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February 7, 2012

A Tourist Site that lives up to the hype

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  Among the sights that capture the eye in the beautiful city of Florence perhaps the most famous is the Piazza del Duomo, or as it’s main attraction the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. This breathtaking cathedral is the fourth biggest in all of Europe in size and is surrounded by many other amazing buildings in its square. The experience of viewing this magnificent achievement of architecture is not complete until one has stepped foot inside the mammoth construction. Upon first entry a feeling of sublimity is felt with the vastness yet intricacy of its design is overwhelming and takes any first time eyes a while to adjust and fully comprehend. From the mural above the cathedral to the giant poles holding it up to the intricate molding and glass windows the construction is a marvel of design and leaves one wondering how such a great building could have been made so long ago. The building was begun in 1296 and not completed for 170 years which despite being a long time, still feels like an achievement that it was ever completer without the aid of modern technology. It is often said that some of the greatest appeals to visiting a foreign land or city are the little things, the beaten paths, the holes in the wall. This may be true but a visitor to the city of Florence should step foot in the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore before they leave because very plainly the outside doesn’t do it justice.
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May 11, 2011

Movie Critique- “Forrest Gump”

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By: Molly Carey

May 5, 2011

“Forrest Gump,”| directed by Robert Zemeckis, was a hit at the box office and with critics everywhere. Eric Roth wrote the screenplay based off the novel written by Winston Groom and the movie was produced by Paramount Pictures. The movie was released in America on July 6, 1994 and made $673, 800, 000 worldwide. The movie stars many big name actors including Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field, and Gary Sinise.

At the Academy Awards, “Forrest Gump” was nominated for 13 awards, winning 6 of those categories. The winners included Tom Hanks for best actor, Robert Zemeckis for best director, Arthur Schmidt for best film editing, Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, and Steve Tisch for best picture, Ken Ralston, George Murphy, Allen Hall, and Stephen Rosenbaum for best visual effects, and lastly Eric Roth for best adapted screenplay. The movie was also nominated and won numerous other awards at other honorary events.

The film is set in the American south and is about a simple man, “Forrest Gump,” who is less than intelligent but has a big heart. He goes through childhood without any friends except for his one true love and best friend, Jenny. Forrest was raised by his mother, whom he calls “momma,” who teaches him the ways of life and gives him encouragement to be strong. Forrest has many different milestones in life including joining the army, owning a successful shrimp company, becoming amazing at ping pong, meeting the President, and even becoming an inspiration to Americans as he decides to jog around the county. Along the way Forrest meets two of his very best friends, Bubba and Dan, whom he looks up to and have great respect for. Through all of this Forrest can only think of one thing and that is Jenny. He is determined to find her and spend his life with her, but she is unsure and constantly running away from what really matters in her life. In the end all Forrest wants to do is prove that his love knows no boundaries.

“Forrest Gump” is a film that has all the elements- comedy, romance, action, and drama. It is a film that will warm your heart and make you think. It portrays the love and importance of friendships, family relationships, and romance. The movies depicts real historic events in American history such as the Vietnam War and the political protests and riots during that time. These historic events give the movie a more realistic and raw feeling. This is a movie for anyone, and will make you think twice about the relationships we all have with our loved ones.

April 27, 2011

Bianchi Bicycles Press Release

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Bianchi Bicycles

NEWS RELEASE

27 April, 2011

For additional information contact:

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The Florentine editor Street Battles, 5

The Florentine 24047 Treviglio (BG)

Italy

Ph. +39.0363.3161

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Release data: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bianchi Bicycles supplies champions

with the best bikes

Turkey- Bianchi Bicycles is the world’s oldest bicycle manufacture. It started in 1885 and has supplied many cyclists with their victory winning bicycles ever since.

The 2011 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey started 24 April and continues till 1 May. Today, 26 April, was the third stage of the race, and Bianchi bikes are already making an impression.

After stage three, Roberto Ferrari finished second place on his Bianchi-made bicycle. Ferrari, along with six other italian male riders, are competing in the race.

Ferrari represents the Androni Giocattoli Team and Bianchi is the bike of their choice. There are twenty-two competitive teams racing in The Tour of Turkey this year.

Androni Giocattoli Italian Team only rides Bianchi

The Androni Giocattoli team has been cycling in races since 2006 under the management of Antonio Castano. The team has done very well in past races. And they continue their legacy in the current Tour of Turkey race with the Bianchi bikes.

There are eight stages in the competition, but with the skill and the precision of the Bianchi bicycles, Ferrari and his teammates will not have any trouble keeping up.

The Bianchi Bicycle company received noticeable recognition as far back as 1899, when the company sponsored Giovanni Tommasello, the winner of the Grand Prix de Paris sprint competition.

