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!

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!