Friday, October 14, 2011

Pisa

So this week my roommate Jordan and I decided that we wanted to go to Pisa. So on Wednesday we got out of class at noon and we cam home real quick to eat some lunch. Then we hopped onto a train and went off to Pisa just because we could! It is so awesome knowing whenever we are bored we can just go to the train station and buy a ticket to go where ever we feel like it for the afternoon. This is something I am going to miss when I come back to the states! I'll be itching to just get into my car and go somewhere!

Once we got into Pisa there is not a whole lot to see besides the Leaning Tower and the church. We walked from the train station into town, which is a fairly long walk! It took about 20 minutes to get to the tower but it was nice walking through town to see how it was! Once we got to the Leaning Tower we took a bunch of pictures and I of course did the typical tourist pose! We wandered around the entire site then headed back towards the train station and on our way back we stopped to get some gelato! I had the best banana gelato ever!








Sunday, October 9, 2011

Como and Milan

This Thursday and Friday I went to Milan and Como with Kent State. I enjoyed every minute of it except the five hour buss ride there and home! On Thursday we arrived in Como a little bit before noon, my bus visited the Ratti Museum first. Antonio Ratti is the founder of the Ratti Silk Factory and is very famous for all of his works. The museum was interesting, we had a lady give us background on the company and she then showed us a bunch of vintage fabrics they keep stored in the museum. After we left there we went to the square in downtown Como for lunch. It was beautiful, I think what I enjoyed the most is that it seemed very calm compared to how downtown Florence is!

Afterwards I visited the Ratti Silk Factory. This was a very interesting visit, being about to actually see the process of all of the fabrics being produced one step at a time. This was probably my favorite thing we have done since we have been in Florence! After visiting the factory we had a chance to shop around at their private outlet store next to the factory. I caved in and bought myself a small, pink Valentino scarf to tie onto my purse. Don't freak out though it wasn't outrageously expensive! I scored a major deal on it so I couldn't pass it up!

The next day we loaded up the buses and headed to Milan. Once we got into Milan we walked to the Triennale Design Museum. Here we had a guided tour of their main gallery, in this gallery there were all sorts of things displayed. What I what the best thing about it was that anything that was displayed on the floor and not a platform you were free to sit on or lay on, and even touch! It was something I have never seen before at a museum! After the main gallery we were free to walk around the Louis Vuitton: The Art of Fashion exhibit. This was stunning! I wish I was able to take pictures in it!

After the museum we were taken to downtown Milan and the professors lead us to the Duomo, it was huge and so intricately designed! From there they were nice enough to decide to not make us do the other visits they had planned so we could walk around Milan on our own for the rest of the day! My roommates and I got some lunch in the square of the Duomo and afterwards we climbed to the top of the Duomo, it was gorgeous! The skies were clear enough that, from the top, we could see the snow covered Alps! The sight was worth the six euro I spent to go up top! Once we got down from the top we just wandered around Milan for the rest of our time, walking up and down the streets surrounding the Duomo. We mostly did window shopping, wishing we all had the money to afford Dior and Louis Vuitton!

I thought you'd love to see a few of my many pictures I snapped while on this trip so here they are!


This is the lake in Como, its surrounded by beautiful mountains!


This is a photo I took at the Ratti Silk Factory, it is one of the many looms they have there.

This is a weaving machine, if you click on the picture to enlarge it you can see that it is weaving Louis Vuitton fabric!

This is a picture of inside the machine that washes the fabric, you can see the fabric being washed inside of the window.

This is one of the first artwork displays we saw at the museum we visited in Milan.

This is the entrance to the Louis Vuitton exhibit.

I took this while we were walking into downtown Milan.

This is the Duomo in Milan.

This is me on the roof of the Duomo!

This is the view of the Alps from the top!

And this is a picture of the Duomo while making my way back down the roof.




Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paris!

Sorry it has been so long since I last posted! Nothing exciting happened until I went on my school trip to Paris for almost a week! Since we have been home I have been super busy with school and on to of it all I got sick! Enough of my blabbing, I want to tell you all what I did in Paris!

We got to Paris Tuesday, September 20th during the evening, once we got all settled into our hostel my roommates and I went out to dinner. The next morning the group split up into three smaller groups that we stayed in for the rest of the week. My group went to visit three of the most famous retail stores in Paris, they are Collette, Bon Marche, and Merci. They were all fabulous but a huge tease because they had all designer brands and everything was way out of my price range! After visiting those retail stores we went to the Pierre Cardin museum, which is a famous designer. The clothes were breathtaking! I can't forget to mention during this whole week I experienced my first metro rides ever! They gave us a five day metro pass and it was very interesting to say the least!

My second day in Paris we went to Premiere Vision, which is a huge fashion trade show that brings together a bunch of new ideas for the upcoming season for fabrics, colors, trends, etc. It was an amazing experience to have while in Paris. Not many fashion students can say that they went to Premiere Vision in Paris! After we went to Premiere Vision my group went to the Fragonard museum. It was a short visit, but it was a perfume museum that is famous for its creations. We pretty much just saw how they made them and smelled a bunch of different kinds. After this visit my roommates and I took the metro to the Eiffel Tower! It was absolutely amazing! We took a million pictures of it of course! Once we got up to it we decided to climb to the top then because there was no line to get tickets what-so-ever! It was pretty nice! Let's just say that climb of 668 stairs was one heck of a workout! The sight was totally worth every moment though! After we climbed the Eiffel Tower we got dinner at a small diner by the tower then sat in the park to wait for the sunset and for it to light up and twinkle! It is a moment I will never forget!

My third day we all visited the company Trend Union which is a trend forecasting company, we watched their presentation "Bliss" about the upcoming trends for Spring/Summer 2013. Yes, I meant 2013, trend forecasting companies tend to work two years in advance! After visiting there, later that afternoon my roommates and I went to see the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was fabulous, we walked through the church and we walked through the little parks around the church to see all of it! Then after that we walked behind the church over a bridge and scoped out somewhere to eat, it was a nice area and it was super artsy! Too bad we had to cross back over the bridge to eat because every restaurant was so expensive!

On Saturday we had a free day! So we woke up early and my roommate Melinda really wanted to go see Jim Morrison's grave from the band The Doors so we took the subway there! After we visited that we took the subway to a vintage flea market they suggested we visited, they could of at least told us it was in a ghetto area! Lol, we still scoped it out for a little bit anyway! Then we made our way back to the Louvre! We spent almost 4 hours in there! It was amazing seeing the Mona Lisa, Aphrodite, the Code of Hammurabi, and The Winged Victory of Samothrace! At least I took a couple art history courses before coming here or I doubt I would of even knew what some of this stuff was!

Our last day we got our stuff together and got on our buses and we visited Versailles for part of the day before we left for our flight! It was gorgeous, seeing the House of Mirrors was awesome! Other than visiting there we headed back to the airport to catch our flight back to Pisa then took buses back to Florence, we didn't get home until almost 11:00 p.m. that night! I was exhausted! But here are a few pictures from my trip!


View from the Eiffel Tower!

I forgot to add this but this is me in front of the Arc de Triomphe!


I also forgot to add that we went to see the Moulin Rouge at night!