• Florence, As We Love It

    Florence, according to Italian, is a small city.   A cab driver told us, like 2km radius.  So one could from one point to the other. We did not walk that much, mainly due to the rain.  But we did walk from the train station to the main attraction.  We reached Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in like 20 minutes of walking.  There is not much of a problem to walk in Florence in February, as it was still sort of like winter. After the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore visit, which took about 3-4 hours, we decided to walk about in the area.  Two nice things to do…

  • Basilica, after watching Angels and Demons

    I have watched the Angels and Demons, a movie adaptation by Dan Brown, whom our family, majority not a fan.  We read because it is entertaining, but I must say Mr. Brown is very creative and imaginative.  You can not be a writer who makes money without having both. So when we arrived at the Basilica, the feeling is so great that I could see the place, like D-place, which I have only thought of seeing it from websites and pictures.  It is amazing.  We are here. The St Peter Square is seriously huge, to cater for the crowd gathering. Where as the Basilica, just like everywhere else in Vatican,…

  • Castel Sant’Angelo, Now a Museum

    Taken from Castel Sant’Angelo’s official website:- Built around 123 AD as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian and his family, Castel Sant’Angelo has an unusual destiny in the historical and artistic capital of the scene. While all the other Roman monuments are overwhelmed, reduced to ruins or quarries to be recycled into new materials counting, modern buildings, the Castle – through an unbroken series of developments and transformations that seem to slip into each other seamlessly continuity – accompanies for almost two thousand years the fate and history of Rome. From funerary monument to a fortified outpost, from dark and terrible prison in splendid Renaissance residence which sees active among its…

  • High Speed Train in Rome, To Many Places, Including Outside of Italy.

    We made arrangement to attend the Pope Audience on Wednesday, so we decided to leave Rome on Tuesday to head out to Florence, or famously known as Fiorenze in Italian. The ride was 80 Euro per pax for return ticket.  We did not plan to stay in Florence, so we went on a day trip, which according to many Romans, more than enough.  We only have 2km of radius to cover.  They were right actually. Florence is small. But I want to talk about the high speed train ride. Retna and I went on bullet train ride when we were in Japan, and then again when I was in Nagoya,…

  • Driving in Rome, Graduated If You Still Alive.

    The Rome trip has been fruitful and great. The Tan-Vijayans really enjoyed themselves, so do we, Retna and I. We took a flight from KLIA, and then transited in Dubai, before reaching Rome, or the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport.  The whole journey – about 14 hours of flight time.  We were lucky to have a short transit in Dubai.  So less waiting. Arrived in Rome at about 6:25pm, and the hotel transfer came to pick us up at the same time.  We reached the hotel in less than 20mins, mainly the driver drove really fast. It is like, one just want to drive fast for the sake of driving fast.…