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This photo was taken in Paris, France. We spent a large part of the day just hanging out on the large grassy lawns in front of the Eiffel Tower. The tower is absolutely beautiful, and it’s never something you get tired of seeing. The area around the tower has a lot of little tourist shops and Crepe and soda Kiosks. It’s a really nice place to just hang out and spend a relaxing afternoon.

 

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This is the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. While it was in use it would have been able to hold up to 50,000 spectators who would have been watching the games that were held here. The colosseum is most well known for housing gladiator games, the flat space in the center of the Colosseum would have had a stage covered in sand. Now there is only a small section that has a stage, even without it though, you can totally picture what the Colosseo must have looked like when it was in use. It’s a little expensive to visit, (discounts are available, especially if you are a student from the EU, but you need proof of this with ID) but it’s totally worth it! It’s a really cool site and a fantastically preserved piece of the Roman Empire that really allows the visitor a glimpse of the past, and all of the history that has built up to the current city of Rome.

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One of the MANY famous pieces housed by the Louvre Museum. This absolutely fantastic museum has SO MUCH to see, enough, in fact, that if you spent only 9 seconds at every piece in the museum you would be in the museum for about 2 1/2 months (that’s without stopping to eat or sleep). ¬†This is a statue of the Goddess Nike, this is also the home of two other incredibly famous ladies; the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo. If you are visiting the museum go to the Lion’s Gate entrance; its a MUCH shorter line, trust me, it’s worth the time it takes to find it. It took us less than 10 minutes to purchase our tickets and get into the museum.

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This picture was taken from a bridge near Berlin’s Reichstag building. We went late and ended up with this pretty view. If you want to go see the inside of the Reichstag make the plans ahead of time. As a result of a terrorist threat a while back, you now need reservations to go inside. Make your reservations (it can be done online) at least three days in advance, ¬†available time slots fill up relatively fast.

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Hagia Sophia

This photo was taken in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. The Hagia Sophia was the largest unsupported dome for 1,000 years. This landmark is truly an architectural masterpiece, beautiful inside and out. This famed sight is conveniently located just across the way from another of Istanbul’s famous landmarks; the Blue Mosque. Both of these are amazing places and ABSOLUTELY worth visiting. The square that lays between these two is home to a couple of nice lawns and benches to sit on while enjoying the view, there are also plenty of little food trollies around selling pretzels, corn, lollipops, and other snack foods.

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Palace of Westminster

Taken at the Palace of Westminster in London. This clock tower houses one of the most famous bells in the world; Big Ben. Go to Westminster at sunset, and you’ll get a really wonderful view of the Palace. Not to far from here you can find the famous London Eye, as well as an aquarium and some other amusement park rides. If you ride the Eye at night you get a good view of the Palace of Westminster when it’s all lit up.

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Skeleton Chandelier

Taken at the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the bone church, is located in the small town of Kutna Hora, about a 45 minute train ride outside of Prague. The inside of this amazing church is decorated with thousands of human bones. This is a picture of the chandelier, the design of which incorporates every bone in the body. The inside of the church is decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons. It’s an absolutely amazing site. I’m interested in physical anthropology, so I thought this was absolutely amazing, but even without knowing anything about the human skeleton I think anyone can appreciate the uniqueness of this place. It is absolutely worth the visit, and the train ride over there is beautiful.

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