August 13, 2015

Vitra Haus, Weil am Rhein

ecf_vitra16

ecf_vitra15

ecf_vitra14

ecf_vitra13

ecf_vitra12

ecf_vitra11

ecf_vitra10

ecf_vitra09

ecf_vitra08

ecf_vitra07

ecf_vitra06

ecf_vitra05

ecf_vitra04

ecf_vitra03

ecf_vitra02

ecf_vitra01

On our way back home from Italy's Alto Adige last October, we took a little detour and drove to Weil am Rhein near Basel at the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland and France where the headquarters of Vitra are located. We decided to take a guided tour over the Vitra Campus, visited Vitra Design Museum, and admired all those timeless pieces of designer furniture at Vitra Haus. Now I only need to figure out how to afford that Eames DSW chair… 

August 3, 2015

Portugal: Algarve, August 2013

ecf_algarve30

ecf_algarve29

ecf_algarve28

ecf_algarve27

ecf_algarve26

ecf_algarve25

ecf_algarve24

ecf_algarve23

ecf_algarve22

ecf_algarve21

ecf_algarve20

ecf_algarve19

ecf_algarve18

ecf_algarve17

ecf_algarve16
ecf_algarve15

ecf_algarve14

ecf_algarve13

ecf_algarve12

ecf_algarve11

ecf_algarve10

ecf_algarve09

ecf_algarve08

ecf_algarve07

ecf_algarve05

ecf_algarve04

ecf_algarve03

ecf_algarve02

ecf_algarve01
Portugal's Algarve region has been my happy place in the summertime for years. My family used to go there every summer and now that that's not the case anymore due to everyone's different commitments and schedules, I really do miss it! The last time I visited was actually two summers ago, when we took a little road trip from Germany across France and Spain all the way down to Portugal's southernmost region, with stop-overs in Perpignan, Valencia, Valladolid, Roanne and La Rochère. 

My perfect holiday consists of waking up early and having fruit for breakfast by the pool, lounging under palm trees and snacking on freshly picked figs, visiting one of the less crowded nearby beaches like Praia da Galé or Praia do Lourenco and ending the day with a summery dinner and the occasional glass of 'vinho verde' on the terrace. My favorite destinations for the occasional day trip include the vast beaches of Carrapateira and Praia da Bordeira at the west coast where you can spend hours just watching the surfers and enjoying the fresh breeze. On our way back home, it has become sort of a tradition to take a trip down to Sagres, its Fortaleza at Ponta de Sagres and the Cabo de Sao Vicente, where a charming little lighthouse sits on the westernmost point of the European continent. Standing on the edge of the cliffs while watching the sun drown in the Atlantic Ocean never ceases to amaze me! Other than that, I never get bored of visiting Serra do Monchique, the mountain range separating the Algarve from the Alentejo with its little market town of the same name and the Foia, the highest point of the Algarve with a beautiful view over the seaport of Portimao. And even before the plane touches down at Faro airport, you get a wonderful view of the national park Ria Formosa and the 'salinas', where Portuguese 'flor de sal' is dried and harvested. Algarve, amo-te!