well, i am just about at the one-year anniversary of when i whisked myself off to Florence, Italy to visit my cousin in her last days of her semester abroad at the TCU Florence Center

and i just realized, i don’t think i blogged about it.
how remiss of me!

i do recall writing a fun post in my hotel room in Rome… but then i got home (after 24-hours of travel!) and got back into the swing of things, and before you know it… the post was long-overdue. so, why not take time today to provide some fun photos and reminisce, one year later?

i say, Brilliant!

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this was taken right as i got to Florence (the first 24-hours of travel). My cousin had already moved out of her flat, so she rented us this cute flat a few blocks away. at this point, she was Skyping with her parents and was giving them a tour of the place.

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right near where we stayed, there were artists that recreated works of art with sidewalk chalk. it would take a day or two to complete each one, and there were typically three reproductions at a time. then they would wash them away and start over.


me and cousin, Steph, in front of the Duomo (i think)

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That Girl… trying to repress the jet lag, and accepting the frizzy hair due to lack of flat iron.

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Lemoncello, of course.

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KT & Steph, waiting at the bus station for cousin Lala to join us… poor thing was stuck in Frankfurt for a bit.

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Shopping while waiting for Lala – this photo was taking for AJ, of course! vroom, vroom

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shopping in the open market. This gentleman was embroidering my mother-in-law’s name on an apron for her birthday gift. he asked me to write down her name so he could get it correct. I wrote, “KAYE” and he said, “Oh, Kah-yay”… close enough.

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Frolicking in the Medici Gardens… NERD ALERT

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Steph and Lala chilling at the top of the Medici Gardens – enjoying the view. we were picking out our future homes.
House Hunters, anyone?

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cousins! (i think at this point, i am saying through my teeth, Lala, if you drop my camera, so help me…!”)

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continued silliness.

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later that night we walked up all those steps to the Michelangelo Monument (we did this every night!) and shared a bottle of wine and watched the sun set… good times!

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then off to the carousel in one of the squares! love these girls!

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our grandfather is Italian, and both if his parents emigrated from the Abruzzo region of Italy to America in the early 1900’s. Our original goal was to spend a day in that region, but there was a recent Earthquake causing travel to that region to be less than desirable.
However, Steph mentioned that there was a “Remigio Street” in Florence, so off we went, camera in hand.
Once there, we found at the end of the street the Saint Remigio Chapel!

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at the end of day three, i said Ciao to my cousins, and headed back to Rome, where i would spend my last night, and then catch my plane home the next day. I grabbed a free tourist map from the hotel lobby and tried to gather any sort of memory of my time in Rome back in the Spring of 2001, while i was studying abroad. My main goal was to find the Trevi Fountain (my most favorite place)…

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Success!!!

it was such a quick trip, but oh-so-fun, and i am so glad i had the opportunity to do it!

now, one year later, life has changed quite a bit, you just might say… one adventure after another!

Let the fun times continue!

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