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Tiber River

The Tiber River is the main reason why the Roman Empire was able to thrive in Rome.  The river, which is the third longest river in Italy, flows 406km into the Mediterranean Sea.  The name comes from numerous myths and legends – from Kings relieving themselves into the river to the story of Remus and […]

Giro d’Italia

The Giro d’Italia is an annual multi-stage cycling race that takes place in Italy.  Similar to the Tour de France, the race is comprised of 21 stages that take place over 23 days, making it one of the Grand Tours.  This year’s Giro will travel around Italy in a counter clockwise fashion, going south, traveling […]


This was the cave leading to the small beach in the Cinque Terre town of Vernazza.  It was a natural rock formation that created a gateway between the town and the beach. For more photos of my trip to Cinque Terre, go to the following blog post: _____________________________ Last (lecture) class while abroad today.  Only […]


Vatican City is not only the smallest city state in the world area wise (110 acres), but also population wise (at roughly 800 citizens).  It first gained it’s independence from Italy in 1929.  St. Peter’s Basilica and Square were both constructed in the 16th century. _____________________________ With the days counting down, it’s finally time to […]


Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is the most well known section of Pisa, as well as the most visited area in the small town  on the western coast of Italy.  Construction of the eldest building (the Duomo) began in the 11th century.  The two of four structures pictured here (with the Baptistry and Camposanto […]

Monterosso al Mare

Monterosse al Mare, the fifth and final town in Cinque Terre that I visited.  The town is right on the water, and very different than the other four towns.  The town is more of a resort town, with numerous restaurants, bars, and hotels near the town’s two beaches. The town is split in two by […]


Vernazza, the fourth of the five Cinque Terre towns I visited, is known for it’s small port and fisheries.  The village is home to a small Castle (seen at the top of the photo) called Doria Castle, built as a lookout against pirates in the 15th century.  There are also a few famous churches in […]


Corniglia, the third of the five towns I visited, is the only one is not directly on the water.  It is perched on top of a  roughly 100m tall cliff, still overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  The village is known for it’s main church of San Pietro, along with it’s small streets and alley ways. For […]


Manarola is the second village of five that I stopped at during my trip. The village is known for it’s picturesque setting on the coastline.  It is the oldest town of the five and also one of the smallest.  The residents have lived off the town’s fishing and wineries for the past 700 years. For […]

Cinque Terre

There are lots of photos in this post (25ish) – give it some time to load so you can enjoy them all! For the next five days (including today), I will be posting a photo of one of the Cinque Terre villages, in order from South to North (the same way I traveled).  In each […]


  A memorial for the prisoners and victims of the Dachau Concentration Camp.  The post Dachau has all of the information of my visit there, just click here.  An exerpt from the post: “The Dachau Concentration Camp was the first concentration camp, and was initially used as a forced labor camp – where the prisoners […]


This ‘bar’ is the one of two businesses within Idroscalo, a small “self made city” near the delta of the Tiber River with the Mediterranean Sea.  As explained below, this city lies in a grey area for city officials.  The residents have lived in the city for nearly 50 years – illegally.  The roughly 2,000 […]

2014 BMW M4 Series

The new 2014 BMW M4 series coupe was on display in the BMW Welt.  This model retails for around 40,000€.. A bit out of my price range, but hey who knows. _____________________________ Usual Mechanics of Materials class this morning, except it was our last lecture due to a national holiday Thursday! On my afternoon run, […]


“Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes one free, a common phrase seen at camps).  The Dachau Concentration Camp was the first concentration camp, and was initially used as a forced labor camp – where the prisoners would eventually be let free.  With the onset of World War II, the camp became extremely over crowded, and the […]

Bayerische Motoren Werke

Bayerische Motoren Werke, or BMW, was first founded in 1917 in Munich as a company producing airplane engines.  During the first World War, production shifted to motorcycles, and the company rode the motorcycle boom until towards the end of World War II.  During the dark times of the war, the company used prisoners from concentration […]