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Last Day in Rome

Today was by far the most beautiful and warm day we’ve had yet! We awoke early and after eating another great breakfast, we jumped on the bus for our ride back into the city. Our first stop was the Coliseum. We had an amazing guide who walked us through the crumbling remains of the travertine […]

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Assisi and Rome

Today we had our earliest morning yet because we had a lot of ground to cover. We boarded the bus just before 8am, headed for Assisi. As we arrived, the sun came out, finally! What an incredible little medieval city – best known for St. Francis and St. Clare. Sadly, we only had enough time […]

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Adventures in Florence

Today was a whirlwind. We awoke early and had a quick breakfast before meeting with our local guide, Niccolo. We spent the first two hours of the day with him as he led us through the city and provided us with a detailed history of the city and the art in Florence. I truly love […]

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Nice, Pisa & Florence

Today started as usual – bread, croissant, juice and coffee. However, Jenn, Spencer, Liz, Kate, and Gail (a teacher from the Pennsylvania group) and I decided to catch the sunrise over the Mediterranean Sea. After breakfast we took a quick walk to the shoreline in Nice. It was amazing! The rain had stopped, and even […]

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Avignon, Nice & Monaco!

We got on the road early this morning, with our first stop at Avignon.  The sun finally came out as we toured the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) where seven Popes served during the 14th and 15th centuries. The palace was incredible, and we even climbed to the top of the wall for […]

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Adios Spain, Bonjour France!

Today began with a 6:30am wakeup call. Everyone looked tired as we ate the same breakfast as yesterday. At 8am, we boarded the bus and left Barcelona, headed for France! Though the majority of the day was spent travelling on the bus, we did have the opportunity for some sightseeing. Our first stop was the […]

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Barcelona – Day 4

We started our morning with a breakfast of fresh croissants, butter, strawberry jam, orange juice and the equivalent of honey smacks cereal. Kendra, Jenn and I also had café con leches to help get our gears moving. Our first activity of the day was a bus tour of Barcelona, led by a local guide, Ellie. […]

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Zaragoza to Barcelona

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s amazing to me that last year Kendra and I got to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Vienna, and this year we are celebrating in Zaragoza and Madrid. Today was a day spent traveling on the bus as we made our way to Barcelona. We did have the opportunity to stop in Zaragoza […]

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Holy Toledo!

Today was another phenomenal day.  We woke up early and after a tasty European breakfast of fresh croissants, crusty rolls, juice, and coffee, we headed out for a bus tour of Madrid. The architecture continues to impress us all! Our first stop was a park dedicated to the work of de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Until […]

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Hola Madrid!

After landing on time this morning, Madrid welcomed us with beautiful, sunny weather. It was a nice change from the colder temperature of home! Our tour guide, Jesus, met up with us as we left baggage claim and led us to a small café in the airport. The original plan was to wait a bit […]

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