paris, florence & rome!

not gonna lie: it feels good to be back. i didn't realize how much i'd miss ice in drinks (not to mention free re-fills), driving, mexican food, and toilet seat covers. it was weird...but now that i'm home, i really miss being in europe!

me (directly underneath the eiffel tower) and my classmates & professors

i spent 11 days with 11 other girls (yikes!) from my school for an art-based study tour. i was a little wary at first because i only knew a couple of them, but i ended up making new friends and having a great time.

even though it seemed like "vacation", it was pretty tiring. we walked everywhere (no wonder they're so skinny over there!) and had a set itinerary that included tours of museums and churches, leaving little room for shopping and free time (but no worries! we made time).

so anyway, here's the condensed version of my trip.

Paris
(May 17th-21st)

my camera broke when we arrived in paris (perfect timing, right?) and acted a little wonky throughout the trip, so i didn't get as many pictures in the first couple of days. luckily, my friends erin and danielle let me snatch their cameras when i had the urge to snap a photo of anything and everything.

paris was my favorite city out of all the ones we visited! i just loved the lifestyle and ornate buildings...all the bikes and people-watching from the cafes. we ate croissants everyday and lots, and lots of bread & butter (yum!). i also tried escargot for the first time (not bad!) and kissed oscar wilde (pic later. my friend has it).

places we visited: notre dame / jardin du luxembourg / eiffel tower / arc de triomphe / montmarte / versailles / the louvre / musee d'orsay / pere lachaise cemetary

additional photos on facebook

Florence
(May 22nd-24th)

we took a night train to florence from paris (imagine sharing a tiny train cabin with 6 bunks and 5 other girls for about 12 hours). the shopping and sight-seeing was the best here because everything was within walking distance to our hotel. they're famous for their leather, so i got some gifts to take home (plus cute purple gloves and a purse for myself). seeing the statue of david left all of us completely in awe, as well as 'the birth of venus', which was so pretty in person (unfortunately, those museums don't allow photos...but i did get pictures of the 2 other davids!). i ate gelato and tiramisu as often as i could in italy (and of course, pasta! but a lot of us were confused because apparently fettucine alfredo does not exist outside of the states. go figure.).

places we visited: il duomo / uffizi gallery / palazzo vecchio / ponte vecchio / piazzale michelangelo

additional photos on facebook

Assisi
(May 24th)

we stopped by a pottery factory for some demonstrations and food tastings (wine, chocolate, cheese, olive oils, sausages, etc.), then made an additional stop in assisi before heading to rome. assisi was very beautiful! me and my roommates (and new friends!), stephanie and olsi, hiked all the way up to the fortress on the mountain and got an amazing view of the city.

places we visited: basilica of san francesco d'assisi

additional photos on facebook

Rome
(May 25th-27th)

we were busy, busy in rome! oh, boy. i feel like we were running around the whole time. we practically walked from one side of the city to the other, which is no easy feat when you're dodging vespas and wearing thin sandals that are getting wrecked by the cobblestone streets. our hotel was creepy and reminiscent of 'the shining', but at least it was close to the restaurants. i had the best tiramisu and pastas here, and of course, more gelato with stephanie and olsi.


places we visited
: colosseum / roman forum / vatican / sistine chapel / pantheon / trevi fountain / spanish steps / st. peter's square / st. peter's basilica / basilica san clemente / basilica of st. john lateran

additional photos on facebook: 1, 2, 3

whew! about 14 hours later (plus a stopover in new york) and i'm back home. thus concludes my adventures (for now). i hope to do A LOT more traveling in the future. i just need to work on some regular source of income so i can go all over the world. feel free to visit the facebook albums if you want to see more! i took tons of photos (even with my wonky camera, heh).

anyway, what have you been up to? i'd love to know! help me catch up with your life please.

all of these photos are from my personal trip! they were either taken by me or my friends. collages were made using picasa.