|Glacier Point View|
|Half Dome Hike|
|Convict Lake||Hot Creek GEO Site|
|Mammoth Crest||Inyo Craters|
|Devil's Postpile||Mammoth Mountain|
|Francis-Dorothy Lakes||Shadow Lake|
Paris, France is a bustling city with more tourists than I have ever seen in California. The city is very diverse and there are so many languages spoken here, that I had no trouble getting around speaking Spanish and English. My favorite museum in the world is here; The Louvre, which has endless pieces of art and sculpture.
Places visited: Eiffel Tower, Montmarte, Notre Dame, Pere Lechaise Cemetery where Jim Morrison is buried, The Louvre, Palace of Versailles and we enjoyed a Seine River Cruise! Favorite place to eat was L'AS DU FALLAFEL located at 34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France. Our Hôtel Jacques de Molay located at 94 Rue des Archives 75003 Paris, France 01 42 72 68 22 was fantastic and we had the largest bath tub we have ever seen, which is what we needed after walking around so much (thanks Camille for telling us about the hotel).
|Venice, Italy - Hot, Hot, Hot!!! I have never experienced so much heat in Europe before, but the humidity is really what killed us here. It was stifling, however, we managed to get through the three days that we stayed here.
Places Visited: Although Venice is beautiful and scenic as ever, Murano was the place to be. We went to Murano and it was fantastic! Murano is the island where glass art is created. I bought a gorgeous necklace and a pair of earrings here. We were able to sneak into a glass making demonstration with another tour. Afterwards, we went behind the glass shop on the water and found sea glass on the shore. We picked up as much as we could and brought it home! I think the locals dump their glass remnants into the ocean.
|Florence, Italy - This was my favorite city in Italy! We should have spent six days here instead of going to Venice. We arrived in Florence and headed to the Duomo then rented a BMW motorcycle. We rode from Florence to Pisa and almost got run over by a speeder while we were going 180 km per hour! People drive very fast in Italy, so watch out and move over to the slow lane. The countryside is defintely beautiful and I for sure want to return to some day.|
|Rome, or as the Romans say, "Roma" was truly a learning experience. I was so proud to be Catholic here because the city boasts more Catholic Churches, basilicas, cathedrals and shrines than any other city in Europe. We went to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. We saw St. Peter's tomb, which is located underneath the basilica and learned so much about Christianity, art history and saints. Honestly, you don't have to be a Christian or Catholic to love this city. You just have to love HISTORY!
Places visited: Castel Sant Angelo, The Pantheon, The Coloseum, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Peitro Basilica, The Spanish Steps, The Vatican, and Sisten Chapel. We even saw a movie getting filmed. Our favorite place for wine and taking a break was Plaza Navona, where you will find a huge selection of places sit and drink water, wine and have some cheese, bruschetta, or whatever else you may like. We found that Romans were so kind, courteous and helpful to us whenever we asked for directions!