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    franze
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    Italy shots

    Last week my wife and daughter were in CA. My boys had a week off from school and hockey practice. We had planned on doing some skiing but after a great day of skiing on Monday, my older son sprained his ankle jumping a ramp in the driveway on his rollerblades. We made the impromptu decision to make a road trip to Italy. Since there were three of us and the RT doesn't have a side hack, we took the BMW 320i. Most of the driving was done on auto-routes as we were focused on destinations: Pisa, Firenze (Florence), Venezia (Venice), and Como.

    First morning in Genova



    Pisa

    My sons discussing the situation




    The obligatory gag shot, eating pizza in Pisa




    Why P.O.V. is so important. I regret not moving to a position where I could have taken a shot of Tai Chi being performed by many




    This statue of Romulus and Remus was nearby. I really preferred this silhouette as opposed to the other, sunlit side. Also, I didn't crop out the tree tops because I liked the shape repeated in the wolf.



    A little after lunch, we headed towards Firenze, I took some great MC roads until the back seat passenger had me pull over so he could complete the last phase of being car sick. Not pretty. Here's what the terrain between Pisa and Firenze looks like.







    Firenze

    We found a hotel near the old part of Firenze. We walked around for a few hours.
    There is a large population of what looked like giant muskrats or some type of chubby freshwater otter along the river. The round brown thing in this photo is not a rock.



    One of my favorite shots.







    Now THATS gelatto!!! I'm surprised that at this angle, the DOF is pretty good.



    Here's the shot that I really, really, wished had turned out a little more in focus. My boys eating their gelatto on the steps of a midevil building. We talked about how many people over the past 500 years leaned against the same building and what they may have been eating.



    As darkness fell, it was time for some low-light experiments.




    I originally used my flex tri-pod from this hill but the pressure of applying the auto focus mechanism caused the camera to flex when released resulting in about 5 blurry images. Luckily, I had my heavy duty mini aluminum tripod which worked much better. Lesson learned, don't use the flex tripod for long shutter speeds.


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    Italy shots

    The next day was Valentines day and I figured our chances of showing up in Venezia without hotel reservations and getting a room was pretty slim. We decided to head to a small town nearby on the Adriatic.

    Chioggia

    We really enjoyed this town. It is a blue collar fishing town. I felt like we were the only tourists in town. The town center was packed with hundreds of people around dusk. When we came out of the restaurant an hour later, the streets were deserted.







    Venezia

    The next morning, we took the ferry to Venizia






    Masks are big!














    An "old school" calender.









    We found the fish market around lunch time which is about 4 hours too late to see the good stuff.







    The crew before we head back to the mainland.


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    franze
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    Italy shots

    That afternoon, we drove to Como, keeping a wary eye out for George Clooney on his HD.

    Como












    Summary: This was my 7th trip to Italy, 4 on a motorcycle, one in an airplane, and two in cars. I absolutely love the people, food, history, and architecture. Granted, I've never had to do business there or deal with mechanical, medical, or legal issues. I'm happy to respond to any questions members may have about where we've stayed, what it costs, etc.

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    Franze: Thanks for the memories! Got to see these sites when my son Seth was small.

    Dear Franze, I always enjoy your travel articles, they are so outstanding and professional. Photos are great and the narrative is consistently entertaining.

    When my son Seth was four in 2000 we did the same loop as you and your boys did, but we started in Rome instead of Switzerland. My wife Jean and I had rented an Opel sedan, surprisingly peppy, and spent a week covering this route.

    Jean and I divorced years later, so seeing the spots brought back fond memories.

    My BMW Club, AZ Beemers, just returned from Mexico. You may enjoy these pics!

    http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...eshow&start=60
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    BMWMOA #24810; www.azbeemers.org/forum #89

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    Great shots! I feel as though I've been there!

    You have a couple of great looking kids, too. Nice to see your face, finally. Your message looks to read that you were in California?! That's can't be right. . . . What's CA? I wish I had time to discuss a few of your shots. All are good but there are several great ones.

    Thanks for having us along.

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    How do you......

    How do you post multiple pictures in your posts? I can only get one at a time and if insert links, the link shows but not the picture without clicking on it. What am I doing wrong?

    PS great shots!!!

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    franze
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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    Great shots! I feel as though I've been there!

    You have a couple of great looking kids, too. Nice to see your face, finally. Your message looks to read that you were in California?! That's can't be right. . . . What's CA? I wish I had time to discuss a few of your shots. All are good but there are several great ones.

    Thanks for having us along.
    that's partly right. My wife and daughter were in CA. We have a house in Roseville and we're moving back this summer. Thanks for the compliment on my kids. I'll be looking to repay that compliment to you in person, in say.........5-6 months?????

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    View from my room at the Garabaladi Hotel, LaMadeleine, Sardinia, Italy, 1999
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    Quote Originally Posted by r11rs94 View Post
    View from my room at the Garabaladi Hotel, LaMadeleine, Sardinia, Italy, 1999
    R11rs94...I lived there March of 73 till March of 74. I was on the Sub Tender USS Howard W. Gilmore. I sold my 72 650 Yamaha and left it there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgadley01 View Post
    R11rs94...I lived there March of 73 till March of 74. I was on the Sub Tender USS Howard W. Gilmore. I sold my 72 650 Yamaha and left it there.
    So your the guy..We were there in 1998 to clean up the bottom where the tenders used to be tied. The US was giving the land back to the Italians and had to return it to its origional state. I believe that in 3 weeks we pulled 21 tons of junk off the bottom and another group of divers was coming in to relieve us. Very beautiful location. I was in the MED at that time (73-74) aboard the USS Columbus CG-12.
    The thing about traveling is, you never want it to end and you can't wait to get home.
    I answer to Roy, Chief, or Sarg.
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    Here is a trip report from my time in Italy this fall.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=631082

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    Emilia Romagna

    My wife and I rented an RT in Milano in October, went riding, and ran across this "farm truck" near Lake Como.
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    USS Theodore Roosevelt stop in Italy

    This was an incredible stay!
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    More Italy

    I'm the short one.
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    St. Peters Cathedral

    Wish I could have stayed longer. Ok Picture needs be fixed some...
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    Last edited by RUSHTK; 03-21-2011 at 06:13 PM. Reason: picture stunk!!

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