Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Traveling Diaries | Florence, Italy

Seth's number one priority while in Florence was to go see the infamous statue of David. We took an hour and a half train ride through Italy to reach the station. We hurried a long to try and keep up with the pace of our tight schedule. We hailed yet another taxi to take us straight to the Galleria dell'Accademia.

The museum could've been so easily missed because it's tucked between streets. Luckily the line wasn't terribly long and we weren't waiting for an obscene amount of time. We bought our tickets and shuffled through the corridors and sections of the art gallery. I could tell Seth was extremely excited about seeing the David, I was feeding off his excitement and anticipation.

The moment arrived when we turned the corner to face a long hallway where standing at 14 feet tall in all his naked glory was the statue of David. The year was 1504 when Michelangelo (who was only 26 years old at the time) completed this gorgeous statue. The definition is the legs, chest and face are incredible. The state David is in is meant to depict his battle before Goliath. He has a strong stance of relaxed confidence yet complete alertness. We stared at him for a while. It wasn't until I was 3 feet away from it is when I realized how attractive and empowering the statue is.

The hallways to the left and right of David were decorated with famous paintings. We passed by each one reading about the history of the scene, mediums used to make the painting, as well as learn about the meanings behind it. One painting had foliage that was so incredibly accurate that the plants were able to be identified by professionals many years later.

There was an adjacent hallway sectioned off with art and statues from what I believe to be student's inspired work from the 19th century from the nearby Art Academy. It was inspiring to see such tall ceilings and shelves covered in busts and sculptures of people. They were very inspiring!

After grabbing a few souvenirs, we realized we didn't have a lot of time to make our last train back to the port. We booked it over to the station and bought our last ticket for the day. As the train began to shut the doors, I realized how much we've seen on this trip and how much more left there is to see! We were headed to the place I was very excited for....

NEXT STOP... Rome, Italy!

Friday, November 16, 2018

My Traveling Diaries | Pisa, Italy

We had one day to tackle two cities, Pisa and Florence. We were some of the first people off the ship around 7:30 in the morning and grabbed the first taxi to the train station as quick as we could. We paid for our tickets with only minutes to spare! We watched as the train came screeching by and slowed to a stop. The doors opened and we searched for our seats. We had a 30 minute ride to our first destination, Pisa!

The Pisa Baptistery of St. John
We reached the Pisa train station and flagged down another taxi to take us over to iconic Square of Miracles! We drove pass old buildings and channels of water. The streets were crowded with locals, tourists and souvenir carts. We hopped out of the taxi and passed through the gated area to the square. I know that some people have told me that the tower is very underwhelming, but I personally was amazed by it. It's taller than I expected and gorgeously symmetrical... I loved it!

The campanile, the leaning Tower of Pisa

The Pisa Cathedral and the Bell Tower

The stairway up to the top of the Tower
We decided to pay to get to the top of tower! Why? Who knows how long they'll allow people inside the tower! We finally reached the front of the line and had to adjust our footing to the leaning doorway. The marble stairs were so incredibly worn down that you could see where people have walked over hundreds of years. The view from above was absolutely incredible. We snapped a few photos of the bells and each other. It really is such a beautiful area to explore!

The view from the top of the Tower!
My handsome husband :)

As we made our way back down the tower, I stopped by a gift shop to pick up a magnet to add to my collection. We headed back to the train station to grab a quick bite to eat and reach the next train!

NEXT STOP... Florence, Italy

Thursday, November 15, 2018

My Traveling Diaries | Marsielle, France

The rain seemed to be following us as we sailed through the Mediterranean. We were told by authorities that we weren't allowed to drive into the city because the streets were closed off due to the political strikes continuing across Europe. You could see the flashing red and blue lights of police cars lining the streets a few blocks ahead. We were allowed to stay outside the city and head over to the shopping center. We were bummed we couldn't go to the places we wanted to, but we decided to make the most of it!

We meandered around different stores and did some window shopping greeting a few of the locals. Seth had the idea that even though we couldn't make it into the city, that we should just enjoy a nice relaxing lunch together. We walked passed a restaurant that caught my eye called Dalloyau. We were quickly seated and picked our meals! I chose a delicious creamy sauce pasta with chicken and then for dessert we had assorted macaroons and a glass of wine!

Once we were done with lunch, we walked along the boardwalk and stopped at different locations! As we walked around we hit the Marseille Cathedral. It's a gorgeous cathedral that was built in the middle of the 1800s. It has Roman and Gothic inspired details and is probably one of the most unique cathedrals I've ever seen! We found a spot near the edge of the boardwalk where we played around and snapped a few photos together. We had a great view of the Notre-Dame de la Garde, an iconic church that stands with a bronze Virgin Mary a top the bell tower.

We headed back to the boat for an easy night. We knew we needed to get a lot of sleep tonight because we had a BIG day tomorrow. We were finally heading to Italy and we had plans to go to Pisa and Florence! We only had a limited amount of time so we knew we had to hustle!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

My Traveling Diaries | Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Rain began to trickle down as our taxi driver drove us into the city from the seaport. Palma is the capital of this small Spanish island. The paved streets have narrow streets and alleyways tucked away with boutiques and restaurants. We decided to visit the Santa Maria Cathedral that sat port side a long the ocean. 

We decided to start at the Mallorca Cathedral, more commonly known as La Seu. Construction on it began around the 1300s and additions have been made year after year. Antoni Gaudi even traveled to the cathedral to share ideas and designs for the natural lighting and completion of the canopy. This cathedral is the perfect example of the evolving history of Mallorca. The inside of the cathedral has many different chapels and sections and it is absolutely gorgeous.

Once we left the cathedral the clouds broke and sunshine began to peak through. We up and down the streets of the city passing by souvenir shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. We've already seen a lot on this trip and were only a few days into our journey. It was great to be able to just walk alongside Seth holding hands and talking about all sorts of things like religion, traveling, cultures and life. We still have so many places to go, so we were excited to jump back on the ship, because the next day we would arrive in Italy!