"Andiamo!" cpiers47's Profile
June 2013 Update: It's long past time for an update - here if not on my travel pages. I've lived in Trieste for nearly 4 years now and am pleased to report that it most certainly is home. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who have found work that I love and the place in which I want to live. I continue to travel but seem to have reached a pause point on updating my VT pages. I have no doubt that I will return to them (as well as to the forums!) at some point.
I am very grateful to the VTers that I've met... and look forward to meeting many more in the future!
October 2009 Update: My new life in Italy is better than I ever imagined! I live in the beautiful city of Trieste, with lots of access to places around Europe and enough time to see them, if I plan carefully! If you're interested, check out my blog or the travelogue below. It all started with a spring break trip during high school...now Italy is going to be home for a while.
I'm slowly working on adding pages as I travel...
Also, thanks to a VT page I wrote about our trip to Ireland, I was interviewed for a CNN.com article about off-the-beaten-path travel related to movie filming locations. Here's a link to the article. Two of my pictures are featured as well (one with the article and another on the map) - a thrill for me as a photographer!
I'm a jumper! Check me out in one of JumpingNorman's Galleries. I also made it into the collage on Norman's Homepage. And, Claus and I jumped in Pirano. I'd moved to Trieste a week or two before...I think that can explain my enthusiasm.
Of course, not every jump is a success, so we're in a couple of the "failed" galleries as well.
My pages are always in the process of being completed, especially when it seems that the time between trips is just long enough to get ready for the next one! Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about any of the places I've visited so far.
After a few years "off" from traveling (an unwelcome break!), I'm delighted to be spending so much time traveling.
June 2007 - Ireland
Galway, Inis Mor, Connemara, Roundstone, Kildare and Dublin
A whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, complete with horses, sheep and the "wrong" side of the road!
August 2007 - California
San Francisco, Roseville, Hughson, Berkeley, San Jose
Meeting up with friends I hadn't seen since we lived in Italy together!
November 2007 - Paris!
I thought that there was no way Paris could be as wonderful as all the stories make it out to be. It is.
December 2007 - Arizona
Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Grand Canyon
Weather at Christmas was much nicer than in Bozeman!
March 2008 - Italy and France
Paris, Milan, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Rome
What a fantastic trip! This was my foray into the world of trip chaperoning. We traveled by foot, train, metro, bus and plane and enjoyed every minute of it.
June 2008 - Italy, Germany, Austria, UK
Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, Verona, Munich, Vienna, Muenster, London
Thankfully, I was grateful to not be traveling with students on this one! I used the "excuse" of a friend's wedding in Muenster to backpack around a bit.
July 2008 - US East Coast: Connecticut, Boston, Cape Cod, New York State
Immediately upon my return to the US, I headed out on a road trip with my mom. The two of us ate oysters until we were practically bivalves and had a great time!
Christmas 2009 - Arizona
An amazing and restful Christmas and New Year's in the desert and by the pool. Check out our desert ride.
January 2009 - London
A long weekend in a city I fell in love with this summer! After being productive and earning my dream job for next year, I got to celebrate by enjoying the city with a good friend.
March 2009 - Rome & Pompeii, Italy the Peloponneses & Athens, Greece
My first trip to Greece was in the company of 15 of my students. It was fantiastic to watch another group of teenagers wake up from "normal" life and fall in love with travel! The students I traveled with last spring still talk about the trip. Every so often one wanders into my room on a gray day and says, "I wish I were in Florence right now." This year, my students were enamoured with Greece, especially some of the smaller towns we visited. After recovering from a dreadully inconvenient bout of food poisoning, I had a great time, too!
July 2009 - NYC and Kentucky
I've been meaning to visit a good friend near Lexington for years now. My unusual itinerary took me from Michigan to NYC to Kentucky before I returned to Michigan. NYC is always magical...but even more so this time with the addition of two Jovanotti concerts. Non ho parole.
Summer 2009 - The Big Move!
I moved to Italy. Very cool.
September 2009 - Venice, Slovenia, Northern Italy
October 2009 - Croatia, Northern Italy
November 2009 - Sardegna, Florence, Le Cinque Terre, Venice, Padova
December 2009 - Venice, Florence
January 2010 - Florence, Paris
February 2010 - Rome, Florence
May 2010 - Florence, Paris
July 2010 - Florence, Lucca, Tuscany
August 2010 - Croatia, Slovenia
October 2010 - Cortona, Slovenia
November 2010 - Tunisia
I've lived with pale skin and freckles for the past 25 years and finally got a chance to blend in on last summer's trip to Ireland. I can't trace my Irish roots but felt at home all the same. I traveled with Mary - we've been friends since kindergarten - and we had a marvelous time touring a bit of the country. At the end, we met up with Anna, who spent all of last spring in an internship at the Irish National Stud Farm in Kildare.
