Saturday, February 16, 2013

January Journeys

During the month of January, I had the pleasure of embarking on a European excursion, as part of a study-abroad class that travelled through Rome and Greece. It was a remarkable experience and I encourage anyone to visit these locations if they ever receive the chance. Here are just a few of the many (hundreds!) of photos that I took to chronicle the journey. They depict the fashions that I wore on a daily basis, as well as architecture, food and scenery that captivated me while on my trip. 


This is the Trevi Fountain of Rome. You are supposed to throw a coin over your shoulder and, if it lands in the fountain it means that you will 1) fall in love, 2) get married, or 3) return to Rome. 
I was somewhat moved by this statue/fountain, though I do not recall its name.

The Colosseum should require little explanation. It was amazing to see in person, and have the chance to go inside.

The Infinity Scarf- It was necessary to keep warm at this time of year in Europe, and this infinity scarf proved to be a practical, yet trendy accessory that was light-weight to travel with! It was purchased at H&M for under $10, and was well worth the pocket change. 

The faux fur also made an appearance in Europe, and was greatly appreciated on blistery outings, during which there was an extensive amount of walking.

I had the pleasure of seeing the Pope (before his resignation) during his papal address, after a church service at St. Paul's. He spoke in several different languages and was greeted by the cheers of hundreds of devoted, faithful supporters.
The Sistine Chapel located in Vatican City was by far one of my favorite sites in Rome. It was remarkable to see the work of Michelangelo in person, after hearing about it for so many years. (Especially since I have a strong interest in the arts)
To pay my respects, I paid a token to light a candle at one of the many churches that we visited.

 Who doesn't need a little pick-me-up during the afternoon? I'm not going to say that there's Bailey's in those cappuccinos, but I'm not going to deny it either... Hey, when in Rome, right?

The Tiber River.
I was thrilled to see the site of Pompei, though it was kind of depressing to walk around the ruins and think about the many lives lost there.
These complimentary photos depict the view from the roof of my hotel in Rome. I couldn't have asked for anything more in my stay!
You simply CANNOT ignore the food while in Rome. This was one of the best meals that I had there: shrimp and lobster with linguine, paired with the house white wine (which only cost 3 Euro for the equivalent of two generous glasses). I definitely went into a carb coma while visiting here.


 Here, the weather was a little bit warmer than in Italy, and allowed for a more extensive wardrobe. It was nice to be able to dress more freely and switch into less constricting clothing. The jean jacket shown ended up being a great decision when packing. The featured cross necklace was a birthday gift from a friend, but is known to be purchased from Urban Outfitters. 

One stop was at the Temple of Poseidon. He must have been angry that day, because the wind was out of control. We were told that it was borderline dangerous to climb to the top of the hill where the temple stood.... We went anyway.

This is the view from the top of the Acropolis. Those Steve Madden boots came in handy when walking over rocky surfaces, and were fashionable at the same time!

I almost felt as though I were in the Sound of Music up there! (yes, I know it's the wrong country). It was breezy but I was able to brave the stop without a jacket that day. 

I am always a fan of crosses, as you can see by my cut-out lace-cross shirt. It is more of a sweater/long-sleeve hybrid.

We even visited a castle by the sea! The boots definitely came in handy while walking up this steep, rocky terrain (in the rain!). 

This is a full shot of the Temple of Poseidon, depicted earlier. It is from the reverse side of the temple.

One day, we enjoyed a boat trip over to the island of Aegina, complete with many beautiful sea views.

 This is a shot from on the island, at the harbor where we lunched.

This final photo is the site of the Temple of Apollo. Despite the many columns and temples we saw, the architecture never ceased to amaze me.