By: Larissa | April 3, 2014 | (40) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.


So let me be clear in the fact that this Discussing Through Midnight will not be book related in the least. Haha (:

You may have noticed my little disappearance from this blog (or perhaps if you didn’t, it’s okay) and that was because I was travelling to an amazing country known as Italy. We spent 10 days there, though 2 were for mainly travel. I was lucky enough to be able to go on this trip through my school. Those who were interested were able to go, I’m still shocked that only 40 people were interested and therefore got to go. Going on this trip was honestly an amazing experience and I’m positive I’ll never forget it.

As pictures are worth a one thousand words, I’ve decided to show you a picture diary of sorts which documents my trip to Italia! 🙂

This was the plane we boarded to go to Frankfurt, in which we were supposed to an quick layover before catching our next flight. However the plane was found to have mechanical issues right before boarding time. We ended up waiting in the Toronto airport for 9 hours (we previously stayed there for 5 hours before all of the mechanical failures happened). These mechanical failures resulted in us missing our flight in Frankfurt to Milan. We had to catch a later one. >.<

We arrived in Padua, a small city near Venice.

A selfie was clearly needed.

A picture that shows that we arrived in Venice! Venice is actually an city that is based on an bunch of islands. Everything is connected by waterways and bridges. It was an city that stood out as unique to me.

First meal in Venice

It was utterly delicious. I’ll be honest with you, I’m actually not the biggest pizza fan. I find it to be overly greasy and it usually makes me feel sick after eating it. However in Italy I found myself loving pizza. It was made fresh and wasn’t greasy in the least. I also quite liked the thinner crust.

I rode in an gondola on the Grand Canal. That is definitely bucket list material. It was so peaceful to ride along the canal in silence. You could just hear the natural sounds of Venice and there was just this atmosphere of  an authenticity. You could stare out into the canal and see the beautiful structures that adorn the canal. It was perfect for taking pictures.

This is an example of a picture I took in the gondola. It was just so interesting to see all of these old buildings seemingly float on the water.

Another gondola pic! (: The whole gondola ride was just super scenic.

Now in Florence!

This Florence cathedral is the most beautiful you’ll ever see. Its insanely hard to capture its beauty as it’s so large and surrounded by people haha. Attached next to it is…

The Duomo! Designed by Bruneschelli, it’s a sight that many are familiar with. It’s free standing dome and I can’t believe it was made so far in the past. So gorgeous.

It’s the Ponte Vecchio over the Amo River. It’s super pretty and the sunset compliments it wonderfully.

On our second night in Florence we ate in a real palace. I felt like a princess. To make things even more awesome, they were shooting a movie in the palace. I discovered this when I went to the bathroom and found myself lost in this palace. I asked one of the actors for directions haha.

On our way to Rome we stopped in a small town known as Assisi. It was super cute and pretty, I’d love to live there. There was a cute merry go around which I admit to going on.

This is the temple of Minerva in Assisi. Wow.

Walked aimlessly around Assisi for awhile and enjoyed it so much. Even the plant growth is beautiful! It’s a heart haha(:

Really, when can I move to Assisi?

Entrance to St.Francis’ church and tomb

Wow. This place in Rome looks a little familiar (;

This is what the coliseum looks like on the inside!

This is the place where Julius Caesar is cremated. The history nerd side of my died a little on the inside when I saw it.

When I was in Rome I got the opportunity to see the smallest country in the entire world: Vatican City. The picture shows a beautiful ceiling in the Vatican City museum. All of the ceilings in there were decorated in an extremely gorgeous way

Another example of the amazing ceilings of the Vatican museum. After this we went to the Sistine chapel which was unbelievably wonderful. It contained the insanely beautiful works of Michelangelo. Pictures weren’t allowed to be taken however, thus I have no pictures of the beauty to show you.

The famous Trevi fountain! If you throw one coin in you’re supposed to return to Rome sometime in your future. If you throw in 3 coins you’ll get married within 2 years. As I’m only 17 I decided to throw only one in [;

This is the last photo I took on the trip. It’s a view of Rome on the Spanish steps. Standing on them, I never wanted to leave Rome. Sadly the next day I woke up at 2:00 AM to go catch a plane to Frankfurt.

