As Far As I Can Tell

Euro Belle

I’ve been back from Europe for nearly a week, and it’s taken me this long to feel like writing about it. Summing things up and sorting through photos puts an air of finality on the trip, which I’ve been avoiding. It was the sort of vacation where you seriously mull over the consequences of not taking the flight back. It didn’t seem that far fetched at the time, maybe slightly more spontaneous than calling in sick to go swimming.

More than ever before I felt comfortable while traveling. Cities work the same most everywhere, and I like to picture myself living in each one of them. France was wonderful, and I’m glad I got to see more of it than just Paris. Walking along the Mediterranean in Nice was great, though it’s Florence that really won me over. We were there for four days, enough to relax, eat delicious food, and wander everywhere.

Strasbourg » Paris » Avignon » Nice » Florence » Siena » Florence

Strasbourg Balcony

This is from Meredith’s balcony in Strasbourg. She had a great corner room at the top of her building with a balcony that wrapped around both sides.

Sacre Coeur

The Sacré Coeur in Paris. Our hotel was just a block away. It was nice to stay in a different neighborhood than I have in the past. We stayed for just one night, which worked out perfectly.


The church and castle in Avignon, featuring a giant golden Mary overlooking the plaza. This area was really nice late at night.

Nice beach

The rocky beaches of Nice. Whenever you have mountains and water it’s beautiful. The views only got better as we took the train into Italy. It followed close to the sea for hours, exposing the most beautiful shoreline I’ve ever seen in-between mountain tunnels.

Meredith and Simon

Meredith and I taking goofy photos on the beach. We were only here for one night, but the hostel was great. It was the only place we stayed with real hostel-like accommodations including a full kitchen and community rooms. It was nice to buy food and cook it ourselves.

Duomo in Florence

The Duomo in Florence. My first thought was that it was too beautiful and delicate to be kept outside. What a strange thing to think about a building.

Florence bridge

The best bridge in Florence. There are shops all along it that fold up like a cabinet at night.

Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo

A view from the Piazza Michelangelo.

Plaza del Campo

We went to Siena for two nights and met up with Meredith’s parents there. This overview shows the Plaza del Campo, home of the Palio delle contrade, a crazy bareback horse race between rival neighborhoods.

Siena parade

Soon after we arrived we ran into a parade being held by Contrada Priora della Civetta, the owl neighborhood.

Gelato eating

Meredith and parents eating Gelato. We ate Gelato nearly every day we were in Italy. Holy shit, delicious.

Duomo Library

Siena also has a great Duomo, similar in style to the one in Florence. This photo is from a library room that shows off giant illuminated books. These are similar to ones we saw at the San Marco museum in Florence.

Siena Duomo

Meredith on lookout over the Duomo.

Tuscan countryside

Tuscan countryside.

After three months Meredith finally comes home tonight. I know she’ll be sad to be back, but I’ve missed her like crazy.



wow. so cool. (can’t wait for the promies moped army pics, either)

Posted by: jim on June 22, 2004 10:28 PM

awesome pictures. glad you had a good time. but. um. cities “work the same” probably only works in first world cities. here, they often don’t work.

Posted by: miguel on June 23, 2004 2:55 PM

oh, and can i say i like the new hair?

Posted by: miguel on June 23, 2004 2:56 PM

Christ, you guys look so happy…You make me think I’M happy.

Posted by: josh on June 26, 2004 1:49 AM

Nice to meet you briefly on Sunday. Hope I didn’t take you aback with my forwardness, but when I see a face I recognize, I can’t help but say Hi. Hope you enjoyed your weekend in Chicago.

Posted by: Craig on July 5, 2004 7:11 PM

I’m glad you said hi; it’s always great to run into people who I’ve only spoken to online. Millennium Park seemed like it’s going to be pretty cool once it’s done. I especially like the giant spitting video walls.

Posted by: Simon on July 5, 2004 9:32 PM

As far as who can tell?

Chicago, IL

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