Words can’t even describe how history books have literally come to life before my eyes! I recently had an opportunity to travel overseas. Italy is a beautiful country, rich with historic cities – from the hilly country sides, wine vineyards and valleys, to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and the Coliseum. I feel as if I’m walking in a real-life pop-up book!
After a 13-hour flight from California, we finally touched down in Rome and took an hour flight to Northern Italy, to the fashion capital of Milan and saw the intricate details of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Milan’s hustle-and-bustle city life on narrow-scooter filled streets was instantly seen in a blink of an eye. Then, I was off to Venice, Sorrento, Montecatini, San Domenico and Siena.
We left Milan for Venice. Venice is cool and breezy and where we were serenaded on a gondola boat ride. We moved on to our next adventure and went to Florence to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David. Many areas in Italy, such as The Vatican and beautiful Sistine Chapel are so historic and very sacred that photographs and videos aren’t allowed.
Walking down the narrow cobblestone roads you could see the delicious gelato stands and smell the fresh food and many vendors selling souvenirs and artists sketching the historic cathedrals and other buildings and water fountains.
The next few days were really fast paced, we finally made it
to the beautiful island and hills of Capri, Italy, where we sailed the aqua waves of
The Tyrrhenian Sea to see the breath-taking scenery of Capri.
Regardless of background music, dance, and the performing arts are the universal language. It’s how we all communicate and connect with one another. On the small, yet efficient minibus radio you could hear Italian and American musical artists such as: Andrea Bucceli, Celine Dion, Beyoncé and Michael Jackson playing. Even though it’s almost 2013, the 90s song “The Macarena”, is still a really popular dance in Italy!
Overall, Italy is gorgeous and the people here really take pride in their country and their city and regions. I’ve learned so much about myself and others while here. I will never forget this opportunity, Mr. and Mrs. McMullins and The Fantasy Tours Family. I am forever grateful for having an education and living in a country that provides me a chance to enhance my mind and horizons overseas and in the States.
ASIAMBER 2013 ©