Our class went to Rome this past weekend! We had a guided tour of the ancient forum, which has been recently exposed through excavation. There are scattered bits of marble and other stone that were once the walls and foundations of ancient buildings. The ground level has risen considerably since Julius Caesar and Agustin walked these streets. We also saw the basilica of Saint Peter and the adjoining Vatican musuem. We took a guided tour underneath the basilica as well in the necropolis, an ancient burial ground. It was covered up by Constantine in order to build the basilica on top of Saint Peter’s grave.   We saw the exposed bones of Saint Peter, or at least that’s what some people think- historians are still debating.  


St. Peter’s       

Inside the pantheon!      






On Easter (AKA Pascoa), our wonderful program director Jodi, invited us into the Italian tradition of leaving the city on Easter Monday. We went to Fiesole, which was originally an Etruscan town. This is unusual for Italian cities because most were founded by Romans. Florence itself was founded by Roman soldiers as payment for their service. In Fiesole we saw the ruins of an Etruscan temple, and a roman temple which had been built on top of it. We also saw the remains of some Roman baths. The view overlooked they city of Florence on one side, and beautiful hills on the opposite.  AKA: a recipe for a beautiful view! Continue reading


Welcome to Paris

ACM is giving us two free weekends where we are encouraged to travel! For my first trip I decided to go to Paris with Anna! We hopped on a coach headed from London to Paris on Thursday evening. Friday morning we arrived smelly and exhausted, but in Paris!!! We went to the Louvre during the day (where we received free entry as students). It was rainy, which made it a perfect day to stay inside.IMG_0837

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We journeyed north to the home of Shakespeare: Stratford upon Avon! Thanks to a “landslip” we had an altered route involving at least three trains and a bus. We arrived on B&B row, where our group of 19 had reserved rooms at three different B&B’s. Sam, Anna, Kaylie, and I stayed at The Hathaways, named in honor of the Hathaway family, whose eldest daughter married Shakespeare (quite the scandalous relationship too! They were the talk of the town at their shotgun wedding!) Continue reading