San Pellegrino Flower Festival

San Pellegrino Flower Festival

Today was such a great spring day in Viterbo. The weather got up to 80 degrees outside! I woke up, had breakfast and headed to my last Travel Writing class to hand in my portfolio and take my final exam. After class I met Henal and we went to the San Pellegrino Flower Festival, which … Read more

Today was such a great spring day in Viterbo. The weather got up to 80 degrees outside! I woke up, had breakfast and headed to my last Travel Writing class to hand in my portfolio and take my final exam. After class I met Henal and we went to the San Pellegrino Flower Festival, which is to celebrate the start of the season! It was absolutely beautiful and made me so happy! Every piazza and street we entered was filled with hundreds of different, colorful flowers. Whenever the wind blew you could smell the fresh flowers. Lauren’s favorite, hydrangeas, were everywhere! She would have loved it. I wish she could have came to the festival!

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After the festival I went to the new gelataria that I have been wanting to go to. It opened a few weeks back and I always kept telling myself “Oh, I’ll have to go soon!” However, I realized that “soon” I will be going home!!! I don’t know where the time went. It flew by so quickly. I can’t believe I only have three full days left in Viterbo. There are so many little spots left to explore and cute little restaurants to try and gelato flavors left to taste! While I have been missing my family so much at home, I all of a sudden wish I could stay for a few more months! Today I don’t want to leave at all.

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At the gelateria, called Crema and Cioccolata, I ordered a crepe with cookie and mint flavored gelato. I was expecting a nutella crepe with a scoop of gelato on top, but instead they made the crepe and put the scoops of gelato inside and folded it up. While the gelato melted everywhere and was a big puddle, it was still delicious and refreshing after walking around in the hot sun!

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After my yummy crepe I walked back to the apartment to pack for my trip to London and Amsterdam tomorrow! Then I grabbed my final projects that I have been working on and headed to art class to hand them in and show my teacher my portfolio.

I wish time would slow down and that the next 10 days would go by slowly, but at the same time I am anxious to be with my family and friends at home. This experience has been so amazing and I can’t wait to make even more memories and experience the world further within the next few days. I better go since I have an early wake-up call tomorrow to catch a train to the airport. London’s calling! Maybe we will see the Queen!

Day Two in the City that Always Sparkles

Day Two in the City that Always Sparkles

Day 2: Friday Le Grenier a Pain bakery: I purchased a chocolate chip roll for breakfast and my first macaroon (a pink one!) to save for a mid-morning snack Metro ride to Tuileries Garden: while the garden wasn’t really “alive” since it was winter, it was pretty nonetheless and I loved the surrounding palace and … Read more

Day 2: Friday

  • Le Grenier a Pain bakery: I purchased a chocolate chip roll for breakfast and my first macaroon (a pink one!) to save for a mid-morning snack
  • Metro ride to Tuileries Garden: while the garden wasn’t really “alive” since it was winter, it was pretty nonetheless and I loved the surrounding palace and distant view of the Eiffel Tower, ferris wheel and Arc de Triomphe
  • The Louvre: While I was excited to see the famous Mona Lisa, I was very underwhelmed. It is actually very small and, compared to all of the other incredible paintings, it was not very impressive. However, it was still awesome to see! We walked around for over three hours, only seeing one small section in the Louvre!
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  • Poor, traveling college student lunch: Kevin purchased an 80 cent French baguette and some cheese from the supermarket and we sat on a bus bench passing it around. It was the most fresh tasting baguette I have ever had! Very good.
  • Pont des Arts Bridge: This was definitely one of my favorite things in Paris. I was so excited to write my name on a lock, lock it to the bridge and toss the key in the Seine River. To all you cute French men, I’d greatly appreciate if you found that key ASAP.
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  • Berthillon Ice Cream: I read in my Paris guide book that this ice cream was the absolute best ice cream in Paris, so we of course had to give it a try! I decided to go with a classic and picked chocolate. It was very thick, rich and delicious!
  • Notre Dame: Our next stop was the cathedral of Notre Dame, where we got to see the nine new bells the cathedral received in honor of its 850th birthday! The original bells were destroyed in the French Revolution and replaced by bells that were said to be very out of tune. Now, these new bells are replacing the 19th century bells. The bells will only be on display until February 25 and I thought it was so cool that I am one of the few thousand who will ever get to see the new bells!
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  • Carousel and Eiffel Tower: We headed over to the Eiffel Tower next to make our way to the top! Since the line was a bit long, my friend Henal and I crossed the street to the beautiful carousel. I have seen the carousel in front of the Tower in pictures and have always dreamed of taking a ride. Afterwards, we took our places in line for the Tower. It was beyond worth the wait! I was so excited and the view of the city from the top is amazing. However, I preferred the view from the second level since it was easier to pick out favorite landmarks in the city!
  • Perfect ending to a perfect day: After the Eiffel Tower, my friend Kevin said, “Let’s end our night the right way and get some crepes!” We all burst into laughter. As if ending the night climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris wasn’t perfect enough. However, none of us argued as we headed over to the crepe stand, next to the carousel, and purchased heavenly Nutella banana crepes.

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J’adore Paris, Where all my Dreams Came True

J’adore Paris, Where all my Dreams Came True

There are no words, images or videos that could possibly express how absolutely perfect, sparkly and beautiful Paris is. I felt as though all of my dreams came true the moment I arrived in the fairy tale city and saw the twinkling Eiffel Tower for the first time. Day 1: Valentine’s Day We started Valentine’s Day off … Read more

There are no words, images or videos that could possibly express how absolutely perfect, sparkly and beautiful Paris is. I felt as though all of my dreams came true the moment I arrived in the fairy tale city and saw the twinkling Eiffel Tower for the first time.

Day 1: Valentine’s Day

french bakery

We started Valentine’s Day off with a visit to “Le Grenier a Pain,” the cutest little bakery that was a short walk from the apartment that we rented during our stay. The French man we rented from put together a little book for us with maps of the city and suggestions for places to eat, shop and visit. His bakery suggestion was my favorite, as I found myself there each morning testing out a different pastry.

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After breakfast at the bakery we headed to see the Eiffel Tower. However, soon into our walk the group decided to stop since it was pouring down rain and we were soaked head to toe due to a huge truck that zoomed past us on the street. We hopped on the metro to do some shopping indoors instead. The street we found ourselves at was lined with tons of clothing shops. We stopped at a café where I had my first Nutella banana crepe. Big mistake. Huge. I am now seriously obsessed and found myself purchasing three more Nutella banana crepes within the next two days of my stay.

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After a full day of ducking into shops to keep out of the pouring rain and cold, we came across a Starbucks and were all so excited since Italy has no Starbucks, or such a thing as flavored drinks. I ordered a vanilla chai tea latte and have never loved it so much. I was just so excited to have something familiar from home I think… and something to warm me up from the cold!

That night, the group wanted to get sushi for dinner, so I went along and got my first sushi. My first sushi? In Paris? Yes, I know. I ordered sushi with avocado and crab meat and surprisingly I really liked it!

I was a bit disappointed that we did not see much of Paris the first day, but when I think back on it now I am ashamed that I felt that way. How could I be disappointed? I was IN PARIS. That alone was such a blessing.

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After dinner, Nicole, Caleb, their baby Lila and I went to see the Eiffel Tower. I think that may have been the most special and memorable moment of my entire trip. I stood there in front of the Tower for the first time as it began to sparkle (which it does only the first five minutes of every hour) and felt like every dream I have ever had came true. It was my first real fairy tale moment. The Eiffel Tower sparkling is my favorite sight in the entire world. I promised myself that I would go see the Tower sparkle each night I was there.