Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Garden Fest at the Museum Rietberg

I have been meaning to write a post since Friday but with the news of the result of the EU referendum, I has really upset me. I have been watching the news all weekend and reading as much as possible about it all online.

I did manage to do something during the weekend though, on Sunday I went with Alessio and his friend Alessia to the Garden/Summer Fest at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich.

It was busy on Sunday and the weather held to make it a lovely day there. There was lots to do and see, lots of musical entertainment, food stalls and lots for the kids to keep busy.

Unthough both Alessio and his friend were happy just to climb a tree and eat of course, they also managed to find someone with a football too.

The museum has a really great exhibition which I saw a few weeks ago called Gardens of the World - The Search for Paradise. I really enjoyed this exhibition seeing how the idea of gardens came about, gardens from different parts of the world, famous gardens and much more. So if you live in Zurich it is well worth a visit!

This weekend is the Zuri Fest, this big party happens once every 3 years and lots of people come and there is fireworks on both Friday and Saturday night!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Photo of the Week - Rainbow Style

Photo of the week comes a day late but I could not find one and then I remembered I had some on my camera still. So I put them on the computer and this is from Saturday, I went to see an opera which was shown on a big screen right outside the Zurich Opera House.

The opera was called Pique Dame in English it is called The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, it was set in Russian.

It was great to see it outdoors, everything was good until the second half it started to rain. I sat through it until the end, but I was glad to get home though. We were rewarded with a lovely rainbow during the performance!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Flowers Galore!

I thought I would do a post of the some of the flowers I have seen this spring. The first two photos are from Lake Bled, the next five from outside in our patio area and the final two in Zurich.

Hope you have all had a good week and are looking forward to a packed weekend or a quiet one!

Tonight is Spain against Turkey and of course I will be routing for Spain, Saturday hopefully watching the opera screened outside and Sunday just lazing around the house!

What are your plans?

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Photo of the Week - Peeking Through the Trees

I do like to wonder around Zurich, it is such a lovely city and there is always lots to photograph. This was from two weeks ago, in a really lovely area of the city.

This weekend in Zurich, there will be a showing of an opera called Pique Dame on a large screen outside the Opera House. I am planning of going and of course it is supposed to rain.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Coldplay Time!

Saturday evening saw the return of Coldplay to Zurich after two years, I love this band and this was my 4th time seeing them. I know they are not to everyone`s liking but who cares!

The weather was not so great but during the concert it actually only rained a little bit. They played all the usual big hits, along with their new stuff. There was also fireworks, colourful confetti and large balloons flying around as part of the show.

As is usual they tend to come up to the rear of the stadium so us folk at the back can see them a bit better. Of course we were on the wrong side but we still edged our way to the area they were playing but it would be great to see them up close and personal!

I had my camera along too which was just as well as my phone died as soon as we entered the venue. I was glad to have my camera as I could get some good close ups!

So I read somewhere that this is their last album, boo! I hope not! So if this is really the last time they tour I am glad I saw them again!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

St.Andrews Cathedral

Mary Queen of Scots

The Scotsmen Newspaper

Robbie Burns

Dundee: Jute, Jam and Journalism

East India Company

Finally while I was in Scotland I managed to see half of the panels of The Great Tapestry of Scotland while it was in the Verdant Works in Dundee.

The tapestry has 160 panels which depicts the history of Scotland from 8500 BC up to 2013. The idea for the tapestry was from the Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith and the designs were by Andrew Crummy.

Around 1000 volunteers from all over Scotland spent over a year stitching the different panels and the one for Dundee: Jute, Jam and Journalism was the one that my father, Alister Rutherford helped to make along with Eleanor Arthur, Jesse Sword, Margaret Purvis and Marilyn Rattray.

It has been shown in many different venues across Scotland such Stirling Castle, Verdant Works, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, the Scottish Parliament, Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy, New Lanark and a few more places.

It is really a fantastic piece of art work with so much time and effort having been put into each panel. The details and colours of the panels are just amazing and maybe one day I will see the other 80 panels.

The final resting place for the tapestry is as yet no 100% sure now, so we will wait to see where it will go!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Photo of the Week - Window Pic

Hello from extremely rainy Zurich, it has been raining for days and days and it looks like it will continue from more days to come. The exception is only Friday may be nice!

Anyway this was taken on Sunday in Zurich, I was wondering around the city, which I have not done for ages. I had visited the Design Museum and had some time to pass until the cinema started at 2pm, I really like to see this part of Zurich.

This weekend is exciting as I am going to see COLDPLAY and it is an outdoor concert so will be needing my rain jacket by the look of things. It will be my 4th time but they are one of my favorite bands ever!

Some links to see:

If you are like me then you love to go to the movies, here is a list of the best movies this year. I have seen only 4 from this list.

This looks really interesting and Lake Iseo is not one of the most know Italian lakes, I would really like to check this out, but do not have the time.

Who is the best Trump impersonator?

John Oliver forgives 15m dollars of medical debt on live TV!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral began construction in 1248 and it took over 600 years to complete and for 4 years it was actually the tallest building in the world from 1880 to 1884. It lost the title to the Washington Monument. It is the greatest Gothic Cathedral in Germany and the main tourist attraction in Cologne.

During WWII is suffered 14 hits but it did not fall down and was reconstructed, in 1996 UNESCO added it to the World Heritage List. It was originally built to house the Three Wise Men shrine.

It is very impressive inside and out, and in spite of the scaffolding. The glass stained windows were simply breathtaking and so many of them! The small details on the outside of the cathedral was just amazing. The cathedral can been seen from all over the city, we got good views from the boat trip we took and crossing the rail bridge.

Apparently in the just this weekend in the news was that a cloth with the blood of the Pope John Paul II was stolen from the cathedral.

Wishing you all a great week!