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Jardin Agdal

You might not have thought about it, but Venice in Italy and Marrakech have something in common – the best time to be there is spring or autumn. Fewer tourists, not that hot and incredibly beautiful light.

amsterdam trip

One of those ideas. let’s go to amsterdam. lucky me i know annalena who offered us her apartment (you will read about her beautiful flat soon here on this blog). so we spent a few days in amsterdam and i fell in love with this city and their people and annalenas flat as well. a friend warned me: it always rains in amsterdam … and unfortunately he was alwmost right just one day from 6 was sunny, but that one day made it for the rest of the week.

the lifeboat ale and cider house in margate

the lifeboat ale and cider house in margate

the lifeboat ale and cider house in margate is a great place to hangout when you are in margate. just for an ale or one of the countless ciders they offer, you get a great cheeseplate as well and the staff, including the boss, is absolutely nice. when we visited the turner gallery we went to the lifeboat for a drink and met our lovely friends angela & greg there. what a splendid afternoon we had.

discovery card ticino

Discovery Card Ticino

I highly recommend the first thing you do is buy the Ticino discovery card. At the time I am writing this post the card is about 87.- swiss franc, can be used for 3 full days in one week and covers almost everything from the cable cars (funicolare) to the mountains, trains, busses, post bus lines, fees for most of the museums and the best of all the ferries on the lakes.

monte bre

Lugano – the Monte Bre

Next part of our journey through Ticino. You have to visit the Monte Bre with the cable car (funicolare) and better be prepared with a Tourist Card, otherwise it’s a ridiculous expensive experience. The view is breathtaking and if you like to walk , I recommend going up with the cable car and hike down. It is a beautiful walk may be 45 minutes but worth it.  Hiking tipps for Monte Bre:

lake side

Lugano – the Lakeside Beauty

The first day in Lugano is the lakeside day of course, here are some impressions of a lake that always seems to hide in the fog, adding a surreal beauty to an anyways ridiculous beautiful scene. To me the best time for a walk on the lakeside is either in the early mornings or late evenings, having random breaks on one of the benches  and finding yourself in a talk with a stranger. Many of the elder residents of Lugano like to sit there in the mornings and they can tell you many stories about Lugano and the lakes. In the evening you may have dinner in one of the Restaurants close to the Piazza Riforma. My recommendation is Ristorante La Tinera (Via dei Gorini 2, 6900 Lugano). Very good food, maybe one or two Swiss Franken more than the other places, but worth it. I suggest making a reservation because it is always very busy.

muenger cafe lugano

Café Munger in Lugano

After organising an swiss sim card and the discovery card we had to recover by visiting Café Munger. My mum used to go to Café Munger when she lived in Switzerland and always recommends the chestnut cream cakes. I love everything chestnutty as well. In the pictures you can see the chestnut cream cake in the background …it is mainly chestnut, cream, butter, sugar… so all the good stuff in one bite! chestnut cake, macron lemon tarte Another cafe I highly recommend is the Grand Café al Porto, I have written about it on the old blog.

home decoration in lugano switzerland

Massimo Giudici Fiori e Decorazioni – Flower Shop in Lugano

i am skipping a bit the series about lugano, because i am very busy, right now. i haven’t even uploaded all pictures on the mac. so this is last day, i went and looked to find a gift for my brother who offered us accomodation.  of course i bought some sweeties, but got ahppy to add a little spicyness. i found the flower and decoration shop from massimo giudici with it’S beautiful floweres and candles and his very helpful staff by the way, the good bye note for my host:

denmark a flickr set

5 reasons to visit denmark’s west coast now

#denmark #travel ignore the headline, i am kidding, there are hundreds of reasons! 1# lets start with the most beautiful beaches i have seen the north sea with it’s rough charme and sometimes huge tides is not for every one, if you love the turquoise crystal beauty of the mediterranean sea the north sea might not be what you are looking for. if like me, you love to play in the waves with a boogie board, do a bit of windsurfing, see some whales and sea lions, your heart stops for a second when you arrive the top of the dunes and you have a first glimpse of the day on one of the tousands of variations of blue and grey and green the north sea waves shimmer in,  than you are just right here. note: please don’t take what belongs there and please don’t leave anything what doesn’t belong there. and see my flickr set here 2# landscapes the typical landscapes of jutland’s west coast, vast lagoons, shifting dunes carpeted with wild grass and heather, ensless beaches, extremely …

da matteo cafe gothenburg

gothenburg part III da matteo

#gothenburg #sweden #cafe #kanelbulle if i would have stayed longer in gothenburg that would be the place for my daily coffee and some kanelbullar. but we were already on our way back to the airport so you only get a few snaps. the da matteo cafe is located in the victoriapassagen and has since the 90ies the ambition to serve the best coffee in sweden. i haven’t got the chance to try the coffee but it looked and smelled delicious – next time than.