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.

(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

(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

(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

(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.


Couture said...

Waw! Must be nice but very tiring to visit so many cities in so little time!
Lovely pictures!

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

I love this recap of your time there. All the photos look great. I am really quite jealous.

Katrina said...

it looks and sounds like you had a great time in Europe!! i'm so jealous of the fact you're done with school and now have so much time to travel!

i haven't been up to much since you left, aside from moving my blog. it's moved over to a .com now and the name's changed (feel free to update the link in your blog roll! i added you to mine :) hehe).


Chickything said...

Wow that trip looks so much fun! I am so jealous! All your photos are amazing! What camera did you buy to replace the one that retired during the trip?

We all missed you so much, blogland is not the same without you!

Meg said...

Oh my goodness, had sooo much fun reading your post -- and I'll definitely be hopping over to check out all your photos on FB! Everything looked amazing.

I visited Italy and England right after I graduated from college three years ago, and it remains one of the greatest times of my life! We walked everywhere, too, and I don't think there was ever a time in Rome, Venice or Florence when I wasn't absolutely starving. The portions there are so much smaller and with all that exercise, I'm pretty sure I came home even lighter than when I left!

I just got back from New York City and am going to be posting all about my weekend there over the next few days! Such a busy time of year! :)

Glad you had a fabulous time, and welcome home! :)

Mo said...

wooaaa you seem to have done so much !!! damn i miss Paris when i see these pics !!!

Anna said...

It looks like you had so much fun! Your pictures in Italy reminded me of when I went there last year. I went on a school trip for a few weeks (sort of like yours). I remember how tiring it was to walk everywhere. I want to visit Paris someday, it looks beautiful.

julianne. said...

i hope you had an amazing time, it sure seems like it.<3

Natasha said...

Ahhh I'm so jealous! My Grandparents have done several tours of Europe and I have no excuse coming from the UK, but these photos are lovely. I'mg lad you had a good time. Europe is beautiful xxx

Jen said...

aww your blue floral romper is just about the cutest thing. i'm glad you had a good time on your trip! i'm dying for a vacation right now! :P

Rebel Mel said...

I am SO jealous of you, darling! I am glad you're back, and that you had a great time! <3

Sandy a la Mode said...

awwww loved seeing all of these photos, and i LOVE the picasa collages you made, yay!! yea, i think picasa is a super simple and cool tool to use! and even better that you can upload those photos to picasaweb too! =) looks like you had a GREAT time!!

Ebony said...

You looked so chic your entire trip Miss Erica! *sigh* This all looks so lovely. Awesome photos. What crap timing with your camera but what great friends to let you borrow theirs :)
Hey, why arent we fb friends? I think we should be! Add me: Ebony Campbell.

So my life, well where to start. I joined a gym, got sick of it. I've been scrapping like mad. Considered moving to Tas for 6 months, and am now unsure (you're the first blogger bestie I've told) if I even wanna. I'm starting to like it here. Being more pro-active about being social and making new friends and I dunno...

I got a macbook, I got into uni for next year and I started trimming my own bangs. I can't remember when you went away and how much you've missed - you're just gonna have to read and catch up!

Oh and I have a few ideas about that zine, so will email you soon.
Love you Erica, seriously missed you gorgeous girl xoxox

Fashion Meets Food said...

What a fabulous visit. I would absolutely love to visit there. Gorgeous pictures and fab outfits!


Aurelia Liana said...

WOW i envy youuuu erica! nice photos! :) really hehe
btw read my new post, k? ;)

Asteria said...

Florence is by far one of my fave cities!

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Eva said...

Oh, Paris!<3
Great photos, love to read and see this!

Stiene Saenen said...

Looks so nice! Paris is just a lovely city :) xo

Shelley Ann said...

it looks like so much fun! love the collages of everything!

Ken said...

you look liked you blended right in! i have never been to europe but i always wanted to. for sure i want to go to italy! what a wonderful place with such nice architecture!