Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Photo of the Week - Dachau Concentration Camp

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! Mine was really busy but lovely and I will tell you all about it another time!

One of the weekends in March I went to Munich and one of the thing I did was visit Dachau Concentration Camp. I do have lots more photos and will do another post on this visit. It was certainly a difficult and very emotional visit, extremely interesting and incredibly sad!

This weekend my parents are arriving and staying one for week, Alessio has his First Communion on Sunday. So it is quite a busy weekend again!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Photo of the Week - Hello Moon

It is mid-week and soon the Easter weekend will begin, taking you back to Sunday evening which is when I spotted the moon. It has been out nearly all week (I think) and it always seemed full to me. Anyway I like to see the moon and how brightly it shines.

Quite a lot of people go away over Easter, taking advantage of the fact you don`t have to take any holidays. I normally stay here, but decided in December to plan Easter away this year. So I am off to Ljubljana, Slovenia. It will be my first visit to this country and am looking forward to this adventure.

Where or what is everyone else up too this Easter?

Monday, 21 March 2016

Bächlihof Farm

The weekend was lovely with great weather, now it has gone a bit colder! Alessio started off the weekend with a football match which I am very glad to say his team won 6-4. I was very happy as the week before they got such a thrashing!

The day continued with a trip to the cinema to see Kung Fu Panda 3 for Alessio with a friend and I saw London Has Fallen.

On Sunday I decided to visit Bächlihof farm, at first Alessio wasn`t to keen about the whole idea. Once we arrived and he saw the big haystack, he was a happy chap! From January to mid May the farm has made things out of straw and apples. It is a lovely place to visit, lots of good food and the kids are kept busy. One of the things was an old style telephone which I don`t have a photo here, but it is on facebook and instagram if you fancy checking it out! It was quite cool!

Some links to check out:

New cities to visit
Spring essentials
World Poetry day

Monday, 14 March 2016

Bergen Bryggen

In February Alessio and I visited the Norwegian city of Bergen on the west coast. Bergen has lots to offer visitors and one of the most important sights is Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen.  It has been on UNESCO list for World Heritage since 1979.

In the 13th century the Hanseatic League set up one of their  four European offices on the Wharf called Bryggen, the city was and still is an important port for Norway. There have been many fires as the buildings are made from wood, therefore the buildings have been rebuilt at different times. They are fantastic to see, we wondered around the narrow alley ways and climbed up to see some of the shops.

News from around the world:

Obama gives his views on Trump
The island at the end of the Star Wars movie at the centre of a row
Vienna to Budapest in 10 mins by train!
Old photos of the Golden age of travel down the Nile

Friday, 11 March 2016

Snowy Garden

Now that it is the weekend, it is actually hard to believe that on Tuesday morning the outside of my flat looked like this. I mean it looked really beautiful, don`t get me wrong! It is nice to see snow covered on nature, as it had not really snowed that much this winter.

I guess this was maybe the last show of winter before spring officially starts, there is always a chance of some late snow even in April. (let`s hope not).

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

 Some links to check out:

With Easter in a few weeks, here are some ideas where to go!
A blog I really like, there are always fab photos of flowers and gardens!
If you have a stopover in Iceland this is a new way to spend it!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Photo of the Week - Envy!

This was taken in London in Notting Hill last October, it is a nice area been here a few times. It is a great car, it really stands our!

By the time I get to Wednesday evening, I only have to work one more day and then I can start my weekend. It is really nice to not work on Fridays, I am quite lucky!

This weekend I am going to Munich with Arlene, it is the birthday of our friend Janet and we will go out for a meal. We will also catch up with other friends and see a bit of Munich too!

What is everyone else up too this weekend?

Monday, 7 March 2016

A Walk Around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a great city, while we were in Scotland over the Christmas holidays we spent a day there along with my father walking around and visiting Edinburgh Castle.

It had been ages since I last visited the castle, so once in the castle grounds we wondered around the and in some of the rooms. The queue to see the crown jewels was really long that we decided not to go, we did see and hear the firing of the canon at 1pm which Alessio really enjoyed. As expected it was very busy and somewhat hard to find a spot to see the it happen, but we managed! We also had our lunch here too.

After we left we walked down the Royal Mile, it is such an amazing street filled with many historic buildings. We stopped at a cafe for afternoon refreshments, we continued walking until the end at Holyrood Palace. Then we decided to head back to the bus station, so we walked through Carlton Hill cemetery. Towards the Dugald Stewart Monument and the Nelson Monument, it is an area I don`t know so well, but certainly great for views.

So another day spent in Edinburgh over, I think the next time I come here will try to visit the zoo. I think Alessio would like that (and me too).

Links from around the world:

Lucky folk in the UK seeing the Northern Lights
Charles Dickens rude reply to a fan!
Starbucks in Italy, will it survive!

Friday, 4 March 2016

Bergen From Up High!

Back to Bergen so to speak! One of the many things we did while in Bergen was to take the funicular to Mt Floyen.

Mt Floyen is 320 metres above sea level and it is only about 8 minutes to the top from Bergen. It is quite easy to find the place where it leaves from, quite near to Bryggen. The view is great, as you would expect and helps you see how big Bergen is and spread out.

We did not do much as it was really cold and did not want to walk down, but I can imagine in the warmer months it would be a great day out. There are ample opportunities to hike and walk around, there is a playground for kids too.

By the way before we went up we had lunch in a lovely cafe very near to the entrance to the funicular called Cafe Ruccola.

I am glad it is the weekend, hope you all have a good one!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Photo of the Week - Streetart

This is from Bergen, we were wondering around and spotted this which we liked it a lot. It is quite a piece of work!

Not long until the weekend!