Friday, October 2, 2015

Italy: Part One


After a long day in Paris, we headed to Turin, Italy. I honestly had no idea what to expect in Turin. I really wanted to see Italy but I didn't have a lot of time to travel, so I picked the largest town closest to France on the map. It was Turin. It was awesome.

It was seriously the coolest place I have ever been. 



 The first place we went was this castle turned palace. Everything in Turin amazed me with how old it was. Compared to the rest of the world the USA is a pretty young country with a pretty young history. I have always though it a building was really old if it was built in the 1800's. This building was built in the early 1400's as a castle and then renovated in the 1600's into a palace. 




 When you first walked in there was a huge marble staircase. The palace has been turned into a museum . The rooms themselves had beautiful architecture and fresco's on the ceiling. And they were filled with art pieces from all over Turin and the rest of Italy.  


There was not always great lighting so my pictures aren't great, but hopefully you can get a glimpse of how amazing it was. 








Paris


Hi friends! I finally made it to my new home and I already have lots of adventures to share. Since I am coming back to America right before Christmas I decided that if I wanted to do any major traveling I should do it before school started. 

Preface: A few months ago I was talking to my amazing boyfriend Josh about my upcoming travel plans and worries he asked me "How crazy would it be if I came with you to get you settled in?". Pretty crazy! But by God's grace he was able to get tickets on the same plane as me, tickets on the same train as me, and rooms in the same hostels as me. What kind of boyfriend would fly halfway around the world with you to help you get settled into your new home? The awesome kind. I am so thankful to have been able to share some of my adventures with him. 



We landed in Paris and after dropping off our luggage at the hostel we started sightseeing. Since we only had one day we didn't go into any museums or monuments, but we got to see a lot still.


Paris was awesome. Everything was beautiful and there was so much history.



The metro was pretty overwhelming and kind of confusing, but I was glad I got to figure it out with Josh. 


There are parts of France that remind me of Senegal. Its nice and weird to have that familiarity. 




This English bookstore was really cool.




The next morning we went to Sacre Coeur and then we hopped on a train to Italy!