Saturday, November 20, 2010

christmas is coming...

Despite the fact that it is Thanksgiving this week in America my focus has now completely shifted to CHRISTMAS. Don't get me wrong Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, yet it is no where to be found in Italy. My roommates and I have searched for pumpkins and turkey and they are non existent. However, we did manage to get a can of pumpkin puree from a visiting parent. As it is my first thanksgiving away from my home I prefer to simply no think about it. So instead of doing school work today or going outside in the rainy Rome weather, I have decided to plan some days for when I am home at Christmas.

Christmas Cheer Week #1. CHRISTMAS BRUNCH.

On Christmas my sister and I are planning a brunch, here are some of the ideas...

A spinach and bacon frittata found on

Sweet hanging snowflake mobiles over the table...found in Gifted magazine on Creature Comforts Blog

name tags looking like this on the plates also found on

good salad to accompany the quiche and Abbey's delicious french toast casserole dish

lattes for all!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


My photography assignment for this week was to do a session of self-portrait photography. For those of you who don't know I despise having my picture taken, let alone taking 30 pictures of my self continually. One of the things I have struggled with for a long time is my self-image. I think a lot of people do...last week was really difficult week for me in this department, maybe this assignment was God challenging me to work on this.  Everyday I fight to see myself how God sees me, some days are better then others... Life is a journey.

*sorry for the lack of smiling...I promise I am a happy person!

Bracciano and Viterbo

Alrighty we have finally made it to this past weekend. About 12 of us set out to explore the towns of Bracciano and Viterbo. Bracciano is a small hill town right off the train station, it has the most beautiful castle there. Some of you might recognize as the castle in which Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got married in. We then walked around the town before hopping back on the train to go to Viterbo. This also was a beautiful medieval town, which we explored, got cappuccinos, and took lots of beautiful pictures...enjoy!

the castle

My roomie and her new fiance!

view from the top of the castle

my roomies and I

Christmas cookies!!

MB locked out.

the boys.


Oh yes we went to Assisi too! A couple of my friends mentioned that they might be going to Assisi on a day trip a couple weeks back. Not knowing it was only a couple hours away, I had never considered it. The famous place where Saint Francis came from and Paul visited during his travels. Oh am I ever glad I did...

It was absolutely beautiful! Not only was it nestled in a hill town on the Roman countryside, it still possessed an atmosphere unlike any other place I have been in Italy. 

 Sarah and Linds on the train ride there...
the beautiful Franciscan Church where the tomb of Saint Francis is housed...

the two A's...Allora and Andrew

cute old man on his bench
setting up for the holidays...not only were their tons of little christmas shops, the smell of roasting chestnuts lingered in the air...

me on our hike up the hill...the view was amazing!

olive pickers...

Florence con Frank

Just a little bit of catch up...

Part of the Temple Rome study abroad program is weekend class trips. I am currently taking two art history courses which required two weekends of class trips. My first excursion was to Napoli with my Italian Baroque course, a time where we were able merge Caravaggio with Napolean pizza. But what I was really looking forward to was my trip with Professor Frank Dabell to Florence. It definitely lived up to my expectations. We viewed many masterpieces, laughed a lot, and had a gelato or cappuccino stop almost every hour. Here are just a few snap shots portraying beautiful Florence, amazing works and fun people.

The Duomo
Baptistry Doors by Gherberti

 detail of the guilded doors

Mary Magdalene done by Michaelangelo

this best friend here...andrew.
one of my favorite sculptures by michaelangelo

the man of the favorite professor of all time... the legend Frank Dabell.