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Famous sights

Filed in Blog, France, Italy, United Kingdom by on March 11, 2013
Big Ben

The most famous clock in the world, located in the heart of downtown London. While it was overcast and gray the entire time I was in the U.K., I thought it was appropriate.


The red telephone boxes are everywhere in London! These were right across from Charing Cross Station.

Tower Bridge

Another famous London sight, Tower Bridge. It’s actually different from London Bridge, which has a history stretching back to Roman times, is upriver from this one and actually has fallen down several times. However, it’s less photogenic than this one.

The Tower of London

Part of the original complex of the Tower of London, where famous heads rolled and prisoners were kept. It was built after the Norman Conquest in 1066 by William the Conqueror, originally as his royal residence. It was my favorite sight to visit in London. If you like history, you definitely need to clear an afternoon (or a whole day) to visit.


Ste. Chappelle's

This chapel, in the heart of Paris, has more than a thousand beautiful stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Bible, from the Creation all the way to Judgement Day. It was originally built to house Jesus’s crown of thorns, which is now located in Notre Dame.


Notre Dame

The famous towers of Notre Dame. Unfortunately, we couldn’t climb to the top and view the famous gargoyles (it was closed for renovation), but the interior was amazing. Every medieval building I see, I am so impressed by the builders who created something beautiful with so little technology.

Opera Garnier

The ceiling of the opera house, with the famous chandelier that came crashing down during “The Phantom of the Opera.”

City of Lights

I can’t resist cities at night, and of course Paris delivers. The Eiffel Tower at night was the highlight of my time in Paris.

La Serenissima

Venice (or Venezia, in Italian) is called La Serenissima, or “the most serene.” I think this picture summed that up perfectly, taken under Ponte Rialto.


Burano is one of the islands in the northern lagoon, where beautiful, handmade lace is part of a long tradition. And all the houses are painted in a variety of colors. You can’t get more picturesque.


While I wasn’t in Venice for Carnivale (or Mardi Gras for the U.S.), beautiful masks were on sale everywhere — from shops with handmade creations of lace and crystals to carts on the street.

Gondola Gondola

Another example of how Venice is basically the most perfect city in the world — the famous gondolas gently floating on the water, out of the way of the sun-soaked Grand Canal.

The Arena in Verona

Verona has it’s own mini-Colosseum, where gladiators used to fight to the death. Now it’s used for concerts in nice weather.

Where for art thou, Romeo?

The balcony where Juliet (supposedly) uttered her famous line- “Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?”

In fair Verona...

“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, two houses alike in dignity…”
If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big Shakespeare fan. Verona is a lovely city, built on the banks of a river. Definitely worth a visit.

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  1. Laura Cooke says:

    Time for another snap!
    Laura H: You are such an inspiration! I think it is so incredible that you are studying abroad and doing what you love. And your pictures are so amazing! We can’t wait to have you back in CoMo. You always have such a good attitude about everything you are truly missed!

  2. Laura says:

    You’re comment made my day! I miss you too! I can’t wait to tell you about all my adventures when I come back!

  3. Dana Schippman says:

    Laura H.- Your pictures are AMAZING, and I’m super jealous of your life right now!! I miss you like crazy, and I can’t wait to see you again! Your random Facebook messages always make my day. Thanks for being a great friend even when you’re a million miles away. It would be much easier to go to Fieldhouse together if you weren’t though! 🙂 Love you!! (just because you’re not at meetings doesn’t mean you should miss out on snap cup!)