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Apr 21st, 2012, 08:25 AM
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Trip report - Madrid, Venice, Verona, Milan and Paris

My March trip report is finally finished. The very long report has many photos and begins with our flights at http://mightymac.org/europe12/12europe01.htm. We spent only one day in Madrid and one evening in Paris, with most of the trip in northern Italy. This was the first time that either of us had been to Italy or Spain.

My three favorite parts of the trip were the roof of the MIlan Cathedral, the Roman Theater & Archaeological Museum in Verona, and diner at Ristorante A Beccafico & the Interpreti Veneziani concert in Venics.

If you wish to jump to just a specific city:

Madrid http://mightymac.org/europe12/12europe02.htm
Venice http://mightymac.org/europe12/12europe08.htm
Verona http://mightymac.org/europe12/12europe32.htm
Milan http://mightymac.org/europe12/12europe43.htm
Paris http://mightymac.org/europe12/12europe54.htm
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Apr 21st, 2012, 10:07 AM
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I'm only part way through your Venice report, but I'm impressed. Lovely pictures and report. Thank you!
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Apr 21st, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Thank you for your lovely photos.

Salt (MY Keith) and I will be in Venice in 5 weeks.

Regarding your photos of Jewish Ghetto--pretty sure those kids are wearing Purim costumes.

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Apr 21st, 2012, 12:34 PM
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Thank, you so much for that info, Pepper!
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Apr 21st, 2012, 12:57 PM
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I've scrolled through your photos of Venice - magnificent! It's wonderful to relive our trip of April 2011. Thanks for posting these. I'm looking forward to reading your report more carefully later.
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Apr 21st, 2012, 02:50 PM
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Lovel photos, thanks
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Apr 21st, 2012, 04:48 PM
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Very nice, Keith!
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Apr 22nd, 2012, 06:14 AM
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Just read/saw Venice and loved the pix! Would you share info about the camera you used at night? Wonderful clarity/resolution. The pace of your trip was nice. also! Have to come back later today to finish!

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Apr 22nd, 2012, 07:38 AM
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Back again for a quick look at Verona. The padlocks and heart-shaped gum lots of fun. Do you know the reason for that cable across the Adige? Hub and I pondered that.
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Apr 22nd, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Beautiful report - pictures do speak a thousand words!!
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Apr 22nd, 2012, 11:54 AM
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Pepper - Pls upload your trip report to Italy (in particular Venice) after your visit. Will be useful for my upcoming trip.
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Apr 22nd, 2012, 03:00 PM
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Great report. Thanks!
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Apr 22nd, 2012, 04:00 PM
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TDudette, The photos were taken with a Sony DSC-HX100V which I got in December. I have been a bit disapointed with it. Particularly with how slow it is between photos.

The interior shots were taken in the "superior auto" mode. I that setting, the camera shoots burst images, then creates a composite of the burst images to correct the backlight and reduces the noise.

I'm not sure, but the cables might be there so they don't fasten them on the bridge itself. If you go to the Paris photos on the last page of the trip report, you will see how heavy the locks might get. http://mightymac.org/europe12/12europe55.htm

Thank you all for the kind comments.
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Apr 22nd, 2012, 04:52 PM
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Enjoying your report very much. Thanks for posting it.

I'm interested in the shared taxi from the airport in Venice. How did you arrange this? Do you just indicate you are willing to share, and then you happened to be lucky and no one else was looking for a ride?

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Apr 22nd, 2012, 07:16 PM
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I went to the counter in the airport where you hire the water taxi and asked to book a shared one. The person behind the counter made a phone call, then charged us for the trip and gave us directions. We walked to the docks and the taxi left as soon as we boarded. We were lucjy, but I think getting one to your self may not be that rare.
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Apr 22nd, 2012, 11:42 PM
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Thanks for your beautiful photos.
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Regarding the finearts site, I started with them last fall. So far about it has done has pay for itself and a little more. It does provide a community with forums and contests which is influencing my photography.
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Apr 23rd, 2012, 06:43 AM
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Thanks for the camera info. Did you need a tripod for the super auto?

Hub and I were in Verona in 2001 and didn’t see any locks on the cables then. Also, there were poles dangling at intervals along the line. We wondered if they were to measure the tides.

Good grief, that pop-up restaurant on Milan’s Duomo roof was too much (in many ways). And such an interesting fresco at the end of Al Conte Ugolino's dinning room! It looked like movie stars a la Last Supper.

Well, at least you had a few hours in Paris. Super report and again, great photos.
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Not that we aren't excited enough already but your pictures and descriptions have really pumped us up for our Northern Italy visit starting in about two weeks. It looks like you had a really great time. Thanks for taking the time to post this Keith.
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Apr 23rd, 2012, 01:12 PM
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I did not have a tripod along on this trip. I held as stedily as possible and used minimal zoom when taking the night photos. Sometimes I take advantage of being able to set the camera on somethign so it was steady.

Yes, that pop-up restaurant caught our eye first thing when we went to the Piazza del Duomo. We didn't learn what it was about until the next day.

TDudette, you didn't read the whole trip did you? That is the longest trip report I have ever done, ~500 photos.

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