Alhambra at Night

Description:  I’m pretty sure this is my favorite capture from my trip to Europe two years ago. Below is a synopsis of what I went through to get this picture.  If you are interested in the story from the entire day, you can find the story here. After a long day of hiking around Granada […]

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Spiraling Down

Description:  If you look closely, you might notice that this spiral staircase is actually a double helix consisting of two intertwined spirals; one for those entering the museum and one for those exiting.  Interestingly, this staircase was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, approximately 20 years before the DNA double helix shape was determined the representation of […]

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Final Day in Italy

December 28 – Final Day in Florence Up at 8:30 this morning, I finished packing, had breakfast, checked out and headed over to the Uffizi museum for my 10am entry time. Upon arrival, the line was even worst today then it was previously. I stood where I was suppose to (the only person there when […]

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Another Day in Florence

December 27 – Florence Day Two Up at 9am again, I headed out the door with the intention to visit the Uffizi Gallery today. I had heard lines could get extremely long, but after walking right into the Galleria dell’ Accademia I assumed it wasn’t going to be as bad as I’d heard. Well, I […]

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Around Florence

December 26 – A Lazy Day in Florence With a wake up call at 9:00am, I headed down to the lobby for breakfast at 9:45. When I got there, the owner of the place, which was the same guy that checked me in (he seems to always be here), had one table still set but […]

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Merry Christmas from Firenze

December 25 – Roma to Firenze Well, it’s Christmas and it was another travel day for me. Knowing most things were going to be closed, today was intentionally setup as a travel day. I decided there was no point in waking up particularly early, so I slept in until 10:30am and asked for a late […]

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Christmas Eve in Rome

December 24 – All Around Rome and Back Again I think I walked the entire city of Rome today…and then some. Out the door of the hotel a little late, I first stopped at the Spanish Steps. Though I’ve walked up and down them almost every day so far, I had yet to stop and […]

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The Ancient City

December 23 – Rome Day Two During breakfast, I decided I’d make a stop at the train station, buy my ticket for my trip to Florence in a few days and then make my way to the Colosseum and surrounding ancient goodies. The only hard plan was that I wanted to catch the Colosseum during […]

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To the Vatican and Beyond

December 22 – Rome Day One Today I had a prescheduled tour of the Necropolis at 10:45am. According to the email I received upon booking the tour, I could not be a minute late and must pick up my pass 10 minutes before or I would not be allowed on the tour. So, I made […]

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Barcelona to Rome

December 21 – Traveling again Once again, I packed my bags up and checked out of yet another hotel. Jeff’s flight was 30 minutes before mine, so he left the hotel a bit earlier. I found my way to the bus to get me to the airport. Upon arrival at about 9:30am, the international terminal […]

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The 92 Olympics followed by a Kilimanjaro

December 20 – Barcelona Day Three This morning, Jeff and I wanted to get some laundry done. I preferred having a it done by a service so we wouldn’t have to sit around waiting for it, but the hotel’s prices were ridiculous and we couldn’t find another place near by. With that, we ended up […]

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Barcelona is all about Antoni Gaudi

December 19 – The Antoni Gaudi Tour During past trips, I’ve typically taken the time to take a step back and look at the places I visit. I haven’t done much of that yet, so I thought I would do that before jumping into what I did today. First off, I am extremely impressed with […]

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