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Donnerstag, 25. Mai 2017

#ohporto

I found this hashtag on our first evening on a blackboard outside a shop and simply had to hijack it because it expresses so much and more. Oh Porto, you are so beautiful, cool and shabby with bits (cobblestones) missing.





It was a long and tiresome trip with a very early start but from the moment the tram exited  the tunnel onto the Ponte de Dom Luis I all was forgotten.
The sun sparkling on the river Douro, the narrow, wonky houses or the wooden barges carrying tourists up and down the river.








We found an apartment on Airbnb in Vila Nova de Gaia, which is actually another town on the other side of the river. It`s only a 10-minute walk to the old town, cheaper and the area feels more airy and not so cramped and busy.
It gives us the freedom of 2 bedrooms, a kitchen/lounge and homecooked meals.





Stay tuned for more Porto adventures! 

Freitag, 12. Mai 2017

Holiday countdown





I'm in desperate need for some r&r - rest and recuperation - and luckily there's a trip coming right up!
 Next week I will board a plane with my trusty travel companion and brother to Porto. 




As we loved Lisbon so much two years ago, we decided to see its little sister. So, only  5 more days at the office and we will spend ten days sitting in the sun, drinking coffees and wine and doing nothing much else!
Bring it on, I say!





Sonntag, 30. April 2017

Enjoying the sunshine at the Isar riverbanks

After a miserable week of cold and sleet this morning broke with bright sunshine. Eager to top-up my vitamin-D-storage, I took the bus to the river Isar just after breakfast and got off at the Deutsches Museum.



 

Then I turned back and walked along the riverbank towards home enjoying the sun on my nose.



I find walking very meditative and enjoy people-watching.




About 2/3rds of the way I decided to grab a coffee and mineralwater to rehydrate at "Zimt".
It was a bit nippy but wrapped up warmly I enjoyed a peaceful half hour breathing.





Then I discovered this veteran pleasure boat, the "MS Utting" from a Bavarian lake which is currently being remodeled into a party venue. I can't wait for it to open.

 



Sonntag, 16. April 2017

Forty and fabulous








It has been a bit quiet in the wonky world. Last week I've celebrated my 40th and I must say it feels pretty awesome. Especially when you don't look like it and receive lots of compliments.

Luckily I was able to celebrate in style and book a small bar in my district Sendling, called "Stenz".

https://www.facebook.com/Stenz-379744375513406/

 It is the perfect size, offers amazing catering, friendly staff and a great atmosphere.










 






This whole year so far has a feeling of change! Is this my first mid-life-crisis?

I have signed up for art classes, decided to improve my swimming technique with lessons and so on. 

So, granted, a bit late in the year but hey, I proclaim my motto: Carpe diem and bring on the next forty years! Rock on!

Montag, 13. März 2017

Spring Sunday in the Blue Land

Yesterday my friends and I went to the Lake Staffelsee. The plan was to visit the Gabriele-Münter-House but we found out it wouldn't open until 2 pm so we headed to the lakeside in Uffing first.



We went for a 5,5 km walk along the lake shore and  through the moors. The sun was shining and there were not a lot of people around.




We arrived back where we started of just in time for lunch and headed to the Gasthof Alpenblick where we decided to brave an al fresco lunch at the beergarden. It was amazing. The sun was glittering on the blue waves, the spritzer fizzed and the meat loaf was yummy.


After lunch we drove to nearby Murnau. Because we still had time to kill we went for a postprandial walk to the Chapel of St. George from the 8th century.




Luckily next to it was another lovely beergarden, where we had coffee and apple strudel




before we ambled back to the village and finally to the house of Gabriele Münter, partner of Vassily Kandinsky, member of the artist group "Blue Rider". It is the prettiest little house ever and now a museum. For a modest sum of 3€ we were able to tread on the same floorboards and watch the same view as some of the most famous artists ever.

 


Don't you want to move in there straight away? I have seen photos of the garden in summer, full of flowers bursting with colours, so I'm determined to come back!
 
I have the feeling that the artist Gabriele Münter might be underrated and can't wait for an exhibition of 140 paintings, some of them which have never been on show so far, that has been announced for November in my favourite gallery, the Lenbachhaus. 
This painting was definitely my favourite yesterday and for once I was able to buy a postcard. Usually my favourites are never available in the shop.


 

What a perfect day from start to finish! Several times I caught myself sighing with pleasure while soaking up the spring sun rays and the amazing views.


 



 

Montag, 6. Februar 2017

Arty Sunday

Last Sunday my friends and I were up for some cutural input and decided to head to the Munich museum district. Well, originally we met up for brunch but luckily the cafe was right in the middle of the district.




So after some refreshments we headed to the Pinakothek der Moderne to see a photographic exhibition of Albert Renger-Patzsch, Ruhr district landscapes in the 1920ies and 1930ies, showing dark and moody images of  mining industry landscapes.

And an exhibition of the work of the architect Francis Kéré called "Radically Simple".










At the entrance to the exhibition the visitor can pick up a pencil and a questionaire and this picure shows the station where to leave the pencils afterwards.

As a fan of modern architecture I sometimes get more enjoyment out of the building than the displayed pieces at the Pinakothek der Moderne.




Then we headed across the lawn to the Museum Brandhorst, which I also find very fascinating from the outside. It houses  among other works  about 170 pieces of Cy Twombly. I found his Roses very impressive.




 
This picture shows the Pinakothek der Moderne from the Museum Brandhorst.




All-in-all it was a very relaxed day, well spent in good company. 

Visit the Pinakotheken for 1€ on Sundays (Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne, Museum Brandhorst, Sammlung Schack).

Read more about them here:
https://www.pinakothek.de/en/about-us

Sonntag, 22. Januar 2017

Guess who is finally learning how to draw....

Just after christmas I finally booked myself a course in basic drawing. On 7 evenings myself and 8 fellow students are going to learn the basics of drawing with a pencil.

At first I didn't know what to expect but then it was a revelation. Even in the introduction the lecturer unravelled one of my biggest mysteries regarding my drawing. 

Why does the result never look like the actual object or motive? I can't remember every word but it has to do with how we don't draw what we see but what's already in our brain. 

So basically I need to silence my brain while I draw and concentrate on what I see. It helps not to see the apple as an apple but just as a shape and a form.

After each assignment, during which the lecturer helps us with tricky situations and points out stuff, we talk about each drawing. Well, the group is still a bit shy, so it's more the teacher talking but I find it very interesting. Especially how each student has a totally different style.


I'm soo happy with the results of this first lesson and can't wait to learn more and after the course has finished will definitely come back for more!!!

Here's what I drew. 



My left hand:





an apple:




a bell pepper: