One of the most stunning architectural pieces to ever be conceptualised, there was no doubt in my mind that I would need to dedicate a blog post to la Sagrada Família. Arguably Gaudí’s most famous structure, and all the more famous in its unfinished state, the basilica is nothing short of breathtaking.
4 – 5 July, 2015
After my mildly traumatic introduction to Barcelona (for those who missed it, see the following: https://lapiccolaviaggiatrice.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/hola-barcelona/), I began to properly explore the city and very promptly fell in love. It is not only for our Australian tendency to truncate words that the city has so fondly been dubbed “Barca” by many Aussie travellers. It’s more than just a nickname – it conveys a sense of intimacy, of affection, of love for a city that is loud and crazy and overwhelming.
4 July, 2015
I was in Barcelona for two days. Hardly long enough to see everything, and no where near long enough to really know the city. But I fell in love with it. I fell in love with Barcelona’s grand and vibrant architecture, with the music which floated in the air of open squares, with the humidity and the chaos and the young men and peddlers who shouted out as I passed. I fell in love with it all.
8 July, 2015
Nice is a city characterised by colour and beauty. Aside from its amazing ocean-front location on the French Riviera, the city itself is absolutely stunning and you can’t help but feel as though the whole city is a perfectly bright and pastel movie set.
13 July, 2015
La Basilica di San Pietro, or Saint Peter’s Basilica, is a sight to behold. Roman Catholic or not, religiously devoted or lay, it is definitely an architectural monument which will impress you with its grandeur and magnificence.
13 July, 2015
A trip to Rome would not be complete without a tour around the riches and relics of the Vatican. Once you get through the heavily intense security, you step into a secluded and peaceful state, and you come to realise that the whole complex is a massive and thriving museum which – somewhere amongst all those buildings and corridors and rooms and doors – just so happens to also house the Pope.
11 – 12 July, 2015
After spending most of the day in the bus travelling from Engelberg in the Swiss Alps, and then fleetingly visiting Pisa for forty minutes, we finally entered the beautiful city of Florence. Seeing as it was already dinner time, we had about an hour to settle in, shower and change before we were whisked away to our dinner date.
11 July, 2015
As you can image, Pisa is a pretty cool place. It has a leaning tower, which effectively epitomises the worst of Italian engineering BUT does lead to really cool photos!
On the way from Switzerland to Florence, we were able to stop briefly at Pisa. And by that, I mean that we had exactly forty minutes to quickly explore the famous piazza of the grand Piazza dei Miracoli (i.e. the place where all the famous photos are taken). Continue reading
10 July, 2015
After arriving in Engelberg in the late afternoon, us Topdeckers had only limited time for a quick walk around the town before heading back to the ski lodge for dinner, so the next day was really our opportunity to immerse ourselves and check out exactly what the stunning Swiss Alps had on offer. Continue reading
12 July, 2015
I think it pertinent that we all appreciate that there is a place in the world which sells one hundred and fifty different flavours of gelato. I kid you not. One hundred and fifty different flavours. Of delicious and smooth Italian gelato. It is called Della Palma, is situated near the Pantheon in Rome, and is a haven for any gelato connoisseur.