Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I did the same affect with this photo because I thought that the ties would look awesome in color.
After classes on Thurdsay we had our cooking class... We made some of the most delicious food. Gnocchi and Pesto, Penne and vegetables in a white wine sauce, and Strawberry/Melon Sorbet. It was so delicious and fun!
Our group rolling the gnocchi... Yummy!
This is our group with our wonderful chef Roberto (Rockin' Ragin' Roberto as he liked to be called). This would be the picture during which he looked at me and said 'Wow You're a Fit Bitch.' Oh ya... Good times!
On Friday we decided to stay in Florence and do the Florence scene. It's really nice because now I don't feel like I'm going to miss out on anything that is right here in front of my eyes everyday.
Here is the coolest structure that I found in the garden.
This is my dream tree. It had so much life and beauty to it!
Here is another portion of the gardens... :)
Here is a view of Florence from the Boboli gardens.
Here were some of the beautiful flowers from the gardens.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Granted before I can take pictures like that... I must master the depth of field on my camera... Here is my first successful photo series.
See here, the plant is in focus, but the background is not... woot! I figured it out... kind of... We'll see how my first photo shoot goes.
So tonight we went out for Kebab's... fun fact... that's not what I was expecting to eat... I was thinking of Shish Kebab's... you know, meat and veggies on a stick... nope instead I got a gyro looking thing... It was pretty good, but not what I was expecting.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
But now it's time for me to update about our crazy ass adventures that took place yesterday. Needless to say, I am now the Queen of the train system. After getting to the station about 7 minutes before our train was scheduled to leave, we had to buy our tickets (which was an adventure to figure out where and how to do that), board our train... try to figure out if it was even the correct train, and then chill for 2ish hours until we got the Chiusi train station. After that we thought that we had to take a different train to Montepulciano, but when I asked we found out that the train would only take us to the bottom of the hill and then it would be a 7km climb to the top. So we had to find bus to get us to Montepulciano (about 20km away)... well after over an hour on the hot, winding, curvy, constantly stopping bus, we got there.
So for those of us out there who are complete Twilight nerds, yesterday was a dream! (Not as good as meeting Rob Pattinson, but dang close). We got to see the set/staging area for one to the most critical scenes in New Moon. I'll try to explain the next few photos the best I can. For more though, check out my facebook page, I uploaded a whole album dedicated to this (Over 100 photos... yes I'm a dork).
This is a casting call for residents to be extras at the festival that takes place in the book.
This is a view of Montepulciano from the outside of the Inner city.
This is the entrance to the city where Alice will drive up in her Yellow Porsche with Bella.
This is a landscape view of Montepulciano.
Here are 2 of my roomates and I with beautiful Tuscany behind us.
Here is the center of the city, Il Palazzo Communale. This is where the festival will take place and be filmed.
Here is a close up of the clock in which Bella will notice that it is almost noon and rush to save Edward.
Here is the fountain that they built specifically for the movie set. This Palazzo doesn't normally have a fountain.
I climbed the tower and took a few pictures from up above... the view was amazing.
This is the Piazza del Campo, and this is where the Siena Horse races are held every single year. It's a huge event and the crowds are crazy. It was absolutely beautiful, I could have stayed there for hours.
This is the Piazza from another angle and zoomed in a little.
My roommates and I bought matching little kid Siena shirts. We thought they were really cute. A little dorky, but fun! This was us waiting at the train station to get back home.
The train ride home was also an adventure. We got on the train, and one stop in, it stopped... for 30 minutes. We were punchy, tired, giggley, HOT, and just wanted to go home... so once we finally got back to Florence we were 30 minutes late.
All in all though, it was a grand adventure of a day. I loved every minute of it... but 7 days of traveling really took it out of me. Classes start tomorrow so things should slow down a little now. I'm really excited to see what I learn. :) I'll update when things get interesting again.
Until then, Ciao Bella e Bello!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Today was the day we went to Cinque Terre! Cinque (5) are the five beautiful cities along the Mediteranean sea. They are connected by sea ports, foot pathes, rail ways, and roads. The most common and scenic way to view these cities though is on the boat!
