Homeward Bound!

Here are photos from my return trip! I packed up to leave the Villa only to wake up and discover the train station was on strike… So I took a bus to Rome and stayed there for a night. The next morning, I got up early and flew alone to Amsterdam. Once I arrived in Amsterdam, I ran into Chris! Turns out we flew together for the next two flights. The first two flights went smoothly, however the last flight was the worst. We were late to depart Minneapolis, as all the planes had to be de-iced. This set us back 45 minutes. Once we arrived in Billings, I was eager to jump out of the plane and kiss Montana soil, but we sat in the plane for an additional 2 hours because the jetway and stairs weren’t working due to the cold. Once I got off the plane, I became ecstatic to be home! The Italy trip was amazing and I am so grateful I was able to experience it! However, I have a whole new respect and love for my Montana homeland.

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Various Day Trips

We took various day trips with Davide, Dave, and sometimes Rossella and Jim to both see more of Italy and to practice photography. We went to Spello and Assisi, as well as several other and lesser known places. I enjoyed these places as they were less touristy and smaller. We also practiced sketching in several places and just enjoyed the beautiful towns and landscapes.

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Florence was my favorite city in Italy. It was beautiful, clean, friendly, and easier to navigate than Rome. It had the Duomo and the Uffizi, which automatically makes it amazing, but it also had many other museums and sights. Climbing to the top of the Duomo was probably one of my favorite memories of being in Italy.IMG_1561 IMG_1577 IMG_1598 IMG_1694 IMG_1695 IMG_1715 IMG_1720 IMG_1785 IMG_1806 IMG_1817

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Four of us traveled to Pompeii by train for the weekend. It was a fun weekend and pretty laid back. Pompeii was gorgeous and I really enjoyed the ancient city. It was crazy to think how well preserved it was under all the ash!535912_1017704724913709_8292218648576079814_n 934844_1017705274913654_2265716889241561520_n 997090_1017704898247025_473407822725817983_n 1376387_1017704521580396_6920565774817262022_n 1555334_1017704838247031_1634001735225736053_n 1654347_1017704671580381_6210318323176074894_n 1924396_1017705384913643_3178735871995506763_n 10346107_1017705121580336_6560407086387284443_n 10380746_1017705058247009_5694970207798181330_n 10394633_1017704634913718_6121262416056211607_n 10447627_1017704568247058_794496540131041264_n 10482065_1017705198246995_2565847989370309149_n 10521912_1017705511580297_6346312035503736753_n 10600433_1017704774913704_6445156090649307341_n 10600590_1017705458246969_6310861886494455781_n 10703770_1017705151580333_7665528071526881741_n

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These photos are all from the amazing week I spent in Rome! We visited many historical sites, including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Capitoline Museum, and the Vatican. I also met up with my parents here. I learned so much here and was amazed with both museums.

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Here are various photos from my adventures in Sicily!

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October 16: About Sicily and Roma

It has been a while since I have posted, as I have been rather busy traveling, studying, and visiting with my family unit, who just so happened to travel to Europe to visit me! I traveled to Sicily two weeks ago, where we visited many incredible temples, theaters and amphitheaters, beaches, museums, and a nature reserve. The first four nights were spent in Palermo. This is also where I celebrated my 21st birthday! We then migrated to Catania, Sicily for three more nights , where we visited more museums and archaeological sites, and did laundry. Overall, I liked the city of Catania and the hotel there much better than Palermo, even though I was diseased the whole time we were in Catania. We then flew in an aircraft (surprise, surprise) to Rome where we spent the next week. The hotel was nice and the city was incredible, with so many ruins and so much history. Apart from a lovely tour of the city in the back of an ambulance, the whole trip was a success! My hotel was a five minute walk from my family’s hotel and they all arrived Wednesday. The family members that visited include my mother, my father, my grandma, my grandma’s husband, and my uncle. We have all returned to Villa Pieve, which is a relief, as I really needed clean clothes, good food, and a break from hectic big city life. I took a final exam for my Art History course two nights ago and I am now studying watercolor and Italian. Today, everyone went to Siena and we visited the beautiful duomo there and spend the remainder of the day wandering, eating, and drinking wine. Check my photo gallery soon for photos of my Sicily and Rome adventures!

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