One of the tasks in Florence for students was to climb the Duomo, il Duomo di Firenze. Started in 1296 and finished in 1436, the cathedral is famous for a number of reasons, including Brunelleschi’s Dome. The dome is the largest brick dome in the world and represents a challenging but worthwhile climb.
To better understand our meal, read Claire’s entertaining description of the experience at http://wp.me/p6OMvu-RA . Her words will help you understand the stages of joy and pain so evident in the photos.
On our final day in Riomaggiore, we had a major day of hiking. After our morning hike we climbed high to Volostra, where we had lunch. We then worked our way around some valleys and peaks to find a downhill path to Corniglia. It was an amazing afternoon. Enjoy the pics!
We had poor wifi in both Riomaggiore and Florence, so our blog has some catching up to do. Here are the photos from CR8’s morning hike in Cinque Terre. We shared the experience with four CR6 alums who worked to meet us in Riomaggiore. Enjoy the gallery: again, you can click on a photo and … More PHOTOS: Cinque Terre, Morning Hike
My anticipation for Italy has been comparable to that of a 7 year old kid on Christmas morning right before he can open his presents. I’ve had such high expectations for this incredible country, and although there is sill so much more to see, they have already been far exceeded.Simply put, I LOVE Italy. There’s … More My Obsession with Italy
When I left from the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport over two and a half weeks ago, I left the comfort of all the “bubbles” I’ve known. For my entire life I’ve lived in what we will generally consider the south (though Texas I do not truly consider you the south. This is solely … More You’re All Wonderful.
Today 4 of us (Cooper, Jack, Caroline Wade, and me) chose to go to Venice on our free day. It was absolutely amazing! Even though the weather wasn’t perfect, it was one of the best days of the trip so far. I keep falling in love with Italy more and more! When we got out … More Venice
Il Latini. I could end the blog here but I’d like to describe my evening to you all. Dr. P gave us a pep talk for dinner (something I’m not exactly used to)- but it’s all making sense now. He reffered to what we would experience as a “madhouse” because everyone and their mother is … More The best meal I’ve ever had
Quick Update: Gelato is really good. I’m not very good at haggling. The David is beyond impressive. Money flies out of your wallet in Europe. CR8 is amazing. These are all things that I have learned while in Florence. Having been to Florence before, it is really cool to compare pictures of my brother and … More Firenze
Yesterday was a really fun day in Florence. We navigated the leather market, saw the world’s most famous sculpture, ate a lot of gelato, saw Galileo’s fingers, and climbed to the top of the Duomo, among other things. We started the day in the Medici chapel and library. I have become more and interested in … More A Day in Firenze
Train strike Wednesday, May 25. 14 students happily roam around the beautiful shores of Riomaggiore, the charming and colorful city nestled upon the rocky shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea. They fill their bellies with fresh seafood and calamari. Their laughs are telling that they are blissfully unaware of the somber fate that lurks just around … More Surviving the train stike
If you come to Florence in the near future, eat dinner at Il Latini. It will change your life, but I highly advise fasting before attending dinner at this restaurant to avoid a near death experience. This restaurant is unique in that they only serve dinner at two times: 7:30 and 9:00, and there is … More Food for thought
Munich finished really nicely. We went to the BMW museum, saw the Olympic Park, and had some of the best waffles I have ever had (thanks CJ!). Overall, Germany was great and taught me a ton of valuable lessons. However, we unfortunately had to leave, but fortunately left for some amazing places. Switzerland and Cinque … More Beauty
It’s a little bit late but I have to say Interlaken was a blast. Growing up in west Texas, I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to enjoy the mountains and Interlaken has fulfilled a part of me I didn’t even know was missing. The views were absolutely incredible and canyoning was so fun because … More Interlaken was pretty swell
I’m just going to throw this out there: Mom and Dad, blogging is hard. I have a lot of thoughts to say and thanks to give but I’ve been so busy enjoying every moment that I haven’t blogged as much as planned. But, with that being said, I will now attempt to give a comprehensive … More I’m really small.
Nestled upon the shores of Mediterranean Sea, tucked up high on little coves to defend from pirate attacks, you will find the colorful city of Riomaggiore. Riomaggiore is one of 5 charming cities in a region called Cinque Terra. For most, the Mediterranean Sea means gelato, pasta, incredibly fresh fish, and wine; Terraced hills, bright … More Rocks are a bit like people
In Europe they do this wild thing where if you pay for a good that costs three Euros with a 5 Euro bill, you receive a 2 Euro coin in change. This may not seem like a noteworthy difference between the cultures but if I’ve spent 18 years in the United States throwing the coins … More Learning to Appreciate the Coins
I have been having a hard time wrapping my mind around this trip, especially this past week. We have been from Munich to Dachau to Interlaken to Cinque Terre and to Florence. Germany was mentally and emotionally draining. We learned about terror, death, oppression and destruction, as well as hope and prosperity. Walking around Dachau … More Unbelievable
1. Not many times am I ever going to have a family reunion thousands of miles from home, but that’s exactly what this week was. Monday was the first time since my brother left to study abroad in January that I, or anyone else in my family, had seen him. And I think the only … More Hey Mom (other updates)
“What is this? How?”- CJ This quote explains my past few days of CR8. I was fully convinced I had found the most beautiful place on earth in Interlaken, then we went to Cinque Terre. Seeing beauty on such a massive scale leaves no doubt in my mind that there is something greater than us. … More Beauty and Power
While this whole trip has consisted of one incredible experience after another, our first full day in Switzerland (Saturday) was something extra special. I truly made the most of every second, experiencing the Alps in nearly every way possible.While the day began early, we woke up pretty quick. And no, that is not because of … More The Triathlon: Flying, Biking, and Swimming my way Through the Alps
This morning we departed from Interlaken with heavy hearts, but not the way we expected to. I noticed something was odd when we flustered our way onto the wrong gate in an attempt to make sure we all made it on the train. We figured we could just walk to our section as long as … More Rouge CR8ers
So today we decided we wanted to mix things up. Instead of going to Cinque Terre, why not go back to Munich? Or visit Austria? Or take the underwater train to England? We woke up extra early for our 7am train from Interlaken to Spiez. This was the perfect place to lose Dr. Pitcock and … More CR8 goes rogue
It’s been a banner day for the gentlemen of CR. Tonight, Caydn decided to shave off his beard, and everyone wanted in on the viewing. Then, the grooming fever spread to the cleaning of a few unibrows. Caydn …. You look fantastic!
Today we took a train to Jungfrau, or as they like to call it, the “Top of Europe”. We spent a few hours over 11,500 ft in the air. I wish I could say that we had amazing views from the top, but unfortunately we were inside a giant cloud the entire time. But, that’s … More Just Chillin in a Swiss Cloud