So that was my trip to Italy! Wow. I have even more photos on my camera but figured I should put a limit on how many I shared. I want to go back to Italy already, it’s truly a beautiful and amazing country so completely different from my own. I miss it, though it’s quite nice to be able to sleep in my own bed again. I’ve also missed having reliable wifi to be able to socialize with you lovely bloggers. I hope my coin I threw in the Trevi fountain will soon work its magic, I want to visit Italy again for sure. It’s definitely one of my favorite places I’ve travelled to.

Have you been to Italy? What your favorite place you’ve traveled to?

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Larissa was born and still is living in the land of ice, snow and maple syrup. She's 18 years old and really has no idea what to do with her life lately. Larissa's plans are constantly changing--though there’s one thing has remained constant throughout her seventeen years, and that’s reading. It takes her to another world and puts her into impossible situations and that’s why she loves it so much.

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40 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (28): Larissa’s Italian Adventure

  1. THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING POST OF EVER. (I noticed you were gone and missed you, btw.) I soooo want to go to Italy. I blame it on my screaming Italian roots, they demand the food mostly…and also the scenery is awesome too. I spent a month in China because one of my sisters lived there…which was freakishly awesome. But there’s something about Europe. Ack. Be still my beating heart. These pictures are wonderful!!! I’m so glad you got to go…buuut, I’m also glad you’re back. 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Aww thank you! <33 I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I missed you too, girl (: The food was so amazing omg. The food back here in Canada just can't compare sorry Mom lol. Oooo, a month in China!? Sounds awesome, I've never been to anywhere in Asia. I totally get what you mean about Europe, there's just this awesome vibe about it. There's also the fact you can travel for hardly any time and find yourself in a whole new country. Thank you! 🙂 I hope you get the chance to visit Italy one day, it's a place you don't want to miss.

  2. Jasprit says:

    Oh my gosh so many gorgeous photos Larissa!! I really want to visit more places in Europe, the other day when I went to London, I went past the EuroStar board and I could have gone to many places in Europe in like an hour or so, seriously it was so tempting. I’m surprised that only 40 people wanted to go on this trip, I would be like the first person signed up! Thanks for sharing so many great photos with us! 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you! I’m going to have to give a lot of credit to Italy itself though; I didn’t even have to try to take gorgeous pictures. It just happened as the country was so beautiful. Ahh, I’ve always wanted to go to London. I also totally understand the temptation to just get on a short plane ride and find yourself in another country. Lol I was definitely one of the first people to sign up. You’re welcome, and thank you for the lovely comment <33

  3. Larissa, I am super jealous! IT’S ONE OF MY DREAMS TO BACKPACK THROUGH EUROPE. And Italy will be one of my stops. WOW, this post is awesome!
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    • Larissa says:

      SAME! Europe just has so many interesting countries with unique cultures and histories. Plus, they’re all somewhat close to eachother. Unlike Canada where everything is so far away from eachother lol. I totally want to visit Italy again. Thank you so much <33

  4. Celine says:

    Well, you already know how jealous Mel and I are so I won’t throw it at you again 😛 But seriously, amazing pics and I’m soooooo jealous. (Okay so I did say it again)

    Glad you had such an amazing trip and one day I’ll definitely do the same 😀

    • Larissa says:

      Haha [; Lol I’m almost jealous of myself in a odd way. Like my childhood self would be totally green with envy at my present self.

      Thank you! I hope you get the chance to experience lovely Italy soon <33

  5. Siiri says:

    school/? YAYYYYY!!!! We had some amazing school trips as well back in HS. Haha, a fan or not, pizza is religious in Italy. It%27s one of the few countries in Europe that I haven%27t visited so far, but I will, I WILL make it there one day *stares at the pictures* Also, how pretty is the sunset? O_______O Haha, the fountain? That’s the one in the When in Rome yeah? Lols. My fav place? I have two: Norway (so freaking gorgeous) and Switzerland (the most magical place ever) 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Haha we don’t really have any interesting trips at my school, other than this one of course (: Pizza in Italy was amazing, nothing in Canada can even come close lol. I hope the chance to go to lovely Italy will come soon for you. It’s definitely a must see place. Ahhh, that sunset was gorgeous. Haha, YES! That fountain is the one in When in Rome. I recognized it from there too. Oooo I’ve always wanted to go to both Norway and Switzerland! They seem like super awesome places 🙂

