Twenty One

Oh Wow!!! I can't believe it's my 21st Birthday. Not long ago, I was writing my 20th Birthday post and now I'm already on 21! Time truly flies when you are having fun and enjoying everything life has to offer.

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Beautiful Ravello

On one of our free days, my friends and I arrived in Ravello in the late morning and started exploring the beautiful city. We had a few must-see spots on our agenda, but the rest we left up to chance. Situated above the Amalfi Coast, Ravello offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding mountains. Once we were finally able to tear ourselves away from the gorgeous views, we walked through the town to tour Villa Rufolo.

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Pompeii

During my study abroad trip in Italy, we took a day trip out to the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. In AD 79, Pompeii and many surrounding villas, including Herculaneum, was mostly destroyed and buried in volcanic ash after the eruption of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius.

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Escaping the Heat

The first words that come to mind when I think of summer are longer days, sunshine, and swimming. To me, there is no better way to escape the blistering heat than to cool off in a pool, lake or sea. Although relaxing at a pool and lake is very fun I prefer to cool off at a beach. I love hearing the calming sound of the ocean waves coming in and digging my toosh and feet into the sand.

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Paestum

Almost everyday after we had our Italian language lessons Accademia Italiana arranged for us to go on cultural excursions. These included activities like going to tour a mozzarella cheese factory, ceramics painting, touring of historical churches and ancient Greek cities. On this particular day we toured the ancient Greek city, Paestum. The Greeks founded the city of Paestum in 600 B.C. The city is about an hour train ride from Naples and a thirty-minute train ride from Salerno.

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Grotta Azzurra

Capri is one of the prettiest cities on the Amalfi Coast. From the blooming bougainvillea on buildings, to the picturesque views, the true blue Mediterranean water, and the charming shops. I have always dreamed about visiting Capri so when we finally had a full free day to ourselves, my friends and I packed up our day bags and set out for another Italian adventure.

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