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 […]

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 […]