I can’t believe it’s been exactly a year since I left for Europe….
Oh how I miss it all the time! Our beginning (yet crazy) adventures in Greece…to learning and exploring all of Firenze to running through the snow in Eastern Europe. Every day was a learning experience.
And now the next batch of SCU kids are going abroad…same program as me…and I’m just going to be facebook stalking like crazy. Oh man…
Can I just go back already?!!?
Prof. Alick McLean
This quote basically describes our entire Greek Odyssey trip! Haha! I MISS THIS!
My favorites made the list, so I’d say this is a pretty good list! ;)
Just finished this book. I know, I originally bought it a year ago before I was about to go to Florence.
So it was a bit difficult to get into. It was like a treasure hunt with Michelangelo and this secret art society. I wanted to like it. But there was just something about the characters or the plot or something that just didn’t thrill me.
The one thing I did like about it was the detailed descriptions of Florence and specific restaurants or cafes…etc. I just wanted to be in all of these places again! I wanted to try a new restaurant or walk down a different street. I could see the scenes taking place in these various locations that almost a year ago I was at.
Ahhh I miss Firenze.
Currently Reading: “Saving Italy: A Race to Rescue A Nation’s Treasures From The Nazis “
It’s about a little-known story from World War II about how a small group of “soldier/scholars” known as the Monuments Men — mostly Americans — rescued the great art of Europe looted by the Nazis. Their job was to save Europe’s art and architecture from the ravages of war and find the stolen artwork and return it to its rightful owners. The author, Robert Edsel says that by 1951, the Monuments Men had found and returned more than 5 million stolen objects, although thousands remain missing, including works by Raphael, Botticelli and El Greco.
It’s so interesting to learn about the history of what these works of art have gone through. The art has a history in itself, even after it’s been completed for years, and I think this book clearly demonstrates that. This type of story is not often told, and I think it brings so much more meaning to the art. And being in Florence so recently, all of it seems so much more real. It’s one thing learning about Florence and the history of it’s heyday back in the 15th century…but it’s gone through all the history since then! And often, we don’t think of that. I’m just fascinated with it all.
June 21, 2013
Netflix, Solo cups, personal space, pizza delivery, and the U.S. dollar, to name a few.
Even though I’d have to disagree about some. This is a pretty good list! While abroad, I definitely missed ice, online streaming, 3G, free bathrooms, free water/refills, separate checks, and air conditioning! Oh the good ole’ days!
Can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I was there!
Great article! Check it out!
Sooo I recently found this website, and I’m a little obsessed with it! It’s wonderful! Lots of upcoming events in Florence and the surrounding Tuscany…really interesting articles on the arts, nightlife, music, food and wine…everything you’d want to check out! I love it! Wish I had seen it before I went abroad!