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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Italy - Dec 2016 La Spezia

Setelah tiga hari di Milan, maka tibalah masa untuk kami ke La Spezia, base penginapan kami di Italy.

Tips : Italy agak terkenal dengan insiden 'pick-pocket'

Semasa atas keretapi (semasa boarding) di stesen Milan, menuju ke stesen La Spezia, kami melalui pengalaman malang yang sangat berharga.   Kejadian pick-pocket berlaku dalam sekelip mata, sedar-sedar zip jaket terbuka dan wallet dah tiada.  Kami agak, mereka bergerak secara berkumpulan, pura-pura memberi bantuan mengangkat beg-beg dan menimbulkan suasana kecoh.

Luahan di FB semasa hari kejadian...

We have been traveling since the early 1990s, mostly family traveling from China, US, countries in Europe, Balkan states, Turkey, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Asia countries, Middle East and Africa continent..
Today, when boarding Italian train at Milan Centrale to La Spezia, we had the very first bad experience. We were pick-pocketed. We are careful travelers, but they are more 'skillful' than us. We did read about 'this' before coming to Italy and prepared our mind as best as we could.
One whole wallet was missing (from inside pocket of my jacket). I guess it happened when we were putting luggage on the train. There was one male 'porter' helping us (we didn't ask for help) and two females on board seemed like fellow passengers.
Luckily, I separated our passports into another pocket and divide the cash (one person does not hold all the cash). The wallet contained our train tickets for next journey to Florence and Rome and a couple of hundred euros and another couple of hundred swiss dollars. We lost the cash.
When the train moved, Afnan found the wallet near train toilet and alhamdulillah we recovered our train tickets (but not the cash).
So, those who are planning to Italy please do take note.
1. Do not rush things
2. Do plan to have ample time to do everything
3. 'They' will try to stage 'kelam kabut' situation, perfect timing to 'hit' without you realising (they usually are more than one person). Remember, the wallet was in the inside pocket of my jacket.
This is a valuable experience for us. We have La Spezia, Florence and Rome to go before leaving Italy. We think we will have covered enough of Italy (Venice being many years ago). Many other countries in the world that we wish to visit. Book of Italy is done after this.

Travel insurance memang membantu (next post)

Malas nak cerita banyak, tapi tengoklah video youtube ini semoga kita semua dapat belajar dari apa yang boleh berlaku.



Perjalanan tren express dari Milano Centrale ke La Spezia Centrale mengambil masa lebihkurang 3 jam lebih untuk sampai.

Oh ya!.. tentang menaiki lift di Italy - Kami menaiki lift/elevator di stesen-stesen keretapi (hanya bila terpaksa kerana membawa beg-beg heret) dan juga di apartment penginapan, kami dapati sizenya tidaklah besar sangat (tidak semua 4 org boleh masuk dengan beg-beg heret) dan pergerakan lift itu agak lambat (kadang-kadang kami memilih tangga saja untuk lebih cepat apabila perlu bertukar tren di landasan). Tetapi sesuatu yang baru kami alami adalah, kena tekan butang lift itu secara berterusan hinggalah tiba ke aras yang dituju.


Apartment La Casetta Temicle terletak lebihkurang 100 meter di luar stesen. Kami menginap di sini selama 5 hari, apartment yang sangat selesa dan decor pun menarik.  Seronok dapat berkenalan dengan Daniele Paganelli, host kami yang peramah, yang menerangkan banyak perkara dan tips.  


Di gerai-gerai suratkhabar, kami beli tiket-tiket bas untuk pergi ke tempat yang tidak dihubungi oleh keretapi.


Merayau-rayau di 'pekan' La Spezia...

(Tengah hangat nak sambut krismas)
Dinner.. belum puas lagi dengan pizza italy..


 Hari berikutnya di pasar basah La Spezia..


Berjalan menuju ke 'City Bridge' di kawasan pelabuhan La Spezia..



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