2013 February

Guinness Storehouse

There is an album of photos from the Guinness Storehouse tour.  The Storehouse itself was opened up in 2000 to show the history of Guinness and how it’s made.  It was initially the site of part of the fermentation process, opened up in the early 20th century. _____________________________ There’s definitely something different about sleeping in […]

Sphere Within Sphere

This is a sculpture done by Arnoldo Pomodoro that is in many places around the world, including the Vatican.  This one specifically was at Trinity College in Dublin.  You can see my reflection on two different parts of the sculpture due to the shape it was given. _____________________________ 2.5 hours and three different buses later, […]


This is another shot from the CLC on Sunday.  This is from the top of the Bamboo structure/sculpture that I had mentioned on Sunday.  It was definitely not the safest feeling structure, but I made it to the top and got this shot of a road crossing the Tiber. Here is the Structure from the […]

Piazza del Plebiscito

This is the San Francesco di Paola, a Roman church very reminiscent of the Pantheon.  The church itself was completed near the beginning of the 19th century.  In front of the church is the Piazza del Plebiscito, an almost ghostly feeling square that was vacant at the time of this shot.  It is the largest square […]

i Giovani di Roma

“Rome’s Youth” This is one of the photos from the session today.  I will continue to scatter these photos throughout the next few weeks.  This photo was taken towards the end of the day while walking through a small park.  We happened to walk up on this group of kids, and the one child in […]


A break in the rain.  On our way to the tram along the Mediterranean.  The Castel dell’Ovo, or Egg Castle, with Vesuvius to it’s left. (More photos of Napoli coming this week as well!) _____________________________ Day 2 in Napoli brought some… dryer weather.   For at least a few hours!  We made around way around […]


Napoli, or Naples, is a town that unfortunately has set a reputation for it’s crime and scandals.  The city itself is one of the oldest cities in the world.  The city has been home to numerous empires and got its name from the ancient Greeks as Neapolis, or “New City.”  As I will discuss in […]

Old Meets New

A look at the old and the new (ish) of Rome.  The Theatre of Marcellus mixed with new age apartments and architecture.  The building originally held one of the first open air theatres in Rome, in 12 BC!  The apartments above the old ruins now are home to apartments worth over 1.2 million euro… for a […]


 Barcelona, Spain _____________________________ Today for the At Home in Rome course, we walked around the central part of Rome comparing old drawings of the city before Mussolini’s era.  It was very interesting to see how buildings are moved around the city or manipulated to basically change the affect the building has on its surroundings.  As […]

Barcelona Cathedral

The Barcelona Cathedral, or Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, is perhaps one of the most important Cathedrals in Barcelona.  The Cathedral holds the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona.  The exterior was completed between the 13th and 14th century in a neo-gothic style. ___________ Nice day with no classes.  Definitely helped me […]


The almost never ending construction to many civilians of Barcelona.  Worries of collapse due to underground subways, combined with mixed feelings about spending, the building has taken over a hundreds to be built to this point. (One day I’ll learn to edit out the cranes, scaffolding, etc.) _____________ Back to school, back to school.  Coming […]

Venetian Towers

The Venetian Towers were constructed around the time of the 1929 International Exposition.  The base of the towers were constructed of concrete, red brick, and copper roofs.  These were modeled after St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice.  Due to rapid deterioration of the towers, the netting placed near the top of the towers was put into […]


Will and I in front of the National Art Museum of Catalonya. Plaça d’Espanya to our left. ______________ I tried to wake up this morning with a fresh, clear head and made sure the events of the previous night wouldn’t tarnish the trip’s experiences.  Where we went really helped do so!  (Of course I decided […]

Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a work in progress that was taken over by Antoni Gaudi in 1882.  The design resembles Gaudi’s other work, seen in Park Guell.   The work has taken so long to complete due to the Spanish Civil war and internal conflict over whether or not the work was too substantial when […]

La Bouqueria

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, La Bouqueria, was first thought to be in existence around the year of 1217, and is known to be one of the largest open markets in Europe. _________________ This morning started with an early wake up call – off to the airport!  We ran over to Piramide station to […]