Sunday, 20 July 2014

Photo of the Week - Gloucester Cathedral

Hello, I am back from a week in the Cotswolds, and this is from Gloucester Cathedral. It is quite an amazing cathedral and it contains the tomb of Edward II and Robert Duke of Normandy. I did not know what to expect and it was quite truly amazing.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets were filmed here under very tight security. I will have to watch them again to see if I recognize any parts of the Cathedral.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

More Turkish Goodies!

One of the places to visit is the Grand Baazar, which was extremely near to our hotel. I was a bit nervous about going there for some reason. I guess I was thinking that the stall holders would really try to pressure us into buying their goods. Luckily we just wondered about the place which is huge, full of lots of things to buy and politely said no thanks to there offers. Not all the photos are from the Grand Bazaar, more or less everywhere you go there are shops with lots of yummy desserts. I tend to find the  Turkish desserts just too sweet for me, but I did taste some.

The second time we went into the Grand Bazaar we got totally lost and it took us ages to find the place from where we entered. This was to help us get back to our hotel, but in the end we got there. Istanbul was in the Bond movie Skyfall, there were scenes in the Grand Bazaar. I have not seen this film for ages so may check it out again to see what other parts of Istanbul are in it.

So the school holidays have started and next week Alessio and I are in England for one week. We are looking forward seeing Oxford, Bath and Bristol to name a few!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Afternoon tea in Istanbul!

My afternoon tea odyssey continues and this time we graced the luxury 5 star hotel Pera Palace Jumeirah in the Beyoglu district. The afternoon tea takes place in the Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge which is very plush and glamorous. As you can see from the last photo the delights on offer were amazing and delicious to look at, let alone taste! The staff were very nice and helpful, refilling your tea or bringing a new pot.

The hotel is steeped in history, it opened back in 1895 and has had some very prominent guest such as Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Josephine Baker, Mata Hari, Greta Garbo and Agatha Christie to name but a few. It is said that Agatha Christie wrote the novel Murder on the Orient Express in room 411.

In 1981 the hotel got the status museum-hotel, the room 101 was converted into Atatürk museum in a tribute to the leader of modern Turkey Atatürk. To be honest it would have been great to stay there but I am sure the price would have quite expensive.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Oslo Opera House

One of the many landmarks we visited while in Oslo, was the Oslo Opera which had to be one of my favorite buildings. Situated at the head of the Oslofjord, this marble and glass building is very interesting. I liked how you are able to walk up the slope to the roof and get some lovely views. Built in 2008 it has become a big draw to both locals and tourists, it was designed by a Norwegian firm Snohetta.

The opera has won many award both in Norway and abroad, one of the many was the International Architecture Award 2010. After walking around had a coffee sitting outside on the terrace. It was a wonderful sunny and we enjoyed sitting down with the great view. Inside too is lovely, very light and airy feel to the place. I am sure going to a production here would be quite amazing.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Photo of the Week - The Blue Mosque

During our stay in Istanbul we visited a few rooftop bars and we were not disappointed at all with all they had to offer. In fact to visit more bars would have been a great goal if we had had the time. One of these bars was in The Blue House which we discovered quite by accident. The hotel looked quite interesting and we were also a bit weary from wondering the streets that we decided to check this place out. Once up at the top, the lift was rather small and slow, we sat down for a drink.

The views were just amazing as they had all been everywhere but to be this close to the famous and beautiful Blue Mosque at night was just brilliant.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Sechseläuten Parade 2014

I am a bit late with this post, this was the traditional Spring festival called Sechseläuten which took place on the weekend of the 28th April. This was the kid`s parade which is always on a Sunday, as you can see from the photos it was a rainy affair. Although this did not stop lots of people coming out to see the parade, it is more or less the same each year. The kids throw sweets to the kids watching the parade and they scramble about trying to get as many as possible.

The Monday afternoon parade sees the 26 guilds with the men in historic dresses, marching bands and fancy carriages. They head for the Sechseläuten square where the huge snowman (böögg) is waiting to be set on fire. The tradition is that the faster it burns and the head explodes the better the summer will be. I believe this year is was quite fast, so lets see if the summer is a lovely one!!

Happy start to the week!!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Another Sunset!

Whenever possible I like to take photos of sunsets and these were taken in Oslo from my hotel window. We were on the highest floor so I just stuck my head out the window see to the view and suddenly saw this, quickly got my camera and the rest is history. I was going for a photo of the week but could not decide which one to use so decided to use all three.

Well is it nearly the weekend, which is always good!!