Street Markets

One of the things that I loved about Italy (I loved just about EVERYTHING about Italy, really) was the different markets that were everywhere. Admittedly, my favorites were the ones filled with clothing. I couldn’t get enough of it! Here’s a glimpse of what I’m talking about:

This particular market went on and on for what seemed like forever! If you put me in that environment — you’d better watch out. It was SO hard for me not to buy tons of stuff. I even bought my dad an apron with a personalized message on it:

It reads : “Il re del cuccina” which means “King of the kitchen” — my dad LOVED it, by the way. I hope he uses it from time to time.  Here is a video of her making it:

 

 

Here are a few more pictures:

I bought a photo album from this guy. I got him to give me a discount by promising to put his picture in my photo album

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Food, glorious food!

One of the best things about Italy is the food. And one of the best things I had while I was there was a caprese — it’s a really simple sandwich, but SO delicious! It was mozzarella, pomodoro and pesto on grilled focaccia bread OH MY GOSH– morire! (that means “to die for” in Italian)

I also loved the gelato– my favorite was to get a combination of coconut, pistachio and chocolate YUMMY!! Joy, my friend, traveling companion and Italian professor says that one MUST have gelato at least one time everyday while they are in Italy. I think they should have it twice!

On our last night in Florence, we ate delicious desserts! Here is a video to make your mouth water:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhSSBWS2OcQ

Here’s a picture of me with Joy and Lindsey — another one of my travel mates:

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Talk about GiNormous!

I took SO many picture while I was Italy that I really don’t know where to begin! One of my first days there we went to the Duomo, which is this HUGE cathedral in Florence. The first time I saw it, I was walking and looking down at my hand-held flipVid camera when suddenly the bells of all of the cathedrals in Florence began ringing. I look up and there is this colossal structure in front of me. I actually yelled out “OH MY GOD!!” and the funny thing is– I got all of this on video. As soon as I can find that video, I’ll upload it. But until then, I will share with you some of the photos of the outside and a couple from the inside of the Duomo. (BTW, some of the dates on my pictures are wrong because I couldn’t figure out how to change the date stamp!)

Here’s a more comprehensive picture of the Duomo from its side-view — although this STILL doesn’t quite capture it’s complete enormity!

 

Share in my amazement with the second video above haha! Also, while I was in Italy the World Cup was going on — so we’d be walking down the street and mobs of people would be glued to television screens broadcasting the games. I was kind of blown away that they (the game spectators) were surrounded by so much beauty and yet– their eyes were transfixed by soccer!

Here’s one of me standing in front of it

This next one is of the inside of the dome. It amazes me that the painters were able to do all of that intricate artwork. When  you are in there, you can see the whole where the planks were attached so that they’d be able to paint up there

Here’s another shot from inside. It was so beautiful in there!

 

This is one of the sides of the Duomo. Isn’t the architecture amazing???

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Je suis allé à France, mais Je ne parle pas français…

…But I loved trying!

On my way to Italy, I had a 7 hour layover in  the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris (which is GIGANTIC, btw), but I didn’t have time to actually leave the airport so I passed the time by napping (or TRYING to nap) and perusing the cafe.

*pay no attention to the date stamp on my pictures– I couldn’t figure out how to change the date on my camera until day 3 or so of my trip!

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Hello world!

During the summer of 2010 I was fortunate enough to travel across the Atlantic ocean, make a pit-stop in Paris, France and end up in Florence, Italy. Here, I will share some of my experiences through photos and videos.

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