S: Kenzie's European Trip 2008 - My Adventure is Out There...
BC: DEPARTED | EUROPE | JULY - OCT 2008 | Till Next Time...
FC: Adventure Is Out There... | Kenzie's European Trip 2008
1: Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland
2: After a long flight to Belfast, Northern Ireland, Amy and her Dad picked me up from the airport. Once we arrived at her home we immediately went to the pub to catch up. Magners please... Her brother, James, came to join us later on. I don't remember much, bu what I do remember is laughing so hard that my cheeks hurt the next morning... Cheers to a great start!!!
4: JAMES AND MY MOTORBIKE ADVENTURE Amy had to work all day so James and I took off on a five hour bike ride. The first two hours were spent riding in the rain but that didn't damper our moods. We explored the lands between Bangor and Newcastle. It was a fantastic day spent smiling, speeding and looking at spectacular views.
5: Amy and I went to the Titanic museums and a historical place that had a pig...
7: The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmills. Giant's Causeway Folklore & Legend The story tells that the Giant’s Causeway was built by Finn McCool as a walk way to fight the Scottish giant Benandonner. Finn fell asleep before going across to Scotland and he woke up to find the Scottish giant appearing on the horizon. Finn realised Benandonner was much bigger than himself and ran to his wife Oonagh wondering what he should do. Oonagh disguised Finn as a baby and made him curl up in an enormous cradle. Benandonner saw the huge ‘child’ in the cradle and began to wonder what size his father would be. Benandonner returned to Scotland and destroyed the Causeway as he returned home.
9: After an awesome week spent with Amy it was time to adventure onwards to see Dave Beesley in Abingdon, England. Dave took me to Oxford, England where we toured around. Unfortunately for me, it was my 21st birthday and Dave likes to make my birthdays memorable... Well memorable is what he made it. By 5:15pm we shot at least six rainbow shots of Sambuca, many rum and cokes and a couple Magners. This was just the start of the night... lets just say at the end of the night one mojito to many I was turned down by a cab driver...lol
10: Life Long Friends...
12: BBQ & | Rock Climbing | Rock climbing lessons from yours truly... David Beesley
14: It is never a dull moment when wondering the streets of Camden market with Emma. Masquerade anyone??? I also met up with Stephen Croxall, a Tasmania, Australia friend. I couldn't get the guard to move but I did get him to wink ;) "Avenue Q" is by far the most amazing comedian play ever!!! | London in style
16: Ya I finally get to meet up with my Aunt Lil. After we settled and caught up in her little cozy hotel room we set out to explore | Walking through Paris | Paris. One of my favorite parts of Paris, was just walking through the streets. We took pictures at the tourist sports, drank hot chocolate and coffee at a café and became fascinated at the Louver. Mona Lisa really does look at you at all angles of the room.
18: Notre | Dame
19: Exploring Paris was a lot of fun. Aunt Lil and I purchased double decker on and off bus passes that traveled throughout the city and dropped you off at the tourist attraction spots. It really is the city of love... I especially loved the Moulin Rouge performance... Champaign, dancing, singing and reminiscing with my aunty... <3
21: The City of Lights
24: From Paris with love...
25: Watch it glow...
26: Bruges, Belgium
27: Amsterdam pub crawl
28: Amsterdam | Walking through the Anne Trank memorial exhibit literally took your breath away. It was eerie as the silence crept over you. How did they stay quiet for so long. Tears fell off my cheeks | as I carried on through the tour.
29: Red light District
30: Berlin, Germany Michael Hoover, Bill and Barbra Hoover's son took me in for a week. The first couple of days I was home sick so I stayed in and watched "Sex in the City." In the afternoon, when Bill was home from work, we went sight seeing. We saw the Jewish Memorial, Check Point Charlie, the Great Berlin Wall, and much much more. He was a blessing as family was an important part at that moment!
33: Dingo Tours... No need to say anything more...
34: Our Favorite Spot. | We will never forget. | Making Memories. | Cesky Krumlov. | River Raft Pub Crawl. | Making Friends.
36: Vienna Home style Vienna schnitzel
37: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - Saint Augustine | LIFE IS A JOURNEY | M U N I C H
39: Venezia is a city in northeast Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. Here I met with Carsten and Max, who flew from Germany to see me, and my Aunt Lil.
