Florence is the mecca of art. I came into the city a little worried about this considering my only true experience with art was the hashtag “artsy” on the ‘gram. Well, I took a class in high school, but I don’t think my popsicle basket is really on the level of the David yet (maybe … More No Filter
Well fam, we have made it to our final stop on cultural routes: Rome. First of all, I am thrilled; Rome holds so much history, culture, and shopping. What’s not to love? But secondly, I am struck dumb by all that has led up to where we are now. It’s crazy to think back to … More Changes
Every year I try to add surprise elements to Cultural Routes. One element I added this year took place hours after arriving in Rome: a friend’s husband gave my students a cooking class in his lab kitchen. The students were amazing as they painstakingly worked through multiple processes to produce 2 pastas, 2 sauces, fried … More PHOTOS: Welcome to Rome … Now Start Cooking (Class)
Scene Open *Cue dramatic music Scene: the market in Florence. Rain (not really, but it should’ve been for effect) Act 1: Jack May wants some jerseys for himself and his family, and Eli Reynolds, Luke Beasley, and Blake Bengtson would all like a jersey as well. The group of men plus Dr. P head to … More “Is this joke to you?”
The past week in Italy has been full of laughs, smiles, endless amounts of pasta, and the best gelato. Cinque Terra captured my heart. There is something real special about this place. I don’t know if it was spontaneously swimming in sea, eating orange chocolate gelato, chatting with past CRers, or going on a long … More Life is Good
Photos from free day spent by some in San G.
On our final “official” night in Florence, we ate at Fabio’s restaurant Francescovinni. The restaurant sits on top of the walls of the original Roman Amphitheatre in Florence. The sight is where the Romans first used concrete and contains the oldest room in Florence. After dinner, we moved to Piazza Michaelangelo for a final glorious … More PHOTOS: Final Night in Florence, Francescovinni, and Fabio
We woke up early Saturday morning (6:00) to grab the first train to Pisa and have time in the Field of Miracles to ourselves. We beat the tourist traffic and were able to enjoy the tower without many people around. We were the first to climb the tower that day.
One of the tasks in Florence for students was to climb the Duomo, il Duomo di Firenze. Started in 1296 and finished in 1436, the cathedral is famous for a number of reasons, including Brunelleschi’s Dome. The dome is the largest brick dome in the world and represents a challenging but worthwhile climb.
To better understand our meal, read Claire’s entertaining description of the experience at http://wp.me/p6OMvu-RA . Her words will help you understand the stages of joy and pain so evident in the photos.
On our final day in Riomaggiore, we had a major day of hiking. After our morning hike we climbed high to Volostra, where we had lunch. We then worked our way around some valleys and peaks to find a downhill path to Corniglia. It was an amazing afternoon. Enjoy the pics!
We had poor wifi in both Riomaggiore and Florence, so our blog has some catching up to do. Here are the photos from CR8’s morning hike in Cinque Terre. We shared the experience with four CR6 alums who worked to meet us in Riomaggiore. Enjoy the gallery: again, you can click on a photo and … More PHOTOS: Cinque Terre, Morning Hike
My anticipation for Italy has been comparable to that of a 7 year old kid on Christmas morning right before he can open his presents. I’ve had such high expectations for this incredible country, and although there is sill so much more to see, they have already been far exceeded.Simply put, I LOVE Italy. There’s … More My Obsession with Italy
When I left from the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport over two and a half weeks ago, I left the comfort of all the “bubbles” I’ve known. For my entire life I’ve lived in what we will generally consider the south (though Texas I do not truly consider you the south. This is solely … More You’re All Wonderful.
Today 4 of us (Cooper, Jack, Caroline Wade, and me) chose to go to Venice on our free day. It was absolutely amazing! Even though the weather wasn’t perfect, it was one of the best days of the trip so far. I keep falling in love with Italy more and more! When we got out … More Venice
Il Latini. I could end the blog here but I’d like to describe my evening to you all. Dr. P gave us a pep talk for dinner (something I’m not exactly used to)- but it’s all making sense now. He reffered to what we would experience as a “madhouse” because everyone and their mother is … More The best meal I’ve ever had
Quick Update: Gelato is really good. I’m not very good at haggling. The David is beyond impressive. Money flies out of your wallet in Europe. CR8 is amazing. These are all things that I have learned while in Florence. Having been to Florence before, it is really cool to compare pictures of my brother and … More Firenze
Yesterday was a really fun day in Florence. We navigated the leather market, saw the world’s most famous sculpture, ate a lot of gelato, saw Galileo’s fingers, and climbed to the top of the Duomo, among other things. We started the day in the Medici chapel and library. I have become more and interested in … More A Day in Firenze
Train strike Wednesday, May 25. 14 students happily roam around the beautiful shores of Riomaggiore, the charming and colorful city nestled upon the rocky shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea. They fill their bellies with fresh seafood and calamari. Their laughs are telling that they are blissfully unaware of the somber fate that lurks just around … More Surviving the train stike
If you come to Florence in the near future, eat dinner at Il Latini. It will change your life, but I highly advise fasting before attending dinner at this restaurant to avoid a near death experience. This restaurant is unique in that they only serve dinner at two times: 7:30 and 9:00, and there is … More Food for thought
Munich finished really nicely. We went to the BMW museum, saw the Olympic Park, and had some of the best waffles I have ever had (thanks CJ!). Overall, Germany was great and taught me a ton of valuable lessons. However, we unfortunately had to leave, but fortunately left for some amazing places. Switzerland and Cinque … More Beauty
It’s a little bit late but I have to say Interlaken was a blast. Growing up in west Texas, I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to enjoy the mountains and Interlaken has fulfilled a part of me I didn’t even know was missing. The views were absolutely incredible and canyoning was so fun because … More Interlaken was pretty swell
I’m just going to throw this out there: Mom and Dad, blogging is hard. I have a lot of thoughts to say and thanks to give but I’ve been so busy enjoying every moment that I haven’t blogged as much as planned. But, with that being said, I will now attempt to give a comprehensive … More I’m really small.
Nestled upon the shores of Mediterranean Sea, tucked up high on little coves to defend from pirate attacks, you will find the colorful city of Riomaggiore. Riomaggiore is one of 5 charming cities in a region called Cinque Terra. For most, the Mediterranean Sea means gelato, pasta, incredibly fresh fish, and wine; Terraced hills, bright … More Rocks are a bit like people
In Europe they do this wild thing where if you pay for a good that costs three Euros with a 5 Euro bill, you receive a 2 Euro coin in change. This may not seem like a noteworthy difference between the cultures but if I’ve spent 18 years in the United States throwing the coins … More Learning to Appreciate the Coins