Arles and Les Baux-de-Provence

Yesterday I took a day trip to Arles and Les Baux-de-Provence.  Arles was one of the first Roman cities in France and still hosts a theatre and amphitheater.  Both have undergone some restoration, but they’re also still used today – the theatre for plays and the amphitheater for bull fights twice a year.  It’s a…

Antibes and Vallauris

It was a lovely week in Aix, with the temperatures finally feeling like fall – i.e. it’s cool but the Mistral isn’t freezing.  We’ve also been getting some rain, which makes for beautiful walking through the city.  And also a good reason to try  a new macaroon place. I also had my first field trip…

Prague!!!

This weekend I visited one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Friday morning I arrived in the Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic.  The flight itself was beautiful, traveling over the Alps and looking over the acres of farmland in central Europe.  Around nine am, we touched down at Vaclav Havel…

Around Provence

I started this week off with a visit from Peggy Kourey who was on a trip of her own through Provence and was nice enough to meet up with me.  We had some nice conversation and an amazing dinner at Chez Nous, here in Aix. On Wednesday, as part of my study abroad program –…

Avignon!

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day to spend in Avignon, former home of the Catholic Church.  The town is best known for the Palais des Papes (Papal Palace) that housed the seven popes from 1309-1376.  The palace is the largest gothic structure in the world and is well worth a visit (especially with a student…

Provence, Marseille, and IAU

I’ve now been in France for a little over two weeks, and I’m loving having my windows open to hear the musicians on the street play every evening – often accordions, which gives my home-cooked meals a bit more of a French flair.  It’s been a busy week with classes kicking into gear and taking…

Bienvenue! Week One in Aix

Well,  here I am!   I’ve  just finished my first full  week in Aix-en-Provence,  France (Aix pronounced  X).   I arrived here last Thursday afternoon and met my roommate for the semester as I was shown to my apartment – a small but chic place on the main street with a loft bedroom overlooking the main floor….

Top Five – Italy

Well, I’m  home now.  I’m mostly over the jet  lag, but still not quite there yet, so this  will just be a short little post with some pictures from my last week and my top five places in Italy.  So, without further ado – here’s a quick look back at the week! My Top 5…

Have I mentioned the food?

Italy has awesome food, so this week’s mid-week post is going to be mostly a collection of pictures of the things I’ve tried here.  First, Pizza.  From Naples to Rome, it’s an Italian classic, and it’s always great! Spaghetti: Simple, but with endless variations from thick Umbrian noodles to more American thin noodles but with…

La Vita Bella

I was only in Florence for a day but it’s easily one of my favorite places in Italy if not the world – that I’ve been to at least. After spending Wednesday in Tarquinia, a little town on the coast, it was fun to go back to a bigger city. Tarquinia is known for its…