30 October 2009

Two Week Break - Italy

By the second week of break, I was getting a little tired of travelling, but we still had Florence and Rome left to go. The first day in Florence, we met three other students: MinYoung and David from Univerisity Notre Dame, who were studying for the semester in London, and Billy, from D.C., who was taking the semester off from school to backpack through Europe. We had all gone on the free city walking tour that our hostel sponsored and when the tour had ended, we had the option of going back to the hostel or going to lunch at one of the places our guide recommended. We were all pretty hungry and cold, and I'm not sure we actually found the restaurant the guide told us about, but in anycase, we ended up all having lunch together. We hung out together for the rest of the time after that, seeing Michelangelo's David statue, shopping in the markets, watching the sunset over Florence, eating alot of gelato, and enjoying Italian pizza.

Rome was overwhelming in its size, the rain we had, the number of motorcycles, the amount of marble used...and so many churches and ancient ruins! We travelled down on Wendesday to Rome with MinYoung and David and spent the first day with them at the Collosseum, the Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. The next day we visited St. Peters Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. It was very exciting, being able to see all these wonderful things that I had only read about in books. It was history and art, come alive.


Florence Pictures:http://picasaweb.google.com/Smilegirlerin/1920102009Florence#
Rome Pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/Smilegirlerin/21To23102009Rome#

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