Tuesday, December 25, 2007


I had heard that Assisi was always packed with tourists, but when I went it was so dead it was creepy. It is another cute hill town with pretty city walls/fortifications and the basilica is amazing. I wish I could have photographed the frescoes inside because they were the best I've seen by far. I know the Sistine Chapel is more famous, but I preferred this. I think the town was especially creepy due to the Siesta hours. Most of the towns have them, but in the less touristy ones, there is absolutely no one outside from around 1-4.

St. Frances Basilica
Nativity Scene
Inside the basilica courtyard

View of the full basilica- so huge. I did not get to see nearly all of it. I wonder how many monks live in there?
Look, it snowed!

More Assisi Pics

Perugia is a hill town that reminds me somewhat of Nagasaki- tons of stairs and roads with no labels whatsoever that don't seem made for cars. It is not too touristy either- always a plus.

Main Plaza

Lots of hills

Stair streets!

The main stair street- why I could not take the bus to the train station with my suitcase.

Pretty church

More Perugia Pictures

Florence was amazing- probably my favorite city on the trip. It was too expensive to go into all the museums, however, so I did not see all the famous things there like David. Oh well. It makes me realize how lucky we are in the US to have the Smithsonians.

Palazzo Vecchio

Duomo and Florence from above

Arno and Ponte Vecchio


More pictures of Florence

Monday, December 24, 2007


I was so excited to get to climb the leaning tower. I went when I was 12 and it was in a dire state and I was crushed not to be able to go in. It is a hefty 15 euro though.

Click here for more photos

Since I have not figured out how to get more than 5 images to show up in here, I am posting a link to all the pictures at the bottom of each post and then picking my 5 favorites.

Rome was amazing- I went there with some friends so I saw everything in the first 3 days before one friend had to leave and then had about 2.5 days left to kill. You definitely do not need 5 days there unless you like to go into a lot of museums, I guess. My favorite things were the Vatican and the Colosseum/Forum.

I also had some amazing food, but it is sort of tucked in with crappy tourist sort of places that are not so good.


St. Peter's in the Vatican

View of Plaza in front of St. Peter's


Trevi Fountain

If that is not enough-
Rome Pictures

Friday, November 30, 2007


Jewish Holocaust Memorial (with high-end communist apartments in background and Lawrence)

Reichstag (Parliament)

Brandenberg Gate (divided East and West Berlin)

Charlottenburg Castle

Berlin Wall

Monday, November 19, 2007


So the weather in Dublin is as awesome as you hear about- rainy and windy and cold! I think in the summer it has to be nicer. On the bright side, it's very compact and easy to get around on foot and by bus and there are lots of places that have traditional music playing. People get very into it!
Trinity College

Cute Dublin Street

Christchurch Cathedral

Dublin Castle


Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Cotswolds

So I had to drive to the Cotswolds, which was traumatizing because the interstate closed and then I had to take these tiny-ass roads with 400 roundabouts on therm. As if driving on the left isn't hard enough, they can't just have a regular stoplight? Plus, what's the point of a roundabout WITH a stoplight? Isn't the point not to have stoplights? Sigh. I think living in the Cotswolds could be great but not with all these stupid roundabouts.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Medicine Woes

I have found out that US Benadryl is only available as Nytol and it's behind the counter so when I run out of mine very shortly, I will need a sleep aid. I guess I do use it before I go to bed so my skin doesn't itch, but I don't think they want people to take it daily like I do.

What they call Benadryl here is actually Zyrtec in the US, making my previous statements about the unreasonableness of drug prices slightly incorrect because one tablet is around $.30, while in the US it's closer to $3 if you don't have insurance. That would be all fine and good if Zyrtec did squat for my itchy skin but I need Benadryl.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

While I Appreciate the Thought--

I've been seeing these strange ads encouraging people to donate to charity over the holiday season. Except that the ads are ridiculous- and I just can't really get into them. They tell you that you should buy a llama or a toilet and that it won't be forgotten, especially when your child gets a gift saying that a farmer in Bolivia got a llama instead of little Johnny getting that new Wii game he always wanted.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

City of London

St. Paul's Cathedral

Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Tower of London

View of City of London

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Walk from Westminster Abbey to Kensington

NHS-related march


Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace

Royal Albert Hall

Monday, October 29, 2007

They may have the NHS but...

$16 for 24 Benadryl tablets? Are you kidding me? I can get 400 generic at Costco for $3.98. It's about $3.50 for 16 Ibuprofens and $20 for 50 lactaids, which of course I totally lost. I think in the US it's around $14 for 48 generics so I guess the markup isn't too bad on that. I think I spent $6 on 6 Immodiums- but I was desperate.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Thames South Bank

Some famous boat

The Globe Theatre

Part of the Louis Bourgeois Collection (didn't see the rest because it wasn't free)

London Eye

Big Ben and other buildings.