Monday, 19 June 2017

365 Photo Challenge Days 209 to 219

Day 209: Saturday 6th May - Walking in Zurich

Day 210: Sunday 7th May - Magnets on my fridge

Day 211: Monday 8th May - A book that I could not get into!

Day 212: Tuesday 9th May - Moon poking through the trees

Day 213: Wednesday 10th May - Walking on the Au peninsula

Day 214: Thursday 11th May - Ideas for the Paris trip!

Day 215: Friday 12th May - coffee and cake with Hannah and Katrina

Day 216: Saturday 13th May - Restaurant in Milan

Day 217: Sunday 14th May - Window shop in Milan

Day 218: Monday 15th May - Cress growing at work

Day 219: Tuesday 16th May - Mother`s Day presents from Alessio!
Time is just flying by and time to catch up on the photo challenge! I did so love my card and picture from Alessio!

This weekend was a busy one, I visited the Zurich Design Museum, there was an exhibition I wanted to see called Take a Holiday! I will do a small post about what I saw in the exhibition later, but it finishes on the 9th July if you are interested!

In the evening I went to the open air opera which was being shown on a large screen outside the Opera House. The opera they were showing was called A Masked Ball and this year we were lucky with the weather. A very enjoyable evening.

On Sunday I met up with friends Hannah and Markus at the lake for a few hours. We had a good chat, with food and drinks and sitting in the shade!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Golden Circle - Iceland

Thingvellir National Park

Icelandic ponies

Geysir Geothermal Area

Strokkur erupting!

Gullfoss Waterfalls

A trip to Iceland would not be complete without visiting these 3 major attractions know as The Golden Circle. It is a popular day trip from Reykjavik which covers around 300km in Southern Iceland.

The first stop was the Thingvellir National Park, this site is of historical, cultural and geological importance. The mid-Atlantic ridge is where the North American and the Eurasian tectonics meet and is visible in the park. The historical importance is Althing which is the National Parliament of Iceland and was founded in 830 in Thingvellir National park.

The second stop was the geothermal area Haukadalur which is home to Geysir and Strokkur. Geysir rarely erupts but Strokkur erupts every 5 to 10 minutes and up to a height of 15 to 20m. And we saw it erupting a few times and it was amazing! Alessio liked this area a lot and the smell was rather potent indeed!

The final stop was the Gullfoss waterfall which means The Golden waterfall, we walked down to the area, quite amazing to see! It is located on river White, which is fed by Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland. The water plummets 32m down in two stages into a cannon which is 70m deep. We only saw it from the top it was possible to see the waterfall from another angle.

There are many tours doing the Golden Circle and they pick you up from your hotel. I would really recommend seeing these attractions, you can also just rent a car and do all 3 by yourself too.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 12 June 2017

May Reading List

In May I got through 7 books, I forgot to take a photo of one of the books. I got three books for my reading challenge.

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain, I suppose I was interested in this novel as it was set in Switzerland. It was okay but it did not grip me so much!

The Hidden Assassins by Robert Wilson, is set in Seville and it about a bomb going off in an apartment building. This is the series with Javier Falcon and it quite enjoyed it!

In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, I really enjoyed this book, it is quite a gripping who done it! It keeps you on the edge all through the novel.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, this is not my usual type of book, but I did enjoy it a lot that I have bought the second book. Emma Watson seems to be interested in this series too!

My Mother`s Shadow by Nikola Scott, there is lots of drama in this novel and I really liked it!

Moskva by Jack Grimwood, set in Moscow and it is a gripping thriller!

Nocturnes by Kazuro Ishiguro, are five short stories set in different places!

For my reading challenge which is to read a new author by going through the alphabet, I am not doing this alphabetically.

I got three books in May they were:

In A Dark Dark Wood (W)
The Queen of the Tearling (J)
Nocturnes (I)

So far I have got through 13 letters, I will make a post about all the books when I am finished!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Porvoo, Finland

Porvoo Cathedral

Red Shore Houses

The long weekend we had last week, I visited Helsinki with two friends Hannah and Riikka. On the Saturday we visited the mediaeval city Porvoo, which is about 50km from the capital. We did think about going one way by steamboat, but it was really quite cold and we decided to stick with the bus!

This is a gorgeous city, full of fantastic shops, cafes, and old, colourful buildings. We were all glad to see that there are many arts and craft shops and we all bought some things from here. The river Porvoonjoki flows through the city and you can see the well know landmarks, the red shore houses which were once used to store goods and produce.

Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland, founded nearly 800 years ago. I just loved walking through the streets, looking at the fantastic houses and buildings. It was just so colourful!

I really would encourage you to visit Porvoo if you happen to be in Helsinki or any other place nearby. I can only imagine when it is warm, sitting outside and relaxing would be lovely.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

365 Photo Challenge Days 199 to 208

Day 199: Wednesday 26th April - View from Dubrovnik wall

Day 200: Thursday 27th April - Montenegro

Day 201: Friday 28th April - Dubrovnik through a square!

Day 202: Saturday 29th April - Preparing for race in Dubrovnik

Day 203: Sunday 30th May - Zurich early morning

Day 204: Monday 1st May - People being funny with the police

Day 205: Tuesday 2nd May - Painting bought in Dubrovnik

Day 206: Wednesday 3rd May - Much needed glass of wine

Day 207: Thursday 4th May - snack for the kids at work

Day 208: Friday 5th May - fresh yummy salad

I had a fab weekend in Helsinki with my friends Riikka and Hannah, I will post all about it another time. Now it was time to catch up with the photo challenge!

I am glad to have a quietish weekend, Alessio may have a football match on Saturday and has a birthday party to go to on Sunday. So he is busy!

Have a great week!