Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas is everywhere in Florence! There are lights on every street, and there are decorated trees in all the main areas. Its so much fun because a Christmas market has come to town. Most of it has German products, and all the food they have are sausages and pretzels, and candy as well. Its really neat because you feel like you're in Germany, but you can enjoy the Christmas spirit they have there right downtown. Below is a picture of one of the booths at the fair. It was selling interesting Christmas trees, and Christmas dolls.

This is a picture of another one of the boots at the fair, it was metal crafted into little men that hold wine bottles, they were so much fun to look at and a great gift idea as well!

This picture is what the streets look like at night, with the lit up tree that has numerous Florence ornaments, and lights lining the streets in different patterns on each one. Its a magical place to be at night.

Yesterday, my friend and I did some exploring and wound up at a church called Santa Croce, and it was beautiful with stainless glass decorations and everything purple and gold, just like St.Mikes! One neat part about this church is that it holds the graves of countless people from the past. this one below is the tomb of Michelangelo. This was interesting to see and his tomb was their along with Galileo just to name a few.   

The last week has finally arrived, and the thought of leaving Italy is so hard to grasp. In a way I feel as though I am not ready to leave the beauty and magic of Florence. I am excited however, to see my family, enjoy the holidays and be back at St.mikes. Hope everything is well and I'll update you with my last week stories, hopefully I'll have a lot even though there are finals!


  1. i have always wanted to go to italy, the pictures you took are breath taking, only further etching the yearning to step foot in the beautiful country, i am a middle school student, and i want to know how you got the oppurtunity to go to Italy through the school? What did you have to do to study abroad? Was it a long process?

  2. Hey Maddy!
    That's great you're starting to think about study abroad in middle school. I can honestly tell you it was the most amazing experience in my life. I did study abroad through my school, Saint Michaels college, which helped me organize my actual trip through a program called API (academic programs international)To study abroad you must maintain a GPA (grade point average) of 2.7 for Saint Michaels but for many programs it ranges from a 2.0 to a 3.0 depending on where you want to go and what you would like to do. It was an application process but it was definitely worth the time and effort! Hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions!