Europe, Asia · 245 Days · 78 Moments · August 2017

Flower's family adventure in Europe


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From Barcelona we visited Toledo

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Then we came to Barcelona, Spain, and decided to have some time to ourselves as touring is intense!

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Perfume factory

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Tapestries
Entrance to the Vatican! We were explained the breakdown of the 16th chapel ceiling, as we can't take photos inside, which I have to say once you see it you realise the size of the ceiling and how mind blowing his work is all tou want to do is look and soak in the atmosphere. I'm personally impressed that Michaelagio was pushing the boundaries like a true artist does! Firstly did you know Mich was actual given this commission as a jealous architect wanted to see the 31 year old fail at something and recommended him to the cardinal at the time whom had Michmaking his tomb. Mich wasn't a strong painter at all. Also he use to study dead bodies too! Image 6 of the layer of skin is sneaky self portrait. And image 7 is of the cardinal that disliked Mich's work as originally he had the figures naked and that offended many people back then and asked them to get reprinted with cloths covering their private parts. So Mich painted him into a figure that had his genitals being eaten by a snake.

17 August 2017

Rome at night!
First glimpse of Rome!
The St. Francis of Assisi Brasilia. Not allowed to take photos inside due to all the alfresco work.

16 August 2017

Venice by Gondola. Due to the Indian couple (apparently celebrating their 1st year anniversary) we were with we got our own opera singer too! We had 6 boats in total.
Mummy and I with new hats!
Venice; panoramic views

15 August 2017

Venice by night! The first 2 photos are from our restaurant's back door! Talk about setting a scene.
First look at Venice in the afternoon sun on our way to dinner. The first photo is of the Hilton hotel with its own heli pad! The photo that looks like it is a narrow hallway is a street! In Venice the narrow gap between buildings is a street!
Stop over in Verona, I got to grab Juliette's right breast apparently it's for good luck in love... Not sure how that works..but hey ho
Quick stop over in Lugano. Last opportunity to spend our francs.

14 August 2017

Walked right up and around, we took the new 360 rotating Ice Titlis up to the top... Walked the sky walk, Aarti touched snow for the first time. We had a quick snow fight. Looks like I adjusted to the UK weather as i didn't need my Superdry jacket till I got to the top unlike mummy and aarti. The best bit was is that one of my favourite movies ever poster cutout was ready for us to pose with, it has been in the Indian cinema for over 25years! The reason they had that their is because some of the movie was filmed there!
Going up Mount Titlis, located on the border. We were going up over 3000m above sea level. All you hear while riding up is the sound of the cow bells as we were riding up the cable dome. All the farmers have their cows wear a bell that is unique to them, as the cows are given free range over the valley. They mainly have the carmel coloured cows with the prettiest lashes ever!
Some of the cleaniest water I have seen. The 45min cruise took us right out to see the amazing view of the city and surrounding countryside.

13 August 2017

My mum has been wanting to see Switzerland since she was a child...it's been a lifelong dream of hers. Even though they are apart of the European union they have their own currency; Swiss Francs, thankfully they use both euros and francs. The Lion monument is a rock relief in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. The Swiss army are known to be the best in the whole world, which is odd as they are meant to be a neutral country. However these guys are so good that they the only guards in charge of the Pope's security.
Heidelberg is beautiful! The textures and colour of the buildings. We got some lovely bits here from the Xmas shop that is located in the University square (can't take photos inside). Another castle on top; Heiberburg Castle. Seems to have a lot of bad luck with lighting bolts being hit twice!
Cruising up the Rhine valley/river to the Lorelei mountain. Combination of nature and architecture. Loads of castles here. The region is also heritage listed so they can not change the houses or build new apartments, wanting to keep the valley looking as authentic as it does. The legend of Lorelei is really cool: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorelei The last image is of Pfalzgrafenstein Castle and that too has a story. The story goes that the castle was made to imprison an emperor's daughter that fell in love with her father's enemy's son, obviously dad wasnt happy hence the imprisonment of his daughter. Yet the boy was still able to get a boat and row his way over to the castle...9 months later the fruit of the venture grew up and managed to bring peace and unite the families....thats a story we were told anyway.
The unique germany architecture near the dock. We were taking a cruise to the Lorelei rock.

12 August 2017

Walking around and showing off Amsterdam to my mum and sister...however they didn't visit my favourite coffee shop with me 😕
Diamond factory! Seeing diamonds being shaped and understanding the 4 key factors of the buying a diamond; colour/clarity/cut/carat