Monday, October 22, 2012

Rome Again.

So, like I never wanted to do, I returned to Rome this past weekend. I spent four days there and went to the canonization of seven saints including two American saints. I stayed with some Felician Fransiscan Sisters. That part of the weekend really was fantastic. I still am not crazy about Rome though.
I was thinking ahead and took pictures of where the Pope was going to be up close the day before the canonization.

This was a chair in the Felician Fransiscans house. Pretty cool, I think.

The canonization was crazy. I didn't especially like it though.

It was cool to be there though, I guess. I feel like I was watching history happen.

Best part of the weekend was probably the fact that the sisters packed me peanut butter sandwiches two days in a row :) :) I certainly do miss peanut butter.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The time I went to London.

London was fantastic. I'm going to live there.

First I went to Pisa.

Yayy!!! Thornton's in London!

Wellington Arch. This is where we started our walking tour of London.

London 1. This is the house where the Dukes of Wellington live. Then there is the statue of THE Duke of Wellington. He didn't like women, poor people, or Catholics. He would have hated me.

They have crosswalk buttons for people on horses on Constitution Hill.

Green Park. King Charles II used to come here to pick flowers for his girlfriends. The queen was not very happy when she discovered this so she ordered all of the flowers to be ripped up and even now it is illegal to plant flowers in this park.

The changing of the guards.

Buckingham Palace.

St James Palace. This is the one Henry VIII lived. 

Where Peter Pan and Sherlock Holmes were probably written.

The street where Around the World in 80 Days started and ended.

I spent a few hours in this free museum!

I don't remember the historical significance of this place, but volleyball was here during the Olympics!

The guards in front of the Prime Minster's house.

I think this is a statue of Winston Churchill. I might be wrong though. But I do believe it is outside a museum of Winston Churchill things though... It might be Oliver Cromwell though...

Big Ben =)

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Palace and our tour guide explaining what it means to be hanged, drawn, and quartered because of the Guy Fawkes attempted terrorist attack here.

I felt like a real brit with my fish and chips.

Haha. They drive on the opposite side of the street. Good thing they told us to look right.

Only the queen is allowed to drive through the middle gate. The road is dyed red for "red carpet treatment"

London Tea Time.

M&M world is FOUR LEVELS!

Our hostel was in Wimbledon.

Going to Hogwarts :) Childhood dream fulfilled.

Beatles shop on Abbey Road..

Sherlock Holme's house. 221b Baker Street.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Assisi, Perugia, and Norcia. One busy weekend.

Sooo this weekend I went to Assisi, Norcia, and Perugia. Nice.
Basilica of St Francis. Unfortunately there were things in the way of my picture because the President of Italy was coming to some meeting between people of the faith and not of the faith or something. "unfortunately"

Better picture of the Basilica of St. Francis.

This is supposedly where St. Francis was born.

A view.

Basilica of St. Clare! My confirmation saint :)

San Damiano. This was the convent that St. Clare lived in.

Santa Maria Degli Angeli Portiuncula. Inside this church was a littler church that St Francis built!

Church of St. "Happy"

St Felix



Norcia. On my top ten :)

The ambo in St. Benedict's Basilica in Norcia

The altar. 

The back of the church.

I got bored and took flower pictures.

"We produced and we sell the bestest chocolate of the world"

St. Benedict's Basilica. Most of the monks here were American. It was fun.

I took a lot of pictures on a mountain. Here's just one. It was fantastic!

Apparently this field is a very famous place to come to learn to paraglide. That's going on my bucket list.

Basilica of S. Dominic

St Ercolano. Very tall, but small church.

Bored again...

As much Perugian chocolate as I felt I could afford. I have to be honest. I didn't really like Perugia.

View of Perugia. 

You know what flower pictures mean...

This really old tunnel that we went to that had weird flashy lights all over about some street dance and then this kind of creepy relaxing music. I was confused. That's Perugia for you.