Our European Vacation


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August 5-15, 2011 Vacation

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  • A Giant Temple designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudi. This building has been under construction since 1882 and they've still got another 30 to 80 years (depending on funding and resources) to go before it will be finished.\nSome people love the Sagrada Familia and some people hate it but whatever you think I guarantee it will cause a reaction one way or the other.\n
  • Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya. The palace houses the offices of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Architecture landmark.\n
  • Olympic Village Entrance to fields, Communications Tower, lodging for athletes,now a university\n
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  • Walls around Lucca built as a fortification for military protection in second half of 16th century nd first years of 17th century. They’re 4.2. kilometers long and have 11 bastions which held 124 cannons to defend the city. Lucca never had a war.\n
  • Walked through the old town in Tuscany Region, from piazza(square) to piazza. Each square had a cathedral combination of architecture. Bottom middle - amphitheater\nStatue Giacomo Puccinni, Italian composer of opera (Madame Butterfly)\nVisited Duomo, Romanesque cathedral from 12th century\nVisited some of the shops\n
  • The Duomo of San Martino (or the Cathedral) was founded in the VI century. It was rebuilt around 1060 and renewed between the XII and the XIII centuries. The interior was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Duomo di San Martino, built in a strategic point of the ancient Roman town at the crossroads of the two main streets and near to the city walls.\n\n
  • Miracle Square or Fields of Miracles - religious center, built between 11th and 14th centuries\nFrom birth to death - Baptistery (birth), Cathedral (life), Hospital, Cemetery (death)\n
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  • Mussolini’s Palace\nBenito Mussolini was born in Forli, Italy, in 1883. After working briefly as a schoolteacher, Mussolini fled to Switzerland in 1902 in an effort to evade military service. Mussolini returned to Italy in 1904 and over the next ten years worked as a journalist and eventually became editor of Avanti. Mussolini was active in the socialist movement but moved to right in 1914 when the Italian government failed to support the Triple Alliance. In 1915 Mussolini resigned from the Socialist Party when it advocated support for the Allies in the First World War. When Italy entered the war Mussolini served in the Italian Army and eventually reached the rank of corporal. After being wounded he returned to Milan to edit the right-wing Il Popolo d'Italia. The journal demanded that the Allies fully supported Italy's demands at the Paris Peace Conference. After the war Mussolini attacked Vittorio Orlando for failing to achieve Italy's objectives at the Versailles Peace Treaty and helped to organize the various right-wing groups in Italy into the Fascist Party. After a series of riots in 1922 King Victor Emmanuel III appointed Mussolini in an attempt to prevent a communist revolution in Italy. Mussolini headed a coalition of fascists and nationalists and parliamentary government continued until the murder of the socialist leader, Giacomo Matteotti in 1924. Left-wing parties were suppressed and in 1929 Italy became a one-party state. Mussolini also carried out an extensive public-works programm and the fall in unemployment made him a popular figure in Italy. Italy controlled Eritrea and Somalia in Africa but had failed several times to colonize neighbouring Ethiopia. When Mussolini came to power he was determined to show the strength of his regime by occupying the country. In October 1935 Mussolini sent in General Pietro Badoglio and the Italian Army into Ethiopia.The League of Nations condemned Italy's aggression and in November imposed sanctions. This included an attempt to ban countries from selling arms, rubber and some metals to Italy. Some political leaders in France and Britain opposed sanctions arguing that it might persuade Mussolini to form an alliance with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.\nAncient Romans since B.C. walked on these paving stones.\nColloseum\n\n
  • The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. In 1732, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to create a large fountain at the Trevi Square. Construction of the monumental baroque fountain was finally completed in 1762. The central figure of the fountain, is Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One of the horses is calm and obedient, the other one restive. They symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea.\n
  • The Roman Forum is located in a valley that is between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill. It originally was a marsh, but the Romans drained the area and turned it into a center of political and social activity.  The Forum was the marketplace of Rome and also the business district and civic center. It was expanded to include temples, a senate house and law courts. When the Roman Empire fell, the Forum became forgotten, buried and was used as a cattle pasture during the Middle Ages. Much of the forum has been destroyed. Columns and stone blocks are all that remain of some temples. The arch of Titus and the arch of Septimius Severus still stand and are in good shape. Like many other ancient Roman buildings, stone blocks have been removed from the Forum and used to build nearby churches and palaces.\n\n
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  • 110 acres locked inside Rome - it’s its own city/state.\nHome of Pope Benedict XVI\n
  • Basilica was started in 1506 and completed in 1626. Burial site of St. Peter. There are 45 alters. Michaelangelo designed the dome.\n
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  • Our European Vacation

    1. 1. Barcelona, SpainLas Ramblas Artists Shopping Restaurants EntertainmentSidewalk Cafes
    2. 2. Placa Catalunya
    3. 3. Casa Batllo Gaudi
    4. 4. City Tour... Barcelona Cathedral La Seu Catalan Gothic & Renaissance Style
    5. 5. Aquaduct and Gate ofRoman Wall built in 1st to Placa Sant Jaume 4th centuries Casa de la Cuitat (City Hall) Palau de la Generalista
    6. 6. Barcelona Olympics Summer 1992
    7. 7. Montjuic
    8. 8. Port of Barcelona
    9. 9. Monte Carlo, Monaco
    10. 10. Home of the Grand Prix Since 1929
    11. 11. Prince’s Palace of Monaco Prince Albert II Prince Rainier & Princess Grace
    12. 12. Casino of Monte Carlo
    13. 13. Port: Livorno, ItalyTour: Wonders of Lucca and Pisa
    14. 14. Fortified Medieval City of Lucca
    15. 15. Duomo di San Martino
    16. 16. Miracle Square of Pisa Baptistery and CathedralCemetery
    17. 17. Port: Civitavecchia, ItalyRome and the Colosseum
    18. 18. Trevi Fountain
    19. 19. The Roman Forum - the Political, Economic and Religious Center of Rome
    20. 20. Roman Forum
    21. 21. Colloseum
    22. 22. The Vatican
    23. 23. Inside St. Peter’s Basilica
    24. 24. Port: Naples, ItalyTour: Flavors of Sorrento and Pompeii
    25. 25. Le Colline di Sorrento
    26. 26. Making Mozzarella
    27. 27. Pompei