Category: Italy

Study Abroad: Ponte Vecchio

Probably one of the more well known landmarks of Florence, Italy is the Ponte Vecchio that spans the river Arno. It is the oldest bridge in Florence although it was rebuilt in 1345 and has withstood many events from wars to floods. No days the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewelers shops – over priced

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Study Abroad: Cinque Terre: Swimming in the Mediterranean

One of the things that I remember most about visiting Cinque Terre was swimming in the Mediterranean. It was after lunch and the day was so hot. The water was an translucent blue with hints of gray and it was cold, so cold. I’m not sure if it was so cold because the day was

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Study Abroad: Cinque Terre: Summer 2012

My apologies for the hiatus on flashback Italy posts but things have been busy. While on my study abroad trip on of the day trips that we went on was to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is actually five cities by the sea. We only made it to two of them but it was worth it

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Study Abroad: Piazzale Michelangelo: Summer 2012

Piazzale Michelangelo was probably one of my favorite places in Florence. There is something magical about seeing all of Florence laid out before you. With the tops of various cathedrals popping up over the city like old guards standing resolute in their watch. The Piazzale is a decent walk up and I was actually there

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Study Abroad: Accademia Gallery: Summer 2012

When you get the chance to visit Florence, Italy there are many, many museums and galleries housing priceless art. No matter what visit the Accademia Gallery. This is where Michelangelo’s David stands. I know there are other works in the museum but I very vaguely remember them. This is for a number of reasons. First

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Study Abroad: Loggia dei Lanzi: Summer 2012

Connected to Piazza della Signorina is Loggia dei Lanzi. It is a beautiful arched and covered gallery built in the 14th century. If I remember correctly many of the pieces are replicas but that does not mean that this still it took to recreate the statues was any less. The artwork in this gallery is

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Foodie Friday: Taste of Tuscany Cooking Class

I took a second cooking class at Sur La Table last weekend and this time I convinced Keltin to go with me. The menu was Herb Crusted Tenderloin with White Bean and Wild Mushroom Ragout paired with Roasted Broccolini with Lemon and Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs. For dessert we made Poached Pears with Prosecco Zabaglione. The

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Study Abroad: Piazza della Signoria: Summer 2012

Warning: Nude Statues When studying abroad in Florence as a very young adult I was actually kind of embarrassed at first with all of the nude statues. I no longer am, after the first couple of days of seeing nude art all the embarrassment fades. The pieces below are standing in the Piazza della Signoria

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Study Abroad: Florence Signs: Summer 2012

I had so much fun with the Italian street art both good, bad, ancient and new that I decided that this week to show off some of the street signs. Some are more antique and some are down right odd. Not sure why but I love odd signs, they make the normal amusing. I’m going

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