ChristianaCruz

I'm a junior at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. I'm almost 21 years old and I've never traveled abroad before. This is something I've always wanted to do and am so excited to share every moment of it!

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ChristianaCruz's Itineraries

Where ChristianaCruz has been

Relaxing at the Beach

Lomvardou 2, Zakinthos 291 00, Greece

We spent the majority of our time at the beach and pool at our resort. We explored the city for dinners and drinks and celebrated my friend Amanda's 21st birthday.

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City

We stayed in the area around Vatican City while we were in Rome. We were able to pass by it while not many people were there and see the Basilica Square, which is one of the most renowned works of renaissance architecture around the world. It is said that St. Peter himself is buried within the Basilica. While walking to the sistine chapel, we happened to run into one of the Pope's Liturgy. We were able to stand right in front of Pope Francis while he came by on his popemobile,not more than an arm's length away and a baby was given to him just over our heads. We were also able to hear him give him homily to the crowd and though we could not understand it (it was in Italian) the crowd's reaction was amazing to see.

Colosseum

Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

The colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built and in its day it was the location of many roman events, Gladiator flights, mock sea battles, animal hunts, battle reenactments and roman plays. It demise came from years of the people repurposing its materials and earthquakes. While we were in the area of the colosseum and the Roman Forum, we happened upon a beautiful little church surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Roman Forum

Roman Forum, Via della Salara Vecchia, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

The forum is the site of the ruins of several important ancient buildings. Many market places, electoral events, religious ceremonies at temples were held in this spaces, and is still be exovated today. Histories dating back to its beginning in the 7th century BC has been found in the valley so far. Many of the earliest and important structures of early rome can be found and seen in some form at the Forums. Overlooking the Forum's ruins is a boulevard teaming with life, surrounded by the past lives of Rome.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Trevi fountain is used by many as a wishing well, 1 coin to wish to come back to Rome, 2 for love and 3 for a divorce. The fountain was made to be a source of clean water for the roman people around the square straight from the aqueduct. It was done in the baroque style of architecture in 1762 and is one of the most famous fountains in the world. We all were able to make our wishes, 1 coin and a wish to come back to Roma one day.

Pantheon

Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

One of our first stops while in rome, the Pantheon was once a Roman temple and it is now a catholic church dedicated to Virgin Mary and the Martyrs. It was built in 125 AD and still has its original architecture in tact. After 2,000 years, the Pantheon's dome is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome to still be standing. The inside has many statues dedicated to Mary and the Martyrs.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

The Spanish Steps are a beautiful set of steps made in order to connect the Spanish Embassy to the Trinità dei Monti catholic church atop the steps. At the base is a beautiful clean water fountain, following the steps through the beautiful white and pink flowers to the top will give you a gorgeous view of the city below. The church, which was finished in renaissance style in 1585 and has beautiful high ceilings with many small chapels dedicated to various biblical saints, donned with their portraits.

Venice

Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Venice was a lot calmer than Rome but nonetheless beautiful. We stayed very close to the Grand Canal in the are of Castello. We were able to take a short ride in a gondola and had an amazing view of the city at the top of a department store. We were also to go and see the inside of Saint Mark's Basilica which is the cities cathedral and is located in Piazza San Marco, across from Doge's Palace. It was built in 1085 and is styled in brilliantly, dripping in gold with Byzantine and gothic influences. It is said that the relics of Saint Mark's body are there in the church.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge, St.Charles Bridge, Prague 1, Czechia

Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River and is the bridge that first connect 'Old Town' and Prague Castle. It was finished in the 15th century and is it noted for The Old Town Bridge Tower that heads the bridge and is considered on of the most striking examples of Gothic architecture. Crossing from Old Town leads you right to the base of hill that the Prague Castle sit upon.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle, Prague 1, Czechia

Prague Castle sits atop a hill that allows for a fantastic view of the city below. It houses the Royal Jewels and is the largest ancient castle in the world today. The current President of Prague lives in the castle today.

Lennon Wall

John Lennon Wall, Malá Strana, Prague 1, Czechia

The Lennon wall was a symbol of freedom for young Czechs in the 1980s, though he never actually visited Prague. The wall is seen as a memorial to the ideals that John Lennon professed and against restraints put on by "the man". Today the original portrait of Lennon is lost under the graffiti and today people continue to paint new art on the "Peace Wall".

Old Town Square

Old Town Square, Old Town, Prague, Czechia

The Square is the center of Prague. It is surrounded by colorful buildings, one of the signatures of Prague, painted by the people after the fall of communism. Shops cover every inch of the streets and every inch is covered with the histories of Prague, seen in the many statues of martyrs, the huge ancient churches and its proximity to the old jewish ghetto.

