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During April Vacation of 2003 John Corsetti was taking another group of students on a trip through Europe and asked us if weâ€™d like to come along as chaperones. We said yes, but the school committee wouldnâ€™t let the students go because of the travel threat level at the time (not quite two years after 9/11). The trip finally got approval to go in August of 2003, which turned out to be one of the hottest on record in Europe.
We started in Paris, took a train (thank God it was air conditioned) to Barcelona, then a bus across the French and Italian Riviera to Pisa, then up to Florence and down to Rome for our flight home. The temperature never got below 96Â° F. As we drove along on the bus our guide told us the blue haze we were seeing was smoke from forest fires. He also reported that thousands had died from the heat.
I brought along our new digital camera and didnâ€™t know enough about digital cameras to take photos any larger than 640X480 pixels. Iâ€™ve had to resize this photo in Ribbet just to be able to upload it to JPG. The enlargement didnâ€™t pixelate it too badly.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S50 camera
Ribbet resize with Orton-ish and Soften effects to mask some of the pixilation
20 August 2003
In the Have Camera Will Travel photo essay.
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