Hey CYY Freaks! I’m finally back from my vacation, and this one in particular was incredible. I traveled across Italy in a week – I hit Venice, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast. I saw some sights that were definitely eye opening – the views especially. However, I couldn’t help but notice a few similarities between Italy and Maine, specifically Portland, because that’s where I live. Here’s what I noticed:

Venice – We Both Have Pretty, Habitable Islands Nearby

Venice
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Venice
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Rome – History and Tourism

Colosseum
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Colosseum
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St. Peter's Basilica
Amalfi Coast – Rocky Coast, Anyone?

Positano
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Amalfi Coast
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Maine’s costal towns are a thing of beauty, in the summer especially, but none of them quite have the awesome privilege of being built into a Cliffside. Then again, who looks at a cliff and goes “I want to build a town there!”

I love traveling – I genuinely believe that it helps to broaden the mind, and every new place I go I feel like I understand a little chunk more of this big world we live in. Honestly though, traveling also serves to remind me why I love Portland so much – and Maine as a whole. That’s probably why I moved back here after college, and why I’m quite happy here.

If I need a backup, though, Italy would be pretty damn nice.