Saturday, 14 July 2018

A Visit to Säntis Mountain

Back in April when my parents were here we visited the mountain Säntis, I drove there and it was not a too long of a drive.

Säntis is 2,509m above sea level and is the highest mountain in the northeastern part of Switzerland. When it is a clear day you can see into 6 countries Switzerland, Germany, France, Liechtenstein, Italy and Austria.

It wasn`t a totally clear day, but we were happy with the views we saw and right at the top was a little chilly as you can imagine. We had our lunch in one of the restaurants and made our way back down. It is short trip up and down.

Back down again we decided to go on a circular walk which took around 1 hour. There were plans still covered in snow and slippy to say the least, but we made without any incidents! We saw lots of lovely spring flowers and the sun came out for the rest of our walk. Once we finished our walk we had the obligatory coffee and cake.

The prices for the cable car are actually not as expensive as for other Swiss mountains. Adults without half-price card, it is only 45ch both ways. For kids and adults with the half-price card is it 22.50ch. I have a junior card for Alessio so he got for free which was even better!

Summer holidays have started for both myself and Alessio, and tonight we fly to Singapore and then on to Auckland! We are both really looking forward to this trip!!

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A Long Weekend in Riga, Part 1

Monument to the Red Latvian Riflemen

Vansu Bridge

National Library

Riga Castle

Dome Square

Riga Cathedral

The Three Brothers

Dome Square

One of the long weekends we had early in Spring Alessio and I went to Riga, which is the capital of Latvia. Riga had been on my list of cities to visit for ages, so I was glad to finally cross it off!

It is such a lovely and colourful city in which we mainly just wondered around the enjoying all the scenery. We did do the hop on/off tourist bus which Alessio likes to do, I am not so bothered either way. I had planned to go on a day trip to the city of Jurmala, which is on the sea but in the end decided to stay in Riga and visit some museums.

I had so many photos that I decided to do two posts about Riga and the next one will come after our holidays.

So it is nearly the start of the school holidays for Alessio, the rest of this week and next week and finally we go on our big, big trip! We both can`t wait!!

Have a great mid week!

Monday, 25 June 2018

May Reading List

In May I read 11 books and they were in no particular order:

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - 4 stars

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - 3 stars

Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt - 4 stars

The Chalk Man by C J Tudor - 4 stars

Britt- Marie Was Here by Fredrik Bachman - 2 stars

Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron - 4 stars

Conclave  by Robert Harris - 3 stars

A Rising Man by - Abir Mukherjee - 5 stars

Commenwealth by Ann Patchett - 3 stars

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper - 2.5 stars

The Angel`s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafron - 4 Stars

Quite an assortment of different genres in this bunch, but my favorite was A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee, set in India just after the Great War. It is also the first in a series featuring Sam Wyndham. I already have the second book waiting to be read!

I have absolutely many, many books to read in fact over 80 but it does not stop me buying more sadly!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

A Day in Antwerp

Ruben`s House/Muesum

Cathedral of our Lady Antwerp

Grote Markt

Views from the MAS

Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects


Antwerp Main Station

Hello again it has been a while since my last post, so thought I better do one before the whole of June has passed by!

I visited the lovely city of Antwerp in October last year along with Alessio and my father and as the title suggests we only had one day to explore it.

We visited the fantastic Rubenhuis in the heart of the city, which was the home of the 16th-17th century Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens.

As do most Belgian cities Antwerp also has a wonderful Grote Markt with many fabulous buildings including the City Hall.

Antwerp is the second largest seaport after Rotterdam and you get a sense of how large it is when we went to the top of the MAS building and saw some fantastic views of the city and port.

MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, we actually did not visit the museum but went up to the roof for the stunning views. The red building is such a striking piece of architecture, well worth seeing!

I particularly wanted to visit/see the famous Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects, but it was quite far away from the area of the port we were but I managed to get a view of the building from afar. We also saw it from the train too!

Have a great weekend!