Europe, France


As someone who enjoys literature and art, I’ve read quite a bit about Paris to learn more about the history of such things (quick recommendation: The Judgement of Paris by Ross King and When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe). However something the books never explained was why it was always Paris, and while there were… Continue reading Paris!


A Tour Through Central Europe

This past week was my fall break.  Since Thanksgiving isn't really a French holiday, the fall break comes about midway through the semester like spring break would.  So, about a month ago, I booked myself on a tour through some of the capitals of Central Europe - not speaking German, it wasn't the best idea… Continue reading A Tour Through Central Europe

Czech Republic, Europe


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… Continue reading Prague!!!

Europe, France


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… Continue reading Avignon!

Europe, Italy

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… Continue reading La Vita Bella

Europe, Italy

Siena and the Sea

After two intense weeks of traveling around Italy, it's nice to work on this post on a train taking me back to  Orvieto after a weekend at the beach.  Cinque Terre is home to five tiny cities of about 1000 inhabitants each.  The tourists crowd it in the summer, but it's still a lovely little… Continue reading Siena and the Sea

Europe, Italy

My Roman Holiday

The only disappointing thing about Vatican City is that, despite being its own country, they do not stamp your passport upon entry. And I really wanted a stamp from Vatican City. Besides that though, it’s basically the most amazing thing you can imagine. We arrived around 10:30 and waited in line to enter for about… Continue reading My Roman Holiday