Sunday, October 23, 2011

A little of everything...

I know, I am the worst fake blogger ever. I'm sorry I haven't updated in forty-nine years. I have finally, finally uploaded all of my photos from the Alhambra and Italy.  

The Alhambra is stunning.

This girl. 

The fountains are incredible, and the sound of all the different water structures overlapping on the grounds is so lovely.

On the way home, we passed by a little mercadillo with the most beautiful candies and nuts for sale. 

Another procession (they seem to be endless here) where the Virgen is removed from her space at the altar in the church and paraded through the streets. 

This is just one of the flower stands in Rome; they are so many and so beautiful.

My three biffles drinking coffee in the Vatican. This was (and I am not given to hyperbole) literally the best coffee I have ever, ever had. 

There was this hilarious sandwich shop in Rome that named their sandwiches after famous people. I was surprised to see an Oscar Wilde one...

but I died when I saw this one!!! I'm not sure how he would feel about the inclusion of Parma Ham given his stance on animal treatment, but I was way, way, way too excited to find this.

Ruins from Ancient Rome. 

The Pantheon. 

Firenze! As much as I loved Rome, I enjoyed Firenze's laid-back nature and small scale more. 

We saw so many churches, but the Duomo was by far my favorite. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before. 

The famous Baptistry doors. 

Trevi Fountain in Rome (sorry, these pictures are definitely not in order).


View from St. Peter's Basilica. That obelisk supposedly marks the exact spot where St. Peter was crucified. I was unexpectedly moved by the Vatican in a way I did not expect. I was so thankful to have my sunglasses on the whole time.

You have to cover your shoulders when entering many of Rome's churches. Although I understand the reasons for requiring this, I take issue with the policy measures and their enforcement. Obviously. I wore a leopard print scarf as quiet rebellion.

The Pieta. 

Some tiny delicacies in a very busy, very beautiful, very intimidating Roman bakery.

The Spanish Steps. I'm not really sure why they're important, just that they are.

It was a wonderful trip. These past few weeks in Granada have been comfortable and fun- I have my rhythm and friends and family here. It feels good to belong. 


  1. You are hysterical. These photos are so terrific - how great that you and your chums successfully got to Italy and saw as much as you did. (not sure how Oscar would feel about his sandwich, either - but no doubt pleased to be included!) Can't wait to see all the photos when you get home - the Sistine Chapel - all incredible. Looking quite fetching and Grecian yourself in that orange number at the Trevi fountain! So enjoyed 'meeting' your host mother and father on skype the other day - they just seem like absolutely lovely folks. Grazie, bellissima!!! Take care, luv from everyone here, Siempre, mama xoxoxooxoxoxoxox

  2. The girls and I were just catching up on all the photos and posts. We just love all the pictures, you are talented and have a great eye to convey what you are seeing. It looks like you are having a great time and you look so good!!!! We miss you at our family parties, can't wait to hear all about your trip when we see you, in the meantime we will continue to see what you are up to. Diviertete mucho!!! Con mucho carino de tu familia en Bothell