Arcadia University

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]