March 10, 2011

Ciao and bonjour!

Sassy left for a 10-day trip to Europe this morning. How exciting for her! How nerve-wracking for her mother! Very inconsiderate. I'm not sure what she's most excited about - the trip or the fact that she'll be in the country she wants to visit most in the world - Germany - for a 90-minute layover en route to Rome. Sassy takes German in school and has an obsession for all things Teutonic. She had an opportunity to take a trip to Germany as well, but it's for a 3-month stint and she didn't think she could stand to be away from home that long (thank goodness because I know I coudn't stand it - I've already forbidden her to go out of state for college).

Here's her Italy/France itinerary:
Days 1-3 - Rome
Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon; Pizza-making with a pizzaiolo
Day 4 - Day trip to Pompeii
Day 5 - Travel via Siena to Florence
Day 6 - Florence
Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Chiesa di Santa Croce, Gates of Paradise, the Duomo; Leather-making demonstration
Day 7 - Travel to Pisa and the French Riviera
The Leaning Tower, Baptistery, Cathedral
Day 8 - Monaco • Nice
French perfume factory tour in Eze, walking tour of Nice
Day 9 - Travel on a TGV train to Paris
Days 10-11 - Paris
Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Versailles, the Louvre, Latin Quarter, Notre Dame Cathedral

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