2013 March

Spring Break

The first destination of our Spring Break, London.  The trip brought Andrew, Grant, KC, and I to London, Amsterdam, Prague, and Venice.  Seven days for four locations and four different countries! _____________________________ Easter Sunday! Over the past week, I’ve tried to experience a little bit of an Italian/Roman Easter holiday. We tried the dove shaped […]


This is the Oculus of the Pantheon.  The purpose of this oculus was for natural light and partly as a sundial type system.  The height of the oculus matches the diameter of the Pantheon itself at around 43 meters.  The Pantheon has been used for many things over the ages, but is still used as […]

Via Crucis

As mentioned below, the Stations of the Cross or Way of the Cross, consists of 14 different ‘stations’ that depict the events from Jesus’ condemning to death, until the burial in His tomb.  It is commonly on done on Good Friday, but can be done at anytime throughout the year. _____________________________ There was a break […]

il Tricolore

The Italian flag, known as il Tricolore, was formally adopted in 1948, but has origins dating back to the 1700’s.  The three colors, red, white, and green signify a few things, some being physical things, other theological.  The physical meanings come from local landmarks with the green being plains and hills, white being the alps, […]

Eternal Flame

The Eternal Flames (there’s actually two of them) are placed on either side of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Il Vittoriano monument.  They signify the soldiers who lost their lives in World War One. _____________________________ Another midterm in the books, with one more to go!  It’s tough to find the motivation to […]


The metro system here in Rome has two lines, an A and B line.  This train is one of the newer trains that you’ll find on the tracks – mainly because there isn’t loads of graffiti covering the outside. _____________________________ I got the chance to Skype with my Mother who is visiting my Grandfather in […]

Jardins du Château

The are thousands upon thousands of perfectly groomed trees, shrubs, and gardens in the Gardens of the Palace/Mansion of Versailles.   Even when the leaves are no where to be seen, they still do a great job! _____________________________ Passed the first midterm (for Italian)!  We also took our Economics of Organized Crime midterm today as […]


The climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe was exactly 284 stairs, up this winding spiral staircase. _____________________________ Beautiful weather means more time on my bike, which is hard to hate.  My strategy of looking for a long, straight looking road to follow failed again.  I finally found the road I was looking […]

Chapelle Royale

This is the Royal Chapel of Versailles.  The chapel was home to the wedding of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. _____________________________ Another relaxing day with beautiful weather.  It has been a nice relief that the weekend we didn’t travel at least has some nice weather.  We spent the day hanging around, doing a little […]


After Napoleon Bonaparte was elected, he appointed Baron Haussmann as Prefect. His job was to modernize the aging city that many Parisians were unhappy with at the time.  To do this, Haussmann demoed huge portions of the city to make the wide, straight streets still seen today. _____________________________ I fully took advantage of being able […]

Chateau Hallway

 A hallway within the Chateau of Versailles.  There were numerous sculptures and paintings along the marble corridor. _____________________________ The weather finally turned and today was amazing.  I took full advantage of the nice weather, starting out with a nice run.  I prayed a little hoping the path next to the Tiber would be dry, which […]

Eiffel Salesman

These guys were all over EVERY monument trying to sell their metal Eiffel Tower figurines. _____________________________ Another wet and rainy day in Rome.  Another wet and rainy community service night as well. Not much else to say!

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is located on the Champs-Elysees.  It was built in 1806 to honor those who lost their lives in the French Revolutionary War along with the Napoleonic Wars. _____________________________ It was a beautiful day in the city today – which meant I could finally get back out on my bike.  I decided […]

From a Distance

An alternative view of the Eiffel Tower from near the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. For more about the Paris trip, click on the “Paris” category. _____________________________ We had the first midterm today, in our Italian class.  After a long weekend, I am glad that it went well (I think!). We had a small get […]


Probably one of my best candids so far.  I didn’t even realize they were there!  For more on Versailles, see this link for yesterday’s post. _____________________________ Once we got back to Steve’s apartment, he went off to bed, and we sat around for a few minutes deciding what to do.  It was a little before […]