‘europe’ Category

  1. Rome!

    July 18, 2013 by Francis

    We are in Rome and it is super hot today. This is a trippy panorama of the Colosseum with some weird little errors.

    And here is the Trevi fountain.


    Onika lookin cute at the Colosseum


    This is my great aunt Alice who lives here in Rome. She is my grandfathers sister. We met her for dinner near the Colosseum and had a lovely time. 


    Here is the Sistine Chappell at the Vatican which we were not supposed to take pictures of, but I managed to snap this one covertly. 




    The pantheon at night


    The Spanish steps at night


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  2. Florence – Piazza Michelangelo sunset

    July 17, 2013 by Francis

    We hiked up many many steps to view the sunset from this hill which overlooks Florence. It was beautiful!

    Onika talking to some American tourists we met at the top of Piazza Michaelangelo


    Posted from Florence, Tuscany, Italy.

  3. Florence – Accademia – David

    July 17, 2013 by Francis

    The Accedemia in Florence is a collection of marble and plaster sculpture from the renaissance most notably by Michelangelo including the unbelievable David. There is an interesting story that we learned about the David. Apparently it was exhibited outdoors in the Piazza Della Signoria, not far away, until 1873 when one of David’s arms fell off and killed a poor farmer who happened to be walking underneath. It was moved indoors to the specially designed spot for preservation. The Accademia was intended to give art students a place to study art and that is still true today. We saw a few art students sketching the David with varying degrees of success.



    Posted from Florence, Tuscany, Italy.

  4. Venice is kinda like Disneyland

    July 16, 2013 by Francis

    Venice is beautiful and very romantic but the entire island feels like one big tourist trap. I’ve heard people say that you can’t get lost in Venice because it’s so small, but we found that to be totally wrong. It’s like a labyrinth!  The “streets” are so narrow and windy that after about 5 turns you have totally no idea which way you are traveling. Trying to use google maps on the iPhone is hilarious. That poor blue dot just never can quite figure out where you are; most of the time it thinks you are in the middle of a canal. But I guess that is kinda the point of Venice: get lost and wonder around, you’ll eventually find your way. I’m glad we went, but one day was totally enough for us.




    Posted from Venice, Veneto, Italy.

  5. Italy here we come!

    July 16, 2013 by Francis

    A 7am flight to Venice meant getting up at 5 – luckily we were only about 25 minutes away from ORLY + Über cab was awesome!


    Posted from Orly Aérogares cedex, Île-de-France, France.

  6. Versailles

    July 14, 2013 by Francis

    We almost didn’t go to Versailles on this trip, but we are so glad that we did. It’s hard to describe or even capture in pictures the opulence and grandeur of Versailles. Every time you see something that takes your breath away and you think “wow, this has got to be the fanciest most ornate thing I have ever seen” you are wrong and something else takes the prize in the very next room.

    We booked a tour which is absolutely the way to go. We met at the Musée d’Orsay and rode the train with our group and a tour guide. I can see where this would be a huge relief for some people especially if they are scared of taking the train, we totally could have handled it though. The real benefit though was skipping the line at the Chateau which wrapped back and forth for miles in the hot sun. It looked awful and we just waltzed right past all of it.

    Our guide was fantastic and told us all the history and little details about each thing we were seeing which made it so much easier to enjoy it. If you are ever in Paris and thinking of going to Versailles, GO – it easy to get to by train and well worth it – book a tour.














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  7. First day in Paris

    July 9, 2013 by Francis

    Our first day in Paris was awesome! We took a taxi from the airport which was expensive but well worth it after an 11 hour flight on which very little sleep happened. We checked into the apartment and immediately went to the cafe downstairs for some coffee and a snack.


    A stroll around the Père Lachaise Cemetery came next, and we said hi to Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and of course Jim Morrison.

    Next up is Canal St. Martin for some beers and a picknick dinner. The canal is awesome – tons of people all hanging out by the banks of the canal eating, drinking and generally enjoying the weather. Everyone seems so relaxed here. I could seriously come here every evening and not get tired of it. We ordered pizza from the Pink Flamingo, who’s big attraction is that they will deliver your pizza to you while sitting on the canal identifying you by the pink balloon they give you. Genius!



    One last note: since we left San Francisco we have walked 11 miles according to my fitbit!

    Posted from Paris, Île-de-France, France.

  8. Hi Jim

    July 9, 2013 by Francis

    Jim Morrison’s grave in the Père Lachaise Cemetery.


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  9. We are officially in Paris

    July 9, 2013 by Francis

    Onika having a smoke after our first cafe lunch outside our apartment.


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  10. On our way to the airport

    July 8, 2013 by Francis

    In the Über cab on the way to the airport!


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