San Paolo

Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura, or St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, is located south of the historic part of Rome.  With construction beginning in the fourth century and continuing till the 19th, this Basilica is one of the largest and most famous in Rome.  As noted in my post a few days ago, […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

New and Old

A common trend in Europe, unlike the US, is how new and old things blend in together in a big city.  In this photo, the Shard (which was completed just last year) is only a few blocks from the Southwark Cathedral, built in the 19th century. For more on my travels to London, see the […]


Venezia (Venice, Italy), is a ‘floating’ city off the northeastern coast of Italy.  The  city was built on 118 small islands, and it is currently sinking back into the Mediterranean Ocean at roughly two millimeters per year.  First populated in the fifth century, Venice is rated as the second most popular tourist city in Italy. […]

Spring Break

The first destination of our Spring Break, London.  The trip brought Andrew, Grant, KC, and I to London, Amsterdam, Prague, and Venice.  Seven days for four locations and four different countries! _____________________________ Easter Sunday! Over the past week, I’ve tried to experience a little bit of an Italian/Roman Easter holiday. We tried the dove shaped […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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, […]

i Giovani di Roma

“Rome’s Youth” This is one of the photos from the session today.  I will continue to scatter these photos throughout the next few weeks.  This photo was taken towards the end of the day while walking through a small park.  We happened to walk up on this group of kids, and the one child in […]