Bianchi makes a bike for everybody

Bianchi has sponsored International Cycling Union (UCI) teams since their beginning. Not only does Bianchi make professional racing bikes, but they also make bicycles especially for women, long distance bicycles, bicycles made especially for men, and the list goes on.

The Bianchi website describes the Turismo bike as one that is “a nimble, comfortable and safe ride— that’s the winning combination of Bianchi’s Turismo models. The bikes feature distinct geometries to it men and women, triple crank sets for easy pedaling and the convenience to mount practical carriers and stands. For those who ride for fun or transportation and want to go in style.” (http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/)

No matter what the occasion, a Bianchi bicycle is always a good choice. Recreationally or professionally, Bianchi is a reliable biking company. The Androni Giocattoli and their top rider, Roberto Ferrari, can vouch for Bianchi bikes.

For more information: http://www.bianchi.com/global/Home/Home.aspx

Sara Jung

April 26, 2011

News Release- Free Ice Cream Cone Day

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For more information contact:

Molly Carey

Ben & Jerry’s Icecream

(555) 555-5555

careymolly@benjerrys.com

For release after 9 a.m.

Thursday, April 5

FREE ICE CREAM CONE DAY

Free ice cream cones will be given away at every Ben & Jerry’s store around the world next week on April 12 in order to commerate the 33rd anniversary of the store, the company announced today.

Jostein Solheim, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, said that offering these cones will give people the opportunity to taste their icecream, while at the same time celebrating the success of the last 33 years of Ben & Jerry’s serving the public.

“Not only is this a perfect opportunity to thank our customers and show our appreciation for their service, but it is also a chance to attract new customers by allowing all people to try our ice cream,” said Solheim.

The store plans on offering the free cones starting at 3 p.m until closing time, 9 p.m. The best part about this offer is that no flavor is off limits.

In order to locate a store near, or for more information, go the Ben & Jerry’s website at http://www.benjerry.com.

Museum Review- The Uffizi

Filed under: 2011,home assignments — mollycarey5 @ 12:37 pm
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April 20, 2011

By: Molly Carey

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most visited art museums in all of Florence, and for good reason. It attracts not only tourists from around the world, but also the every day Florentines. The building was built in 1581, and designed by Giorgio Vasari. It was constructed for the Medici family and was placed adjacent to the Medici Palace. Initially the space within the Uffizi was supposed to be meant for offices and hosting bureaucratic meetings, but it soon became a place for the Medici family’s increasing art collection. The last heiress of the Medici family dynasty left the collection for the city of Florence as long as the art pieces remained in the city.

The Uffizi contains artwork from some of the most famous artists in history including da Vinci, Botticelli, Rembrandt, and so on. When visiting the gallery it is important to give yourself more than enough time so you can look at the art and truly appreciate the beauty of it. It can tend to be crowded especially in the spring and summer when tourist season hits Florence. Therefore, it is recommended to go early in the morning when it first opens so the lines won’t be too long and the space will be less crowded.

I highly recommend visiting the Uffizi even if one does not like art. I used to think that art was “boring” and that it was only interesting to art majors, but now I have a whole new appreciation for it after visiting the Uffizi and other museums here in Florence. Art is not just a paining or drawing someone decided to make, but it is more of a story and can depict what was happening during the artists’ time period. It is a piece of history expressed in a way other than words, which can be very powerful. One will definitely regret not visiting the Uffizi!

Source:

http://www.uffizi.com/

April 21, 2011

Magazine article

Filed under: 2011,home assignments — mesaj10 @ 9:32 am

 Physically disabled but not mentally destroy

By: Julissa Mesa

Courages, yes! Inspiring, yes! Typical, No! Mexican painter, Frieda Kahlo associates herself to an era where communism was the main topic at every conversation.

The Mexican Revolution of 1910 is a time of complete distress. In her writings, she recalled her mother ushering her and her sister inside because of the loud gun fires heard from a distance. As a child, the painter witnesses the violent effects of the war.

Frieda Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in her parents household, La Casa Azul in Coyoacán, Mexico. The painter contracted the polio disease at the age six, which left her right leg thinner than the left and disguised it by wearing colorful long skirts. Even in her worst conditions she did not surrender to disease, she maintained active by participating in sports such as boxing.

Kahlo does not have the greatest history with health considering that she suffered a traumatic accident at the age of 18 that change her life forever. The incident left her with a destroyed reproductive system and a damaged spine.

The following years would show her efforts and constant struggle with her disfunctioning body when she results in numerous miscarriages. Her self-portraits would be the result of daily battle and pain she encounters.