  6. Kaina says:

    THIS IS SO AMAZING! :O The last field trip I had was in middle school and that was to a local college to hear the school board talk O_O But this sounds so cool! I’ve always wanted to go on a trip like this, it’s like something out of Lizzie McGuire xD Going to Europe is defiantly on my bucket list, when I’m older I want to travel all over, so these types of posts always get me excited. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      IT WAS TOTALLY AMAZING. Lol yeah most of the field trips at my school are like that too. Lol, omg my friend and I definitely had discussions regarding that movie and how we wanted our trip to be exactly like that [; Same! Backpacking through Europe is a must for me. Thank you for commenting <33

  7. I missed your posts on YA Midnight Reads!! It’s good to have you back. Although it looks like you had an absolutely AMAZING time. I’m just sitting here in my bedroom, practically drooling at all those cool places. For my 18th, my grandparents are going to take me and my sister to France and Italy, so maybe I’ll recognise some of these places 🙂

    I’ve been to England and Thailand during the course of my life, and both were fantastic experiences in different ways. I really like travelling in general!
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    • Larissa says:

      I’ve totally missed you and your blog also <33 I definitely did have a great time and I'd never exchange it for anything in the world. LOL I can see myself going back on these pictures in a few years and doing the same drooling thing. Wow! That'd be an awesome 18th birthday gift. I've always wanted to go to France and I can actually speak French so it'd be cool. Ooo England and Thailand would be great vacations. I've always wanted to go to those places. I've also never been to Asia before, it's bound to be wonderful there

  8. Ahh this is all so pretty I can’t wait to go to Italy now! I kind of love pizza right now but the fact that there’s a less greasy version of it makes me even happier. Ahh I’m so ready for Italy (but it may or may not just be for the great photo opportunities and food) Glad you had fun, Larissa! <3
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    • Larissa says:

      I want to go back so badly lol. I can actually say I enjoy pizza now, it was super yummy in Italy. Pizza in Canada doesn’t compare in the least. I hope your trip to Italy comes sooner than you think. Thank you (:

  9. Melliane says:

    wow it looks like you really had a wonderful time there! I want to go!!! Mainly as it’s not that far.
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    • Larissa says:

      I really did (: I would go back in a heartbeat. I hope you get to go to Italy soon, it’s awesome that it’s close to you. Lol it’s definitely not that close to me

  10. Melanie says:

    THIS POST. IN FREAKING LOVE WITH THE PICTURES. I did the most squeeing when I saw the temple of Minerva and the pizza. Also, you look gorgeous in that selfie 🙂

  11. I have never been to Italy yet! D: Never got out of Asia yet, now that I think of it. ;( SO JEALOUS. The coliseum. The Trevi fountain. The temple of Minerva. GONDOLAS. So glad to have you back, and I’m stoked that you had so much fun, Larissa! 😀
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    • Larissa says:

      Well I’d love to go to Asia sometime! It seems super cool there ^.^ I definitely did see some great sights on my trip, and there’s really so much more to see which is why I want to totally go back (: Thank you Aimee! I definitely did miss you and your wonderful blog <33

  12. OMG I am in love with Italy from your photos already. I have always wanted to visit due to the amazing history and the structures and oh it’s so romantic and fascinating <3 thank you so much for sharing Larissa, it sounds like you really enjoyed it!
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    • Larissa says:

      Ahh, I’m so glad. Me too! Italy was definitely a place that was on my bucket list. I want to go back and explore it some more, there’s just so much to do and see. I really did have the time of my life there(: Thank you for the great comment <33

  13. Rachel says:

    What an amazing trip, Larissa! So jealous! Sistene chapel, Trevi Fountains, and the canals! This was a class trip?! Wow! I think I was enrolled in the wrong school growing up.

    I want to visit Rome and Venice on my next European trip. I went to Paris, Prague, London and Bath last year and it was lovely. I might just go to Paris and Burgundy for my next trip, we’ll see.

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    • Larissa says:

      It was definitely an amazing trip that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I saw some wonderful sights that are truly one of a kind. Haha it wasn’t a class trip per say..more of a select trip with people from the school.

