Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mo' mosaics

Ravenna: so sketch at night, but so pretty in the daytime! We weren't sure what this town had to offer other than architectural significance.

At first, we were content just to wander into the various churches and peruse the market.

Then, a few of us consented to pay what we thought was a high fee to get into the museum and the early Christian World Heritage sites of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, and the Baptistry.

Oh my gracious, was it worth it...our jaws dropped when we walked into San Vitale basilica. What makes these churches particularly unique is that their ceilings and walls are covered in the most intricate mosaics you can imagine, garnished with gold and sparkling from the natural light let in by the alabaster windows. Absolutely incredible.

We ended the day at the nearby beach. Our indication that we were on the right bus route was the hairy European man just chillin' in his speedo, bahaha! The near-topless lady I giggled at as we staked out our patch of sand approached me to help her hook her top back together...oh, the irony.

Squishy Laura LOVES the beach!

And despite the train strike the next day, we made it back to Castiglione in a matter of 6 hours. Train strikes can't hold these girls back–we resourcefully chased after a bus to get out of town.

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