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The Tri-Colored Flag

By Jackie Gruber, FFE 2015-16

While on break between semesters I decided to spend a week in Ireland, a country with some of the most beautiful panoramic views created by multiple different shades of green. On my trip I explored the three towns of Killarney, Cork, and Dublin as well as some of the main tourist destinations including the peninsula of Dingle and the Ring of Kerry. It was not until my first day in Dublin on a free walking tour when my tour guide sparked a new interest of mine – flags.

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Il Grande Museo del Duomo

By Meredith Pollock, MA 2015-16

After more than two and a half years under renovation and 45 million Euro later, Il Grande Museo del Duomo has finally reopened. It is a beautiful testament to the construction and legacy of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, and according to the museum’s website “if you haven’t seen this, you haven’t seen Florence.”

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Two Tuscan Villas

By Meredith Pollock, MA 2015-16

There is nothing more “Tuscan” than a villa. Immortalized in movies like Under the Tuscan Sun, the classic Italian villa is a truly spectacular sight. Typically surrounded by extensive gardens, villas and their grounds can be explored for hours. Thankfully there are a number of villas around Florence that have been beautifully preserved.

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Eating at Eataly

By Elena Tarasova, BA

I must say before coming to live in Florence over a year ago, I had never heard of Eataly. To my housemates from the East Coast that sounded impossible but growing up and living in southern California, I never ran into a ‘Eataly’ store.  Within my first few weeks of living here, it was already ascertained that this store was on my personal coyote trail of frequented shops.

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Christmas blog

Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt: ‘Tis the Season!

By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16

November is quickly coming to end. Heaters are officially on, we’re already wearing our winter coats and scarves for the chilly and overcast days, and coffees taste even better when you’re cold. As we approach the end of the month, there is one thing that is definitely on our minds: Christmas! Soon, the city of Florence will be decorated with lights and nativity scenes, buildings and shops will be adorned with holiday cheer, and there will be Christmas trees in many of the piazzas. Soon, the atmosphere will be filled with the joy and spirit of the holiday season.

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Contemporary Art in Frankfurt

By Meredith Pollock, MA 2015-16

Two weeks ago the Museum Studies MA students took a field trip to Frankfurt, Germany. From Thursday morning to Saturday afternoon we saw five contemporary art museums and had a little time to explore the city. It was a busy 53 hours but it was a great experience to visit a new country together and learn more about contemporary art!

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