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Travel Notes – Cortona 02, Italy

I just realised that I haven’t finished my Europe Getaway stories. And what’s worse is that the missing part happens to be the highlight and main purpose of my trip to Italy: Cortona. So, if you guys are still interested, here it is. I can’t remember what time it was in the afternoon when our …

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The Rice Mother – Rani Manicka

“The desert wants the rain so it may be refreshed, sweetened and admired but the desert needs the sun to know it is a desert. Your mother was the rain in your father’s life but I was the sun. She made him look beautiful and brought out the best in him, but he needed me. …

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Travel Notes – Cortona 01, Italy

It was Wednesday morning, 8th of June and I finally was on my way to Cortona. CORTONA. The town that was the main purpose of my Europe getaway. Beautifully set on a hill above the Val di Chiana plain, Cortona sits 500 metres above sea level. It was about 9AM when I waited for the …

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Travel Notes – Tuscany 03, Italy

The day was getting hotter and hotter and I made my way up even further. I hummed to myself as I took pictures of every single object that I can aim my camera at. I didn’t care that my feet were now dead and I could feel my tshirt slowly soak in the sweat coming …

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Travel Notes – Tuscany 02, Italy

As I walked on, I marvelled at this city’s beauty with its brown and yellow dominant buildings. The streets were uneven and incredibly narrow. Cars whizzed by and on every corner you could find gelato cafes and pizzerias. Florence was packed with tourists at this time of year, with summer holidays beginning everywhere. There were …

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Travel Notes – Tuscany 01, Italy

We left for Charles De Gaulle real early on Tuesday, 6th of June. The Air France flight to Florence, or Firenze, as the Italians pronounce it, was to leave at 7.30am. We left the car at the airport and before we knew it, we were up in the air. One and a half hours later, …

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Travel Notes – Paris 04, France

My third day in Paris was probably the most exciting day of all, and the most memorable. That day I was to have lunch at Le Pure Cafe, the little red cafe where Jesse and Celine had their catch-up chat after 9 years in the movie Before Sunset. We took the Metro to Charonne and …

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Travel Notes – Paris 03, France

Sunday 5th June we made our way to the Louvre only to find a very long queue at the entrance. After weighing the time needed to finally be able to get in, I decided that perhaps it was not such a good idea to join the crowd and waste a couple of hours just lining …

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Travel Notes – Paris 02, France

After 14 hours, my plane finally landed at Charles De Gaulle Airport at 1.10pm on a nice Saturday afternoon. I could feel my bones cracking inside every inch of my body. But apart from that, I felt surprisingly fresh and didn’t feel sleepy at all, despite only having slept for 4 hours during the entire …

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Travel Notes – Paris 01, France

Erwin and I have always been best buddies. He was my senior in Law School and later on became my colleague at my old working place. When he decided to leave Indonesia to pursue his master’s degree in the Netherlands, he promised he’d come back to Jakarta once he’s finished. Instead, he flew to Paris …

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