Friday, March 20, 2009

Independent Travel, Part 1

Buses, Trains, and Planes...Oh My!

The students of the Charles E Daniel Center tackle Europe for their spring break.  Just to name a few of the cities visited:  Berlin, Cortina, Portifino, Bellno, Feltre, Cugnan, Santa Margherita, San Fruttuoso, Nevegal, Munich, Heidelburg, Reutlingen, Amsterdam, Paris, Windsor, Cinque Terre, Oxford, Landen, Wiltshire, Brussels, Malhide, Dublin, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, Milan, Zurich, Bern, Vals, Lucerne, Bellagio, Como, Barcelona, Granada, Sevilla, Bilbao, Madrid, Athens, Chios, Cesme, Izmir, Istanbul, Efes, and Jerusalem.  

The spread of our travels throughout Europe (home is Genoa, Italy)

Sketchbooks fear for their lives, with the rapid drawings on site of architectural and landscape wonders.  Each student had little room to pack for the week, but the sketchbook was the most essential tool for our travels.  Regardless of culture shock, the sketches can speak the same language in any country.  Some are detailed, capture lighting, architectural elements, and tell a story that cannot be captured by a photograph.  

Sketching on the site under the Dolomites..."The hills are alive with the sound of music!"

Frank O. Ghery's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

Stones of Nice, France...beware of Nudists!

Stonehenge (enough said)

Sectional study of Massimo Fuksas's Milan Fair

Frei Otto's Olympic Stadium Munich, Germany

Now, it is time to focus on a few photographs.  The following photographs allow our viewers to see how much of Europe is available to us, and the opportunities that the CAF gives its architecture students.  But, most importantly these photographs are intended to make our viewers jealous of our big European adventure!

Athens, Greece...solid orange

Malahide Castle, Ireland...A.K.A Castelleto Pizzeria near our villa (we found the logo)

Glasgow, Scotland Armadillo building on the Clyde River...or Alabama?

Jerusalem, Israel...the holy city

Urquhart Castle, Scotland (Braveheart?)

Thermal Baths in Vals, of the most amazing plays on lighting and water temperature

Vernazza, part of the Cinque Terre...not far from our villa (yes we live in the Italian Riviera)

After our first few weeks in Italy, many of us were slightly homesick.  The conversations focused on what American food and cultures we missed the most.  However, upon our return from spring break we referred to Genoa and the Villa as “home.”  We have now adjusted to this wonderful lifestyle and the effortless means of travel to amazing cities and landscapes across Europe.  I believe I speak for all of us when I say to our families and friends:  “You will be making a trip to Italy soon, not to vacation…but to drag us home!" 

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