Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Hill is probably one of the most important of the seven hills of Rome.  It was initially the Citadel of the city, but has since transformed into the Capitoline Museums, surrounding Piazza del Campidoglio. _____________________________ After a rainy morning, I headed out towards the historic center to check off a few more things on […]

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 […]

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, […]


These are part of the 311 steps in the Monument, a tower built to commemorate the 1666 fire that destroyed 13,000 plus buildings in London. For more on my travels to London, see the following posts: Monday, April 1st: (London): http://cameronpiper.com/londonuk/ Tuesday, April 2nd: (London): http://cameronpiper.com/queens-guards/ _____________________________ After a morning class, I had the rest of […]


Like I had mentioned in my posts about Amsterdam, bikes are probably the number one mode of transportation within the city.  Our tour guide said it best – there are double the number of bikes in the city than there are people.. With hundreds of bikes being thrown into the canals EVERY WEEK, he said […]

Queen’s Guards

The Changing of the Guards at roughly 11:00am (it starts at 10:40am).  The Guard goes around the Monument and down towards the mall.  These Foot Guard Sentries are active military members and are actively ready for duty if necessary. _____________________________ After the morning’s breakfast, we set off to tour the Palaces of London. We took […]


The metro system here in Rome has two lines, an A and B line.  This train is one of the newer trains that you’ll find on the tracks – mainly because there isn’t loads of graffiti covering the outside. _____________________________ I got the chance to Skype with my Mother who is visiting my Grandfather in […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Barcelona Cathedral

The Barcelona Cathedral, or Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, is perhaps one of the most important Cathedrals in Barcelona.  The Cathedral holds the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona.  The exterior was completed between the 13th and 14th century in a neo-gothic style. ___________ Nice day with no classes.  Definitely helped me […]