August 13, 2015
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'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!