      Oooo, I’ve always wanted to go to Paris as I do actually know French! (: London and Prague also seem quite intriguing. I hope you get to go to Italy sometime soon <33

  14. The pictures are so beautiful, Larissa! Now I’m regretting I didn’t go with my best friend when they went to Rome as a sidetrip when we went to France 🙁 I thought just France was enough but holy smokes the sights here are really something to see! O_O I especially want to go to Vatican just to see those chapels and works of famous artists. Sigh, I’m so jealous right now but I’m so happy you have one hell of an experience. Maybe someday we bloggers can all plan to go there together? /wink wink poke poke
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you! And awww, I hope you get another chance to go to Italy. It’s truly a unique and gorgeous country. I’d love to go to France as well (: Vatican city was insanely mind blowing and I just went through an overload of beauty and information while there. I saw the Birth of Venus painting in Florence and almost cried haha. I also saw the famous works of Michelangelo and that threw me for a loop. OMG A BLOGGER TRIP WOULD BE AMAZING! (: lol I could just see us all with books on the beach though

  15. Emily says:

    YAY! I’m so glad you’re back Larissa!! :3 I missed reading all your posts! 🙂 And can you see me now, with envy in my eyes?? Oooh, I’ve always wanted to go to Italy so badly (and pizza!! Who wouldn’t want pizza?! :P) and I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself! 🙂 I love how there seems to be so much History behind the architecture, and also how scenic it all seems! 🙂 All the pictures are so lovely, thank you for sharing them with us! :DD
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    • Larissa says:

      Aww I missed reading your lovely blog and comments :] Going to Italy was also always a dream of mine and I’m so excited I was able to make it a reality. Ahhhh the history, architecture and scenery were all mind blowing. I honestly felt overwhelmed by beauty and information at times. I definitely did reach a point where I couldn’t absorb much else lol. Aww, thank you for the lovely comment <33

  16. OMG, so amazing. So jealous. I want to go to Italy so bad. It looks like you had a great time. Lucky!
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    • Larissa says:

      It was truly an amazing experience that I hope I can re-live. I had a wonderful time! I hope you get the chance to see this amazing country soon <33

  17. Lily B says:

    oh my goodness, the pictures are so gorgeous and downright stunning! glad to see you enjoyed it so much
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    • Larissa says:

      Aww thank you! Really, any picture taken in Italy can look completely great as the country is just so beautiful. I hope you get the chance to go there some day (:

  18. Omg, the awesomeness of this post! Loved, loved, loved the pics!!
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  20. Larissa, I have been waiting for this post, and it is AMAZING. The cities you visited are gorgeous! And so romantic. *sigh* I dearly want to go to Italy someday, and I cannot believe I still haven’t been. I loved the photographs you shared, and your anecdotes, to. How fortunate that you were able to go, and how lucky we are to have you share your adventure with us!

    Two things, though: not a fan of pizza? WHO ARE YOU, EVEN. And here’s the bookish tie-in for you: Padua partly famous because of Romeo and Juliet!
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    • Oh, PS–we have a Venice Beach here in the LA area, and all the houses have waterways where you can paddle by canoes and such, too. I think it was inspired by the lovely city you visited. 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Awww thank you so much lovely <33 Yes, I miss these insanely gorgeous cities so much. I definitely found them to be romantic, there's just this overall atmosphere about them. YOU HAVE TO GO TO ITALY. It's just a must. I'll come with you [; hehe. I just want to go back.

      I'M SORRY. I know my food likes/dislikes are quite odd haha. Yes! We were supposed to go to Verona and see Juliet's balcony. Our flight was delayed though so that got cut.

      I've never been to Venice Beach! I want to visit California again, I haven't been there since I was much younger.

      • I’m glad you responded so that I could see the idiotic typos in my first comment. <.< And no doubt the second, but I'm not going to look. I don't blame you for wanting to go back–it's crazy how amazing all that is. CAESAR. My word.

        That's okay, my coblogger Kate has weird food hang-ups, too. No cake, no chocolate, no mayo, no lemon, ABSOLUTELY SUBTLE on the bitters in her cocktails. And actually, Tonya doesn't like warm meat in her sandwiches. I'm surrounded by picky eaters! I really only discriminate against lima beans across the board. I like almost everything else in one form or another.

        If you ever do come to southern California, I'll take you to our little Venice and we can walk around the canals. 🙂 It won't be nearly as beautiful or romantic, but it'll still be pretty.
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