As a young artist Kahlo admired Diego Rivera, who guided and inspired her to do much of her work. The two were as different as could be and her mother highly disapproved of Rivera. Once married in 1929, their troubles soon began and resulted in their first divorce.

 Kahlo, a bisexsual had affairs with both men and women, affairs that Rivera was quite aware of and tolerated. However, the relationships that she had with men made him jealous. Proceeding in the affair he had with Frieda’s younger sister, Cristina, that resulted in their divorce during December 1939 .

The couple remarried in November 1940.

The problems that she faced on a daily basis with her body and the issues that she had with painter David Rivera, did not stop the painter from painting the most excentric paintings many have ever seen. Her inspiration came from indigenous Mexican culture that is illustrated through rich bright colors and dramatic symbols. Her self-portraits are abstract paintings of all the emotions she was consistently feeling.

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone… because I am the person I know best,”said Kahlo.

She had strong believes and made them known to all whether through her paintings or words. Frieda Kahlo had the spirit of a warrior even though her body expressed otherwise.

Kahlo knew that if she was going to be living in a body that prevented her from achieving many physical abilities that she would use her mental capabilities to the highest extent.

“I am not sick…I am broken… but I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint….”said Kahlo.

April 19, 2011

Calmness within a city full of ruckus

Filed under: 2011,home assignments — mesaj10 @ 6:53 pm

By: Julissa Mesa

Located behind the Palazzo Pitti are yards of green grass that stretch as far as the Grand Central Park of New York.

The Bobili Gardens is not an ordinary park or garden. Its location is quite perfect. The garden is the perfect serene area for anyone, who is searching for calmness in a city full of tourist and non-stop movement.

There are fields of green as far as the eye could see. Its quite an extraordinary place to explore more than once. However, you might have to be careful not to disturb many of its former inhabitants; cats!

The Gardens were lay-out as a gift to Eleonora di Toledo, the wife of Cosimo I de Medici. This project took much man power and years in order to construct. Contributions from Bartolomeo Ammanat,  Giorgio Vasari, and Bernardo Buontalenti. There were a few architects who took up the challenge to It took various years, architects, and landscapers to finish the gardens.

The gallery is the last stop for many, who previously visited the Pitti gallery. The Palazzo Pittio was the former home of higher archies that ruled the Tuscan region.

The region is now currently visited by everyone who would like to escape from Florence crazy tourism.

Go and have yourself a look; you wont be disappointed! 

Fine Wining and Dining

Filed under: 2011,home assignments — mesaj10 @ 9:49 am

Studying abroad in Italy has broadened my horizon (big time) with cuisine.  I decide that while being here I would gain further knowledge and explore more of the authentic cuisine that this fine country has to offer. I join the excursion, Best of Tuscany with Florence for Fun.

All I had previously heard was that this trip “gets you drunk,” and boy was I in for a surprise.

Our first stop was the famous Tuscan city of Montepulciano where their wine is one of the finest in the Tuscan region.

This is the town’s main square where American producers fake a fountain in the middle of this square. Movies such as Under the Tuscan sun and one of the  Twilight sagas were all filmed here.

The main wine producer of the area.

Let the food and wine consumption begin! Oh so how I love bread and olive oil dearly.

I of course had to purchase olive oil, considering that my age is not up to part within the United States laws on alcohol.

I meet many friendly, and inspirational people that day! Guess I just have an old soul.

Our next stop was in Pienza, to sample on fresh cheese!!

A pit stop at a century old church.

Another wine tasting in the infamous Brunello winery located in Monticiano.

Ended the day with a belly full of wine and bread. What a day that was!

April 18, 2011

A Must see, even for non-art lovers.

Filed under: 2011,home assignments — nporte2 @ 7:51 pm

Second on the “Florence boxes to ticket list, after the Uffizi, is the Michelangelo’s David, housed in the Galleria dell’ Accademia in Florence, Italy. There is a copy standing in Palazza della Signoria, but the boy himself is a walk, and attracts visitors at the same sort of level as the Uffizi does.

At the age of 26, Michelangelo was given a leftover block of marble that came from mountains of Carrara, one that has previously been worked on by various other artists. The piece was intended as a monumental work, a testimony to the city’s republican pride, not one for close confinement, but was moved to the Accademia in 187, from outside the Palazzo Vecchio, where a replica now stands to protect it from the weather conditions.

The gallery is also home to another remarkable work by Michelangelo, the unfinished piece entitled “Slaves” and there are large picture galleries as well as other works of sculpture to be seen.

Whether or not you are into art, this is a great tourist visit in Florence, the Michelangelo’s magnificent marble statues of the biblical hero- David. The statue is much larger than imagined and seeing “The Real David” is worth the long crowded line.

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