Monday, 29 September 2014

Quaint English Places in the Cotswolds


Chipping Camden

Market Place

River Eye

Lower Slaughter


During the summer holiday Alessio and I visited the Cotswold district along with my parents for one week. It was a glorious week weather wise as there was a heatwave, making it unbelievably too hot for us!!

We visited and saw many places, since we hired a car it made it easier to visit small villages and towns, which would have proved to difficult with public transport.

There are lots of lovely villages and towns in the Cotswolds and we saw some of them, the first one was only a quick stop and walkaround. The small pretty village of Stanton which had delightful houses to ponder and a lovely small church.

We then continued our trip to visit Hidcote Manor House which I will post about another time, then afterwards we stopped in Chipping Camden. This was also a lovely small market town and we had a delicious lunch. There are plenty of shops to browse around, I managed to buy a bracelet.

Another day we stopped off at Lower Slaughter which has the river Eye running through it, this small village was certainly very beautiful and we had lunch at The Slaughter Inn. We visited the church and walked along the river banks and came across a watermill. Alessio feeling rather hot decided to paddle in the river, he then convinced my father also. They were joined by a four legged friend who also thought it was too dam hot and need cooling down.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Photo of the Week - Looking Good!

This week the photo is from Stein am Rhein, we were there at the end of August with my parents. We had been to the Napoleon museum and decided to drive and visit Stein am Rhein. It was a rainy day so we did not stay long, this is a tourist town and therefore lots of shops were open. This is not normally the case in Switzerland, only in train stations are there any types of shops open. On our way back to the car I noticed this model and thought she looked cool!!

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Visit to Stanserhorn Mountain!

During the last week of the school holidays Alessio and I were both off and we were staying in Zurich for a change. I planned to do some day trips and the rest of the days just hanging about at home, going to the lake and parks.

One of the trips was to the Stanserhorn mountain and one of its charms is that it has an open deck cable car called Cabri0 which was opened in 2012.

It is just under 1900m and we had really great weather to enjoy our day. The views of Lake Lucerne, Pilatus, Rigi and Burgenstock to name but a few mountains were amazing as you would expect from high up.

It also has a revolving restaurant, but actually it is just a platform with some table and chairs which goes very slowly around. It is still quite cool and we had reserved a space to eat and left our jackets, went to get some lunch. When we returned to our area at first I thought some people had sat in our seats then realised that it was turning.

It also has a small area with marmots which I already mentioned in a photo of the week post. Dam they were so cute these little animals. We walked up to the summit which the marmot enclosure is on the way and huffed and puffed a bit, but the view is worth it. A lovely day out!!


Monday, 22 September 2014

Balconies in Zurich!

The past two Sundays I have been wandering around Zurich in the Seefeld area and realised that there are lots of really cool balconies.

They range from completely full, to some flowers to nothing at all, and they all look good no matter what. I like the first and last balconies, although I would not have so many flowers and plants as I am not so good at looking after them.

Which one do you like?

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Norwegian Folk Museum!

While in Oslo during April we visited the Norwegian Folk museum, a short journey out of the city. We always seem to visit these types of open air museums, last year in Denmark, then in Bavaria too. I guess they are perfect for children and you get to learn some history too.

It shows how people in Norway lived from 1500 to present day, it was a fun place to see. You are able to see houses from different regions of Norway and in different time periods. We liked to see the different types of houses and their colours. We stayed most of day, there is really lots to see and there is an indoor exhibition too.

Definitely worth a visit in you happen to be the Oslo!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Photo of the Week - Full Moon

Some time last week there was a full moon, I was not getting to sleep that easily so I decided to take some photos. I tried 3 different settings on my camera, as was not sure which one to use. I liked this one the best.

Talk about not getting to sleep, more than likely tonight may be the same, with the waiting for the news from Scotland. Well I hope it is a yes vote!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Istanbul Words

For the word series from Istanbul I have the usual plethora of photos which include street signs, cafes, shop signs, old writings and fast food places. Looking back at these photos brings back good memories of this short but interesting trip.

Hope you have all had a great weekend!