2013 April

St. Vitus

The St. Vitus Cathedral was constructed in 1344 using a Gothic Style of architecture.  The Cathedral was and still is a central church of the Czech Republic and includes the crypts of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Empires. For more on my travels to Prague, see the following posts: Friday, April 5th: (Prague): http://cameronpiper.com/praha/ […]

New and Old

A common trend in Europe, unlike the US, is how new and old things blend in together in a big city.  In this photo, the Shard (which was completed just last year) is only a few blocks from the Southwark Cathedral, built in the 19th century. For more on my travels to London, see the […]

Four Weeks Left..

Looking out over Prague, with St. Vitus Cathedral to my left. For more on my travels to Prague, see the following posts: Friday, April 5th: (Prague): http://cameronpiper.com/praha/ Saturday, April 6th: (Prague): http://cameronpiper.com/charles-bridge/ _____________________________ A nice relaxing Saturday.  I spent most of the day trying to catch up on all the posts on this site (editing […]

Ostia Lido

Mark tossing a frisbee to a new friend on the beach. _____________________________ With more beautiful weather forecasted for the day, Mark (my friend from home who’s also studying in Rome) invited me to come along to the beach for the day with him and two friends.  I was more than happy to join. We went […]

Ponte di Rialto

The Rialto Bridge is Venice is one of the four bridges crossing the Grand Canal.  The present day bridge was first constructed in 1588. For more about my trip to Venice, see the following post below: Sunday, April 7th: (Venice): http://cameronpiper.com/venezia/ _____________________________ The weather here has been in the high 60’s, low 70’s! I hopped […]

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square is directly in front of the National Museum.  The square itself is home to a monument (seen in the photo) for St. Wenceslas, a patron saint of Bohemia.  The square has been home to many different things, such as markets, protests, and demonstrations. For more on my travels to Prague, see the following […]

Bikes

Like I had mentioned in my posts about Amsterdam, bikes are probably the number one mode of transportation within the city.  Our tour guide said it best – there are double the number of bikes in the city than there are people.. With hundreds of bikes being thrown into the canals EVERY WEEK, he said […]

Tower Bridge

The London Tower Bridge was built in 1886 by five different contractors.  At the time, it was an engineering marvel due to the speed with which the bridge could raise, 90 seconds.  The bridge itself is roughly 244 meters long. For more on my travels to London, see the following posts: Monday, April 1st: (London): […]

Venezia

Venezia (Venice, Italy), is a ‘floating’ city off the northeastern coast of Italy.  The  city was built on 118 small islands, and it is currently sinking back into the Mediterranean Ocean at roughly two millimeters per year.  First populated in the fifth century, Venice is rated as the second most popular tourist city in Italy. […]

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge was first constructed in 1357 by Charles IV, crossing the Vitava River.  The bridge was a necessary connection between the Castle and Old Town of the city. _____________________________ There was a restaurant a block down from our hostel called Bohemia Bagels. Since I’m a huge fan of bagels and haven’t touched one […]

Praha

Praha, or Prague, is a city that has been an epicenter of culture since it’s settling in the 9th century.  It is the capital and largest city (roughly 2 million people living in and around the city) in the Czech Republic and the 14th largest city in the European Union. _____________________________ Knowing Prague is a […]

Begijnhof

This statue is located in one of the oldest inner courts in Amsterdam called Begiijnhof.  The court is home to the English Reform Church of Amsterdam and the Begijnhofkapel, a hidden church of Amsterdam.  Most of the other buildings are private homes, and there is also one of the two remaining wooden homes in Amsterdam […]

Amsterdam

Amsterdam, a city founded on it’s prominent ports near the river Amstel, has a rich history of trade and now tourism.  With a name based off the dutch words translating to Amstel River Dam, the city is the capital of the Netherlands and is in the top 15 countries in the world for quality of […]

Queen’s Guards

The Changing of the Guards at roughly 11:00am (it starts at 10:40am).  The Guard goes around the Monument and down towards the mall.  These Foot Guard Sentries are active military members and are actively ready for duty if necessary. _____________________________ After the morning’s breakfast, we set off to tour the Palaces of London. We took […]

London

Downtown London as seen from the 32nd floor of an apartment building.  The two most recognizable buildings are the two on the left: the Shard and Gherkin (30 St. Mary Axe). _____________________________ I decided to strap my Newton running shoes to my bag, as a week without doing anything physical besides walking wouldn’t help my […]