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Ciao! June 9, 2010

Posted by Megan Sweeney in Travel Log.
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We are just finishing up our three stops in Italy and so far the trip has been amazing!  It’s hard to believe I have only been here for two weeks; we’ve done and seen so many things in such a short amount of time, which I thought would have worn me out by now but I am still hanging on.  (I think all the excitement of exploring a foreign country with 43 friends is helping.)

Our first destination was Florence (or Firenze in Italian).  There we stopped in Santa Maria de Carmine, the Uffizi, the Accademia, and Bargello (the last three all in one day).  All the art and architecture was beautiful and learning it by seeing was definitely more interesting than in a classroom like the first week…  A group of us also splurged and paid the eight-euro to climb the 463 steps to the top of Il Duomo—definitely worth it!  Parts of the stairs going up and down were terrifying but the view from the top was incredible.

Then, after a long five-hour bus ride, we made it back to Rome and began with a tour of the ancient ruins and the coliseum! We saw the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, several churches during a walking tour, the Spanish steps, the Trevi fountain, the list goes on and on.  We also became masters of the subway/bus system because our hotel was on the outskirts of the city, but totally worth it because it was gorgeous—couch in our sitting room and a skylight over our beds.  Rome was the first city where we got to go to a music concert; it was a compilation of songs from different operas.  The concert was interesting…good singers but I can’t wait until we get to a full opera where there’s an actual story and not just random song selections.

Finally, we made it to our last city in Italy, Venice,  the city with canals as roads and no cars allowed.  We even had to take a ferry over because the bus  had to be parked back on the mainland.  Venice  was pretty, but a bit humid and touristy.  We got to  see the Accademia, the Peggy Guggenheim  museum (with lots of modern art!), and the  Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (where Romeo and  Juliet took place).  One last highlight from our  stop in Venice was the free day Monday.  Our bus  driver, a hilarious, large Italian guy, arranged for  us to have a private tour of Murano, where they have been blowing glass for hundreds of years.  We watched them work on petals for an elaborate chandelier—over 1,000 total petals!  And then, to finish our day of relaxation a group of us went to Lido, the Venetian beach.  It was no Caribbean, but it was a gorgeous day and the water was the perfect temperature and it was nice to finally have a day to unwind after all the busy days the last two weeks!

That’s all I have to report for now, but the next time I write I’ll have all the details about Austria (we’re headed to Vienna right now!)

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1. Bill and Carol Sweeney - June 18, 2010

Megan we loved reading about what you are doing and what you have seen. Please keep entering information for us. We follow your itinerary and know where you are every day. Enjoy! Love Grandma and Grandpa Sweeney

2. Bill and Carol Sweeney - July 1, 2010

Megan we are waiting for another entry. We know you have been busy but—-Guess you are spending a few days with your Mom and Dad and Kathleen, enjoy! We will check in after the holiday weekend. Love Grandma and Grandpa


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