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Archive for April, 2008

Coastal Caorle

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Following a whirlwind tour around the crowded streets of Venice, we headed out of Veneto’s captial to the sleepy beach town Caorle on the northeastern Italian coast for some R & R. See the photos in today’s photo gallery.

Veni, vidi, Venice

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Ah Venice, the seemingly implausible city. Built in the middle of a lagoon (on land that is sinking no less) with canals taking the place of streets, the city has enchanted countless from the world over with scenes that don’t exist anywhere else in the world but here. Hit the canals, and take your own Indian Jones adventure in today’s photo gallery.

Hiking through Cinque Terre

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Clinging onto the cliffs of Italy’s northwestern shores, the five towns that make up Cinque Terre form a spectacular sight. Spread across this rocky shoreline, an 11 mile long trail links each town to one another, starting in Riomaggiore (pictured) and ending in Monterosso – with great views in between. Take a walk between the five towns in today’s photo gallery.

Up high in Bologna

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The medieval city of Bologna has more to offer than just the processed meat that takes its name. Considered the culinary capital of Italy, Bologna is also one of the nation’s biggest college towns. See the city from up high in today’s photo gallery.

The Italian countryside

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Today we got out of the city for some fresh air in the countryside. After a train ride and an hour walk through rolling hills, we made it to a local vineyard that serves organic meals on the weekends with wine from the surrounding land. It was our best meal yet on the trip, and a great way to spend a lazy Sunday.  Take a walk in the countryside in today’s photo gallery.

Florence for a day

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Florence is a must see if you are traveling through Central Italy, and it definitely was worth backtracking to from Bologna.  The city has played an important part in Italian history, having once served as the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.  It is also credited as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance during the Middle Ages.  We got lucky with the weather on our one day in Florence, a spent the sunny day walking the streets and … taking pictures, of course.

Reggio Emilia

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Leaving the bulk of our luggage in Bologna, we lightened our load, hopped on a train and headed an hour northwest to the small city of Reggio Emilia as part of a three day loop that will take us from Bologna all the way to Cinque Terra and then on to Florence.  Reggio Emilia is by no means a tourist destination, which was a relief to us after braving the crush of vacationers in Rome, but it did provide for an unlikely scene: baseball in Italy. Take in the quiet life of Reggio Emilia in today’s photo gallery.

On to Bologna

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The eyes of a LongJaunter at three in the morning, trying to make it through the night without paying for a place to stay. Rome is expensive, real expensive for our budget. Even a hostel, where we slept in a dorm style room costs 30 euros, or about $48 a night. Our wallet dictated that we not paying for another night at the hostel – thus hanging out at a bar and the lobby before catching our train at 3 a.m to our next destination: Bologna. See it all in today’s photo gallery.

Berlin to Rome

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Today we said goodbye to Germany and hopped a plane to Rome, Italy.  Take your cheap flight over to Rome in today’s photo gallery. 

Exploring Berlin

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

With such a storied past, Berlin, Germany makes for an widely interesting city to explore. Our friend Ayla Kiran called her current home a place “haunted by history.” It’s a great summation – scars ranging from the visible like the Berlin Wall that divided the city between the West (capitalist) and the East (communist) Germany, to the discrete, like mutterings under one’s breath about people from the other side, still play an important role in the daily life of the city. From the magnificent dome of the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall, to the heights of the Fernsehsturm there’s much to do in Berlin. Explore the city in today’s photos…

About LongJaunt Equal parts lighthearted jaunt and in-depth journey, this intimately documented trip around the world has one goal: to bring you along for the ride.

Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.