Remembering Europe 2014

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I have always loved taking pictures, but it was only when I started consciously travelling (I say ‘consciously’ because when I was much younger I didn’t appreciate it well enough) that I realized how much I enjoyed taking pictures of places.

This post is about my favorite recollections of one of my first ‘conscious’ trips. Between April 21, 2014 – May 1, 2014 my mom and I traveled to Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Germany (lots of photos ahead!) with Pacific Bound to celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. For this trip I only used my Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Switzerland
Les Diablerets
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Before ascending via cable car to Glacier 3000

My 2nd favorite country of all time (just after Iceland which I visited in 2016). I remember seeing  vaaast fields of yellow flowers during our descent from the plane. It’s truly mesmerizing.

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Me, taken by my mom!

We visited Geneva, Les Diablerets, and Lucerne. But my favorite would have to be the ski resort called Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets of which I will be sharing photos of. In general I found the area of Les Diablerets to be more ‘isolated’ and quiet, surrounded by mountains, trees, and one way streets (if I remember correctly).

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We went dog sledding too but it lasted for only about a minute.

Lucerne

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Lucerne is really pretty. We visited a church right next to the Kapellbrücke Bridge and went people + swan watching for a bit. The weather was perfect.

 

Italy
Milan
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Mom out in the grounds of Hotel NH2 Milano which is where we stayed.

We had the most stops in this trip since it was also the main purpose of our travel. I don’t remember the order of the cities we visited, but let’s start with Milan.

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The structure of Duomo di Milano. We heard mass inside too.

We also visited the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is a posh shopping complex. Shopping is my least favorite thing to do when travelling so I just walked around. It was here where I had the best gelato ever from Savini!

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Rome

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Tourists were packed around St. Peter’s Square when we visited the day before the Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XIII. We waited 3 hours to get inside the Basilica only to stay in for around 10 minutes so the line would keep moving. Not my favorite memory but it’s pretty unforgettable. Won’t deny the stunning architecture and the art of the place though! We attended the Canonization mass the next day (I’m amazed that I can actually say I heard Pope Francis I’s mass!)

Venice

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Mom enjoying some ice cream!

It was gloomy and raining when we arrived in Venice so we couldn’t do much. We spent some time in Piazza San Marco eating and just looking around the pastel exteriors. Would love to revisit on a sunny day! I didn’t take much photos here either because of the weather.


Padua

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We had a short stop in Padua hence the lack of photos. These are my favorite of the bunch though. I really like colorful buildings!

 

Austria
Innsbruck
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Hofburg Palace, Austria

Another short stop, we were here for less than a day and made a few historical stops!  Innsbruck evokes peaceful feelings. There are lots of gardens and the paths are made of cobblestone. I also met a few little girls who were riding their bikes around and a lady who owned a black mastiff.

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Goldenes Dachl, Austria

 

Germany
Munich
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Mom having a seat at the Palace grounds. Schlosspark Nymphenburg, Germany

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Our tour operator took us to see a few places but my favorite would have to be Schlosspark Nymphenburg or Nymphenburg Palace. We didn’t get to go inside and explore, but we did wander around the grounds. We also visited BMW World and the Marienplatz Square.

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Mom wandering around…

 

Hope you enjoyed the photos!
Tour Agency Pacific Bound Travel & Tours c/o Pio Luistro

x Alexis

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