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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 we’d like to come along as chaperones. We said yes, but the school committee wouldn’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 96° 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 didn’t know enough about digital cameras to take photos any larger than 640X480 pixels. I’ve had to resize this photo in Ribbet just to be able to upload it to JPG. The enlargement didn’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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