Photo of the Week: Carnival!

Photo of the Week: Carnival!

This past weekend we were back in Rome and to our delight and surprise we found ourselves right in the middle of the Carnevale celebrations. As per usual, this involved people in costumes (not quite to the level of the famous Carnevale in Venice, but a valiant effort nonetheless), children in adorable mini costumes (very similar to Halloween in the states), and confetti. Lots and lots of confetti (see image above). I have always enjoyed these February festivities and nothing beats accidently and fortuitously stumbling into a gaggle of mini people dressed up as zebras and princesses chucking confetti everywhere. This year, however, I realized that I really had no idea what any of it had to do with the Catholic religion. So, I did a little research. Turns out, not much…not directly anyway.
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Photo of the Week: The Green Heart of Italy

Photo of the Week: The Green Heart of Italy

This is the view onto one of the many gorgeous valleys of Umbria from the city of Assisi.
Umbria, the lone land-locked region on the peninsula, is famous for its stunning landscapes, valleys, mountains, and forests. The Apennines Mountains cross the region and while there is no direct contact with the coast, there is the large and beautiful lake Trasimeno. Because of its reputation for being so lush, the region has been given the nickname “the green heart of Italy.”
Umbria is also famous for its many other gorgeous cities such as Perugia and Todi, both of which boast beautiful sites and exceptional food (Pergia = chocolate!!). Todi, for example, has one of the most stunning centralized churches in all of Italy. Umbria can also claim the great honor of having produced Saint Francis of Assisi. Are we surprised, looking at this image of his home, that he was one of the first to come out of the so-called “dark ages” and realize that the earth is actually quite pretty and worth enjoying? I don’t think so.

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Photo of the Week: Sunshine Memories

Photo of the Week: Sunshine Memories

OK I admit it!
This is not what it looks like in Florence today.
To make you believe that it does, well, it’s just not fair. If you want to know the truth, it has been raining for a week straight (though it feels like months).
However I remember when it looked this. And every once and while the sun comes out and it feels like this. And! And! I know it will look like this again. Someday. Someday. Please let it be soon.
(Please note, “Sunshine Memories” has been officially registered and trademarked for our future (albeit as of yet, nonexistent) band name. Sorry.)
;)

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Photo of the Week: Rainy Day in Florence

Photo of the Week: Rainy Day in Florence

You call it rain.
We call it street glitter*.

(*Please note, as of today’s date “Street Glitter” has been officially registered and trademarked for our future (though as of yet, nonexistent) band name. Don’t get any ideas).
;)

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Photo of the Week: Italy 2013!

Photo of the Week: Italy 2013!

It’s officially 2013!
We here at Select Study Abroad could not be happier. It means we are even closer to this year’s students arriving. We have been hard at work honing our itineraries and planning some new fun adventures. Shhh! Top secret. It’s always more fun if it’s a surprise!
Here’s to a new year of more fun, more food, more fabulous site seeing and more Florence!
Look out for more blogs coming your way too! If you have any requests for information or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Yours,

The Select Team

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