Oh God, I cannot understand how come but it’s already September, or should I say … almost October? And my last post was a (late!) happy new years’ post!!! What a mess…
What happened? (…actually a lot!) And the fact is: I haven’t been lazy at all since my last post but I have to say something up loud – although it may hurt my deepest feelings:
I am not such a multitask talent as I seemed to be in my sweetest dreams…
And you know what? It is not an excuse not to write: It is a vote that I am going to write even if a little bit, and yes sometimes I’ll have to postpone other things I also like, because this blog matters a lot and I missed it like crazy for the past few months.
Talking about the last months, I have some picturess to share with you guys and I hope you enjoy it!
We have been around…
here in switzerland
Genfersee – Lac Lèman, Genève
we spent a weekend in Geneve recently and visited ‘La Claritè’ a beautiful building designed by Le Corbusier and his cusin Pierre Jeaneret in the end of the 20’s. (photos above) And the unbelievable ‘Le Lignon‘ (photo below)
We went a little bit further for our second but even though breathtaking visit to Ronchamp, also from Corbusier, but now we could see the new sisters dormitories from Renzo Piano
And yet in France… Paris…
We have visited Tokyo,
Kyoto and Osaka
We have also being to Brasil, and it was like Christmas in July : )
Now we are back and ready for more!
With all my love and happiness
I know I might be a little (just a little bit) delayed… nevertheless: I would like to propose a toast : H A P P Y N E W Y E A R !
Where the h**** have I been? And what the h**** have I done lately?!?!
I am pretty sure any of you guys should ever ask me such unkind words, but here is the truth: As ending/beginning of year time allows us to be a little (just a little bit) lazy… there is actually the place where I’ve been… and what I’ve done for the last couple of weeks! S O R R Y …
But you know what? Somewhere in between laziness and Laziland I’ve factually been to Wien …
and Salzburg, where we spent respectively Christmas and New Years Eve.
It was heartbreaking to spent both holidays without our relatives, but I can not deny: we had a beautiful and beyond romantic time together, although (or fortunately) without snow…
I´ll be back as soon as possible with further details and tips about these delightful destinations!
Yes baby, yes!!! Last week I went to Zurich to see the Lumineers, and it was Awesome!!!
Of course… I love the guys, but honestly: They are great ( and you should read it as : G R E A T ! ) performers.
They are a genuine folk band of very talented instrumentists, composers and performers.
The opening Band was ‘Thao and the get down stay down‘, and I have to tell you the truth: I had never heard about them until last week, but ever since then I can’t listen to anything else! You should try it out …
Thao is the vocalist, and she performs with incomparable passion and vitality together with her multi-talented band!
I had the most delightful night, and hope this tips and my very few images may be enough to inspire you to know more about both Thao and the Lumineers!
Hope you enjoy it, and if possible have the opportunity to see them performing in your city!
As I told you a couple of times, I live in Basel – the most charming city in Switzerland… – and it is time for the Herbstmesse (fall fair) around here!
I love this time of the year! Between my birthday (24.10) and Christmas we have Herbst and Weihnacht (Christmas) Fairs, and that means: giant-wells, lots of treats, winter and Christmas market, and of course a real good time!
Today I’ll share some pictures from this …
and last weekend with you guys.
Pictures of Munster’s fair (the fair is spread all over the city trough different spots: Munsterplatz, Barfusserplatz, Messe, Kasern and Peterplatz…
Here you can see from Munsterplatz’s giant-well the lights from the Messe fair, just around the corner of my place (what means: fair everyday : yehhh!)
Unfortunately sunday was Herbstmesse’s last day…
Fortunately Weihnachtsmesse will start anytime soon!
I can’t wait!
Talk to you soon,
In Milano we stayed at the ‘Concoct‘ , and it was one of our best choices ever!
There are six different apartaments and we stayed at the ‘Huomo 2’. Quite nice, right?!
What is so nice about Concoct is the concept of the hotel: They refurbished an old house in the middle of Milan’s ‘china-town’ (those are my words…) and comissioned six different young italian architects do design each of the rooms as if it was his or her’s own space at Milano.
Each appartement have a particular character. Ours was a very delicate mix between old and new. I loved to see that the old beams and doors were a central point of the project, but also found the new elements: colours and materials – plus objects – quite nice.
The neighbourhood is fantastic! Especially if you are inn-to ‘thay massage’… or not – seriously: I couldn’t miss the joke – .
