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:
Time for the Swiss tour! First stop: Basel
And of course, Vitra...
On to Zurich
Last stop, Lausanne
Lagos was positively breathtaking. Take a look for yourself...
My parents and I had the opportunity of staying at the exceptional Quinta de Lemos winery (and tasting wine right from the barrel).
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.
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)!
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:
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.
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.
I liked Florence even more the second time! Stayed in the same hotel room as last semester. Aww, so much nostalgia.
Enjoy some photos and sketches:
Land o' Palladio!
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...
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...
On our way to Vicenza, we stopped at Scarpa's Brion Cemetery
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.
In Milan, I honestly barely remember what we saw. Going through an entire city in a few short hours was exhausting.
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).
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.