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I saw San Marco Piazza. I explored the Louvre. I stood inside
Sagrada Familia. I climbed the Rock of Gibraltar.
No matter how often I
think these things or look back at the pictures, this month-long trip seems to
have happened in another life. But I did do those things, and I did them with my
My Month Long Family
If you’re looking for
knowledgeable and fun tour guides, Uncle Mark and Aunt Cathy are the people to
go with. Because both are veterans to European
traveling, they know the best gelato shops, the museums with smaller lines, and
easiest ways to get around town. And Uncle Mark’s ability to pick up languages
is amazing! His endearing eagerness to
communicate and learn made him a favorite at most of the places we went.
Annie’s intense desire to steer free of actions that made us
seem “touristy” actually galvanized us to appreciate the culture more. In each
country, especially Italy, she taught herself (and the rest of us) many
important phrases. She encouraged everyone to try foods that we wouldn’t find
in the U.S.
Brennan was a great source of entertainment and
knowledge. Meal times were especially fun with his sharp wit and humor. While
sight-seeing at a castle, he would casually tell us of some fascinating, random
fact about the city’s ancient inhabitants.
Nate, as has been mentioned before in this blog
and exemplified by his many selfies, was definitely the most enthusiastic. His
excited, care-free nature was infectious. His exuberant “Grazie!” became his
trademark. And most of the natives loved it.
My Favorite Places
When I got back to Georgia, I kept being asked, “Which city
was your favorite?” For a while, I couldn’t answer that question. Each city was
unique and so much fun to explore! There was no city I did not like.
though, I narrowed it down to my top three.
beautiful scenery coupled with a peaceful aura made this my favorite spot in
Italy. It was the perfect place to spend
our first few days in Europe. Twice we climbed up to the castle that capped the
mountain and soaked in the gorgeous view.
Paris: This city was about the opposite of Assisi, and yet just as
special! Paris was full of places to go to and things to see! And everything
was either a few minutes’ walk or a metro stop away. Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, San Chapel, Pont
des Arts Bridge, and the Louvre were some of the amazing places we got to
visit. I could’ve spent a month simply exploring the city.
Barcelona: purely for the sake of Gaudi, who is now my
favorite architect in the world! Uncle
Mark has already posted a great blog explaining why he likes Gaudi, and I agree
completely. Where most people see architecture as something purely functional,
it’s fun to see how Gaudi played with shapes and drew inspiration from nature
to create a completely one-of-a-kind design!
This bassoon playing angel on the façade of Sagrada Familia
is a great example of Gaudi’sfun, yet
We are Cathy, Mark, Annie, Brennan, and Nate (and assorted pets), keeping an account of our life and travels. Cathy is the primary writer, though she hopes she gets some help from the rest of the clan!