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A perfect ending to a perfect day in Florence is capturing the sunset. Piazzale Michalangelo, located in the¬†Oltrarno (“beyond the Arno”) neighborhood of Florence – is the prime viewing spot. Located on a hill south of the historic center of Florence, you can take a taxi or drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo. However, the better way is to hike up! Start along the Arno River. You can walk from either Piazza Giuseppe… Read More

The birthplace of the Renaissance in one day? I’m going to be honest here…this premise is crazy. I had three weeks to savor Florence. It at least deserves an overnight. But hey, I did Venice in one day, which now seems laughable. So, maybe this is your only option. So, do it right! Here are some suggestions for Florence in a day. Tip #1: Narrow it Down to Two Major Tourist Sites… Read More

Summer has flown by! Part of the reason it went so fast is that I spent most of June in Florence, Italy. It wasn’t a vacation per se. It was work. I spent three weeks chaperoning a group of college students for the university where I work. Managing twenty college students–yep, that’s work all right! Students were taking their required cultural experience course. They had a lot of options and places to… Read More

In June I’ll be traveling to Italy for three weeks. Except it’s not a vacation. It’s work. Really. Well kinda. I was invited to chaperone a group of college students for a study abroad class that the university I¬†work at was offering. Of course I said yes! I’m helping out the professor with the administrative tasks and will be the keeper-of-time, stipend distributor, and chief head-counter, etc. The course is a great… Read More

It’s Throwback Thursday! One of my best experiences of college was doing a semester abroad during my senior year of school: Fall 2000. Prior to that, my only experience outside of the United States was crossing the bridge from Michigan into Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The study abroad experience helped me think about how the U.S. is perceived across the world and appreciate differences and attributes of other cultures. I was based… Read More

One of things to think about when taking a trip to London is whether you want to purchase a London Pass – with one purchase price, you gain entry into many of London’s most famous attractions. It works like a credit card. When you visit an attraction on the London Pass list, you get it scanned, and then you’re in! There are pros and cons. It does give you some flexibility: You… Read More

Back in the states after our trip to London. We covered a lot of ground! I superimposed all of the walking we did in central London on to a Google Map. It totals up to over 32 miles!

Out last full day in London. The time has gone by so fast! Today didn’t really have a theme. It was an odd-ands-ends day full of random things we wanted to do. Namely, Greenwich, a River Thames boat ride, a Beatles Walking Tour, Westminster Abbey tour, and some shopping. In the morning we took the tube to Canary Wharf, changed to Docklands Light Railway (the Oyster card for the tube works on… Read More

The sun came out and it stopped raining! We returned to London from Windsor Castle and decided to make the most of it. We went back to some of the major tourists sites again and got some nice photos. Also, some photos of both me and mom–something that we had been neglecting to do! We took the tube from Paddington to our first stop: Earl’s Court tube station. Outside is a police… Read More

It was one of my favorite days: a trip to Windsor Castle–a place I had never been on my earlier visit to London during college. We left our hotel and took the tube to Paddington Station. From there we purchased tickets and boarded a First Great Western train, changed at Slough, and then arrived at Windsor & Eton Central station. The trip takes around 35 minutes. After exiting the station, you’re basically… Read More