Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Bits of Brugge, Belgium

Since returning from Scotland after Christmas, we have not been up to much at all. At the end of January we go on our first trip of year to Barcelona and we will see FC Barcelona play again. So for now we will return to October and our week in Belgium.

We stayed in Brugge for most of our time in Belgium but did day trips to other cities. The city of Brugge is absolutely beautiful and I have wanted to visit here for a long time. It is quite a small city and very easy to navigate on foot and as there is a river,  boat trip is warranted too.

Brugge is Belgium`s best preserved medieval town and all the architectural buildings are just down right amazing. From museums, basilicas, churches, Belfry, bridges and many other building there is a lot to take in. I am sure the view from the top of the Belfry would be amazing but we didn`t fancy climbing all the steps.

The movie In Bruges can give you a good idea of how the city looks like and it is a good movie too! We found a number of good restaurants and of course we ate our fair share of waffles too and we tried lots of Belgium beer (even me who isn`t that keen on beer).

Out of all the cities we visited in Belgium, plus we also visited Rotterdam in The Netherlands, for me the best was Brugge.

Friday, 12 January 2018

365 Photo Challenge Days 351 to 365

Day 351: Sunday 24th Sept - Bikers passing by our place

Day 352: Monday 25th Sept - My DVDs boxsets

Day 353: Tuesday 26th Sept - Dinner

Day 354: Wednesday 27h Sept - Out for a walk

Day 355: Thursday 28th Sept - Painting 

Day 356: Friday 29th Sept - flowers outside

Day 357: Saturday 30th Sept - a bit of colour outside my buidling

Day 358: Sunday 1st Oct - Geneva Cathedral

Day 359: Monday 2nd Oct - Display in my class

Day 360: Tuesday 3rd Oct - Zurich Film Festival

Day 361: Wednesday 4th Oct - Goodies from the bakery

Day 362: Thursday 5th Oct - Alessio with his school instrument

Day 363: Friday 6th Oct - Friday night movie

Day 364: Saturday 7th Oct - Katrina`s baby shower

Day 365: Sunday 8th Oct - Waiting at the gate for our flight

Wow! I finally finished this 365 photo challenge and a shame the last photo is rather blurred! That was us waiting for our flight to Brussels in October.

Anyway the first working/school week is finished, Alessio is back at football training and matches at some point. Nothing much has happened this week and the weekend may also be a bit quiet too. I would like to see the movie Darkest Hour and also on Sunday will go for brunch with my friend Arlene, it is a birthday present from her to me.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

November Reading List

I am a bit behind with my books for the year, in November I read 7 books and most were enjoyable. Here they are in no particular order:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I loved this book and had already read one of her other books and can`t wait to read more of them!

The Last Night by Cesca Major, this was an interesting book but not my favorite of that month.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, this is the book I really enjoyed and it is the first in a trilogy and I am reading the final book at the moment.

Disclaimer by Renee Knight, a bit of a strange one is this one, someone has written a book based on a secret Catherine Ravenscroft kept for 20 years. She tries to find out who wrote the book!

If You Were Me by Sheila Flanagan, I liked this book, set in Sevilla and the UK Carlotta O`Keefe is engaged and by accident she bumps into her first boyfriend. They spend some time together and then she starts to think if she should marry her boyfriend at all.

The House on Carnaval Street by Deborah Rodriguez, this is a real story, Debbie flees Afghanistan and eventually ends up in Mexico and starts a beauty business.

The Marriage Bureau For Richard People by Farahad Zuma, this was for my reading challenge so this was for the letter Z. It was an enjoyable story, very engaging.

Happy Reading!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Holiday Recap 2017




Kotor, Montenegro







Dunfermline, Scotland

2017 was a busy year for me and Alessio, we visited lots of places including two new countries Iceland and Montenegro.

January - Barcelona, Spain

February - Iceland

April - Croatia and Montenegro

May -   Milan and Paris

June - Helsinki, Finland

August - Scotland

October - Belgium and The Netherlands

December - Scotland

This year the big holiday will be to New Zealand in the summer, which I am looking forward too!

Happy holiday planning!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Christmas Holiday in Scotland

Aberdour Castle

Dunfermline Abbey



Broughty Ferry Decorations

Afternoon Tea

Scottish Breakfast

The Christmas holidays are finished for me at least and was back to work this week, albeit only one day! Alessio and I had a lovely time in Scotland and were kept busy each day, always something to occupy us.

We went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi with my sister and her kids, this seems to be a Christmas Eve tradition and we all really enjoyed the movie.

We did lots of eating and drinking which is to be expected, first at my sister`s home on Christmas Day and then on New Year`s Day at my parents.

In between we had two birthdays to celebrate, first up was my birthday (29th Dec) and we visited the Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre. We went on a gin tour and I got to sample a few gins, this has become my favorite tipple now. It was an interesting tour and would recommend it. Both my father and myself bought a bottle each. In the evening we went to a Tapas restaurant for dinner with my sister and her family.

The next day was my mother`s birthday and we went to the Double Tree by Hilton Dundee for afternoon time with my sister Elena and her youngest son Jamie. It was nice and we left feeling very full indeed!

In between I was busy buying bits and bobs and Alessio used up his sports voucher buying Barcelona kit. We also visited some family members which I like to do as I don`t see them that much. Alessio also decided to do some embroidery like my father does and the last picture is all his own work! Well done Alessio!

We had a one day trip on a cold but sunny day, we visited 3 places Aberdour Castle, Culross and Dunfermline Abbey. I will post more about that day at a later date!

Hogmany evening was spent with my sister and family getting a little bit drunk! Which I sorely suffered the next day!

There is also another birthday around this time my nephew Jamie turned 13 on 3rd January. Happy Birthday Jamie!

I hope you all had a wonder Christmas and New Year! Wishing you all a fantastic 2018!