S: euro-trip whirlwind
FC: (eurotrip) fall two-thousand and seven
1: berlin | munich | venice | florence | cinqueterre | zurich | cologne | frankfurt | lausanne | paris | genoa | rome
2: .The following day was full of adventure, filled with currywurst, museums and the defiling of monuments...on accident. It was a very full day. | berlin germany | Berlin was our first official stop after arriving in Europe. We wound up walking "many kilometers" to our hostel to spend the night.
3: the jewish museum
4: The Jewish museum had 3 floors of exhibits to listen, read and touch. From the wishing pomegranite tree, to more conceptual art pieces, and crawling through tunnels and trying on different mustaches.
5: domo | We managed to find a englihs speaking tour group, and followed them into this bank with a giant glass "whale"
6: We had to wait to see the Domo, which was directly ontop of the parliment. Opposite: This was Munich, our second official day in Germany! We wanted to go to Oktoberfest- but it wasn't ready yet, so we went peddle boating instead. Pong climbed in a locker to prove he could fit at the train station. We grew to love the lockers!
7: munchen munich, germany
8: venizia venice, italy
9: Venice really is built on water. The people of the Veneto region built the city on a salt marshland at the mouth of the Adriatic Sea. Venice has around 150 canals connected by 409 bridges, and over 3000 alleyways on the 117 islands. Basically every time you see a bridge it is connecting two islands. The Grand Canal is the widest canal in Venice and divides the city into two parts, with three sestieri to the west (San Polo, Dorsoduro and Santa Croce) and three to the east (San Marco, Castello and Canneregio). The Grand Canal is slightly longer than 2km long, and has an average depth of 4m.
10: This is where we began our quest to try as many flavors of gelato as possible. We'd order 5 scoops in a bowl, get 4 spoons and dig at it! So yummy! Cactus, coffee, strawberry, chocolate, apple... the list goes on...
11: genoa genova, italy | the white circle festival | The entire city had its annual festival where everyone stays up ALL night. It was totally unplanned, and absolutely fun! Live music everywhere, and we bought donut holes that were actually onion flavored! I was afraid of being stampeded!
12: firenze florence, italy
13: We were exhausested b the time we got to florance. AfWe fell asleep on the sidewalk in front o f boboli gardens one afternoon after a sketch fest. The gardens were freezing, but beautiful- and also a confusing maze! We saw a replica of the David stature, as well as climbed Giotoo's tower- hundreds of steps!!
14: cinque terre Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore | "where are we going? rigor mortis?"
15: A long hike along the water, thru backyards and vineyards, narrow paths and steep steps. Brian left his bag on the metro, Pong picked a prickly pear, and we all enjoyed the scenery. It was a couple miles at least, but totally worth the journey, not accessible by car.
16: roma rome, italy | We stayed at a campsite the first night, where the lights didn't work, and then stayed at a place where past guests had signed the walls- including people from cal.
17: The coliseum was a lot smaller than we imagined. It was huge, but still small compared to today's monstrosities.
19: Rome's history as a city spans over two and a half thousand years, as one of the founding cities of Western Civilisation. It is also teh capital of Italy. Rome has a significant place in Christianity and is the present day home of the Roman Catholic Church and the site of the Vatican City, an independent city-state run by the Catholic Church as an enclave of Rome. As one of the few major European cities that escaped World War II relatively unscathed, central Rome remains essentially Renaissance and Baroque in character. According to Roman tradition, the city was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus on 21 April 753 BC. Archaeological evidence supports the view that Rome grew from pastoral settlements on the Palatine Hill built in the area of the future Roman Forum. We visted all of the above places and more- I was really suprised how un-colassal teh colesium was- yet still in awe that they built it and how it has continued to stand today. I had to pee really bad, and we found an awesome spiderman exhibit.
20: Paris France, absolutely gorgeous and a place of many adventures, RHOMBUS! Meg and bri met a furry friend at the Internet cafe, and we all went on a twirling ferris wheel ride on the champs elysees. It rained a lot and we rested in McD's. Oh- and the rugby bowl was also going on. | paris
22: nationale biblioteque
23: le grande palaise museum | arc de triumph | eiffel tower
24: pompidou paris | The pompidou was one of my favorite museums by far. It housed more modern/designy art, including some classic ID drawings and furniture.
25: pompidou museum
26: Paris was metropolitan like SF, but also had tons and tons of museums, which we finally gave up going to all of them. We were disappointed that the national library wouldn't let us in.... it was SO beautiful. The subway was a maze! It was super confusing with little weird tunnels, colored lines and lots of steps. We also ended up on a super stinky train- but only after the doors shut. We couldn't figure out where the smell was coming from; it was like a dead animal. We kept watching people's facial expressions sour as they rode in our car, and finally we gave in and switched cars.
27: notre dame | We ate crepes off the street- so yummy on a cold day! Megan also did a superb job of telling us about some buildings.
28: lausanne switzerland | Brian's friend offered a place to stay, and bri drew a map. With no labels. We stayed with Gaston and his chocolate loving wife for a few nights. She took us to a winery, the olympic museum, and a castle- as well at the local market with a cuckoo clock.
29: Brian drew this scribbled map with no labels on how to get to their house. It was "by an orange house". There were like five orange houses...and it was uphill. We were cranky and I finished off the nutella(in a glass disney cup/jar)
31: So beautiful! In the distance is France. Low rolling hills of lush vineyards- and and a calm green body of water. Madame Pitton didn't speak any english, so she acted everything out. We did find out she LOVES chocolate!
32: koln cologne, germany | We stayed with my old classmate Michael who showed us around. Great big pork sandwiches, castles and German beer! | we are pretending to be rock stars here.
34: frankfurt germany | Frankfurt is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany. Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. People have lived in Frankfurt for two thousand years. Roman artifacts are still emerging to light today.