Roma Tre


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 […]


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.

Kilmainham Gaol

The Victorian Wing, or East Wing, of the Kilmainham Gaol.  This wing has been used many times within popular media, such as in the original film the Italian Job, or a U2 music video.  The wing itself was built in 1861 upon the principal of separation and silence.  In the original part of the jail, […]

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher rise up to 214 meters from the Atlantic Ocean.  The span 8 kilometers down the coast and have been ranked in the top ten natural wonders of the world many times.  This photo wasn’t easy to choose from the pile that I have.  I am sure another will make an appearance […]


A nice night shot of the River Liffey, facing the Port of Dublin. _____________________________ Part of the reason I ended up in Dublin this weekend was because of something a few of my roommates celebrate back at school – Unofficial. Basically at the University of Illinois, they celebrate St. Patrick’s day the weekend before because […]

Guinness Storehouse

There is an album of photos from the Guinness Storehouse tour.  The Storehouse itself was opened up in 2000 to show the history of Guinness and how it’s made.  It was initially the site of part of the fermentation process, opened up in the early 20th century. _____________________________ There’s definitely something different about sleeping in […]

Sphere Within Sphere

This is a sculpture done by Arnoldo Pomodoro that is in many places around the world, including the Vatican.  This one specifically was at Trinity College in Dublin.  You can see my reflection on two different parts of the sculpture due to the shape it was given. _____________________________ 2.5 hours and three different buses later, […]


This is another shot from the CLC on Sunday.  This is from the top of the Bamboo structure/sculpture that I had mentioned on Sunday.  It was definitely not the safest feeling structure, but I made it to the top and got this shot of a road crossing the Tiber. Here is the Structure from the […]

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 […]