Monday, 26 January 2015

An Afternoon in Tewkesbury

While we were touring around Gloucestershire, we made a stop in the lovely medieval town of Tewkesbury. It joins together the river Severn and river Avon, we walked along one of the rivers for a short while.

It is very well known for its 12th century Norman Abbey, which we visited and it is very impressive indeed and the Norman tower is believed to be the largest still in existence.

There are lots of lovely shops to enjoy and also lots of cafe and pubs. We had some coffee and cake at The Bell Hotel which was very nice.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Photos of the Week - Funny Signs

This week I give you two photos of funny signs (well I think they are!) I saw them in the town of Chipping Camden, which is in The Cotswold, England.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Colmar Christmas Markets

In December last year I went to Colmar to see the Christmas markets with my friend Arlene, we drove there from Zurich which takes just under 2 hours. It was a Sunday so the town was extremely busy but we managed to get a parking space.

There were many different markets all over the town so we wandered around them all. The town is very very picturesque with lovely buildings, and then with all the Christmas decorations it looked even more lovely. Colmar also has lots of canals and is sometimes know as "little Venice" which you can see in some of the photos.

We stopped for some mulled wine and eventually queued up for the typical food from the Alsace tarte flambee. The Christmas markets had all the usual stuff to buy, toys, candles, lights and much more.

We did have trouble finding a cafe in the town centre, all the restaurants were busy as you would expect. Eventually we find one and had a yummy hot chocolate to keep us warm, by this time it started to get dark and we could see how the town looked all lit up. Sadly I could not upload those photos for some reason.

Colmar is a great place to visit in any season!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Photo of the Week - Part of a Bridge!

In the summer we were in England for one week and this was taken on our way back to Bristol airport. We stayed in Bristol for two nights but did not see the city properly, but on Instagram I have seen lots of photos of the city and it looks lovely. We did manage to see the Clifton Suspension bridge albeit only from the car and it looked quite amazing. It spans the lovely Avon Gorge and river Avon, I tried to take photos but it was not to be, so here is a part of it!

Sudelely Castle, England

During our summer holidays last year we went for one week to England and to the Cotswolds. We stayed mostly in Gloucester from where we travelled around each day. One of the trips we made was to Sudeley Castle and Gardens.

A very lovely castle and very interesting as it is also a private residence, which we were able to visit some of the private rooms. It also has the distinction of being the only private castle in England to have a queen buried in its grounds, Queen Katherine Parr, the 6th wife of Henry VIII.

Some other royal connections include Richard III, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey. The gardens are very well known and it was truly lovely to walk around and admire the flowers and designs. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, it is named after four of England`s queens Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Photo of the Week - Blue Building

This week the photo is from the lovely city of Colmar, Alsace which I visited in early December for one day to visit the Christmas markets. There are so many lovely buildings to take photos of and at Christmas time it is maybe more exciting with all the lights, food and drink stalls and Christmas trees. This building was quite popular with many people taking photos, I also took some when it got a bit darker and it also looked very nice!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Holiday Recap 2014

Oslo Harbour

Oslo Castle

View of from our Hotel

Topkapi Palace


Lower Slaughton

Chipping Camden





View from Cardada

Happy New Year! I wanted to put this post up on the 31st Dec, but I was busy with other stuff. So the recap of the 2014 holiday pics.

April - Oslo, Norway

May - Istanbul, Turkey

July - The Cotswolds, England

October - Scotland

December - Colmar France and Ticino Switzerland

Here`s looking forward to 2015!!