It was also nice to have a kitchen, so we could have a late breakfast in our room, with a lot of good fruits. I mean: If you have been to Italy, but never bought actual food on a supermarket, then ( I am so sorry to tell you) you have never been to the real ‘eataly’: the fruits are so delightful and juicy… you can not even imagine: you have to taste it!
SO YES : I was happily ever after my fruity ‘collazione’: the best way to start the day and also end this gorgeous ‘happy-birthday’ weekend!
Of course, the day wasn’t over after breakfast: we also went to the Castello Sforzescco , enjoyed a concert ‘a capella’ and then it was shopping time! I mean: shopping time on Sunday !!! Can you believe it? ( yes, I have been living in Basel for quite a while… so for me it is – ‘unglaublich’ – unbelievable to find open stores in Europe on a sunday).
extra tip: If you happen to be in Milano and have enough time, you should save a whole day to visit the Castello Sforzescco because it is GIGANTIC, and encloses four different museums, plus: if it is a week day you can also schedule a visit to the library that is already quite impressive from outside!
I would like to thank you: my so beloved ones, for turning my birth day into a very H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! Y E H ! ! !
For those who were here with me either if by phone, internet, thought, or in person: Thank you for coming and being ‘around’! Thank you also for each word, and each present! You made me feel surrounded by lots of love the whole day!
Hello my dear ones! To start this week I bring to you not the last… but the last post of this sequence about Amsterdam … tadadada:
(I still have a post about Silodam and some architectural tips coming up soon… )
Well, walking around Amsterdam really is a nice thing, but I could never actually appreciate it before, once the last couple of times I’ve been to Amsterdam I was really short on time, and the weather was terrible…
But this last time, everything was different: Much more than enough time: I had an amazing whether to count on, and of course I spent a large amount of my free time just hanging around in between canals, corners and local shops.
I especially liked two neighborhoods: Jordaan (up and down pictures +related ones): an old neighbourhood on north-east Amsterdam , where there are a lot of old beautiful houses, and also great shops, cafés and bars. especially those around the Brouwersgracht (brewers canal). On this neighborhood you may find also The Noorderkerk (north church); The West Indisch Huis ( The Dutch West India Company); Anne Frank’s Hause; The Westkerk (west church); and the most amazing Ijs Fabriken (gelateria) ever: Monte Pelmo.
At Monte Pelmo I had the best Sesam Ice cream ever, you should R E A L L Y give it a try when in Amsterdam.
Look! There you can see it , underneath a mouth-watering raspberry Ice cream layer… sooo delicious!
Well, of course I have also been to the flower market and the red light district, but I really enjoyed myself better when walking trough the ‘off the circuit’ streets. (I mean: actually they are not out off the circuit at all! There you can find a lot of people, most of them citizens from Amsterdam hanging out (of course some visitors as well… ) and you don’t have to deal with ‘human traffic’ on the streets (except for the always gigantic line in front of Anne Frank’s house…).
The first two images on this post are from the other neighbourhood I really enjoyed: The area around Funnenpark, especially the Blankenstraat. Really near to Lloyd Hotel, where we had the pleasure to stay during this trip (click in here if you haven’t read my post about Lloyd Hotel and cultural embassy yet!)
In Amsterdam we stayed at Lloyd Hotel and cultural embassy… And I would love to share the story and the history behind this very interesting place with you guys.
Back in 1918 the shipping company Royal Holland Lloyd built what is today’s Lloyd Hotel as temporary accommodation for immigrants (That’s why you find an imposing ship luminary at the entrance of the hotel). The space was used from 1921 to 1936 but in this same year the KHL went bankrupt and the building was purchased by the City of Amsterdam.
From 1938 it was used as a shelter for Jewish refugees and later became a juvenile detention center. Later during the 80’s the detention center building was occupied by artists and completely forgotten, until a competition was held to decide what the building would best be used for.
It was decided that the building would be used as a Hotel and also cultural embassy and the Rotterdam-Netherlands-based architecture office MVRDV was responsible for the project.
The rooms were preserved pretty much as they used to be, except for the very nice pieces of furniture, but what is really impressive about MVRDV intervention, is the big gap on the building where a bar/restaurant + library/meeting spaces were placed.
Trough this gap you are able to cross the whole building, and interact with temporary expositions, nice pieces of furniture, and some very playful spaces as this ‘resting-jungle’. Nice place to read a book by the way!
The library lays upon the restaurant, and both spaces interact in a very pleasant way. The ‘never ending ceiling’ and the big windows from ground floor creates a very nice atmosphere.
