2015-01-17 / The Bullhorn

FROM THE EAST COAST TO EUROPE

RCS student relates experiences, surprises, discoveries while visiting Italy, Greece
BY LUKE BURTON
BULLHORN REPORTER


RCS student Luke Burton poses outside of the Vatican in Rome during his recent visit to Europe. RCS student Luke Burton poses outside of the Vatican in Rome during his recent visit to Europe. Over the winter break, my grandparents invited me to go to Italy with them to see my aunt, their daughter. We stayed at her house, in Vicenza, Italy.

I was amazed at how different life is in Europe, and how well the ancient buildings have been preserved.

During my trip we went to many old cities, such as Verona, Rome, Athens, and several more.

I was surprised to see that the buildings, which are thousands of years old, are still standing in the cities. In Rome, there were many ruins, such as the Colosseum.

Europe is an entirely different world from ours.

Athens, Greece, was the most interesting place I visited throughout the entire trip.

The Athens Acropolis was incredible. The amount of detail put into the work and the sheer size of it was simply astonishing.

It was amazing to see something that had been standing for thousands of years. It was a vast area filled with ruins, that have been standing there for a long time.


Luke Burton, RCS sophomore, stands outside the Hagia Sophia in Instanbul. Luke Burton, RCS sophomore, stands outside the Hagia Sophia in Instanbul. The Acropolis was first built in the Fifth Century BCE, and is the highest point in Athens. You could see all of the city from this view.

It was inspiring to see how smart the people were when they were building the Acropolis and how well the buildings were preserved throughout the many years, and after everything it has been through to still be able to stand.

Further into my trip we visited Rome. We visited the Vatican and the Pantheon as well.

The Vatican is decorated by the work of two famous artists, Michelangelo and Raphael. It was amazing to see that the paintings looked untouched and as if they were just recently painted.

We even walked right past the burial tombs of previous popes and the tomb of St. Peter. It was a surreal experience.

The Colosseum was one of the biggest ruins I’ve ever seen. There was an enormous amount of detail put into this piece of historical art.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when my uncle told me that it was built around 70 AD. It was an incredible journey, to be able to walk on something that was built so long ago.

Overall, my trip to Italy was a once in a lifetime opportunity. In every place we went I learned something new about the world we live in. I kept thinking to myself, “Whoa, this is truly amazing.”

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