Switzerland, wow. Switzerland left me speechless. It is the most beautiful country I have ever seen. Although super expensive, we splurged in this couples vacation home in Lausanne, Switzerland, a charming and tranquil city right on lake Geneva.
We took trains all over lake Geneva and got to see the Olympic Museum, the Red Cross Museum and even to the peaks of the swiss alps to ski in the beautiful town of Verbier. These green valleys, picturesque villages, and sparkling turquoise lakes are every photographer’s dream. Switzerland has some of the most serene landscapes that I’ve ever seen. If you want to talk about places that will take your breath away, this is surely one of them. Partly from lack of oxygen, but mostly from these amazing views.
Rome, the first stop on my mom’s itinerary, with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture, it was the perfect start to my family’s first time in Europe. There is Vatican City, which is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, and has St. Peters Basilica and the Vatican Museum which house some of the most important art pieces in history such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, there are ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum that portray the power of the Roman Empire, and so much more.
The next stop, Venice! After coming here just weeks before, I was now the tour guide. I guided my family through the windy and maze-like streets of Venice and showed them all the top sites. On every canal you pass and every bridge you cross, you take hundreds of pictures that all look somewhat the same, but are all magical in their own way. This city was something else!
Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities in Europe. The city, the people, the food, the history, the culture, it was all special. Although most of my friends disliked the city, if you can manage to stay out of the city center and far away from the red light district, you will find everything you are looking for. We went to a super trendy brunch restaurant and had some of the best breakfast food I’ve had, the Van Gogh museum and admired his artwork for hours, back in time at the Anne Frank house, and we celebrated St. Patricks day European style. It was truly special being able to share these memories with my family.