Spanish Steps

The 121 steps of la Scalinata della Tinità dei Monti connect Piazza di Spagna with Piazza dei Monti.  The steps were completed in 1717.  In the beginning of the summer, the Steps are covered in rhododendrons until May 12th. _____________________________ I went on a bit of a journey today to collect my Permesso di Soggiorno, […]


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 […]


“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 […]

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): […]

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): […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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.

Piazza del Plebiscito

This is the San Francesco di Paola, a Roman church very reminiscent of the Pantheon.  The church itself was completed near the beginning of the 19th century.  In front of the church is the Piazza del Plebiscito, an almost ghostly feeling square that was vacant at the time of this shot.  It is the largest square […]