When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do

After a jam packed two days in Florence we set out for our last few days of the tour in Rome! I was super excited to be going to Rome – because of all the history, to see the Colosseum, and make a wish in the Trevi Fountain! Rome was quite the city and definitely didn’t disappoint!

Upon arriving in Rome, we went directly to the city center to check out some of the main attractions. During the drive through the city, I spotted my company’s Rome office, which was pretty cool to see! We were then dropped off in the city and our tour manager took us on a mini walking tour – first stop was the Spanish steps, followed by the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. The Spanish steps were quite a sight – they were located right at the end of a street with all the high fashion stores – and they were pretty massive. It started to sprinkle when we got there so I didn’t climb up the stairs at that time (we later went back on our third night in Rome and climbed to the top).

Read more

No Comments »

Florence on Fire Part 2

I know it’s been awhile but I would like to finish sharing about my Europe adventure (only a few more cities left)!

My time in Florence was jam packed! After a full first day (see my post here), we had an even busier second day. The day started out with a leather demonstration at Leonardo’s Leather Shop. One of the sales girl’s explained how leather is preserved and then she showed us how they make their signature jewelry box. It was pretty cool to see the process and just how much work goes into making their jewelry boxes (kinda helps explain why leather goods are so expensive!). The presentation was only about 30 minutes and then we had some time to browse in the store before going on a mini walking tour of the city. They had some very nice leather products including purses but it was all pretty expensive and not really my style. I did buy a couple thin purple and blue leather bracelets though.

Read more

2 Comments »

Florence on Fire Part 1

After a quick stop in Pisa we headed straight to Florence, Italy to spend the rest of the day! We only had two days in Florence but they were jam packed! We headed straight to the hotel to check in and then were dropped off right in the heart of the city in Piazza della Signoria, which is one of the main squares in the town. The Fountain of Neptude, Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, a copy of the David Statue, and the Uffizi Gallery are all located in this main square. Our tour manager gave us a few details about some of the churches and the main square and then set us free for the remaining afternoon. First on our list was finding some gelato to snack on. Enzo had given us a recommendation for his favorite gelato place so we decided to check it out. I was looking forward to having my first authentic Italian gelato. The shop we were sent to was tucked back in a side street and was pretty cozy but they had quite the selection of flavors. I ultimately decided on a cone with Nutella, cannoli, and mocha. I wasn’t quite sure about the mocha because I’m not the biggest coffee fan but the lady taking my order said it was one of their most popular flavors so I went with it. The gelato was sooo good! I’m pretty sure I had gelato everyday in Italy!

Florence, Italy^^Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy

Read more

3 Comments »

Pisa Italy

After our adventure in Cinque Terra we headed to Pisa for a quick trip – we stayed just one night and left by noon the next day. Even though it was such a short stop in Pisa it was enough time to see the city and of course check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

We arrived at our hotel early evening the first night. About two thirds of the group walked to a nearby pizza restaurant to grab a bite while the rest of us decided to head into the city to explore and have a quick dinner. We were only staying about a 10 minute taxi ride out of the city. That taxi ride was my first experience with Italian drivers – lets just say it was a crazy ride and just the beginning! The little I saw of Pisa was quite pretty. There was a river that seemed to run right through town and added to the beauty of the city. Once we were dropped off, the group, about 10 of us, started to wander through the town in search of a restaurant for dinner. We ended up in a little square that had a few different restaurants with tons of outdoor seating. Even though it was close to 10 pm the square was so lively and filled with people. The restaurant we ended up at only had a few outdoor seats available so the group had to split up – half went inside to eat and the other half stayed outside. I stayed with the group outside which made for some fun people watching.

Read more

No Comments »

Welcome to Italia

After a full couple days in Nice it was time to head to Italy…first stop Cinque Terre! The road from Nice to Cinque Terre was very windy but had beautiful views of the green mountains. We were dropped off near Cinque Terre and had to take a short train ride the rest of the way to the first village, Monterosso. Cinque Terre means five lands in Italian and is a cluster of five villages along the rugged, mountainous coastline of Italy. The area is pretty remote and is still not easily accessible by car. They are also well known for their beautiful colorful buildings – when I was at the town the houses and stores didn’t seem as brightly colored as I was expecting but when I saw them from a boat it was more obvious.

Read more

No Comments »

Nice France

I know it’s been a little while but I do want to finish sharing about my trip to Europe. After Avignon, we headed to Nice. Nice was definitely one of my favorite cities of the trip! It was just so beautiful and I had such a great time there!

We had a pretty full day before arriving in Nice with stopping in Aix-en-Provence and at the Fragonard Parfumeur so we didn’t arrive until late afternoon. Driving into Nice we drove right along the coastline – I immediately fell in love with the city- the beaches were gorgeous with beautiful blue water and the mountains along the coastline. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any time to check out the beach on the first day. We headed straight for the hotel to get ready to head to Monaco. The hotel in Nice was seriously the smallest hotel room I’ve ever seen! Of the whole trip it was probably the least nice of all my accommodations; it was clean just very small!

First view of Nice

First view of Nice

Read more

No Comments »