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theantiquetiger
11-02-2016, 04:37 PM
I turn 50 in Aug 2018. I am going to Europe for my present to myself. My wife is not going, she will not fly, so I am taking Maddy, who will be over 14 years old by then.

I watched "Roman Holiday" last week and it sold me, we are going to Rome for 3 days and Paris for 3 days (plus travel days).

I am super surprised how inexpensive AirBnB is in Europe. I am talking $50 a night or less.

I am not completely sold on Paris yet, I may just stay in Italy the entire time or maybe Vienna instead.

This will be a fotog vacation, so lots of walking.

We are planning on going in May 2018.

And before you ask, my wife turned 50 this year. Her present was a Lexus RX350 (over 10x the cost of this trip)

Runmonty
11-02-2016, 06:04 PM
sounds like a good plan

you should have a look at these Italy Photography Workshops | Jeff Curto : Photographs - Workshops - Podcasts (http://jeffcurto.com/workshops/)

asnow
11-02-2016, 06:17 PM
As much as a Lexus would be nice, it seems to me that you got the batter of the deal. Time with your daughter in Europe is priceless. Memories that will last a lifetime.

theantiquetiger
11-02-2016, 06:24 PM
sounds like a good plan

you should have a look at these Italy Photography Workshops | Jeff Curto : Photographs - Workshops - Podcasts (http://jeffcurto.com/workshops/)


That looks great but it would be $10,000 plus flights for me and Maddy.

I plan on doing this for around $5000 for the both of us (including flights). Everything except food/shopping/etc

theantiquetiger
11-03-2016, 07:33 PM
I have decided to just stay in Italy (Rome, Rimini, & Venice).

What was the name of the member here that lives in Rome? He was an amazing photographer but hasn't posted in 3 or 4 years.

asnow
11-03-2016, 08:01 PM
Are you thinking of ArtphotoasiA ?

theantiquetiger
11-03-2016, 08:05 PM
Are you thinking of ArtphotoasiA ?

No, he had a short name. He was an AMAZING post processer. He could make a bad image look like Ansel Adams took it.

Runmonty
11-03-2016, 10:57 PM
I think you are thinking of vyeko, but he was in Romania I think

just looked up his profile - was in slovenia

theantiquetiger
11-04-2016, 07:11 AM
Vyeko, that's it. I thought he lived in Rome.

I just went back and looked at some of his work. His images are amazing.

Iguanasan
11-04-2016, 03:17 PM
When checking out the Airbnb listings look for the phrase "Airbnb Verified" on the bottom left of the photographs. If that's there then the images were taken by one of Airbnb's independent contractors which should give you a little more confidence that the place you are looking at actually looks a fair bit like the photos. This will help avoid surprises. :D

Barefoot
11-05-2016, 11:07 AM
sounds like a good plan

you should have a look at these Italy Photography Workshops | Jeff Curto : Photographs - Workshops - Podcasts (http://jeffcurto.com/workshops/)

I was going to recommend the same thing. Curto's workshops are probably worth the cost just because he's right at home there. I really dig his "History of Photography" podcast. They are just the thing for those long drives(or flights).

Marko
11-05-2016, 03:07 PM
Sounds like an amazing gift to yourself at!
way to go!

Barefoot
11-05-2016, 07:31 PM
Sounds like an amazing gift to yourself at!

You can't hide money. :laugh:

JAS_Photo
11-08-2016, 10:33 PM
You have got to go to the Vatican for sure while you are there!

theantiquetiger
11-09-2016, 01:56 AM
You have got to go to the Vatican for sure while you are there!

I plan to do about 4 days in Rome (including the Vatican). We will do St Peter's Square and other stuff, but I am not sure about the Basilica because all I have seen, there is a 6-8 wait everyday to get in.

beverly
02-21-2017, 11:33 PM
Now that sounds interesting. Have a great stay!! And enjoy.

Marko
02-22-2017, 11:45 AM
I plan to do about 4 days in Rome (including the Vatican). We will do St Peter's Square and other stuff, but I am not sure about the Basilica because all I have seen, there is a 6-8 wait everyday to get in.

Dude....you MUST GO!
(I skipped the Sistine chapel but went to the Basilica)

Just buy your tickets beforehand...and get there early in the morning WITHOUT A CAMERA BAG. Just a camera. It took us about 45 min to get in when we got there at about 7 or 7:30 AM. And at that time, less tourists...

Just like the grand canyon, there is no over-hype....it's a PURE GEM to see and photograph.
By far the most impressive religious structure I've been in....and I've been lucky enough to have traveled to some amazing places with long religious histories.