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2015 May

  • Previously: Overview | Barcelona Part 1 | Barcelona Part 2 | Rome and Vatican City | Rome Part 2 and Paris Part 1 | Europe trip photo album This series of posts has taken longer than I thought it would, and I grow weary on it. We'll cover things a bit faster from here, less of the daily stuff and we'll stick to the highlights. This will be the final entry! Sunday March 15th This Sunday we took a long walk to visit the famous Louvre museum (why go to Paris and not see the Louvre). The French person behind

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  • Previously: Overview | Barcelona Part 1 | Barcelona Part 2 | Rome and Vatican City | Europe trip photo album Friday March 13th This was our last day in Rome and we were planning to visit the Colosseum and the nearby Palatino Hill. It was a long walk and we passed by a few palaces and the usual open plazas, many of the landmarks identified by Egpytian obelisks placed there by the Roman emperors. Rome is chock-full of cobblestone roads and plazas lined with souvenir shops and pizzerias and buildings fronted by 12-foot-high steel doors with large lion-head knockers and

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  • Europe trip photo dump

    Bubble Guy -- Photo Credit: Ryan Liwanag
    Carbonara!
    The view from atop the Centro Comercial de las Arenas -- Photo Credit: Ryan Liwanag
    Maria Reina Church in Barcelona
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    There's a mess of tunnels underneath what used to be the Colosseum floor - they raised up animals using trapdoor platforms from this level
    The outside of the Colosseum - the pillars are riddled with holes
    The Coronation of Napoleon ended the first audioguide tour we had decided to follow. The painting is huge and there were lots of details to take in
    Dona i Ocell' Sculpture at Parc Joan de Miro -- Photo credit: Ryan Liwanag
    Diana of the Hunt. There's a replica of this statue in the hall of mirrors in Versailles
    We took the train ride to the top of the Eiffel, almost 300m above sea level. It was ridiculously cold at the top too, my hoodie was nowhere near enough
    After enjoying the view from the top of the tower, we descended and enjoyed the tower's light show
    A display atop the tower showed the distance from different capital cities around the world, and the height of the highest building there, for comparison to the Eiffel. I have no idea what this Stratford Residences is though
    Panoramic view from atop the tower. Please excuse my poor camera skillz
    Fountain Show -- Photo Credit: Ryan Liwanag
    One of the golden statues watching over the Pont Alexander
    Another view of the hospital
    Hospital Sant Pau -- Photo Credit: Ryan Liwanag
    Apparently there's always a big crowd around the Mona Lisa. I honestly found it a bit underwhelming, given how famous it is.
    Panorama of the view from the Montmarte hill
    Supposedly if you lie with your hand inside the mouth, you will lose your hand. I would have pretended to lose my hand, but the guy ahead of us in the queue already did that gag
    Yummy paella!
    The view overlooking the Roman forum and nearby ruins
    The roof of the columned area looks like shattered plates -- Photo Credit: Ryan Liwanag
    This lizard is kind of a big deal, souvenir shops often have keychains featuring it. Photo credit: Ryan Liwanag
    Googling "barcelona street game where old men throw metal balls" tells us this is called Petanque. -- Photo credit: Ryan Liwanag
    The bridge gives us a good view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance
    Our quiz night results -- who knows what place we finished
    One of the last rooms we visited was full of Rembrandts, who was apparently very fond of selfies somehow
    Sagrada Familia -- Under Construction
    South facade of the Sagrada Familia -- it looks like some sort of Nativity scene
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    There's a series of rooms with detailed paintings of Greek myths which left me looking up all the time. I think this Apollo one was my favorite
    The Hall of Battles was easily my favorite thing in the Chateau, I paid attention to each of the battles/paintings discussed by the audioguide. Typically, I have already forgotten most of the information, but I was well entertained
    The famous Hall of Mirrors in the Chateau
    There's a series of rooms where normal people could get a glimpse of the king and queen's daily lives, including their bedrooms and this dining room
    The Winged Victory of Samothrace. Well, I may have accidentally clicked on the detailed guide for  this piece and thus spent some extra time here

