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UC Tour of Italy: Florence

We had a day jam-packed in Florence with a visit to see the statue of David, Florence Cathedral, political center, Uffizi Gallery (for some) and plenty of time for shopping. As soon as we stepped foot in Florence you could smell the leather.

Our first stop was to see the statue of David, it was spectacular. When I walked into the room my eyes were quickly drawn to the enormous statue of David and its complete perfection. It was incredible to think that it was completely sculpted out of one, 6 ton piece of marble.

We soon headed over to the Florence Cathedral, where we turned the corner and it appeared in all it’s beauty. The marble was white, gray and pink hues, each color accenting the other. Due to the incredible detail on the outside of the cathedral, the inside was very modest, but still beautiful.

Almost 1/2 the group met after a quick lunch break to see the Uffizi Gallery. The building itself was a masterpiece, but numerous masterpieces here hung on the walls and placed on pedestals. Even the views for the windows to see the Ponte Vecchio were special. It took most of us a while to get through the museum but when we headed out, we shopped and enjoyed a special gelato called the ‘cream coffee’, basically it is vanilla gelato with espresso put over top of it. It was worth ever bite…one alum said it was worth the trip to taste it.

Tonight is our last night in Tuscany and we head to Venice for two nights.

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Abbey, Maggie, Danielle, Gabrielle , Danielle Lister-Sanchez and John Tonegato after the river boat cruise on the Seine River.

Photos from France: Jewish-Christian Tour

Currently, twenty-three students, faculty, staff and friends of Ursuline College are on a Jewish-Christian tour of France. Of the twenty-three travelers, eight are Jewish (five children of Holocaust survivors) and fifteen are Christian. Several have traveled before to Poland, Israel, Italy, France and Eastern Europe. You can follow the Ursuline College Jewish-Christian Tour of France through their photos.
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UC Tour of Italy: Perugia & Siena

We have spent two wonderful days in Tuscany with visits to Perugia & Siena. Visits to cathedrals, chocolate shops, museums & delicious trattorias. Here are some wonderful photos from the visits.

Perugia

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Siena

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And an little Ursuline in our Villa Lecchi

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UC Tour of Italy: Onto Orvieto

Day One: Orvieto was about a 2 hour delightful drive from Rome. The weather was perfect and the town is perched on a hill like a fortress. The medieval town is full of charm. When we arrived, we quickly checked in and went for a quick walk to see the cathedral as the sun was setting. It is the perfect time to see it, the sun shines directly on the face of the building with the beautiful stone, frescos and gold trims.

We then headed to Zeppelin where we met Chef Lorenzo who taught us all how to make pasta and eat the Etruscan way. The 6 course meal was delicious and I think we all rolled back to the hotel.

Day Two: Chef Lorenzo and my husband had a wonderful time during dinner and we were invited to his farm. We did not see the inside of the cathedral with the tour (everyone said it was beautiful and Sunday mass was truly special), but we headed out with Lorenzo to his farm to see how he cultivates grapes for wine & olives. He also put us to work – we planted 6 bay leaf trees with him. It was an experience we will never forget.

We met back with the group to see the caves under Orvieto. Each home had a cave for a particular use, whether it be for water, olive oil or safety during World War II. There are over 1,000 caves under the city and they believe more are to be found.

We headed out for dinner where we soon realized that this small medieval village comes alive at night, even Sunday night. The streets were busy with travelers, locals and lots of families.

Off to Assisi tomorrow!

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Behind-the-scenes: Capturing the Campus

Today the Marketing Department welcomes our awesome photographer, Tony Kellers, on campus for a college wide photo-shoot. We are working to capture the essence of Ursuline – our students, our faculty and the entire community. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from today’s shoot!

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Librarian Mingles with Romance Authors

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

I’m a UC librarian by day and a writer by night with four published novels to my name and three more coming in September of this year. In the summer, I spend a lot of my time off from the library writing my novels, traveling on book tours, and attending writing conferences. This summer was no exception, and I attended the Romance Writers of American Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the largest writing conferences in the country.

The conference ran Wednesday, July 17-Saturday, July 20. The official start of the conference was the “Readers for Life” literacy signing. Five hundred authors from all over the United States and the world signed their novels. I was privileged to be one of those authors, along with some of the biggest names in Romance fiction, like Nora Roberts. The publishers donated the novels for the signing and the money from the sales went to organizations that support literacy. This year the signing raised over $52,000.

The rest of the conference was broken into workshops where both published authors and aspiring authors could learn something new about the craft of writing, publicity, or managing their writing business. The workshops were informative and fun. However for me, the best part of the conference was hanging out with my writer friends and meeting other authors.

I took time out of the conference during the day to visit the attractions in Atlanta, including the Georgia Aquarium and The World of Coca-Cola.

You can see more photos on my author blog or my Facebook page.

-Amanda Flower, Head of Bibliographic Services.