Holiday in Hamburg, part 1

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all fine. We’ve just got back from our five-day trip in Hamburg. Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. It’s crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes.

Here’s the view from our room.

We walked along the Alster lake.

Here are the main train station and the theatre.

Here’s me in front of the town hall. The city’s central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to landmarks like 18th-century St. Michael’s Church.

We went to see the International Maritime Museum. There’s a huge collection of model ships, art, uniforms & photographs in Hamburg’s oldest preserved warehouse.

Sunset from our room.

Last but not the least, our hamburger in Hamburg.

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So, what made you smile this week?

For: TToT – 8/18/17 , Weekly Smile 85 #weeklysmile, #ThreeThingsThursday – What made me smile this week…, Nurt Thurs – Lessons from Cameras, Skywatch Friday – 17 August 2017 Edition , ALL SEASONS – GOING SOUTH (Aug 20), End of Summer Pie (Sundays In My City), Jo’s Monday walk : Simply Church Stretton, Tell Me Something Good #71

Ten Things of Thankful

Our Austrian Trip

Hello everyone! Just got back from our Austrian holiday and we had a smashing time. We drove to Mittersill, which is around 3 hours away from Munich, passing by St. Johann, Kitzbuhel and other lovely towns and villages.

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We reached the castle where we stayed for 4 nights. Here’s the view from our balcony.

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Here’s my back while I enjoyed the view. What a life!

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Some of the food we’ve had. Delicious!

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We walked during the day. On the first day we walked to Mittersill town.

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“These boots were made for walking.”

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On the second day, we drove to Salzburger Land and walked up the mountains. That was hard work! But worth it!

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The horses were so cute!

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We reached Hinter See and stayed there to have our picnic.

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“The hills are alive with the sound of music!”

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So, what made you smile this week?

For: TToT – 8/04/17 , Weekly Smile 83 #weeklysmile, #ThreeThingsThursday – What made me smile this week…, Nurt Thurs – Oh the Lessons!, Skywatch Friday – 3 August 2017 Edition , ALL SEASONS – AUGUST (6) FUN, Faux Summer of Love Street Signs at de Young Museum (Sundays In My City), Jo’s Monday walk : Hovingham

Ten Things of Thankful

Happy Sunday!

Hello everyone! Nice and bright here in Bavaria. Our apples are growing.

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Spike, the hedgehog came and visited us yesterday. He made a path behind the bush in our back garden.

Sharing with you my vegetable oatmeal diet. It’s working so far, yay!

Bye for now. We’re going to see “Dunkirk” this morning. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

For: ALL SEASONS – BEGIN AUGUST – BIRTHDAY STOOGES, #MySundayPhoto – Millennium Green, Camping at Little Basin (Sundays In My City), The TGIM Weekly Challenge: Thank God for Home-Pressed Coffee!, Jo’s Monday walk : Yorkshire Lavender

Spa weekend in Bad Füssing

Hello everyone! Just got back from our wellness weekend in Bad Füssing, which is famous for its thermal waters. In an area of outstanding natural beauty, it offered us a wide choice of events, wellness facilities, exercise programmes and activities. There was also a summer festival in their park so we really had a great time.

For: ALL SEASONS – JULY IS ALMOST GONE, The TGIM Weekly Challenge, Jo’s Monday walk : Whitburn through the Looking Glass

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST Y3-07 – Citadel / Ċittadella

A brief history

The Old Citadel (also called the Citadella or Kastell) rises dramatically above ir-Rabat. Built at a perfect strategic vantage point, it defiantly dominates the skyline exactly as intended by the military architects who built it. A visit to the Citadel should not be missed. The Citadel has been at the centre of activity on the island since possibly Neolithic times, and was certainly fortified during the Bronze Age around 1500 BC. It was later developed by the Phoenicians and in Roman times, it was a complex Acropolis. Gozo was a privileged Roman Municipality, independent of Malta and the Citadel was the centre of its administrative as well as its military and religious life, an important temple to the goddess Juno stood where the Cathedral now stands. The north side of the Citadel dates back to the period of the Aragonese, while the south flank, overlooking Ir-Rabat (Victoria), was re-constructed under the Knights of St. John between 1599 and 1603. This rebuilding came towards the end of Gozo’s darkest period, when for two centuries, marauding Turks and Berber corsairs had harassed and pillaged the Maltese Islands. For this reason, until 1637, the entire population of Gozo was required by law to spend the night within the Citadel for their own safety. The climax of the Turkish raids on Gozo came in 1551. A strong Ottoman naval force, after an unsuccessful attack on Malta, turned its attention to the less well protected Gozo. After a short siege the crumbling medieval walls of the Citadel were overwhelmed and the defenders begged for an honourable capitulation. Tragically for the population, (then numbering around 5000), the surrender terms were far from honourable. With the exception of just 40 elderly and disabled citizens, the entire population of Gozo was chained and taken into slavery. It took nearly 50 years to re-populate the island and rebuild the Citadel in its present layout.
(from: https://www.visitgozo.com/where-to-go-in-gozo/sight-seeing-places-interest/citadel-cittadella/)

For: THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST Y3-07, Jo’s Monday walk : Illuminating Lagoa

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