August 20, 2011
I shared a few photos from our hike through Cinque Terre, Italy here. The seaside, the views – it’s lovely. : )
We started out early in the day by grabbing some fruit at one of the small streetside markets….
Our hike wound along the coast of the Mediterranean through 5 towns, some vineyards, and natural cliffs. In the middle of one orchard, we came across an Italian man selling fresh lemonade to hikers….
For lunch, we stopped in the harbor of one of the towns with some grab-and-go pizza….
Throughout the hike, we overheard people talking in all different languages – Italian, English, German, French, and more. It was an interesting mélange of people from all different places – all come to enjoy the Italian coast….
Everyone we passed would say “excuse me” in a different language. Scusi, permesso, entschuldigung, pardon…
Cinque Terre is famous for its beautiful scenery and seaside hikes, but its mixture of different visitors makes for a really unique atmosphere, too. : )
August 17, 2011
In April, I got to spend my spring break – 11 days – in Italy. The trip was rich with history, culture, and especially food. : )
We spent most of our time in Rome, but made this day trip out to Cinque Terre for some beautiful hiking along the Italian coast.
This hiking area is full of sweeping views, crisp and salty Mediterranean air, seaside life…
The main hiking trail also takes you through 5 small coastal Italian towns, where you find your way through small, winding, complex Italian alleys….
Interesting architecture and inspiring personal touches accent the walls and streets throughout each of the towns…
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting about some of the food we came across as well as the atmosphere of our hike! See you then. : )
July 31, 2011
Late afternoon and early evening are my favorite times of day to be around the Vltava River here in Prague.
In good weather, people always come out for paddle-boat sightseeing….
And the light slanting in at this time of day is beautiful, giving all the riverside architecture a timeless look…
…as well as adding extra sparkle to Prague’s gilded accents…
And the sparkle of the water as the sun sets is the finishing touch to the great atmosphere.
What’s your favorite time of day? : )
July 28, 2011
I had a couple of days off work this week, and I spent the extra free time wandering the streets of Prague. I love taking in the city by exploring and meandering. : )
Today, I started my walk near the Vltava River….
The restaurants along this part of the riverside have a great view of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
Later, I tried this traditional Czech/Slovak bread. It’s a good, quick snack – perfect for my walk. I loooved the taste of cinnamon.
Then I walked up and down these streets, near the castle…
…where I came across this bakeshop selling goodies through the window!
Where did you walk today? : )
July 24, 2011
I was in Budapest early last week for business, but I also had some free time to explore the city. Budapest has a really great vibe – a laid back, happening place that’s a little reminiscent of Prague with its ornate, colorful architecture.
First things first when I explore in Europe: gelato! One popular shop had this great tulip-shaped gelato – all the flavor, twice the fab. I had the chili chocolate. : )
10,000 Hungarian forint is about $50….
Summers in Budapest are h-o-t! There are lots of fountains all around to give you a chance to cool off…
And outdoor cafes are around every corner! The view at the end of this row of cafes is of St. Stephen’s Basilica, the founder-legend of Hungary and an early promoter of Christianity in the region….
Hungary’s famous Parliament building overlooks the Danube River….
Buda and Pest were two seperate cities on each bank of the Danube River until 1873. These photos all show the Pest side of the river; photos of the Buda side coming soon. : )
June 17, 2011
A few photos from this week….
Prague’s Charles Bridge is my new favorite place to be while watching the sun set – it falls behind the Prague Castle and the play of light is amazing….
Love walking along the Vltava River – the riverside architecture is all so unique.
I take the tram to work almost every day, and this view makes early mornings worth it:
I am officially addicted to Czech cafes. This is inside one of my favorites….
Tourist season is going strong in the city. The mélange of people from all over the world is pretty exciting to see. And no matter where people come from, they all have one thing in common: a camera. : )
I’m still learning my way around the small, intricate streets of Prague (and sometimes still getting lost!). But the wandering is usually fun – there’s always something new to stumble across. : )
April 30, 2011
This week I’m in Rome, Italy enjoying la dolce vita, or the good life. : ) Here are a few photos from the past few days….
Cappuccinos are a must-try in Rome. Italians make some of the best, and my fave is when they sprinkle chocolate on the top….
Back in Germany, I almost never see any national flags. But here in Italy there are flags everywhere! Italian flags, European Union flags, Rome flags – this place has them all.
Tuesday, I went for a long and great hike along the Italian coast through Cinque Terre….
The Mediterranean is the clearest, bluest, most beautiful water I’ve seen. I loooved getting the chance to step back into it again….
I’m heading back to Germany tomorrow night, and I can’t wait to share more photos and impressions of Italy later!
Arrivederci! : )
April 14, 2011
Got this idea from some other blogs, and decided to jump on board! Here’s five things I love from around the Internet this week….
1. It’s still a little chilly here in Germany, but summer is coming up and I’d love to get a floppy hat! Cute + keeps the sun off your face = what’s not to love? : )
3. One of my favorite websites – freundevonfreunden.com – features interviews and great photographs inside the homes of creative professionals. This site’s all in German, but the apartments and designs are so inspiring that I still love it without reading all the details. This apartment is one of my faves!
March 26, 2011
Here’s a few photos from this week in Freiburg!
A quirky thing I noticed yesterday – you can buy batteries individually here. At home, I normally only buy batteries in huge packages of 20 or more.
Soccer Football is a huge deal here. This street-performer was keeping it fancy and entertaining with his tricks….
Alongside that soccer player, there are a lot more street musicians out, too, in the new warmer spring weather.
And Freiburg’s riverside is a great place to enjoy the sun! It’s scenic, calm, and inviting….
I love Germany in the spingtime! : )
March 21, 2011
During our field study trip to Paris, my study abroad program provided an optional excursion to Versailles (just like the optional trip to the Swiss Alps) to see the famous Palace that served as the seat of political power in France for about 100 years in the 17th-18th century.
The Palace of Versailles is enormous. It features vast gardens, lavish decor, gold leaf everywhere, and extremely detailed interior and exterior architecture. The size and decadence of the place is overwhelming and pretty in the embellished, extravagant way.
Your first entry into the Palace is marked by a long, gilded gate….
My favorite part of the Palace was the extensive garden, full of walking paths and fountains. Here’s a picture of one section of the garden:
I loved the endlessness and simple lines of the landscape. It was a cold day during our visit, but I bet this garden is even more breathtaking in the springtime….
I noticed a lot of clocks around Versailles as well, both inside and outside. They make a great architectural detail….
In part II, I’ll share some photos from inside the Palace!