Reblog: Day 15 September 15th Tuscany

19 09 2012

Mimo Khair Photography

How often does it happen to you that you are in museum looking at art and you notice people going first to the little cards or papers that hold a description about the art and reading it before even looking at what it describes? By doing that, don’t we prejudge an artwork and fill ourselves with another person’s impression and facts that end up closing us to the natural way of being with something? Aren’t there two parts of us (at least) that can register new impressions? Don’t we register things consciously with our senses while another unseen part of us takes it in in a whole other manner that we cannot consciously comprehend? Wouldn’t it be better to give ourselves the chance first to detect art before filling our heads with information?

photo~ The beautiful Andrea in a long exposure on the bank of the Arno river in Pisa

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Note to self

15 08 2010

Pisa is a fantastic city with many restaurants, cafes and bars. However it is not large enough or varied enough for 6 days of a holiday, as we found out.

My note to self is to use Pisa as a base to explore Tuscany. Still spend time visiting the sites and aforementioned eateries but have flexibility to get out and explore.

We did this on the final day (stupidly) with a visit to nearby city Livorno. Livorno is a port on the Mediterannean and is much larger than Pisa but doesn’t have the same old-world charm.

We went by train and it takes about 20 minutes from Pisa Centrale to Livorno Centrale. The biggest shock was the price of the tickets, amazingly cheap, it cost us only about £6.25 for the both of us return.

OK, so perhaps we should have explored a bit earlier in the week as we happened to pick a national holiday and not a lot was open, however we did find some great restaurants down by the sea which are worth a visit. Some of the older parts of the city and the walk along the canal are also stunning.

Most of our holiday was spent walking and exploring, with visits to museums and historical sights thrown in. We plan on returning next year with the whole family and exploring further cities like Florence, Siena and Lucca.

Holiday Tunes

14 08 2010

Currently in Italy on a well earned break. So glad I had my new HTC phone with me.

It has meant being able to listen to some of my collection on the move. I had never really got into the whole iPod thing but can clearly see the benefit whilst travelling.

Tracks of the holiday have been:

Paramore – Decode (acoustic)
Editors – Munich
Damien Rice – Amie (live)

My only regret is that I didn’t spend more time pre-holiday adding albums to the phone.

On a side note, if you have an Android phone then make sure you download Double Twist media player. It’s free and much better than the default player.

Ciao from Italy for now

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