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My Italy Travelogue with the Huawei P9

It’s been a month since Huawei announced its flagship phone, the Huawei P9 in India. I was one of the lucky few to get my hands on the device even before it’s official launch in the Indian market and had the opportunity of taking it along with me on my trip to Italy.

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The main USP of the Huawei P9 is the Dual-camera unit developed in collaboration with Leica. The Leica dual-camera module, with a two 12 megapixel lens system with f/2.2, combines the black and white camera with the colour lens, which supposedly offers better contrast, light sensitivity and image quality.

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Swipe right, and a selection of modes appear, ranging from HDR and video, to time-lapse and night shot settings. Swipe left, and less often used features come up, such as a timer, camera grid settings, and GPS tagging. The manual mode, called Pro, appears when you drag up a small menu on the main screen. When it’s hidden, the phone is in auto mode. It’s easy, convenient, and intuitive to use the manual mode on the P9.

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The Huawei P9 offers manual shooting controls for people like me who prefer to create photographs just the way we do it with DSLR. Here are some of the pictures I clicked with this phone during my 2 week long trip to Italy.

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Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER #OO #ClickedWithP9


We had been planning this trip since a year now and had already booked the flight tickets 6 months in advance at a good rate. Our stays were booked on AirBnb. My trip was scheduled from the 7th of August, 2016 until the 20th of August, during which I was to cover Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Sant’Agnello and Palermo. My wife missed out on the first leg of the trip when she lost her passport just 3 days before the trip! The story was to go viral few days later when our MEA Minister Sushma Swaraj stepped in and offered to help us with the passport and visa within 2 working days!

I flew from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to the Malpensa Milan Airport with a stopover at Istanbul, Turkey. The entire flight journey lasted 11 hours.

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At the Milan Centrale Station


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We had booked our AirBnb stay within walking distance of the Milan Centrale Station which helped us a big deal in saving travel time.

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My AirBnb was within walking distance from the Milan Centrale Station


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Selfie Time (Well not exactly)


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Duomo di Milano


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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II


The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II  is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.

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Navigli


Our first meal in Italy was a slice Margarita Pizza, French Fries and coke at one of the restaurants in Navigli. The Navigli were a system of navigable and interconnected canals around Milan, Italy. The system consisted of five canals: Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Pavese, Naviglio Martesana, Naviglio di Paderno, Naviglio di Bereguardo.

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Breakfast time at Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station


Our next stop was Venice. We took a train from Milan Central Station to Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station from where we took a ferry to main island of Venice. With its historical canals, gondolas, and winding streets, Venice is considered one of the most romantic and visited cities in the world. We bought a sim card with 3G data from the station for about 20 € to stay connected with Sana in helping her acquire a duplicate passport.

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Bata Store in Venice


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#Shoefie #Sketchers #OO #ClickedWithP9


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Gondola ride #OO


Some may say the gondolas of Venice are a tourist trap, but so are a lot of other fun things! A gondola ride can be very romantic if taken around dusk, and if the price seems too high, split with ride others. A maximum of 6 people are allowed on the gondola. A typical ride costs 80 € during the day. We split our ride with another Indian couple. This ride of ours lasted 15 mins and we were left asking for more!

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Selfie with the Huawei P9 #OO #ClickedWithP9. Clothing by AndamenLife