Archive for April 2013

Panoramas

I compiled some of my favorite panoramas from my study abroad experience- From top: Lugano, Paris, Wimbledon, Barcelona, Siena, Corniglia, Manarola  

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Florence – The Grand Finale

Since Florence is so close to Cinque Terre, my dad and I decided to spend a day there.  I definitely did not mind returning to the Italian city of leather goods.  The trip was bittersweet, however, as it was my last time traveling until I fly back to the states.  I will certainly miss Italy. I was still in awe of the Duomo the second time around.  I did not not get a chanceto go to the top of the bell tower during my last visit, so I was able to convince my dad that the views would be worth…

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, which translates to “five lands,” describes a strip of coastline in Northern Italy in which five fishing villages are carved into cliffs.  The area is considered a national park, and many hiking paths connect the five towns.  I was thrilled at the opportunity to hike and explore the region with my dad. We stayed at Hotel Colonnina in Monetrosso, the town farthest north. Our hotel was beautiful and had a lovely rooftop terrace. Even though the hiking trail was closed due to less than ideal conditions, our concierge assured us that the trail was safe enough to hike.  We didn’t…

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Athens, Greece

After four relaxing days in Mykonos, we took the ferry to Pireaus, the port of Athens.  Our hotel was near the port, so we simply took a cab into the city to see the major sites. Our hotel in Pireaus was much safer, cleaner, and cheaper, than other options in Athens.  We were right on the harbor and there were many shops and restaurants nearby. I was blown away by the Acropolis. I saw some spectacular ruins in Rome, but those didn’t have an incredible view. The Parthenon Theater of Dionysus The Plaka neighborhood in Athens was a great area…

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Mykonos, Greece

The beginning of April is most definitely the low season for tourism, especially in Greece.  The low season has some downfalls, such as fewer ferry routes (resulting in our Santorini trip falling through), and fewer shops and restaurants being open, but also some serious perks.  We stayed in Mykonos for four nights and it was quaint and quiet.  I was in awe of the white buildings and overall beauty of the island.  We made sure to capitalize on the fact that we practically had the entire island to ourselves, and we spent a lot of time getting to know the culture through…

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Lugano Loving

Study abroad involves a lot of trip planning in a little time.  Unfortunately, sometimes the details slip through the cracks.  I am referencing this past weekend where a small little detail like a train reservation, prevented us from traveling to the Amalfi Coast of Italy.  Lesson learned, Easter weekend is unsurprisingly a top travel holiday in Europe too.  Left with no other plan, we ended up having a fabulously relaxing and beautiful weekend appreciating our home base of Lugano, Switzerland. The beautiful weather on Easter Sunday prompted a spontaneous paddle boat adventure on Lake Lugano.  I loved seeing new views…

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