Amsterdam

Amsterdam.  It was a magnificent weekend, maybe even the best weekend.  We cruised the canals, ate like there was no tomorrow, and explored the city on foot.  It was the perfect destination to forget about our stresses of final pin-up and internships that have been weighing heavily upon us.  I got so caught up in the beauty and all around awesomeness that is Amsterdam that I forgot to take a lot of photos, so here are a couple silly ones: 

Nancy and me on the canal cruise

Nancy and me on the canal cruise

Pretending there are not wheels of cheese behind me

Pretending there are not wheels of cheese behind me

France

Ronchamp

Lyon

Musée des Confluences by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Musée des Confluences by Coop Himmelb(l)au

And finally to Éveux to stay at Le Corbusier's La Tourette

Switzerland

Time for the Swiss tour!  First stop: Basel

Welcome to Basel...

Welcome to Basel...

Mario Botta's Museum Tinguely

Mario Botta's Museum Tinguely

Diener & Diener's intervention on the Warteck

Diener & Diener's intervention on the Warteck

Renzo Piano's Beyeler Foundation

Renzo Piano's Beyeler Foundation

And of course, Vitra...

Rain bridge (Zaha Hadid's Fire Station in foreground and Álvaro Siza's brick warehouse in background)

Rain bridge (Zaha Hadid's Fire Station in foreground and Álvaro Siza's brick warehouse in background)

SANAA's warehouse

SANAA's warehouse

Tadao Ando's pavilion

Tadao Ando's pavilion

Frank Gehry's Design Museum

Frank Gehry's Design Museum

On to Zurich

Santiago Calatrava's Zurich Law Library

Santiago Calatrava's Zurich Law Library

Last stop, Lausanne

Swiss Tech Convention Center by  Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés

Swiss Tech Convention Center by  Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés

Portugal, Part 1: Lisbon

My first stop in Portugal was in the capital city of Lisbon.  Such a colorful, vibrant city; everything is covered in unique tiles, from the ground to the houses.  And seafood, seafood galore. 

Lisbon...

Mosaic sidewalks

Mosaic sidewalks

Tiled facades

Tiled facades

Perspective sketch of Alvaro Siza's Portuguese National Pavilion

Perspective sketch of Alvaro Siza's Portuguese National Pavilion

The pavilion

The pavilion

Calatrava's Oriente Train Station

Calatrava's Oriente Train Station

Lisbon 2.0

Lisbon 2.0

Some jellies at the aquarium

Some jellies at the aquarium

Barcelona

Aaaahhhh Barcelona.  Spain remains my favorite country thus far.  The weather was warm, the water blue, the palm trees swaying, and the food muy muy deliciosa!  Of course we visited Gaudi's Sagrada Familia (photos below)!

Axon sketch of Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion

Axon sketch of Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion

Barcelona Pavilion

Barcelona Pavilion

Frank Gehry's Fish

Frank Gehry's Fish

My favorite piece of architecture I have seen throughout all of my travels is Gaudi's Casa Batllo.  Here are some photos and sketches from this architectural gem:

Paris

Back to Paris! This time around was a much shorter trip and I had no voice for most of it (BUMMER!).  Through my cold, I still managed to enjoy this beautiful city. 

Can you see me?  at Bernard Tschumi's Parc de la Villette

Can you see me?  at Bernard Tschumi's Parc de la Villette

Sketch of Le Corbusier's Maison la Roche

Sketch of Le Corbusier's Maison la Roche

Sketch of ramps at Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye

Sketch of ramps at Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye

Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye

Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye

The Louvre

The Louvre

Axon sketch of Perret's Notre Dame du Raincy

Axon sketch of Perret's Notre Dame du Raincy

Section perspective sketch of Perret's Notre Dame du Raincy

Section perspective sketch of Perret's Notre Dame du Raincy

View of the Eiffel Tower from Jean Nouvel's Arab Institute

View of the Eiffel Tower from Jean Nouvel's Arab Institute

Gardens at Jean Nouvel's Quai Branly Museum


Gardens at Jean Nouvel's Quai Branly Museum

Italy, Part 4: Rome

I am glad Rome was part of our first trip this time around.  Last semester, it was our final destination, and by then, everyone was sick, tired, and sick and tired of each other. 

Pantheon

Pantheon

Borromini's Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

Borromini's Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

Borromini's Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

Borromini's Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza

Borromini's Quattro Fontane

Borromini's Quattro Fontane

Bernini's Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

Bernini's Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

Santo Stefano Rotondo

Santo Stefano Rotondo

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St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

The Colosseum, of course

The Colosseum, of course

Palazzetto dello Sport

Palazzetto dello Sport

Renzo Piano's Parco della Musica

Renzo Piano's Parco della Musica

Italy, Part 2: Vicenza

Land o' Palladio! 

Teatro Olimpico

Teatro Olimpico

For dinner we got a rainbow of Spritz (pink, red, orange, green, and blue) and some pizza.  The restaurant refused to take off the cheese from any of their items.  It was "impossible" they said.  Needless to say, I did not eat much that night. 

On our way to Florence, we stopped in Siena for lunch...

Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral

Italy, Part 1: Venice

The first night I took a group of us to my favorite food spot from last semester, the super fancy and gourmet: Fresh Pasta to Go.  It's just that: fresh pasta that you have to eat on the go because there is no where to sit in the restaurant (correction, a sign on their door clarifies that it is not a restaurant but a pasta factory). 

Acqua alta!  One night a bunch of us were walking back to our hotel and we kept having to change what side of the canal we were walking on because it was flooding.  It was as if the canals were alive and making their way onto the sidewalks. 

And most importantly, I found a whale.  In Venice...

Anyway, here are some photos (and a sketch) of Scarpa's Stampalia...

Always looking up

Always looking up

On our way to Vicenza, we stopped at Scarpa's Brion Cemetery

No Cheese for Me, Please: My European Adventures

I'm back in Europe (and I still don't eat cheese, which has proven itself very difficult thus far in Switzerland and Italy). 

The first week here, we took day trips to Bellinzona and Milan.  In Bellinzona we spent most of the day at Castelgrande.

Life Cycle of a Wall (Galfetti's intervention)

Life Cycle of a Wall (Galfetti's intervention)

Even more beautiful the second time

Even more beautiful the second time

In Milan, I honestly barely remember what we saw.  Going through an entire city in a few short hours was exhausting. 

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano

We strapped some snow chains on our tires and headed out for our first overnight trip to Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals (my second time, but I'm not complaining). 

Got my robe (and actually remembered to bring a bathing suit this time) and I'm ready for some bath time. 

Got my robe (and actually remembered to bring a bathing suit this time) and I'm ready for some bath time. 

Next day, on our way home, we visited Saint Benedict Chapel in Sumvitg (yay, more Zumthor!).  I saw this project last semester as well, but it was very sunny and pleasant out.  We sat out there for hours and ate our lunches on the rocks facing the small church.  This time, SNOW, snow everywhere.  I didn't even see those rocks.  Needless to say, this time was a short (cold) visit. 

Sum sketches from Sumvitg

Sum sketches from Sumvitg

Let it snow

Let it snow

The chapel in the fall

The chapel in the fall