Highlights of the Trip:
The Long Room at Trinity College
The Sunset over the Liffy
Driving through Connemara
Biking on Inis Mor
I will readily admit that some of my best travel ideas come from books and movies. When I was 17, we watched A Room with a View over Thanksgiving break and my mom and I looked at each other and said, "What about going to Italy?" We'd booked the tickets before my dad returned to object. That was the beginning of me as a traveler. . .
A Room with a View
Tea with Mussolini
3 Coins in the Fountain
The students who traveled with me to Italy last spring were thrilled to report that they recognized Siena in Quantum of Solace!
A Good Year
2 Days in Paris
There are so many great books too! Playing for Pizza by John Grisham is a nice break, and I and really enjoyed reading his descriptions of Parma. The Broker is another Grisham book the blends the plot with its Italian setting. When we returned from that first trip to Italy, my 17 year old self carefully read Forster's A Room with a View with pencil in hand, carefully labelling the places that we'd seen that were also in his descriptions. I look at those notes now and smile - there's something so innocent in my enthusiasm!
So many fantastic people have entered my life during my travels and so meeting new people continues to be my favorite part of any trip.
In Italy, 25 of us were thrown together thanks to the nature of the courses we were taking. We lived together, took classes together, traveled together, fought and made up like a huge family for 3 months.
When Ireland became an option last spring, the first phone call I made was to a friend I've known since we were 5 and not eating paste together in kindergarten. Knowing that I was asking her to take a trip that would mean skipping a week of her pre bar exam class (yeah, the big bar exam that means you get to practice law), I wasn't overly confident of her answer. I waited, full of hope, as she said, "I'm going to have to think about it. . .for at least a half an hour." Ten minutes later she called me back and we simultaneously booked our trip!
In Paris, I had traveled with a coworker for a work conference. We were with a group of 30+ teachers, some of whom were seasoned travelers and others of whom fell asleep sitting up at the dinner table! The first night, there were only 4 of us not ready for bed at 8pm and we spent the next 3 days earning the label of "The Wild Ones."
This last trip, I was with a group of my students. Some people may shudder at the thought of traveling 1) in a group and 2) with teenagers. .. but I was mostly excited to watch them see Europe for the first time. And, I was very prepared to be the chaperone camped out in the hallyway to deter late night rendevouz between my 17 year old blonde American girls and any Italian men they manage to attract!
But, as so often happens, the trip was nothing like I'd expected and infinitely better. The girls erred on the side of caution when it came to the good-looking French and Italians, preferring to enter yet another cathedral instead of shopping. No, I didn't get much sleep. But, I was able to enjoy visits to some of my favorite places. . .and to watch my students fall in love with those same cities. My job is pretty cool.
Teaching brought me to a small town near Bozeman, Montana. It was beautiful and wild and completely different from anywhere else I've lived. I did my best to write about it here and construct tips about my favorite places.
MikeBird's Misc Forum question about Unplanned but Magical Travel Experiences got me thinking. A few of the following were planned, of course, but no less magical than those upon which we stumbled.
And, they are in no particular order. I couldn't possibly choose!
Roundstone, Connemara, Ireland
I was able to choose our West Coast destinations of Inis Mor and Connemara. I wanted to visit Roundstone for years, so much so that rounding the turn to glimpse the village for the first time felt strangely like coming home.
Easter Sunday in Florence
We dragged ourselves awake and braved the crowds, finding a perfect place in Piazza del Duomo to watch every minute.
Paris in November
A perfect example of how the best trips can't really be planned. In Paris for work, 4 of us met on Friday and spent the next three days lighting up the City of Lights.
Calcio Storico Fiorentino
I wax poetic about this fairly violent sporting event in another travelogue. This was one of those "unplanned but magical" experiences.
A Snow Day in London
Recently, I had the joy of celebrating a new adventure with a special winter day in a city not entirely used to snow!
Yellowstone National Park in Winter
We had a fantastic time exploring the snowy magic of the Park in winter. As it is closed to most traffic, we rented snowmobiles and joined a tour group. I'm still working on the travelogue for this one.
The Montana Spring Horse Drive
One travelogue isn't enough for my pictures of this amazing day. I have an entire "Leaving List" of things to do before I move from Montana. The Horse Drive was a very "Montana" event that we absolutely loved!
More to come as I look back through my travels.
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