Italy: Elba

Elba is a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy,
and is also the 3rd largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia.

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It was inhabited by the ancient Ligurians;
before being invaded by the Etruscans,
and later on after 480 BC, by the Romans.

Between that period and early 1800s,
Elba passed through many hands – barbarians, Saracens,
the Republic of Pisa, the Visconti of Milan, the Appiani,
Grand Duke of Tuscany, and King Philip II of Spain.

In 1802, the French took over the island,
and is most well-known as where Napoleon was banished to for 300 days.

That same century in 1860, Elba became part of the Kingdom of Italy.

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It’s a beautiful colourful place with many steps leading you further up the town,
round-arched doors, and windows with shutters (you know, like the types we used to play with using our Lego sets :p)

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elba italy

elba italy

The group from the boat making their way up up up

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elba italy

You can’t get anymore kitschy than a bright orange floral cloth used as a makeshift curtain,
right below an equally bright orange wall!

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Besides my never-ending fascination for stones, leaves, insects and the sky,
i also have a deep fondness for peeling paint on walls…   :xsurprised:

elba italy

elba italy

I love how the picture above looks like two separate photos!
Such a great angle to take some crazy shots if properly planned…

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Remember the polar bear in The Golden Compass?
I don’t want that bear anymore.
I want THIS ONE that drinks straight from the bottle.
*glug*glug*glug* So cute!

elba italy

elba italy

Isn’t it crazy pretty…
And people wonder why i don’t get so many pictures of myself in the shots.
I really think it’s so much nicer without anybody in it,
let alone silly me trying to be funny posing with my big hat or something!

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It’s SO BEAUTIFUL.
I could just EAT the picture.
(i didn’t edit any colours too!)

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These were the quarters where Napoleon was banished to,
along with 600 of his men (i think).

Looking around, i thought, “Man. If i had to be banished here with 600 people i knew, with ample food and wine… I’d be HAPPY.”

So easy to please   :xsilly:

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elba italy

elba italy

Ok, so here’s one of me posing with my big blue hat.

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elba italy

elba italy

elba italy

Yishninini and i took silly pictures of us balancing on a low pole.

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We asked Nir to do it too, and to our surprise he hopped onto one.

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After that morning walk, we went back to the boat.

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Spot the evil jellyfish…
This is why we didn’t jump off the boat into the water there!

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Einat prepared us a fresh brunch of salads.

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Ok don’t judge me.
I promise the last time i played with my food was when i was in primary school…

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Cassie came along the cruise,
but she mostly stayed inside the cabin cos she doesn’t like the wind or water.

And plus, when i took her out for some fresh air and a picture,
she’d get abused by Nir.

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Poor Cassie.

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Italy: San Remo

We arrived at San Remo in time for its beautiful sunset.

San Remo

San Remo

Nobody said a blow up whale can’t have fake tits…

San Remo

Wilson wanted a picture too.

During the entire trip, every time Nir saw me whip Wilson out to place somewhere and snap a picture,
he’d look at me like i’ve lost my mind and go, “What are you doing? / What is this? / If i’m your boyfriend, i’d break up with you.”

San Remo

San Remo

Doesn’t Yishninini‘s dress from Zara match the reflection?!

San Remo

San Remo

San Remo

San Remo

San Remo

Fresh mozzarella cheese is nothing like what i was taught is mozzarella in S.E.A!
The real stuff made from buffalo’s milk, and is really soft and wet.

San Remo

San Remo

Einat insisted i take a picture of the waiter with the food,
because he wasn’t ugly if you know what i mean.

San Remo

San Remo

Vongole has always been one of my favourite pastas,
had a fair bit of it while i was in Europe!

After dinner, we all sat down on benches and waited for Nir and Yishninini,
while they walked around trying to discover free wifi
(which in Italy, is extremely difficult to find at 11pm
as there is a ruling that all wifi must have passwords
and all the shops/restaurants were shut by then).

So i entertained myself by taking a picture of the streetlamps.

San Remo

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