Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Baden Baden at Night!

Just a few photos of Baden Baden at night, it was nicely lit up as most places are in the evenings. We wondered around and at dinner at the restaurant Gasthaus Löwenbrau, typical Bavarian fare. It was very nice and of course not so expensive at all.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Photo of the Week - Art Work

From my weekend in Baden Baden, Germany I spotted this art work and thought it was quite interesting. No idea whereabouts in the city I saw it, but I wonder who they are looking around for!!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Castle Ruins near to Wädenswil

Back in January we did a trip with the kids from my class to visit the old castle ruins in Wädenswil. Our theme during that month was castles, kings, knights and queens so a visit to this place was just what we needed.

As you can see from the photos it was a super cold day, but all the kids were warmly dressed and ready for an outing. It took a while to get there but once at the ruins we walked around and explored all over, the kids liked to climb up high the best.

We brought lunch with us, once finished the kids were able to run around and play for a while. These ruins were once the largest in the whole of Kanton Zurich, I could not find out much about it online. I did find another post about this place on another blog www.the if you fancy reading it.

We also visited Rapperswil Castle too which I will post another time!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

A Visit to Merkur Mountain in Baden-Württemberg

Two weekends ago I was in Baden Baden, it was just a short stay with my friend Arlene. Our designated trip for the Sunday was to go up Merkur mountain (the local mountain) which is 2,191m above sea level. The weather was not to be the best and getting there proved to be a task in itself. The road going up to the funicular turned out to be very near to our hotel, unfortunately we decided to drive around the whole city a few times to reach it instead.

Anyway once you have reached the car park for the Merkur Funicular Railway, it only cost 4 euros return. Which is quite amazing when you consider prices in Switzerland! Then you have the delight of going up apparently Europe`s steepest and most technically advanced funicular railway. To be honest it was very steep and the photos I put up do not do it justice, it only takes around 5 mins.

Once at the top it was blowing a gale, as we were not expecting it to be so cold and windy at the top we did not stay that long. We walked up to the summit which has a observation and radio tower which goes up 23m high but was not opened and on a great day the 360 degrees views would have be astounding.

Owing to the weather we did not do any walks and basically went back down again, but I do recommend a trip if you are in the region.

Monday, 2 March 2015

House Art

Two weekends ago Alessio and I were in Zurich at one of our favorite parks, on a whim I decided to walk to a different tram stop. This meant walking in a different direction from the way we normally go for our tram. I spotted these two art works, there was one more but not so interesting as these ones. Not so sure if I would like this on my apartment block, but I guess the tenants have no choice in the matter.

Which one do you like the best?

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Photo of the Week - Elephant on the Roof

On Sunday Alessio and I went to Berne for the afternoon, the main reason was to visit the Natural History Museum. It took a while to find but when I saw the elephant on the roof I guessed this was the right place, we spent around one hour looking at all the exhibits. There is an exhibition about Barry the legendary St. Bernard Dog, he was one of the most famous Saint Bernards that ever lived.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Locarno Postcards

Goodness where did February go, it has passed so quickly and quietly and I am looking forward to March, then April and my trip to Japan.

Backing up a bit to the Christmas period where I spent 3 days in the Ticino with my friend Natalie.  I have visited Locarno a good few times but never at Christmas so it was nice to see how this place looks like at Christmas.

The day started off rather grey and cloudy but by late afternoon the sky was beginning to clear and we could see the mountain Cardada which overlooks Locarno. The Lake Maggiore looked lovely and the sky had a tinge of pink to it which added to the overall loveliness.

We had a few apero drinks in the Bar Cantina which was closing its doors for the last time and a bit of Locarno history was ending. For me it was the first and last time, but for everyone else it was a chance to meet up and say goodbye. Everything was for sale and it looked like lots had been bought already, we returned later that evening and the place was heaving.