2013 March

Le Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 as an entrance to the World’s Fair (the reason for this someone rare view).  Everyone has seen the Eiffel Tower in photos from a distance, so I decided to try and mix it up a little. It was the tallest structure in the world for roughly 40 years. […]

Notre Dame

Notre Dame de Paris’, French for Our Lady of Paris, construction started in the twelfth century, and it was finally completed as it stands today in 1345.  Many people of the world solely know its name from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. _____________________________ After traveling for the past two weekends and not having a chance […]

Parc Élisabeth

This is Elisabeth Park, which is directly in front of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels, Belgium.   It was designed specifically for a great view of the Basilica and covers 21 hectares, or 210,000 square meters.  Thus, making it a perfect place for joggers – seen in the photo. _____________________________ We played […]

Habemus Papam Franciscum

“We have Pope Francis.” Pope Francis is not only the first Latin American Pope, but he’s the first Pope to not come from Europe in 1200 years.  The name Francis was chosen for it’s meaning of “poverty, humility, simplicity and rebuilding the Catholic Church,” as stated on CNN. _____________________________ Today started out like every other […]


Parco degli Acquedotti, or Park of the Aqueducts.  This is a photo from last Wednesday’s “At Home in Rome” class where we got to visit the Aqueducts in pouring rain. This is a drawing on the wall in between the arch way of the aqueduct, describing how it was once a church for the people […]

Parc d’Osseghem

The Parc d’Osseghem is the park near the Atomium.  The open air theatre itself was designed by Jules Buyssens.  It holds about 3,000 people and hosts concerts and other performances during the summer.  The row of neatly trimmed bushes lead your way from the street in front of the Atomium. _____________________________ This morning we had to […]


The Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Basiliek in Dutch), as mentioned two days ago, is relatively new.  The art and architecture is more modern feeling when compared to many other Basilicas we have visited. The South Cathedral of the Basilica _____________________________ Since we traveled back yesterday (when we normally come back on Sundays) today was […]

Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Brussels, built at the end of the 18th century.  The website of the Belgian Monarchy describes it best “The Palace is where His Majesty the King exercises his prerogatives as Head of State, grants audiences and deals with affairs of state. Apart from the offices of the King and the Queen, the Royal […]


The Atomium was constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair.  The structure stands on an area that also includes a park and expo centers.  Each sphere of the Atomium is 18m in diameter, and you can climb to the top. _____________________________ We woke up a little before 9am to have our continental breakfast made by […]

Grand Place

The Grote Markt, grand market in Dutch (or Grand Place in English/French) is the considered to be the center of Brussels.  The large building on the left side of the photo is the city’s town hall, which was built during the 15th century.  As with most places like this in Europe, it was once a market.  To […]

Christ Church

The Christ Church Cathedral is the first cathedral to be built in Dublin, around the 11th century.  It is now home to the tomb of Strongbow, a warlord requested to come to Ireland by a medieval king at the time. _____________________________ For our At Home in Rome class today, we made our way over to […]


This is a cell from the original block of cells of the Kilmainham Gaol.  All the cells were locked with small holes like this to view how the prisoners lived. _____________________________ I had my first class today for the Material Science course that I’m taking for the semester.  Arcadia was unaware of when the class […]


Hard to not post another one of these.  This one shows how close you can get…  There’s nothing besides a slate wall that stops you from actually seeing over the edge, except no one actually stays behind the slate wall.

Kilmainham Gaol

The Victorian Wing, or East Wing, of the Kilmainham Gaol.  This wing has been used many times within popular media, such as in the original film the Italian Job, or a U2 music video.  The wing itself was built in 1861 upon the principal of separation and silence.  In the original part of the jail, […]

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher rise up to 214 meters from the Atlantic Ocean.  The span 8 kilometers down the coast and have been ranked in the top ten natural wonders of the world many times.  This photo wasn’t easy to choose from the pile that I have.  I am sure another will make an appearance […]