We started off our day today by taking a 2 hour bus tour to La Spenzia. This city is really only known for its ports to Cinque Terre and the naval military fleets that frequent the area. Today we heard them testing their canons.
After that we went to Portovenere. This was a beautiful city right on the coast. There I impulse bought this cute dress. :) I LOVE IT!
(Chelsea, Ellis, Me, Jessica, and Emma)
We boated past so many different cities and places that I'm just going to upload photos for you all to view. We stopped in the last and largest of the Cinque Terre cities and that was Monterosso. It is the most popular for tourists and has the best beaches.
This cross was built and is there as a reminder of the soldier lost at sea and while serving in the military.
While in Monterosso today we saw a lemon farm (so pretty) and stopped at this pub that was based on the 1990's in America. All of the sandwiches were named after bands, Sublime, Incubus, Cake, Linkin Park, etc. I had Cake, it was on Foccacia bread with ham, mozzerella, tomato, lettuce, mustard, and cocktail sauce. It was SOOOOOOOOO delicious! Plus there was a Rocky Horror Picture Show poster up in the pub which made me smile REALLY big!
Lovers lane or La Via Dell'Amore, is a beautiful footpath that connects Montarollo and Riomaggiore. It's a 0.5mile walk/hike. This actual footpath would take 5 hours to walk through all 5 cities, but only this portion is known as Lovers Lane. The pictures will show you why!
Interlocking hearts with past lovers locks placed on them, symbolize ever lasting love. This is the entrance to Lovers lane.
Here I am sitting on a seat of the famous symbol of lovers lane. Behind me and around me is a wall of locks that people have locked with their names on them.
It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I took over 200 photos again today and could have taken more! I used the telephoto lens I have and the pictures turned out so amazing!!!!
Well I should hopefully update again tomorrow. Our plans have changed and instead we are headed to Sienna and Montepulciano tomorrow, and then Pisa and Lucca on Sunday. So who knows, maybe I'll finally be able to get Gabbi the real sparkely present she wanted. Until Later, Ciao!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Here is our living room
We then ventured to an Irish Pub (Old Stove Duomo) and I had one of the most delicious beers ever. Strongbow, it was an apple cider beer!
Today we did a scenic tour of Italy. We saw the oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio. It is located in the jewelery district (in the 1500's it switched to housing jewelery rather then butcher shops because the Medici family wanted to see beauty when they walked from their palace across their private passage way to their offices in the city. This was the only bridge in Florence to survive WWII because Hitler had met with Mousilini once and walked across the bridge. He thought it was beautiful and loved the privacy, so when he took over Florence he ordered the German soldiers to destroy every bridge connecting Florence except that bridge).
On this bridge there is a gate that lovers will come to and lock a lock on to it with their names on them to symbolize that their love is true and will last. We also saw a huge statue of lips... I thought they were pretty awesome!
After seeing all of that we walked the streets and the Central market. It was awesome and I can't wait to go back and spend $$$$$money$$$$$! Other then that today was orientation... it was long and rather boring... and some how I am more confused about declaring my presence in this country then I was before. Oh well, I'm sure I'll figure it out.
I must get going though, we're off to buy some train tickets for this weekend! Our adventures are going to be splendid! I believe the plan is to go to Cinque Terre on friday (5 cities on the Mediteranean), Pisa and Lucca Saturday, and possibly Montepulciano/Sienna on Sunday (this is where New Moon (Twilight sequel) is being shot... on Friday of course, but I already have bookings to go to Cinque Terre then... Sad Day, hopefully they'll be there sunday still).
I'll try to post pictures as I get back to the apartment at night, but I may be really tired since I have to get up and do it again 3 days in a row... but it'll totally be worth it! Classes start Monday, and now that my schedule has been changed once again (I now have class from 12-7... icky!), I know what I'm doing... I hope!
I'll keep you all posted, I miss you guys! Ciao!