Amsterdam, the last stop on my trip. I was in full Netherlands mode coming from Den Haag but was also ready to take these experiences home. I roomed on the 5th floor of my hostel providing me an experience similar to Ann Franks I'm sure. I spent my time here in a few of the museums and many of the cafes and parks. I enjoyed the city but it lacked whatever drew me to The Hague so much. Amsterdam is regular too..
High vantage point from my room on the 5th floor
A vonderful place
In the Van Gogh and Stedelijk Museums of Amsterdam
Van Gogh based on Japanese style woodcuts
A frowning self portrait
Chagall petting his painted goat
*was actually burned by Yves Klein
Alleys, coffeeshops and canals, steep stairwells, to Amsterdam: my formal farewell.
Here's to amazing experiences and many more to come
Den Haagen is the third largest city in the Netherlands behind Rotterdam and Amsterdam and while it is not the capital of the country, it is its functioning seat of government. Located just inland of the north coast The Hague is beautifully situated with smaller towns on either side and wonderful parks along the way. When I arrived it was rainy and I was travel grumpy. I slugged to my hostel through the mist, probably with my head down most of the time, but it was all construction on tram lines so maybe not much to miss. Once I left for the evening though I was rejuvenated by how much I loved the city. It was a reminder of Seattle green and Iowa nice. It's hard to describe the feeling a place gives you other than being there experiencing it; I was certainly vibing. I went to a M.C. Escher exhibition to continue my museum hopping and was not disappointed. I found a favorite cafe, The Dizzy Duck, and made friends with one of the managers discussing ice carving and sculpture. I also spent a fair amount of time here playing Mortal Kombat.. North to the coast is Scheveningen and is an amazing shore town keeping architectural ties to Den Haag. There was a massive arboretum with a walking path between the two that I spent a few hours exploring. South was a Delft and was like a small Florence with its tiny alleys. Overall this collection of places was quite possibly the most amazing experience I had on this postgrad trip.
After Paris I killed a few days in Belgium and Germany in the cities of Brussels and Cologne. I learned Belgium loves Tin tin and mom's homemade waffles are better than any produced in this country. Brussels showed me a breakdancing competition, a gritty church, and the emergence of the french fry vendor. I walked and walked and saw a style of city somewhere between the French and Italian streets and alleyways which was very pleasing to see after enjoying Florence and Paris so much. Street art here is always in the form of tags of these huge Tin tin detective scenes. Very interesting. I walked to the Atomium and still am not sure what it's all about. Regardless it was fun to try and find myself in the reflection and hangout by a water fountain for awhile.
Unfortunately I was only in Germany for a night between Brussels and the Netherlands. It was a short stay and a grey day but I did get to see a German Expressionist printmaker, Kathe Kollwitz's museum. Her work was hugely captivating to see the detail of line etching in person that she used for figure. Obviously needed a German meal and ended up somewhere Bill Clinton ate in 1999 while still president. This was apparently a large point of pride for the restaurant. The next day I was off to The Hague.
^ Kollwitz v
A whole bowl of red cabbage alongside the brautwurst XP
Ah, Paris. C'est incroyable. Leaving Italy for France was fine by me because it's a place I'd always wanted to visit since my childhood summer sitter went on her high school trip. I spent five days walking everywhere and visiting some of the most excellent museums I've ever been in. I spent seven hours wandering Le Louvre seeing many of the Mantegna paintings I studied in Renaissance history in Firenze, and of course the Mona Lisa which is a mad house to get a photo of with the large crowd that flocks. A separate museum of Picasso and Dali were awe inspiring, and then because of a reminder from a friend of Le Centre Pompidou, which is one of the largest modern art museums in the world, I was able to see many works of Kandinsky, Dix, Braque, and more Picasso. In Paris I was also to fulfill a tasty dream given to me by Mr. Donahue, the Summit Middle School French teacher, of eating les escargots (snails). With a group of friendlies I made at the hostel I went to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night, it was perfect and I couldn't believe I was actually there. So, Paris wasn't all that regular, and I can say I've been there before.
My first real life Space Invader :-)
Notre Dame of Paris
Looking for Quasimodo
Mona hype //perfect expression from the woman
Mars and Venus
Isabella d'Este's studiolo paintings
A wild Anselm Keifer appears!
Goin up on a Tuesday
This was okay
Arc de Triomphe
The Picasso Museum
Le Centre Pompidou
Au Revoir Paris
Milano was a strange place, with a fast pace, and a lot of walking. My favorite part of the stay wasn't the city itself, it was the groups of people I encountered while staying at my hostel and seeing the world represented in wonderfully constructed pavilions.
First but not the Last; a Prequel to my stay in Belgium
Austria is nice
Metro all the time
They had a church
Actually the Last Supper
I made something
Time to go - a 3 hour wait outside the station
The least roomy overnight train to Paris..
