Barcelona Favorites: Gaudi

Title: Casa Batllo Story: My first day in Barcelona, while exTitleploring the city on foot, my friend and I happened upon Casa Batllo, a house built by Gaudi. When I saw the facade, my first thought was, “garbage art.” It looked like Gaudi just picked up random things and put them together in the form…

Title: Panorama Inside the Pantheon

Story: I shared with you my first reaction to seeing the Pantheon and my first glimpse at the oculus and dome.  Once I ventured beyond the door, the full beauty of the Pantheon unfurled like a budding flower. Everywhere I turned, I was amazed. This panoramic is a 360 degree view inside the Pantheon.

Title: The Pantheon Dome and Oculus

Story: After missing the opportunity to view the inside of the Pantheon on our initial visit, my friend and I returned at a time that we would know if was open. This image of the Pantheon dome and oculus was captured as we passed through the doorway

The Pantheon

Story: Our first day in Rome, my friend and I embarked on a walk around the city. By pure happenstance, we came upon the Pantheon, the “temple of all gods.” I was so giddy when we walked up to this site. As you can see, I wasn’t the only person excited to view this marvel…

Title: The Explorer

Walking through the ruins of the Colosseum, I was arrested when I saw these repeating squared doorways. Anytime I see repeating designs in structures, I am always struck by their form and function. These doorways were probably meant to support the upper level of seats and walkways. It was pure luck that I managed to…

Missed Connection: Frankfurt, Germany

After Naples, my friend and I bid ciao to Italy. Our flight home was scheduled with a very tiny layover in Frankfurt, Germany.  In order to make our connection flight, our initial flight had to go off without a hitch. We had no such luck. Our initial flight was delayed and left after the time…

Italy: Matera

First Glance Same Old, Same Old At first glance, Matera resembled an average Italian city: a piazza where both modern and ancient architecture abut; ancient churches next to government buildings; restaurants and gelaterias selling the most amazing smelling and tasting delicacies; and sculpted artworks highlighting an important point in the city’s history. A Most Pleasant…