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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles October 26th 2008

Versailles. Built by the sun king, Louis the 14th of France, in order to have everyone important under one roof and make him the center of the palace's universe. Today, though it is a lovely place to visit on a random tuesday, which is what Katherine and I did on our third day in Paris. Taking the metro and an hour long train ride from the city center to Versailles for the day. After studying Versailles and Marie Antoine for several years, I have always dreamed that one day I would actually get to walk the same halls and gardens that the Kings and Queens did a few hundred years ago. Tuesday is probably one of the more popular days to go to this magnificent palace, because most of the major museums are closed on that ... read more
Golden Archway
Main Palace
Marble doorway

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 25th 2008

Fall break in the city of lights. So the art school I am attending here in Florence has this wonderful thing called a fall break. Basically a week off from all things school related. After four mid-term exams and I project in my photography class I was more than ready to leave Italy. Originally I was going to be in Greece for a week of letting loose with Molly, Daisy, Emma, John and Zoe, but after our first reservations fell through I was able to change plans the week before break started and head to Paris. Katherine (who studies at UMiami) and I bought one way train tickets to Paris the thursday before we left. In retrospect I probably should have figured things out further in advance, but everything turned out alright in the end. We ... read more
Couchette 2
Pyramid of Paris.

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich October 4th 2008

So what can I say about Oktoberfest other than crazy. Seriously crazy. Molly, Daisy, John and I left for Bavaria on Thursday night taking a nine-hour bus ride from Florence to Munich. Now this bus ride could have been more interesting if was taken during the day, instead though we went through the night. Leaving at 9pm and arriving at our Hotel at around 6 am. Ashley and I purchased the room in August and assumed we would be able to cut the cost by inviting our three friends to stay with us... Probably one of the most interesting sleeping arrangements I have ever done. Similar to sardines in a can, lined up against each other, if one person turned then everyone else had to also. It may have been worse than sleeping in a bathtub, ... read more
Lets GO!
The Tents
Tradition values

Europe » Italy » Campania » Pompei October 1st 2008

So I spent the last weekend in September touring Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, and Naples. It was interesting going to such a different place, well different from Florence anyway. It is so therapeutic to ride on the trains in Italy. Crossing fields of grapes and cutting through the hills going through tunnels that make your ears pop. People watching and seeing who else is also riding with you. Small casas pass at lightning speed, like they were never there to begin with. The old blending with the new in the form of power lines next to ancient battle sites. This small country that is only 70 miles across at one point, full of history that would make any writer excited. Passion is not an emotion that Italians are short on either they definitely have it in abundance. ... read more
Sorrento in the Evening
Memorial at Pompeii

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 22nd 2008

So I can now say that I have been to the "Sinking City", better known as Venice. Even though I only had one day to tour around and see the main sites, I left with a better understanding of how people live daily in a city with streets of water. I am amazed that people have boats for transport instead of cars. Where you can see front doors of palazzo's starting to dip below the water line because they have been there for hundreds of years. Leaving Florence and becoming a tourist in another city in Italy was not something to forget as well because in Florence there is more room for the day-tripper to walk around and not be in the congestion of the city. While in Venice, the streets are narrow and full of ... read more
standing on one of the many bridges
View from the Gondola

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence September 16th 2008

So another week in Florence pasted and this one was much more interesting than my last entry. I have FINALLY started to know where I am going in Florence, so that when walking home at night I can actually get home. So long as I find the Duomo, Santa Croce, Arno River or the Hotel Bernini (which is next to the Bargello) I can make it down the impossibly narrow streets and back to my apartment. Florence is such an interesting city that even people who have lived here their entire lives still get lost. I have met several that could not tell you certain streets if they are not on them. Most, when asked for directions give landmarks, because everyone knows the main landmarks in the city. Usually the Duomo or Piazza della Repubblica are ... read more
Feeling good.
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence September 7th 2008

So I have officially been in Florence for one week. Spent by getting lost, attempting to learn Italian, drinking way too much caffè and trying not to die in the sweltering heat. Do not get me wrong it isn't that I don't adore being stalked because I am oh so clearly an American; it is the zanzare or mosquitos that I don't agree with. Every time I wake up I find 5 more bites located in spots that were not under my sheet (which I wouldn't be using if not for the bugs because it is too hot). Like for example lately my hand has been the object of their appetites, not both hands mind you, only the left. Which sticks out as I try to cover my head with my flannel sheet ( bad idea ... read more
Piazza della Republica

North America » United States » Washington » Everett » Everett July 22nd 2008

So HUGE update about my upcoming trip to Italy in 38 days! My plan had been to apply for a visa using an online site that "claimed" it would be able to send in my visa for me, so that I would not have to travel to apply in person. Well, about one week ago I received a message that this site would be able to complete my visa at this time. OKAY.... well this left me with very little time to find a new way of getting my visa without having to go in person to the Italian Consulate. Which by the way for Washington state is located 700 miles away in San Francisco, California, not exactly close by. One more small slightly more important piece of information about Italian visas is that you have ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Pullman April 27th 2008

Figuring Things Out At the very moment I am contemplating what Italy will be like. Sure I have seen the movies and read the books on the country, but how much can you learn from observing rather than actually doing/being. When I was figuring out which place in the wide-open world I would want to travel to, I could have picked somewhere that spoke English as a first language. This however probably would have been selling myself short. So then I looked at France, where I would be able to communicate at an elementary level comfortably. I have never been outside of North America before so then why would I pick somewhere that would make things easier. I realize how cliché it is for American students to go to Italy to study abroad but it ... read more

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