Monday, June 16, 2003

I will admit that I liked the Matrix Reloaded, but I never said that I had good taste in movies. However, this is a great humorous take down of the plot that deflates the movie's self importance and overdone special effects.

posted by Alison 6/16/2003 10:23:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Thursday, June 05, 2003

So, I'm in New York right now sitting in the fabulous apartment of my former minion, Carolina (pronounced ka-row-lee-na). It is only one block from central park on the upper west side. I could never afford a hotel so good.

I've just returned from a trip to Europe pretending that my life is more fabulous than it actually is. I met up with my friends Melanie and Jessica in France and we took a train down to Florence. After visiting the amazing art museums and eating gelato for dinner I would have to say that this is my favorite city in Europe. I spent almost half an hour looking at Michelangelo’s David. I have learned that Italians are unafraid of public works of male nudity which I think is much more fair than the US philosophy of "exposed breasts=good; exposed man parts=bad."

After Florence we took another train to Venice. We were so ignorant of the transportation realities that we thought we would take a taxi to our hotel. Well, there aren't any taxis in Venice (unless you mean the water kind). There aren't any cars either, or skateboards and I didn't see one bike. This is because the streets are strictly for pedestrians only; they're too narrow and the hundreds of bridges over the canals all involve going up and down a flight of steps. Still, it was gorgeous and filled with fascinating views and neat little shops of handcrafted things. We walked and walked and walked. Venice has few direct routes anywhere for pedestrians.

Next we went the Austria. Salzburg has its own castle and is the birthplace of Mozart. It also has little bottles of chocolate flavored liquor. We stayed in the best hostel ever. It was run by a nice family; plus it was cheap and had a great breakfast. The three of us went hiking in the foothills of the Alps and saw some of the most beautiful countryside. I think that Salzburg was the most touristy place that we stayed, but it was Jessica's favorite city. We also managed to avoid much of the "Sound of Music" tourist frenzy. After spending a night in the Munich airport two out of the three of us made it home (standby can be tricky). If I could, I would go again in a heartbeat.

posted by Alison 6/05/2003 12:14:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

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