Friday, 30 June 2017

Fondazione Prada/Bar Luce in Milan

During our weekend in Milan back in May we visited the Foundazione Prada opened in 2015 to showcase contemporary art and culture. The main exhibition was about TV in the 70s in Italy, and to be honest we were not so impressed with it, probably as we didn`t understand it either, here explains it more!

I was more interested in seeing the actual place and look at the architecture, this place was a former distillery. Rem Coolhaas, the Dutch architect and his firm OMA have created/renovated this amazing space for the Foundazione Prada. The golden building you see in the photos has been named Haunted House and is entirely covered by 24-carat gold leaf.

Bar Luce was designed by the American director Wes Anderson, his movies are The Grand Hotel Budapest (loved it), The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited to name but a few. It is a lovely bar/cafe, in which we all had something to eat and drink. I kind of thought it gave off 50s vibes in the decor.

I really enjoyed coming to the Foundazione Prada and if I lived in Milan would come quite often!

Monday, 26 June 2017

April Reading List

Hello dear readers!

It is really strange not to have a photo on the post, but I had noticed that I totally forgot to write about my April reading for some reason. Plus most of the books are gone so I decided not to bother with a photo!

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

The Cuckoo`s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Killing Room by Peter May

Hausfrau by Jill Essbaum Alexander, this is set in Zurich and that is why I really read this book!

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacquline Winspear

So that month only five books and from my reading challenge I got the letter G and E! I am quite far in my challenge, but it is a rather easy one!

Here are some link-

If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is an interesting articule!

Greenpeace is being sued by Resolute Forest Products, something which is important especially in these days freedom of speech!

Does Dali have a daughter?

Have a great week!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Day in Montenegro!

Kotor Cathedral

Wall of the city

Church of our Lady of the Rock


While we were in Croatia during the Spring holidays we took a day trip to the neighbouring country of Montenegro. We went on a guided tour by bus from Dubrovnik, once we arrived in the beautiful city of Kotor, we had around 3 hours to wonder around and explore. We walked around the city looking at all the amazing buildings and churches, stopped for lunch and went inside the cathedral to explore.

The famous bay of Kotor is where you will find the city of Kotor, it looks like a fjord you could almost be in Norway due to the high mountains surrounding the bay. It is sometimes called Europe`s southernmost fjord but it is in fact a costal inlet, connected by four bays.

It is possible to climb part of the city walls and you would be rewarded by a fantastic view. We did not do this was it was the hottest day of our whole week in that part of the world!

Afterwards we drove about 15mins to the small but important town of Perast. There are two islands and we had the option to visit Lady of the Rocks is which a man -made island but decided just to walk around as we only had one hour. In fact we stopped and sat by the bay, had coffee and cake. It was so lovely just to sit down and admire the stunning scenery.

After our long day away, there was lots of traffic on the return journey plus crossing the border took a bit of time for some reason, we were all quite tired. It is definitely worth a trip from Dubrovnik!

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!