A quick date with Pisa, Italy

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Arno’s Riverside in Pisa

Hello my fellow bloggers!

A month ago I was preparing my first trip to Italy, more exactly Florence, as you have probably read on my blog. Low cost flights from London land on Pisa, and that was exactly what I did. It is really easy to get to Florence from Pisa. You can take a bus or the train. I took the train – there’s is a shuttle that will take you from the airport to the train station in a matter of minutes – called PisaMover – and the train to Florence takes only about 45 minutes!

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Firenze, where Renaissance was born

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Panoramic view of Florence form Piazzale Michelangelo

Every time I come back home from any trip, especially when that trip went really well and I’ve absolutely loved it, I find myself emerged in this kind of lethargy. I just sit down, scrolling through my photographs, reviving these moments I just lived. I think about what I have seen and experienced, and even though I only arrived a few days ago, it always looks like a dream. Like a parallel reality, or something that has happened light years ago.

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Edinburgh’s Cemeteries Photo Edit

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Gothicism is this style that have always had a special place in my heart. A natural attraction to gloomy settings and dark themes that has been in me since I can remember. Gothic literature, architecture and music are the not-so-guilty pleasures of my life. Obviously, this includes cemeteries.  Luckily the UK is very rich in this matter. So in my trip to Edinburgh, I ended up (sometimes incidentally) in a cemetery. And with a medieval background, I had loads of material for some good photographs.

Here’s my Edinburgh’s Cemetery Edit. Most photos were taken in Greyfriars Kirk, we also visited Old Calton Burial Ground, Canongate Kirk and finally New Calton’s Burial Ground.

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A 6 Month Milestone

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They say that dragonflies live for only one day. Imagine what it would be to live for one day. Every hour would be like a birthday. Every meal would be well appreciated. Every single laugh would be a real one. Every single person you’d meet in the way would probably become a dear friend. You wouldn’t waste your time being depressed or unhappy. You would treasure every moment, as a big milestone in your day (life).

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A vision into Versailles extravagance and Coppola’s film

“Let them eat cake” is a quote attributed to Marie Antoinette, the queen that was able to evocate the same feeling among the French Court and the People: hate. I wasn’t there when her head was cut off by the guillotine, but take a moment to think with me: if you were a 14 years-old girl, that had never been outside your home (palace), if you were brought to a completely different country, where your culture was hated, if you had come to marry a boy that you have never met before, and was actually much uglier than what have been shown to you in pictures, if you have never known anything else besides luxury, wealth, extravagance, if you were going to live in Versailles where everything was luxuriant, bright, majestic, enormous, splendid and incredibly (apparently) easy….if you were to become the Queen of France with 19 years old…  what kind of person will you become?

Well, the truth is that she never said “Let them eat cake”, referring to the hungry people which were complaining about the high prices of bread. Other amazing truth is that Marie Antoinette was actually a teen idol. Yeah, that existed in that time either.

This short introduction about Marie Antoinette my not seem suitable, since we are talking about Versailles Palace. However, I believe she’s still a pop star, and I confess that Coppola’s Marie Antoinette film was the main motive that inspired me to visit Versailles. Louis XIV fingertips are all over that place, of course. Its extravagance, its absolutism, its “I am the king” style is there. But it is Marie Antoinette, its fame, its untold story that fascinates me.

When I was in Versailles it was only for one morning. It was rainy, my feet hurt like hell, and I didn’t have the opportunity to visit Le Petit Trianon, the place built only for Marie Antoinette. I do believe I will be there someday, with more time, better shoes, and a greater budget.

Here are some pics I took. They reflect the details that fascinated me the most. I was ecstatic with the lamps and chandeliers. I also took the liberty to compare them with some movie scenes, from Coppola’s work of art.

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Ceiling – Detail

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Chandelier 

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Chandelier in the Hall of Mirrors

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Beautiful Clock

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The Queen’s Room

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Ceiling Detail

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Side Gardens

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Luxurious Doors

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Great Fireplaces

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Versailles, France (2015)