ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE

ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
ITALY 2015 // CINQUE TERRE.
Heading to the other side of Italy from Venice was quite the welcoming reprieve from the stifling humidity of the lagoon. The Mediterranean sea breeze was the perfect complement to the summer heat, making foot travel a much more enjoyable experience than Venice. Make no mistake, it was still freaking hot. But that sea breeze - it made all the difference!

And like Venice, Cinque Terre would be ideal during off peak season. The heat, the insane crowds on the beach and train stations, the frustration in finding a restaurant that's not freakishly full with an unreasonable wait time. 'Leisure' was definitely not the term to be used with all the above against you.

But, oh! The views! That alone will make you forget the hassle of vacation crowds! The Italian Riviera. Colorful pastel buildings huddled together and artfully perched on rocky hillsides overlooking the sea. They definitely look exactly like they do in those postcards. Almost too pretty to be real. But it is very real. And there are five of these very real picturesque villages.

Talk about sensory overload x5!

Or more like pastel sensory overload x5. It was like being in a more quaint, laidback part of Venice. Our mini hikes to catch those covetable pastel panoramic views everyone keeps talking about were simply ah-mazing. (Vernazza and Manarola are our faves!) I think the only times we weren't blown away by the pastel scenery was when we were being blown away by the fantastic seafood cuisine of the Liguria region. Deliciousness!

And just to put it out there, a small, small part of me was hoping to run into Andre 3000. I know! How unbelievably and farfetchedly silly of me! All thanks to my Kuya Carlo and his multiple Andre 3000 stalkings sightings throughout Cinque Terre many years ago. Even got a photo with him and everything. Lucky bastard. But ya know, not giving up hope! I will meet a celebrity in Europe one of these days! Mika, I'm looking at you!


-jin-

ITALY 2015 // VENICE

ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
ITALY 2015 // VENICE.
Where to go after a week in Iceland?
Venice, of course.
Was it a bit of a bad idea?
A little of no, a whole lot of yes.

Imagine this romantic notion. A gorgeous centuries old city perched majestically on water in all it's pastel glory. Sinking a slow death. And disappearing. Forever. A bit of The Lost City of Atlantis vibe. Sounds tragic, no? All very inevitable. Like inevitably in the near future!

So we pounced on the opportunity to beat the inevitable. Kind of a misjudgement of when to visit.

It was the end of July.
It was extremely hot and humid.
It was stupid crowded with tourists.

As many times as I've gone to Europe in the middle of the summer season, I of all people, should know this! But the picturesque canals and cityscape photos of Venice on Instagram! I was dazzled! The second we landed in Venice, only then reality sunk it. Hell! It's like being back in Houston!

Sweat Fest. Yay. We got around that blaringly obvious problemo by venturing out during the morning, after a nice al fresco breakfast at our very rococo hotel, but before the crowds exponentially grow. Near noon, when the oppressing humidity becomes unbearable, we'd head back to the room, strip our clothes off and pass out until early evening. Then back out, getting lost amongst the island's 400 bridges, wondering aimlessly for Venetian eats and local spritzes. Our schedule was great for photo ops and we still enjoyed the city's enchanting Renaissance views without melting to death. Aside from taking a rowing lesson at high noon. A very awesome Venetian experience in very miserable weather conditions, but it was the only time slot left opened.

Although all the above would have been nicer, say, NOT in the summertime. With no crowds. Should take my own advice the next time we come back to Venice!


-jin-

ITALY 2007

throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // rome 2007.

Excerpt from my old Xanga entrycirca 2007: 

Buongiorno~! Roma ... a virtual feast of: rustic charm, romantic rendezvous moments, mesmerizing piazzas, quaint shops, gelaterias, fascinating architecture, history spanning back thousands of yrs ... la dolce vita! And of course, a vino lover's heaven. So this is how the Romans did it~!

Left Italia with quite the loot: assorted cioccolato, a couple of Vatican rosaries, extra virgin olive oil from the Non-Mafia fields of Sicily  ... and 6 bottles of red.  All ranging from Bardolino to Sangiovese.  Now hoooool' up ... I came prepared. ;-) A 2nd luggage was packed in anticipation of the great Italia pounce.  Though, lugging the loot across Rome and London proved to be ... quite a task. (Thanks, V! =D)

So what I missed? Arrived back in the states with a few surprises.  Besides being flooded with a ton of texts/voicemails; noticed a few new spots popped up along I45, LingLing moved to the Magic Kingdom, learnt some interesting details from Kai, Hai + Ricky ... and found quite a few wedding invitations awaiting my arrival.  All within a 2hr span.  Kuya Bum is getting married, Giang's getting married, Kim's getting married, JR&Ar- .... well, eventually, anywayz.  It's only been 2 weeks!  What the hell happened??

Now I leave you with something I saw at the Fiumicino airport in Roma:

I plan to retire from work.  Not from life.

That's gangstah.

Ciao~!

 

For more photo evidencia on Jincent + Mushu's trip to Rome 2007, check out ze old Xanga page.

besos ... jin.