Thursday, March 31, 2011

Italy-Venice, Florence, and Rome

Over our "study break" or what we like to call a two week spring break, Nicole, Natalie, Becky, and I went to Italy and Greece.  We started off in Venice during Carnivale and it was definitely interesting. People wore costumes of all sorts from disney characters to renaissance people.  It was weird to say the least, and it seemed as if nobody went to school or work. San Marco Square was literally filled with thousands of people and everyone was just taking pictures of the people dressed up. It was pretty much halloween, so we joined in the festivities and bought masks. (The pretty kind, not scary.) We went on a gondole (as they spell it) ride and it was gorgeous. Of course our guide person just spoke Italian the entire time so we had no clue what he was point out. Florence was our next stop and it was great. It was a little bit like deja vu since I remembered going to a lot of the same places with my family two years ago. We saw Michelangelo's David and it was amazing. It was HUGE, none of us expected it to be so big, it really was incredible and we just do not understand how he sculpted it. Florence was our shortest stop so we didn't really get to do all that much but we still had fun.  Rome was fun for the first couple days, we did basically everything that I had done with my family two years ago so it was a bit repetitive but still great because it is Rome! Becky and I were there for five days and knew the city like the back of our hands.  We definitely became experts navigating the city. We made sure we had gelato every single day which was fantastic, but I am pretty sure none of us will be eating pizza or pasta for a good month at least. On our last day in Rome Becky and I went and saw La Bella e La Bestia aka The Beauty and The Beast.  We consider ourselves cultured because we saw a play/musical in another language, but really now we just want to watch it in english! The entire trip was amazing and we had a lot of fun!

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