Monday, 16 April 2018

A Castle and An Abbey

Aberdour Castle







Dunfermline Abbey







Our only day trip during the Christmas holidays in Scotland was to visit a castle, a town and an abbey.

Aberdour Castle is situated in unsurprisingly in Aberdour, Fife, it is now a ruin but still very impressive to see and well worth a visit. It is one of the two oldest datable standing castles, the other being Castle Sween in Argyll. It was built in the 1100s and in later years more parts of the castle were built. It has a lovely walled garden, a doocot, (which is a structure to house doves and pigeons) and next door is St Fillans Church, which is a fine example of Norman architecture from 1100s.

It is part of Historic Scotland which means it is open all year round.

Next we visited Culross and then we carried on to visit Dunfermline Abbey and Palace which are the remains of a great Benedictine Abbey founded by Queen Margaret. In 1070 Queen Margaret founded a priory in Dunfermline, then her son David I turned it to an abbey in 1128. In the abbey Robert the Bruce was buried here in 1329 (minus his heart) plus seven other Scottish monarchs. Charles I was born here and he was the last monarch to be born in Scotland.

It is an very impressive place and inside the abbey the stain glass windows are amazing. There is part of the abbey you have to pay to visit, this we did not do.

All in all a lovely day out visiting Scotland`s historical past!

Alessio and I returned earlier today from our long weekend in Riga and we had a lovely time. It is such a beautiful city and worth a visit!

Thursday, 12 April 2018

A Day in Rotterdam




















During the October holidays last year we spent a week in Belgium, but we did have a day in Rotterdam while we were staying in Brussels. I had wanted to visit Rotterdam for a while now mainly to see the amazing Cube houses, but also as there is lots of great modern architecture too.

These Cube houses were designed by the Dutch architect Piet Blom in the 1970s, there are 38 in total and one is open to the public. Of course I had to go and check it out, it was really very interesting but not sure I could live in one though. There is not so much space in these houses, which is due to the shape of the buildings. If you get the chance to visit Rotterdam definitely try to visit them!

We also visited Defthaven and it is lovely part of the city with lots of buildings and a canal passing through. We wondered around for a bit before heading back into the centre. We then decided to go to the Euromast tower, there was a long queue but finally we got up. The view is quite amazing, the seating area turns 360 degrees so you can see the whole view.

So it finally remained time left to head back to the train to catch our train back to Brussels and a great day in Rotterdam.

This weekend Alessio and I are going to visit Riga, Latvia. It will be the first time visit for us and am looking forward to seeing this lovely city!

Friday, 6 April 2018

A Glimpse of Brasov






Piata Sfatului


Black Church








Over the Easter weekend I went to Romania with my friend Arlene and we stayed in Bucharest. We went on a day trip and visited Peles and Brans Castle (which will post another time) and as a final stop we had a really quick visit to Brasov.

Brasov is situated in the region of Transylvania, about 166km for Bucharest and we stopped for a short guided tour of the town. It would have been really nice to have been able to walk around ourselves and check out some of the shops.

Brasov is a lovely 13th century town with lots of colourful buildings with great architecture. One of the big tourist draws of the town is the Black Church. It is the largest Gothic church in Eastern Europe, it earned the name after a fire in 1689 caused the walls to be darkened by smoke.

There is a funicular which takes you up to Mount Tampa with lovely views from the top. The main square is really nice and lined with cafes and shops but we just wandered through to see the Black church. Of the little that we saw of Brasov it definitely would be nice to spend a bit more time to investigate the town more.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

February Reading List



I am a bit behind with my reading posts, so here is my list for February, in no particular order I may say:

Well Of The Winds by Denzil Meyrick

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Roswell

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronvitch

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Gods And Beasts by Denise Mina

Miss Treadway and The Fields of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adébayo

Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

A Divided Spy by Charles Cummings

February was a good month for books with 12 but I managed two more in March, but more about that later!

They were all really good reads, I finished the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman and started a new trilogy by Patrick Ness.

I can recommend them all!

This week is a short one which is nice, I have recovered from my Easter weekend in Romania which was quite interesting. There will be posts to come about that, maybe even the next one!

Tonight I will be watching Barcelona vs Roma!!


Thursday, 29 March 2018

Eastertime













All these photos have been taken throughout March and the last one is what Alessio made at school, it is very sweet!

Today Alessio and I went to the zoo and today was the opening day of their Australian area. They have two koala bears and they were the star attraction. They were so sweet and everyone was completely in love with them (me included). Apparently they sleep 14 hours a day so maybe we were lucky that one of them moved a little bit which got everyone excited!

The Easter break is usually a time that people are away and tomorrow with a friend we are going to Bucharest, Romania. It was not our first choice we wanted to go to Marrakech in Morocco but we had left it too late and it was very expensive and horrible flight times. So Bucharest it is!!

Wishing you all a lovely Easter break!