From California to Lyon, France: living & studying abroad…and coming back!
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.
italy map (http://goitaly.about.com/library/bl_distances-italy.htm), duomo (http://www.greatrail.com/tours/florence-venice-carnival.aspx), duomo looking up (http://blogs.theage.com.au/travel/archives/2006/10/), boar (http://pre-major2010.blogspot.com/2010_04_01_archive.html), markets (http://www.ciaoamalfi.com/2010/10/tempting-tuesday-florence-cecil-lee/), piazza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Piazza_della_Repubblica_1.JPG; http://www.phillipmartin.info/webpage/travel/europe/text_italy_florence_repubblica.htm), bridge (http://www.citypictures.org/r-europe-148-italy-222-ponte-vecchio-florence-italy-2597.htm), pizzeria o’vesuvio (http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/f2Pw6lZK49O/Views+Pizzeria+O+Vesuvio+Florence/), gelato (http://www.italylogue.com/food-drink/italian-gelato-flavors-decoded.html), gelato spoon (http://www.bellalimento.com/2010/07/12/gs-gelato-giveaway/), differences between gelato and ice cream (http://www.powerlinked.net/angelati-italia-gelato.html)