I loved the almost ‘never ending shelves’ on the back of the bar, just as much as the gigantic ‘spider lightening display’.
When walking trough the corridors that leads you to the rooms the situation is quite different: no windows, spear light, and a feeling of being in a hospital, or an old school… Especially when you face some beautiful/nostalgic fragments from old Lloyd:
The thing is: Before staying at Lloyd Hotel, I was told that the place used to be an asylum, and I got is as a ‘madhouse’ … so: many times when walking around I couldn’t help myself from feeling at ’12 monkeys’ locations… I mean… take a look:
Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience, and I completely recommend staying at Lloyd when in Amsterdam.
It is an extra ‘time-travel’ inside your travel!
Tip.: When staying at Lloyd, it is quite logical, and also common to use the lifts or the library to cross the building upside down, but the thing is: You should take the side stairs, where besides gorgeous vitral-windows you may find this kind of ‘self-tour’ trough Lloyd’s history!
I will come back soon with extra tips about Amsterdam!
Oh… Amsterdam!!! What to say about this beautiful city and it’s canals???
A lot, of course, first of all the same old thing we all read or heard at some point : The museums; Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rembrandt… The red district, the caffes, the canals… and what about the beautiful flowers, delicious cheese, and ceramic pieces?
Yes, of course I’ll talk about it, but later! Right now I would like to share something delicious and unusual!
A delightful treat tip, and also a great and engaged brand: ‘Tony’s Chocolonely‘.
Cute, right?! And D E L I C I O U S !
The thing is: When walking around Amsterdam, I kept seeing people with Tony’s bars all around, and after a while I was obsessed… I mean: The label is quite something, and the brand has my dad’s name, so I thought it would be the perfect ‘thought about you’ kind of gift…
So I started chasing for Tony’s! And eventually I found it!
Mission accomplished! And then, surprise:
When I opened my very own bar (of course… it wasn’t only about dad’s bar) I found myself amazed by the interesting information about Tony’s mission, and character… So I decided to share it here on the blog, and I hope you guys to prove Tony’s choco-bar when in the Netherlands. It is more than delicious chocolate: it is a great cause for us to support!
I’ll come back soon with other tips and stories from Amsterdam,
lots of love,
I’ve been hiding something from you… Before going to Brasil and the Netherlands. Even before: before going to Oporto, I’ve spent a couple of weeks going around Switzerland (ok…it doesn’t count!) and Germany with Jonathan, his brother and father!
And now that we have no more secrets! – Wowwww, I am so relieved !!! – I must tell you about this trip before any other (except for the ones I’ve already posted about – sorry for the mess!) Ok, let’s do it!
So: what about Frankfurt? – You may ask.
The thing is: I am not an expert, since I have been there only for a couple of days, but I really liked the atmosphere.
Frankfurt is a clear example of a city who was destroyed an then rebuilt, as so many cities in Germany. The new buildings are quite impressive, but they are not so far from the old city, and the mix – I must say – is really interesting, because of the size of the city.
So you don’t have different parts of the city, you have mixed neighbourhoods, kind of connected in a very fluid way.
Actually I can not say it by walking trough the whole city, but we saw it from above and that’s how it looked like. And of course: the much we walked (and we walked a lot) also felt like it!
So here you can see Jonathan foto-shooting (isn’t he lovely?!) and right bellow you can see part of the view he was capturing.
Here you can see the central station, and a little bit further the end of the city.
Here you can see my fellow companions and right below the other side, the older part of the city, where you may find Frankfurt’s Cathedral and paulskirche an old church who was and is very important to Frankfurt cultural and political life.
The glass windows from paulkirche are just marvelous!
As I said before… we walked a lot…
The lockers at the grids are quite common in Germany. I first saw it in Cologne and found it all over ever since! They are ment to bring luck and an everlasting love!
Here you can see Frankfurt’s – Saint Bartholomew – Cathedral.
And here is a funny shoot from the flea market!
Other thing I really loved about Frankfurt (ok – it was the weekend… but even though) the life in the city. During the weekends a lot of squares are converted into big playgrounds! I just loved the idea!
An old classic.
And a picture from the old city.
Where we had the most delicious traditional dish ever!!! This local cheese baked and covered with sliced onions.
Cheesy?! Yes, of course, and I loved every bite!
We also walked trough the city market and had some delicious and fresh frozen yogurt with wild berries compote …hummmmm.
I hope this few words and tips about Frankfurt may be helpful for those planning a trip to the city!
talk to you soon,