Europe in Winter II

After completing our visit to Florence, we travelled northwards to Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. Pisa  is a city in Tuscany, Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Pisa is well-known for its leaning tower. In the cold wintry morning, we boarded a tram which drove us to Piazza dei Miracoli to find the celebrated the leaning tower, the Duomo. Its is a masterpiece of Romanesque art. The tower began to sink in its early stages of construction, and over the years, it was able to remain in its slanted state due to wars which stopped construction and allowing the soil to stabilise and prevent the building from collapsing. During WWII, the Americans also decided not to attack the building which was a German observation post. It was indeed a sight to behold, because there is no other building like it in the world. Continue reading “Europe in Winter II”

Europe In Winter I

8 December 2011. It was the day when I left for Rome, Italy from Singapore’s Changi Airport. I was filled with excitement and anticipation because this was my first time going to Europe. I have never travelled beyond the Asian continent and Australia/Pacific, so I guess you could sense my joy at the prospect of being able to go to the other part of the world, where you hear so many good things about those places. Those castles and churches I hear since young, the towns where fairytale stories were born, and the buildings where I would add colours on my artbook when I was just a little kid. Europe was this mysterious land that created so much fantasies and life to my wonderful childhood years. I would imagine Little Red Riding Hood walking along the beautiful meadows amidst the beautiful Alps as the background. I would imagine Tweety Bird singing and playing chasing games with Tom in Venice, with the picturesque beauty of the city shown right before my very eyes. Europe was basically a dreamland filled with my childhood memories, and being able to experience it first-hand was an indescribable feeling. Off we fly to the Land of Wonders. Continue reading “Europe In Winter I”