40: LAKE COMO - ITALY | Villa Balbianello
41: I seriously was a kid in a candy store when I finally made the 1 km hike to this beautiful villa. Here is where they filmed Star Wars - Attack of the Clones was filmed. To the left is where Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala got married.
42: Pisa Be careful... don't let it fall | Juliet's Balcony where Romeo would summon thee. Touching Juliet's Right Boob was good luck.
43: The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Pompeii was lost for nearly 1700 years before its rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana. | Pompeii
45: Island of Capri | Grotto
46: ROME | Italy | Trevi Fountain | Piazza di Spagna
48: The Pantheon is a building in Rome, Italy, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. It was rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered, concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs" but informally known as "Santa Maria della Rotonda." The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda. The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum. It was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections, venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches, and nucleus of commercial affairs. Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. | Pantheon | Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II | Roman Forum
49: ROME | The Vatican | The Vatican | Rome Coliseum
50: Siena | Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena. The city is totally surrounded by walls, which the the second set was finished by the end of the 13th century. Much of these walls still exist today. The Palio di Siena is a traditional medieval horse race run around the Piazza del Campo (seen below) twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August.
52: Florence was a fun city to walk around, enjoy the scenery, the art, and the architecture. I think we were enjoying the art a little too much... ;) Nicole and I stayed in the city while others from Busabout were staying way out of town, best choice ever. We met friends within the hostel and decided to join them on a wine tour!! | Florence
53: Pisa... Once again... Lets give it a hug... Stay standing Pisa...
54: Cinque Terre
55: Cinque Terre stole my heart, from the first view of the color and ocean. This was one of the places I was most excited to visit. It didn't disappoint. The pace and lifestyle of Cinque Terre is beautiful and intoxicating. Definitely could spend more than four days here. We stayed in a house that was shared with six other people at the very top of Riomaggiore. I swear there were 300 or more stairs that we climbed. We enjoyed the fantastic hike, starting at Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, taking our time when we reached each town. Vernazza was my favorite town. The next day we did another 9 km hike on the other side where we could see our residence. Breath taking...
56: CINQUE TERRE
59: Canyoning with Foxy & Sexy
60: Avignon is a French commune in southeastern France in the départment of the Vaucluse bordered by the left bank of the Rhne river. Often referred to as the "City of Popes" because of the presence of popes and antipopes from 1309 to 1423 during the Catholic schism, it is currently the largest city and capital of the département of Vaucluse. Avignon is commemorated by the French children's song, "Sur le pont d'Avignon" ("On the bridge of Avignon"), which describes folk dancing. The bridge of the song is the Saint Bénézet bridge, over the Rhne River, of which only four arches (out of the initial 22) remain which start from the Avignon side of the river. In fact people would have danced beneath the bridge where it crossed an island (le de Barthelasse) on its way to Villeneuve-ls-Avignon. The bridge was initially built between 1171 and 1185, with an original length of some 900 m, but it suffered frequent collapses during floods and had to be rebuilt several times. Several arches were already missing (and spanned by wooden sections) before the remainder were destroyed in 1660. | Avignon
62: Spanish Cooking Class | 1. Cut up Fruit | 2. Add Sugar | 3. Stir | 4. Add Wine | 5. Add Juice/Pop | 6. Stir and Serve | Paella
63: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons dried oregano salt and black pepper to taste 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice 1 pinch saffron threads 1 bay leaf 1/2 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 quart chicken stock 2 lemons, zested 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 Spanish onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped 1 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed and crumbled 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined | In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper. Stir in chicken pieces to coat. Cover, and refrigerate. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, red pepper flakes, and rice. Cook, stirring, to coat rice with oil, about 3 minutes. Stir in saffron threads, bay leaf, parsley, chicken stock, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Stir in marinated chicken and onion; cook 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and sausage; cook 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp; cook, turning the shrimp, until both sides are pink. Spread rice mixture onto a serving tray. Top with meat and seafood mixture. | Paella
64: On our first arrival, I was picked pocketed and tied to the bus after I caught the guy. However, we made the most of it... Sangria!!! Ross found an awesome apartment that we shared with another couple. We cooked, ate on top of the roof, relaxed on the beach, explored the city and lived life drinking Sangria. | Valencia
66: San Sebastián