Rome has had quite a bit to offer, I went into the Colosseum, the Vatican church and Museum, many many fountains and piazzas to explore; I even got to see a Marc Chagall retrospective :-) The sun here is intense and I probably walked 40 miles the past three days. 100% happy to have shoes other than Vans..
Today was a day of wandering and wonder, I walked to the Trastevere area for coffee and on my return north stumbled onto the an awesome gallery featuring pop surrealist works and had a great conversation with the owner about the space. My next stop was the retrospective of Chagall that was almost too much to take in reading more about his life and seeing the work he produced. He was a true artist creating based on love. Later I sat near the Colosseum on a high ledge one last time and reflected on how monumental of a place this was. The photos will follow Saturday to Monday as it happened. The Trevi was under construction so I didn't throw a coin over my shoulder, sorry I guess I won't be back, Rome; you were tight tho. On to Milan.
Only thoughts of the movie Jumper
Dat Roman Arch
Down under* *not Austrailia
Not your typical Colosseum photo
do u even depth of field
A fountain in a Piazza - makin my way to the Vatican
Profile of the Spanish Steps - still walking
Balcony for that one guy
I can't read that
To The Museum
^ These are tapestries.. v
IDK, BUT YES
Casual School of Athens
"Silence Please No Photo or Video" ok
Change of pace
Night time Pantheon
Chagall Y'all - Ft no photo signs
Ending on a chicken bc my dads the coolest; and eggs
I'm done with undergrad! I took the final for my Renaissance history course completing the last 3 credits of my degree requirements, ahh! I had Wednesday off in a celebration of St. Patrons Day for John the Baptist, giving me plenty of time to study, hang out at the beach one last time, and end the night with fireworks. It is now time to leave Florence and head off on the next four weeks of my journey abroad: first stop, Rome. I had an amazing time exploring the city and experiencing their culture, taking advantage of the aperitivo (unlimited appetizer buffet with drink purchase) multiple times, which was actually very much frowned upon... when in Florence.
Until next time :-)
Rome is so different than Florence and feels almost like San Francisco. Today I walked much of the city seeing some of its largest attractions. Here's a quick set of photos, I need sleep! More to come this weekend,,
See you again tomorrow Roma.
It's the last week of class and we went into some of the best buildings I've seen here. Our first was into the New Sacristy of San Lorenzo. It was the extravagant burial place of Lorezno 'il Magnifico' and his brother Guiliano, along with Lorenzo's son Guiliano, and his grandson Lorenzo... Only slightly confusing when looking at the family tree.. The room is enormous and is all cut stone, even the smallest detail, nothing is painted, and had to have cost great amounts. *Actually so much that plans to finish a marble facade to the church were stopped and the funds redirected to this project* *I'm learning* There are two important rooms to the New Sacristy, one being the actual burial place and the other more like a temple. They were designed by Michaelangelo who did much work for the Medici until his safety was no longer guaranteed after the death of Pope Clement VII. For this reason part many of his sculptures in Florence were left unfinished. You gotta Check It Out.
Insane dome decoration.. pay attention to the relation of scenes across each other,, ex. the Crucifixion across from the Original Sin
These are taller than me..
The gradient is cut stone.
Clear crystal shows the original drawing underneath
Dawn and Dusk under Lorenzo il Magnifico
Day and Night under Guiliano
One of Michaelangelo's best..
Our second destination this week was the Palazzo Vecchio, a castle like construction at the city center. It has a long history and had been expanded on twice as the Medici gained power. Ultimately it was part of the home of Cosimo I, first Grand Duke of Florence and features a room known as the Audience Chamber and it possible the most amazing room I've ever been in. It's construction is essentially a compass with scenes of Florence conquering cities in squares on the ceiling and walls in the direction of that place. It's architect and painter was Giorgio Vasari and during our visit we had a man dressed up in Renaissance clothing acting as if that was him. We also climbed to the top of the tower and had an amazing central view of the city. Here..
Visari's Audience Chamber - awestruck
Studiolo of Cosimo I
Siena is a rival city to Florence, and it was a apparent why. My history course took a bus about an hour and a half away to this city built with the hills. Pope Pious II was from Siena so our venture took us to see his home, Palazzo Piccolomini. We also visited the Duomo di Siena, which is much smaller than Florence's but is intensely medieval in decoration and thus much more admirable.. The history of Siena's name comes from the son of Remus, Senius which gives the she-wolf as a symbol for the town and was adorned most places decoratively. Basically seeing more things that I've learned at school in person is way cool. The city wasn't very large and we didn't explore much outside of our destinations and the city square but it was still a good time to get outside of Florence for a bit and see another part of Italy.
Goose* *actually Duomo*