2015 April

  • Europe 2015: Rome and Vatican City

    Previously: Overview | Barcelona Part 1 | Barcelona Part 2 | Europe trip photo album Wednesday March 11th It's early in the morning when the shuttle picks us up to take us to the airport for our flight to Rome. When we first planned the trip a few months back, only Spain and France were on the itinerary. But due to a last-minute change in circumstances, we decided to add Italy to the trip. We had also acquired a railpass and were planning to travel by train between Spain and France, but given the change of plans we decided to

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  • Thursday in Rome (Mar 12-13 2015)

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  • Europe 2015: Barcelona Part 2

    Previously: I went to Europe, decided I should tell you more about it and started talking about Barcelona Monday March 9th For today, we had decided to visit Park Güell, a Barcelona tourist spot created by this old-timey big shot to display the works of well-known Catalanion architect Antoni Gaudi. I say "well-known" but I'll be the first to admit that my culturally-ignorant self had not heard of him before, but he's kind of a big deal in Barcelona with many souvenir shops sporting some thing reminiscent of his works. My travelling companions seemed to know what they were doing,

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  • Europe 2015: Barcelona Part 1

    My previous post only skimmed my trip to Europe. I did not want to write too much, partly because I was uncertain at how many would be interested to hear the sordid details and partly because while I was writing the post, the words did not flow as freely as I would have wanted. Despite this, I have received good feedback and more than one person had asked for more details. So here we are. Saturday March 7th My first impression of Barcelona (and hence my first impression of Europe) was that it was a very… brown city. Most of

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2015 March

  • Europe Trip 2015

    My friends know how stingy I am with money, and my family knows I'm not much of a tourist, so some might have been surprised that I took the better part of two and a half weeks off from work to travel around Europe with a couple of friends. It was my first trip outside of Southeast Asia and the first time I took a long haul flight. Other than my concerns regarding the possibility of my luggage getting lost, the trip was relatively smooth and the Singapore Airlines plane had relatively decent food, service and in-flight entertainment. The first

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    Panorama from the Eiffel Tower summit
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    View of Paris from the top
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    The hall of mirrors
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    Outside the gates
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    Joan of Arc
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    This legend marks where there's a rock
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    Rembrandt and his selfies
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    The Coronation of Napoleon
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    The Coronation of Napoleon
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    The Mona Lisa and far too many people
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    Tonight's dinner... I can't explain what it is
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    St. Vincent de Paul (blurry)
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    There's a 2-3 hour line to get into the Basilica
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    Inscriptions over the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
    Parroquis de Reina Maria. They apparently had the only English language mass in Barcelona. This photo was "enhanced" by Google+
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    The list of Popes death years, listed outside the Pope crypts underneath the Basilica
    This is a picture of some tourists taking pictures of the Swiss Guard
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    This guy tried to warn the Trojans not to accept the horse. So one of the gods sent a snake to eat him and his sons.
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    This is supposed to be a statue of St. Peter, but the inscription says Pius IX
    At first I thought about taking pictures of all the Pope statues but then I remembered there have been 266 of them
    This statue was doing the Dr. evil thing with his pinky, but this picture is crappy
    Pine cone courtyard. IDK why it's called that
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    This last supper tapestry looked like they were Chinese
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    I think this was the main altar of the Basilica
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    Some tourists arguing on the street
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    Quiz night results
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    The massacre of innocents
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    Piazza de Popolo (or something like that) They had egyptian obelisks placed at major landmarks to guide pilgrims. At that time, Egypt was part of the Roman empire
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    The birth of Jesus Christ
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    This angel is saying "talk to the hand"
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    Some sort of ancient Roman comics
    St. Peter telling off a bird
    30 years ago a crazy Australian man took a hammer to this sculpture and damaged it, so now they have it behind glass. I blame the glass for the blurry pic
    Last night's dinner - fettucinni bolognese
    The resurrection. The eyes of Jesus in the tapestry would follow you as you walked across the room
    Some stall was selling Italian comics
    Trevi fountain, unfortunately under renovation when we were there. This pic was "enhanced" by Google+
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    These doors are opened only during Jubilee years. The Pope will open them next during Christmas 2025
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    Belvedere torso
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    This was the inscription on the floor of the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
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    Statue of Hermes/Mercury
    We came upon some sort of street art exhibit where one of these stones was placed every few feet with some other item or a clever saying.
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    Statue of ancient Roman taking a selfie
    View of St. Peter's Square from the Basilica entrance.
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    So museum. Much ancient
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