Friday, 2 December 2016

Bits of Luxembourg City!

So December has begun! The countdown has begun for Christmas! We are going a little back in time for this post to the beginning of November in fact. That is the weekend Alessio and myself went to Luxembourg City.

We left Friday evening, it is only a one hour flight from Zurich, so once out of the airport, onto a bus and checked into the hotel, we went for dinner. We didn`t do anything else that evening as Alessio does like to stay as much as possible in a hotel wherever we go!

The next day we took a bus to the MUDAM, a contemporary art museum and there Alessio was able to be creative in the kids section. Then we walked back into the city centre and looked for a place for lunch. The rest of the day was spent walking around the city, looking at the shops, buildings, we visited the Cathedral, looking at views, seeing lots of statues, watching a soldier guarding the Grand Ducal Palace and of course we visited an English book store!

Since we were both exhausted from all the walking we dined in the hotel and much to Alessio`s delight went to our room afterwards.

The next day was our final and we visited the old part of the city, we walked down to the Grund, where the river Alzette flows. It is a lovely area to stroll around and take in the sights. The Casemates Bock is a network of underground fortifications, which is a recognized UNESCO Heritage Site. We visited another museum, which wasn`t really to Alessio`s taste and continued looking for areas we had not explored yet.

Finally we went to a huge park and in this park we found a really cool playground which thankfully made Alessio happy! We stayed as long as we could as it was quite cold and headed back towards the hotel. We stopped off for coffee and cake beforehand, grab our luggage and headed off to the airport.

All in all it was a nice weekend, if I had planned it better we maybe could have visited Vianden Castle which is a bit out of the city. It looks very impressive!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Photo of the Week - Lonely Lighthouse

Photo of the week comes from the ferry trip from Oban to Isle of Mull, on our way I saw lots of fantastic scenery. I really like lighthouses, although I have not seen that many! I would certainly have liked to visit this one!

Monday, 28 November 2016

365 Photo Challenge - Days 32 to 39

Day 32: Tuesday 8th November - I really enjoyed this book

Day 33: Wednesday 9th November - I bought chestnuts for Alessio but he doesn`t like them

Day 34: Thursday 10th November - Turnips lanterns made by parents and kids

Day 35: Friday 11th November - Deco at home

Day 36: Saturday 12th November - Candle making in Zurich

Day 37: Sunday 13th November - I am really liking to eat soup at the moment

Day 38: Monday 14th November - Bakery in Kilcberg

Day 38: Tuesday 15th November - Lovely skies 

Day 39: Wednesday 16th November - Lake Zurich

Day 40: Thursday 17th November - Colouring in book I bought for Alessio

Hope you all had a great weekend! Alessio and I visited the Christmas market at Bellevue twice over the weekend. There are some great food stalls there and Alessio was keen to try some of them, so we had a Himalaya burger which Alessio was not so keen on the bun but liked the meat. We also had Dutch fries which were really yummy.

We also went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them, it was really great movie and look forward to the next one.

Wishing you all a great week!

Friday, 25 November 2016

Postcards of Porto Part 2

So awhile back I posted the first part of our trip to Porto in August, so here is the last part. We ended up in Porto after our week in the Azores with my father. This is a gorgeous city and well worth a trip. We planned to do a day trip to Coimbra but unfortunately I did not plan it so well, so we did not make it.  Here are the other things we did:

1) We visited Porto Cathedral, it is one of the city`s oldest monuments

2) Sao Bento Train Station, you might think why would you visit a train station apart from to leave the city but this train is beautiful. The historical station is know for it tiles (azulejo) which depicts scenes of the history of Portugal.

3) The Serralves Museum, this was a lovely museum and it had a great big park. In the park there were sculptures to find which of course Alessio liked to do!

4) Hop on/off bus this is normally not what I do, but for one day we thought and Alessio really wanted to go on it too!

5) The fantastic houses/flats with there coloured walls and balconies which I really liked to see

6) Port tasting, I really wanted to do this but with Alessio I decided not too. So the next time I visit Porto that will be on my list.

So if you have not been to this city then you really must, it is beautiful!

Here are some more blogs about Porto!

Caroline in the city

Food. Travel. Fun

I Heart My City: Maria

Monday, 21 November 2016

Pavilion of Reflections

During the summertime here in Zurich there was something called Manifesta 11, it is a non-profit organization based in Amsterdam. It stands for The European Biennial of Contemporary of Art, this was the 11th year and it was held in Zurich. There were a number of events on over the summer period, the focal point was the Pavilion of Reflections which was an island on Lake Zurich. It was made in co-operation by 30 architectural students from the EFH Zurich. led by Studio Tom Emerson.

It had an open- air cinema, a swimming pool, a bar/cafe, areas to sit and meet other people. During the whole summer you had to pay an entrance fee, but once Manifesta 11 was over the Zurich Film Festival took it over and aired free movies. I visited it on the second last day to see what it was like inside, I had a coffee and sat for a while watching what was on the screen.

It was certainly an interesting building and a good place to have as a central meeting area. I have to say that I did not go to any of the events that were on over the period, so cannot comment on that.

It was one of the many events that took place in Zurich over the summertime!