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FLORENCE     Florence –  the capital of the Tuscany region and the cradle of Renaissance   We opted for Flix Bus while traveling from Venice to Florence. The road journey takes about three and a half-hour. In Florence, it terminates at the rear end of Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station. One of Italy’s busiest stations, it got its name from Santa Maria Novella Church just across the plaza from the main entrance. We debarked at the station and refreshed ourselves at McDonald's before hiring a cab for our hotel. Florence, popularly known as ‘Firenze’ by the Italians, is located in central Italy. This dreamy city with a romantic name is the regional capital of the lovely Tuscany region.   Columbus Hotel, where we stayed, is located in Lugarno District. We always prefer to book our hotels through as we always land up getting good hotels at good locations. Despite being a little away from the heart of the city and Santa Maria Novella station

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ranaruby --- green light: Bridge on the River Kwai - Revisited

ranaruby --- green light: Bridge on the River Kwai - Revisited : River Kwai I first saw Bridge on the River Kwai when I was just a   school boy in Lucknow.I remember seeing the Academy Award win...


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ranaruby --- green light: Visit to India's oldest living city - Benares

ranaruby --- green light: Visit to India's oldest living city - Benares : Born in Benares ---- revisited 2014 Proud and privileged I feel to be born in the holy city of Benares. I have stayed there but it is as g...

ranaruby --- green light: FONTAINEBLEAU

ranaruby --- green light: FONTAINEBLEAU : The Charm of Fontainebleau   It is indeed charming. This small town about 50km by road from Paris has the appearance of...

ranaruby --- green light: And Quiet Flows the Bhagirathi

ranaruby --- green light: And Quiet Flows the Bhagirathi : And Quiet Flows the Bhagirathi ----- Murshidabad in 21st century   Quiet and placid. Even the view of the river Bhagirathi from th...





Rembrandt & Anne of Amsterdam

Holland 2 - Museums of two famous residents Rembrandt & Anne Frank The Jewish Market in Amsterdam buzzed in the morning. The food stalls, in particular, were tempting. I don’t exactly remember what I had, but some titbits definitely to satiate a desire normally triggered by delectable display of street foods. After hanging around in the market for a brief period, we took a Line 9 tram to Waterlooplein stop. We got down at the corner of the street leading to Rembrandt House. My knowledge on Rembrandt was very limited at that ti me. I only knew that he was a Dutch artist. My stupid brain seemed to have advised me against spending money and watching some paintings of a single artist. Instead I preferred to relax on a bench in the open overlooking a canal below with a cup of coffee and enjoy the sight of tourist laden motorboats streaming past. My wife, on the other hand, had studied a lot about Rembrandt before coming to Amsterdam. She briefed me and also convinced me in cha