perjantai 31. toukokuuta 2013

MAY - three letters, three countries

such a sunny super month.
This year?
Such a shitty month: rain, rain and cold.

May, three letters.
Three countries did I visit in this May:
Italy, France Turkey.
What's the difference?
Let's see.

Yes, there is rose wine in all countries.

Appetizers in all countries!


Red light in Santa Maria church in Marcialla (I).

Woolly light in a bar in Saumur (F).

Modern hanging pumpkin lights in "Limone" Gümüslük (TR).

maanantai 27. toukokuuta 2013

Frankfurt May news


From the back ...

... and from the front:
Frankfurt in sand!

Was? Schöne Aussicht ist weg?
Ja, und Langosch ist da.

Nett gemütlich.

Mit Hessischen Tapas.
Ideen muss man haben.

sunnuntai 26. toukokuuta 2013

Chateaux times

Welcome to the Loire Valley!

Château (plural châteaux; French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑto] for both the singular and the plural) or chateau 

is a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor or a country house of nobility or gentry, 

with or without fortifications, originally—and still most frequently—in French-speaking regions. 

The word château is also used for castles in French, so where clarification is needed, 

the term château fort is used to describe a castle. (Wikipedia)

Our modest Chateau hotel in Saumur.
Charming place indeed, great chilling area.
Did the Irish hosts bring the Irish rainy weather with them?

First chateau visit: Aize-le-Rideau.

Loire Valley is also famous for biking tourism.

Our Saumur Chateau seen through the car window.

Earned our first Loire wine.

Time for some serious wine tasting!

Langais chateau seen from outside.

Our "chateau" for three nites in Chenonceaux.

And here the famous "ladies' castle" Chenonceau.

With quite a nice garden.

Amboise chateau.

But the real garden castle is the Villandry!

Formal gardens even for the vegetables!

Medieval kind of thing: Fougere-sur-Bievre.

Cheverny, where the family Hurault still lives.

Lucky us, had even a couple of hours of sunshine!
Orangerie with a coffee house.

Big, bigger, biggest. 400 something rooms 
in the masterpiece of French Renaissance: Chambord.


"A symbol of both fire and cold, the salamander was a mythical animal 
that could live in fire without harm, and also extinguish it at will with the coldness of its body. 
In medieval iconography, the salamander represents 
"the righteous one who never loses the peace in his soul 
or his confidence in God in the midst of tribulations." 

Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire.
As seen in the evening.

Chateaux of modern times in the Loire Valley.

Not to forget: shopping in Gien!

And then driving a further to Sancerre!

Even the basic pubs have royal sounding names!

My souvenirs.


More details still to follow.

perjantai 17. toukokuuta 2013

Boring, more boring ... GARDEN PICS


If you love flowers and plants,
please go on scrolling.
Beauty of Riparbello.

Marble at the background.


How pretty the salad looks!

Just some road side flowers.

Just like this as well.

And these yellow ones, too.



Road side rubbish.

Mediterranian road side rubbish!


Bush in Marcialla.

And in between all this beauty: modern life.

Beauty of an iris.

Ahaa, another butterfly.


Marble flower by Melanie.

Aldi garden glove after three days intensive work on a stone.

One of the views in the garden of Riparbello.

Yes, Christel has planted even palm trees!

Kapern Pflanze.

Getting curious?

San Gimigniano as seen from Riparbello.

Bugs? A few, not too many.

Another bug on an iris.


Kevyttä poutapilveä Toskanassa.

Finnisch für Anfänger:

KEVYT = leicht / light
POUTA = heiteres Wetter / fair weather
PILVI = Wolke / cloud

Back home also a lot of nature action ... on my gingko tree.

Close up of those little monsters.

More bugs in the snowball, the black ones.

Aldi-rhodos still look okay.

And my thyme just exploded while I was gone!

Last year's find at Sunflower.