Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Liguria, Italy, 2004

After departing France, we would press east, into northwest coastal Italy.
Chronologically, this pic is out of order... But it makes a decent opening photo.

A German acquaintance Jesse, with Jon at the train station in Ventimiglia, just inside Italy.

We saw our Quebecois friend at the same station, coincidentally. 

Looking west back toward France.

First impressions of Italy's Riviera were good ones.

Genoa was our first real stop, but we soon left after realizing it wasn't a beach town. In hindsight, my 22 year old logic was naive. This is a monument to native son Christopher Columbus. 

Our final stop for the day was the town of Camogli, to the east of Genoa and virtually at the western base of the Portofino peninsula (pictured).

A rare photo of me without a shirt on... note the bad farmer's tan, "augmented" by some residual sunburn from France.

The large raftlike inner tube to the left was where we hung out most of the time. 

Jon got crapped on by a bird, so naturally we had to document it.

Speaking of Jon, we would part ways (me - Venice, he - Cinque Terre), before meeting up again in Rome. Coming up next = Venice.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Nice, France and Monaco, 2004

After a few days in Paris in 2004, my buddy and I headed to the Cote d'Azure for some fun in the sun.
My buddy Jon walks out of the Marseille train station. 

Promenade, Nice


Yours truly shaving in the hostel, Nice

Hostel girls from Quebec, Nice beach at night




Casino, Monavo

Yours truly, Monaco

Fancy cars outside the casino, Monaco 

Monaco (with France in the background)

A church that's been marginalized, Monaco

Coming up next - Liguria, Italy

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Photo Nostalgia = Paris, France (July 16 - 20, 2004)

 In the summer of 2004 I went to continental Europe for the first time.  I was going to live in a handful of countries, and even had work visas for a couple... but in the end it simply became a 3-month trip post-college graduation.  This was the last international trip I took without using a digital camera, and my photo albums have been collecting dust for more than a decade.  I've decided to digitize the photographs in a very simple and very cheap (in every sense of the word) way = by using my cell phone camera.  It's a lot easier than tearing them out of scrapbooks and scanning them, lemme tell ya.  While Paris, France, wasn't the first destination of my trip, I've decided to begin my blog posts with it.  I spent 5 days there immediately after Bastille Day (I intentionally missed it due to hotel expenses and museum closures, but in hindsight I should have been there for the festivities).  One could spend a lifetime in Paris and not see all of it (which is true of most places), but 5 days would have to suffice.  Other than a one-day stopover in September of that year en route to Ireland from Switzerland, I haven't been back to Paris since.  

Sacre-Coeur, in Montmartre.

My first time seeing the Eiffel Tower was from the dome of Sacre-Coeur.



Place du Tertre, Montmartre

Au Lapin Agile, a famous cabaret in Montmartre.
Needs no introduction.

Champ-de-Mars, below a certain tower.
Chaillot Quarter across the Seine, from the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower.

Oh to be this skinny again...

Metro entrance near Avenue des Champs-Elysees

Venus de Milo, Louvre

Madame Recamier by Jacques-Louis David, in the Louvre
I.M. Pei's pyramid, Louvre

One of the Egyptian halls, Louvre

I.M. Pei's glass pyramid, Louvre

Courtyard of the Palais Royal

Jardin du Palais Royal

Pont Alexandre III and Le Grand Palais

Arc de Triomphe from Champs-Elysees

View from the top of Arc de Triomphe towards La Defense

St-Alexandre-Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

Musee d'Orsay

Van Gogh's self-portrait, Musee d'Orsay

Les Deux Magots cafe, across the Boulevard St-Germain


West towers of Notre-Dame

I can't possibly recommend the Notre-Dame gargoyle tour enough, especially at twilight.

South rose window, Notre-Dame

Flying buttresses, Notre-Dame


Palais de Justice, next to Sainte-Chapelle


"L'Ecoute" by Henri Miller, St-Eustache courtyard

Centre Pompidou

Musee Picasso, in the Marais

Place des Vosges, Marais

Hotel de Ville, Marais

Notre-Dame from the southwest


Le Pantheon

Victor Hugo's tomb, Pantheon crypt

Voltaire's tomb, Pantheon crypt

Inside the dome of Pantheon, with Eiffel Tower visible between columns.

Yours truly in the dome of Pantheon, with Notre-Dame on right.

Notre-Dame, from Pantheon dome.

Chapelle de la Sorbonne, Latin Quarter

La Sorbonne, from Pantheon

Going up the escalator, Centre Pompidou

"The Journalist Sylvia von Harden" by Otto Dix, Centre Pompidou

Outer pipes, Centre Pompidou

My traveling buddy Jon, with Swedish hostel pals Lisa and Anna.

Jim Morrison's grave, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Oscar Wilde's grave, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Edith Piaf's grave, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Amedeo Modigliani's grave, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Dome Church (aka Napoleon's tomb)

South side of Dome Church [my photos of Napoleon's tomb apparently didn't turn out... curse you, non-digital camera!]

Again, needs no introduction...
Jon and I, in Trocadero (?) for the quintessential Paris tourist photo.

Coming up - more Europe 2004.