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From California to Lyon, France: living & studying abroad…and coming back!

Italy with Jazmine!

I went to Florence, Italy (Florence, Italie en français and Firenze, Italia in Italian)! Here it is on the map:

I went to visit Jazmine, who I haven’t seen since last year at UCSB. She’s been studying in Florence for this semester under the UC EAP Language & Culture Program, which was the same program category as the program I was in last semester here in Lyon, France.

Thus, another perk of studying abroad: visiting friends who are studying abroad in other places!

She took me to the sites:

The Duomo (“Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore”) is the central focus of Florence:

The Boar (“porcellino”) is rubbed in hopes of returning to Florence (that’s why his nose is a different color!) and a coin is dropped through his mouth for good luck:

The San Lorenzo markets where you can haggle your way to some good deals:

Piazza della Repubblica, designed to make Florence really pretty when it used to be the capital:

Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge not destroyed in Florence during WWII:

Boboli Gardens, designed for the Medicis and home to sculptures from the 16th-18th century:

And she took me to good places to get delicious, authentic Italian food:

We even ate at that place the Jersey Shore cast used to work (it’s gimmicky now, but, hey, it’s really good Naples-style pizza):

And, of course, we ate gelato :)

And in case you’re curious, here’s a info sheet, though it’s very obviously biased because it’s by a gelato place!

But out of everything on the trip, I enjoyed just spending time with her the most! It was a lot of fun to catch up with a friend, especially since I haven’t seen her in a year.


Image credits:

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This entry was posted on April 13, 2012 by in Travel and tagged .
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