SS. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral

Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, Resslova, New Town, Czechia

The church is the site of a WWII memorial. It housed a number of Czech and Slovak patriots who assassinated
Reinhard Heydrich, a high-ranking German Nazi officer in charge of the Holocaust, in Operation Anthropoid. They took cover in the basement of the church, unable to escape for days before committing suicide in order to avoid capture. The people have set up the memorial in honour of the men and their sacrifice. Not too far away from the church is where we first saw the Stolpersteine blocks in the street. Many of the gold stones engraved with the names and dates of Jewish victims of the Holocaust placed in their last place of residency before they were met with Nazi violence. They are made of a type of metal which the most it is stepped upon, the brighter it will become.

Szechenyi Thermal Baths

Budapest, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Állatkerti körút, Hungary

Budapest is situated on top of natural wells that give the baths their minerals and heat. The thermal baths we went to is one of the oldest institution of its kind in Europe. The spa has multiple baths both inside and out with many different helpful benefits. We spent most of our time in the pools outside. The bath house itself is location on the Pest side of Budapest and inside of one of the cities largest parks.

Buda Castle

Budapest, Sztehlo Gábor rkp. 1011, Hungary

The Castle is located on the top of a large hill along with many other historical and beautiful attractions. After a short walk across the Chain Bridge on the Buda side of the city of Budapest, we worked our way around the hill, seeing Fisherman's bastion, Matthias Church, Alexander Palace, Trinity Square, and passing most of the many museums that are also located on the hill. At the very top of the hill, the entire city is stretched out in front of you, the beautiful view only separated by the Danube River.

Vinatage Gardens

Budapest, Vintage Garden, Dob Street, Hungary

This little restaurant was surrounded by cherry blossom trees. Along with the beautiful food, the white wood and chandelier-ridden eatery had amazing and unique food.

Disney Land Paris

Central Plaza, 77700 Chessy, France

Disney Land Paris did not disappoint! We got there mid morning and spent the rest of the day riding rides and having so much fun. It wasn't too crowded even though we went on a Saturday so we were able to ride most of the rides without waiting too long!

The Eiffel Tower

5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

We decided to go and stop at the Eiffel to see it in the day time and all lit up! It was beautiful. I got a little bit of stage freight and decided not to go all the way up, maybe next time! We rode the carousel across the street from the tower and right by the river. It was a great way to end out short trip.

Sant Pere Santa Caterina i la Riberta

Arc de Triomf, Passeig de Lluís Companys, Barcelona, Spain

This is the Plaza where the Arc de Triomf is held. It is not too far away from Park De La Ciutadella, which is absolutely gorgeous. The Arc was built in 1888 was/ is an important symbol for the Catalan people and the entire city of Barcelona itself.

Placa de Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

This area is prime location in Barcelona! This is where our cute little Air B&B was located and where many of the main attractions are located. The area is filled with shops, history and beauty at every turn! The beach and the Arc were just a short walk away!

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

The Basilica of La Segrada Familia or the Holy Family is unfinished and yet beautiful. We were in awe the entire tour and marveled at the beauty around us. Antoni Gaudi, the architect and visionary behind the Catholic Church also left his mark on the entire city. He changed the face of Barcelona into what it is today, and the city continue to supports his vision. The Basilica is expected to be done in 2026, 100 years after the death of Gaudi.

Stonehenge

3 Stonehenge Rd, Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7BA, UK

Stonehenge itself was beautiful and, although smaller in person, sits perfectly between the rolling green hills of the English countryside. Archaeologist believe that the stones were constructed between 3000 and 2000 BC and must have been very important to the prehistoric peoples because of the many graves that are under and around the monument. However, the real reason behind exactly why and how it was built is still a mystery.

The Town of Salisbury

Salisbury, England, UK

The city of Salisbury, which is the town closest to Stonehenge, is one of the oldest settlements in England and even human history. The city seems to have taken root sometime between 600 and 300 BC, but there is evidence of human activity dating back to the Neolithic period that 'the Stones' were erected in. It was very surreal for the both of us to be walking and traveling through a land with so much history behind it.

Exploration of Westminster

Palace of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

The Palace of Westminster, also called the Houses of Parliament, is the meeting place of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is located along the River Thames which is also home to the London Eye, just across Westminster Bridge. A notable part of the Palace is Big Ben, probably the most famous clock tower in the world and a staple of London. Neighboring is Westminster Abbey and just across St. James' Park is Buckingham Palace.

Museums with Friends

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, UK

We've been to many different museums all over London with my Art and Society class, I choose the location to be the Tate Britain because we've been back there many times to see different exhibits and the Tate Modern is very close by and run by the same organization. We've also been to the National Galley, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, a special photography gallery and a private-turn-public impressionism gallery with still more to come. For another class I went to Twinning's, a famous Tea distributor. The store in itself was like a museum for tea.