Nine Days in Italia – Parte Quattro: The Questionable Window Seat

We left Venezia on the right day, it was absolutely hammering down although still very warm, and took the train to Firenze. Once again I am in love with Tren Italia, air conditioning, a reserved seat, a just under two hour journey that doesn’t cost a million pounds like in the UK, all great things. What wasn’t so great was the questionable “window seat”, sure there was a window and our seats were next t it, sadly the seats blocked most of the window so you didn’t get to see a huge amount. The photo’s taken of the countryside are mostly of Emilia Romanga, the regione that Bologna is the capital of, as we had to travel through this to get to Toscana, and also because of the hundred or so tunnels that we went through once we did get into Toscana, the Tuscan countryside with its rolling hills obviously weren’t designed with the ease of train travel in mind. what we did see out of the semi window was very pretty, it seems that the rain was only in Veneto as it gave way to blazing sunshine after only a half hour or so on the train. Once we got to Firenze we took a walk to the apartment we had rented, shouldn’t have been a problem as it was only around a twenty minute walk from the station, unfortunately we didn’t know that Florentine streets have two sets of house numbers, one set for businesses and one set for residences. Yes that’s a real thing, look it up because we had to. After standing outside a farmaccia for 10 minutes after ringing the person who was meant to meet us Jo decided to look up the street numbers on Google and that’s how we found out that the apartment was actually the other end of the street. Confusing huh? Anyway the apartment was basic but clean and perfectly fine for our purposes, the main reason I liked it though was the view and how close we were to the centre of the city, seriously for the price we paid I did not expect such a central location. One big issue however was the street cleaners that woke us up at 3/4am, the soundproofing, if there was any, was pretty atrocious in the apartment, luckily it only happened the first night as Jo refused to stay there if the second night was as bad. Again I suppose that’s the price you pay for a central location.Anyway onto the photographs from day four, this day was all taken on Fujifilm C200.

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Street Photography – Olympus OM-D EM-5; 52

Some of you may be aware I visited Italy a few weeks ago, I turned thirty years old and really did not want to do that in the UK so a holiday to the country whose language I’ve been learning for a while seemed a good idea. Anyway while I was there I got the chance to do a little street photography, since being a tourist people practically ignore you snapping away with your camera, this post has a few of the images I took, there’ll be a lot more to come. As usual all taken on my Olympus OM-D Em-5 and either Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm or M.Zuiko 17mm lenses.

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Beer Bottle

Taken at Piazzale Michelangelo, Firenze, after sunset. The light sin the background are the city of Firenze/Florence. If Peroni want this image they are welcome to buy it off me for a lifetime supply of the stuff (i wish).

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Firenze Sunset

It’s going to take me days of work to go through and pick out the images I like best of the six hundred odd I took in Italia over the last week or so. However I wanted to get this one onto my blog and out as soon as I could as it’s of the nicest sunset I’ve ever witnessed. Apologies for the quality, I think it’s a little noisy and as I would normally take landscape images with my DSLR I would have a set of ND Grad’s and a tripod to use, however I was on holiday so had my smaller lighter Mirrorless Olympus instead of my bulky Nikon.

Firenze Sunset.jpg Olympus OMD-EM5, M.Zuiko 17mm 1:1.8, ISO 800, f4, 1/200th sec. (more…)