Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Photo of the Week - Garraferia do Carmo

Photo of the Week comes from the beautiful city of Porto, I cannot say enough about this city, I love Porto!

I took lots of photos so there will be some posts about this city to come, but in the meanwhile this is a lovely drinks shop I saw a few times. I have not been inside but I thought it looked nice the was they have the bottles in the windows.

I brought back two bottles of Port wine and a bottle of white wine from the Azores which I will drink when my parents visit in September.

Wishing you a good mid week!

Monday, 22 August 2016

China Gardens Zurich

The Chinagardens in Zurich is situated near the lake at Zurichhorn, easily reachable by tram numbers 2 and 4.

The gardens were a present from the Chinese partner city of Kunming, it is regarded as one of the more impressive gardens outside of China. The gardens opened in 1994 with the theme Three Friends of Winter, it was given in thanks for the help with the technical and scientific assistance in the development of the city drinking water supply and drainage in Kunming.

I went there at the beginning of August as a trip with the children from work, it did not take very long as the kids were inevitably bored! It was very peaceful and a place to reflex in quietness. The children were in fact very good and hardly made any noise, but we did not stay that long. It is not that big so it doesn`t take that long to look around, there is a small palace with two rooms and some furniture.

Once it enough to visit, this was my third and more than likely my last visit! If you have not seen these lovely gardens I would recommend to see at least once!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Pineapple Planation in the Azores!

I am back after the short blogging break from our trip to The Azores and Porto, lots of to tell about these places, but first up I will tell you about the pineapple plantation we visited.

On the island of Sao Miquel the biggest of all 9 islands there is a pineapple plantation on the outskirts of the capital town Ponte Deglada. We visited on a tour and the guides ( we went twice) were able to give us lots of information. The pineapples are cultivated in greenhouses as it is too cold to grow outdoors, from start to finish it takes 2 years to grow. Since it takes so long to grow they tend to be rather expensive, but believe you me they taste amazing!

I am not really a big fan of pineapples in general, but here they tasted so yummy! They just melted in your mouth and so sweet, really delicious! Alessio wanted to eat pineapples everyday and in fact de did, not to mention bring one back to Switzerland!

Friday, 5 August 2016

July Reading List

The reading for July was only 4 books and in fact I thought it would be even less as one book took nearly 2 weeks which is quite a lot for me!

Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon, this is the book which took ages! I cannot really say why it took me ages to read. I did enjoy it but it was not gripping enough though. Set in Istanbul just after WWII finished it tell the tale of espionage and murder. I have been to Istanbul so it was also interesting to read the descriptions of the city.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vassem Khan, this book I can include into my reading challenge as it is set in India. I enjoyed this book a lot, it is quite light-hearted and easy to read. It is the first in the series and I would read some more!

Keep The Midnight Out by Alex Gray, another in the series of DCI Lormier and this time it is set in the Isle of Mull. I have now going to Isle of Mull in October when I visit my family back in Scotland so it was interesting to read about it! I like this series a lot and I read in one day!

Raw Material by JJ Marsh, DI Beatrice Stubbs again solving crime in Wales and London, this is the second book I believe and there is another out which I will read at some point in time. I also liked this novel, easy to read and not too heavy material!

I am finally going on holiday today and am very happy about it! I am really looking forward to explore The Azores, 9 islands in the Atlantic Ocean. We are going to the biggest one Sao Miguel and we will also be visiting Porto!

some travel links:

The Olympics are beginning today, no doubt that Rio de Janerio is a fantastic city here are some photos

If I could take my son to see this museum I would! Roald Dahl

Walking tours can be interesting, here are some alternative ones!

I should be reading up on this guide to Porto!

Happy Reading!

Monday, 1 August 2016

F1 German GP

This Sunday I went to the F1 German GP in Hockenheim with Niki! We drive on the day of the race as I thought it was manageable, it is but only just! We left at 9am and still only got to our seats with like 5 mins before the race begin. Hockenheim is situated between Karlsruhe and Mannheim and there was lots of traffic jams which made us late. Once we parked and managed to find our way to the venus we found out our seats were 1.5km walk so off we went rather quickly

Once seated and the race began, it was really still very loud! There were changes to the engines to make them less noisy a couple of years ago but they are still extremely loud! God only know how loud they were about 5 years ago!

It was really exciting and from our viewpoint we could see quite a lot, the winner was Lewis Hamilton. Once the race was over lots of people run over to see the prize giving, which we could see from the big screen. It was definitely worth well seeing, being there and getting the whole experience.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Ironman Weekend

Last weekend was the Ironman and I went along on both days with friends as we knew two people taking part. On Saturday was the Triathlon, Markus Galli was participating and the distances were 500m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run. As you can see from one of the photos Markus did all this in 1.30.08, there was a small group of us gathered to cheer him on!

Sunday was the Ironman race and David Winterbottom was participating in this, again group of us gathered to cheer him on too and wait at the finishing line. The distances were 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and finally 42.2km run (yes a freaking marathon). I believe David did his race in 11 hours 35min. (don`t know the seconds)

Well done to both of them! What an amazing feat!

I also want to wish my sister Elena the best of luck on her first triathlon Wee Beastie Triathlon at Loch Lomond (such a great name). I do wish I could be there to cheer her on, but I know she will do well!

For me this weekend I am going to see the F1 race in Hockenheim, this is a first for me and really looking forward to it!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Red Bull Flying Day

During the summer months there is always lots of stuff to do and see in Zurich, and this was one of them. Red Bull Flying Day which involved 50 teams from all over Switzerland making their own flying machines. They then dress up. give themselves a strange name and before taking off have a dance performance which is all part of the points given on the day.

It was a lovely day not too hot, it was very busy and we got there around 3.30pm. We walked around to find a spot to watch but not so easy to find. We started off in an area just next to where the whole thing was happening. When we looked up we could see the teams taking off and then watch as more often than not the planes just smashed straight into the water.

After a while we went to get some food and then watched from a scream how they all fell into the lake or how some actually flew! One team got a Swiss record (I believe) for flying 55.5m before crashing into the lake.

All in all it was great fun, lots of families with children were there and you could also just sit and bring your own food and drink too if you wanted.