei Lanzi

Such a pretty building!! Retail shops on level one and probably apartments in the upper levels.

Then a mini parade went by! 

The coat of arms of Florence on the drums

Medieval outfits in bright colours~

The town hall of Florence - Palazzo Vecchio (The old palace)

A lot of these sculptures surrounded the Palazzo Vecchio

This was actually a real person not a sculpture!

And then we found the Ponte Vecchio

Before leaving for Pisa the driver drover us to a mountain top to view the entire city of Florence
How pretty is the sky?

You can see the Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with the dome roof!

I did a LOT of search on Wikipedia for the names of those buildings. I had no idea what they were when I was in Florence. It was more like OoOO pretty buildings!! *snap snap snap* OooO nice bridge! *snap snap* lol! Hope you enjoyed the Florence post! Next stop~ the leaning tower of Pisa!