Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A sunny day in Florence

Che bella cosa na jurnata 'e sole,
n'aria serena doppo na tempesta!
Pe' ll'aria fresca pare già na festa...
Che bella cosa na jurnata 'e sole.

What a wonderful thing a sunny day
The serene air after a thunderstorm
The fresh air, and a party is already going on…
What a wonderful thing a sunny day.

Ma n'atu sole
cchiù bello, oje ne'.
O sole mio
sta 'nfronte a te!
O sole
O sole mio
sta 'nfronte a te!
sta 'nfronte a te!

But another sun,
that’s brighter still
It’s my own sun
that’s in your face!
The sun, my own sun
It’s in your face!
It’s in your face!

Duomo, laneways, Fountain of Neptune and Ponte Vecchio: Florence, Italy - July 2015

Lyrics and translation to O Sole Mio here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cable cars, cow bells and the sound of music

Another day of rest was spent climbing another mountain (though this was more of an alp really).

The easy way of course.

Cable car to "Stage 1"

Where we wandered woods
and lunched.

The only sounds were birds and cow bells.
I kid you not.

We emerged from woods into clear spaces and I had a sudden desire to belt out a rendition of Sound Of Music.
Not sure why.

Another cable car to "Stage 2" for a leisurely row on a mountain lake.

It was such a hot day - and yet there was snow!

We tried to make it to the far shore
but kept going around in circles.

It was quite tempting to take another cable car up to "Stage 3" however we didn't bring snow gear and we were all a bit tired by this stage.

Next time.............

Mount Titlis, Switzerland - July 2015

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A rest between stops

What better way to rest from two weeks in two of the biggest, most beautiful and bustling cities in the world?

Why ascend a small mountain of course.

Ok, we didn't actually climb it ourselves.
We had a bit of help with a cable car.

Lunch at the top with a fabulous view.

We decided to walk down under our own steam,
even though we were told by about five people that we couldn't go in THOSE SHOES!!

But the path was in good condition (like everything in Switzerland).

And there were plenty of rest stops.

And within 30 minutes we made in one piece - still sporting our cute natty sandals.
We looked for our unbelievers but they had disappeared.

Next, a drive to a calm lake for ice cream and a dip of the toes in the water.

There were plenty of swans of course. 

Daughter tried to make friends with one.

But he was more interested in her toes.

To escape the toe eating swan we walked on.

And discovered - well - I'm really not sure.
A monument to the Knitters Guild of Thalwil maybe?

Felsenegg and Thalwil, Switzerland - July 2015

Monday, April 18, 2016

A day steeped in history.

Let us take a trip back in time my friends,
to a fortress built a millennium ago.

Our friendly guide will show us sights

and we will see some men in tights

and perhaps the odd crossbow.

There are many rooms to explore my friends
and accommodation is quite cosy.

Places to ponder,

Corridors to wander,

However the facilities are rather - errr - blowsy.

Such merriment to be had my friends.
Laughter, rhetoric and japes.

We can play hide and seek,

 or converse with a Queen.

All over the place we shall traipse.

But 'tis not all fun and games my friends.
This place has a dark past.

Kings have met sticky ends,

Queens have lost heads,

 And a boat ride may be your last......

The Tower Of London - June 2015


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