Sunday, March 31, 2013

妈妈,我长大了!



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昨天的我终于看见小宝贝鼓起勇气,晃晃悠悠的踏出一步又一步。那时的我,心理充满了紧张,期待和无比的兴奋。虽然小宝贝的步伐还不是很稳,可是他一副开心的脸仿佛在说“妈妈,我长大了”!

看着他天真无邪的笑脸,我真的觉得一切辛苦都是值得的。

现在的小宝贝每天都会不停的叫爸爸,偶尔叫两声妈妈,虽然他还是不懂分辨谁是谁,可是每当他碰巧的望着我又叫我“妈妈”时,我总觉得自己被一种巨大的幸福笼罩着。

刚才我翻看了小宝贝自出世第一天到现在的照片,真的觉得他已经不是14个月前我抱在怀里的小宝宝了。从翻,爬,坐,到现在的走,时间真的过得很快,小宝贝现在已经会表达自己想要些什么,最有趣的莫不过是他边用力不断摇头边说“不要,不要”和用手推开他不想要的东西。

小宝贝,你真的长大了!要听妈妈的话和疼妈妈哦!



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Florence



Florence may not be first on the list of attractions in Italy for many, but after exploring this city, I must say it really surprised me with its beauty!



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It was a chilling cold morning!

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Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the main church of Florence, also known as Piazza Del Duomo, an iconic symbol of Florence!


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We arrived in the early morning before the crowd


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Behind me was the Baptistry, one of the oldest buildings in the city, built between 1059 and 1128. This octagonal Baptistry is renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures, and the east doors are called "Gate of Paradise".


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Truly beautiful...... I meant the architecture of the church

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Our tour guide for today! A very humorous and interesting guy! He successfully made me listen to him for more than 10 minutes^^


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I'm not sure whether you notice on the brick pavement in my previous posts, that's the road in almost all the places that I visited in Italy! So strictly no high heels or stiletto when you have to do walking tour in Italy!


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Giotto's Bell Tower


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It looks like a simulation by computer

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Cold die us................

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Love my ostrich fur coat!

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A famous breakfast shop in the street!

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Basilica of Santa Croce. Just a photo stop and we did not manage to go in for a visit.


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Palazzo Medici Riccardi. I read from internet that this palace is full of statues and furniture used by the Medici family.


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After an hour of walking, we desperately needed a place to warm ourselves. The weather was just too cold! We settled down in a restaurant recommended by tour guide and had our short break!


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Boring sandwiches.... as they just don't look good and delicious like those I saw in Japan.


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Very nice ambiance ^^


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And it was still very cold..... Gotta continue our walking tour


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Palazzo Vecchio, town hall of Florence, Italy.


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We were at Piazza della Signoria. This square in the heart of the Renaissance displaying masterful sculptures for all to enjoy in the open-air museum known as the Loggia dei Lanzi. This sculpture is called Bartolommeo Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus


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Behind me was Benvenuto Cellini's statue Perseus With the Head of Medusa


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Copy of Michaelangelo's David overlooking the square


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Benvenuto Cellini statue at Ponte Vecchio


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Crossing Ponte Vecchio right before our lunch! Beautiful view from this old bridge with tiny shop after shop but too bad it was 1st January and most of the shops were closed! The sky was not bright enough to add color to the river T_T


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Lunch at Osteria dei Baroncelli Restaurant


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Love the interior decoration and ambiance here!


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Our starter, forgot its name but it tasted quite good!


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And here's my Florentine steak!


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It was tender, tasty and perfectly cooked! But just a bit too plain because you know, Malaysians just like sauce too much!


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Amazing Italian experience!


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We had a stroll along the scenic Arno river


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I love the reflection on the river!


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A lovely and romantic place!


Then we proceeded to Michelangelo Square, which is famous for its hilltop view.


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It's very panoramic with the Duomo prominently standing out as well as the lovely buildings along the Arno river.


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From here you get a magnificent sight of the city. Although we went in a cloudy day, we really enjoyed the visit.


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Photo with our good-looking driver! He's the best driver ever! Super friendly, polite and professional!


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As this square is dedicated to the great artist Michaelangelo, you'll find another copy of his famous David here.


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Good bye FLORENCE!


BUONANOTTE (good night in Italian)!


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Venice ♥♥♥



Among the many cities I have visited during my Europe trip, Venice is the most interesting and romantic one.

There are water taxis, buses, delivery boats, police, and ambulances; in addition to the many personal watercraft and the famous gondolas. That's why it's also known as "city of water".

My hubby and me really enjoyed the scene, food and of course the gondola ride (despite being super expensive) that brought us the sweet moment in this magical and beautiful city.



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We were at pier waiting for the water taxi to Piazza San Marco.


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Thanks god for giving us a bright and sunny day. The clear blue sky got us excited about the time we were going to spend at Venice!


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We were almost there.....


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And finally, here I am with the gondolas ♥♥♥


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The gondoliers look super handsome and smart!


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I ♥ this building so much! The design really looks like Tiffany & Co's key pendant!


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So many pigeons flying here and there!


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Pigeons and me at Piazza San Marco ^^ Piazza San Marco is the lowest point in Venice and when it rains heavy, it floods.


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Italy jump!!!


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Our Venice tour guide! I only listened to less than 10% of her history telling because it was too boring. She just introduced the building without bringing us there. What's the point of standing still at one place listening to her history without having chance to take photos? I'm not a history or culture person honestly. I just love to enjoy the scenery, explore the place on my foot at the maximum and take as much photos as possible.


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Basilica di San Marco. In Italian, basilica means church.


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Crossing the first bridge in Venice and heading for Murano glassmaking.


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Glassmaking demonstrated by a handsome Italian!


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In less than 2 minutes, a beautiful and fine Murano glass horse was done!


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The iconic gondolas, they are everywhere.


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And finally it's our free time to explore this mysterious maze of streets! You really will be lost if you don't remember the way or the landmark because every street or canal looks the same.


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Another great building! Every corner is a good place for photo shooting!


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Simply love the sun ray

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The colorful and artful array of the iconic masks of Venice


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Walking on the streets


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Which one to choose? *Undecisive


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Let me try this on!


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Photos with two gondoliers


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Venice flaunts her beauty in the most obvious ways.....


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Simply beautiful!


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And finally it's lunch time! Super love this shot!


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Our restaurant! Warm decor with super warm temperature


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This was one of the Italian cuisines, squid ink spaghetti. Looked terrible but it tasted unexpectedly good!


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This seafood plater was just so so. My stomach was full after having the pasta


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The cut throat prices gondola rides seemed a little crazy, but didn't stop us from taking one. It cost 80 Euros for a smaller gondola for six persons. But I insisted to take the ride with only hubby, so that we could have our most romantic moment in Venice.

I'm going to bring you to experience the gondola ride in this beautiful water city

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Are you ready?


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The Bridge of Sighs, one of the important landmark in Venice


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Trying to stand up when the gondola was moving!


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The gondola ride brought us through history, experiencing achingly beautiful classic Venetian water scenes


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Very vibrant and colorful and lively and artful


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Playing with the water ^^


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30 minutes of the gondola ride passed too fast! And last but not least, my hubby and me with the gondolier.


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We love Venice ♥♥♥


To unlock the secrets of mysterious Venice, you really have to experience the gondola ride! 

Do you like this fascinating and unique city on the sea?



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