As promised, here is the first batch of pictures from our first day in the charming city of Avignon, Provence. The city is situated on the left bank of the Rhône river, I’ve never seen such a beautiful river in my life, the blueish-green color is amazing! We stayed in the ancient town center, which is enclosed by medieval ramparts, they were built in the 14th century by the popes, and is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. Yes, if you are not aware (like I was in the beginning of this trip..haha), between 1309 and 1377, during the Avignon Papacy, seven successive popes resided in Avignon and in 1348 Pope Clement VI bought the town from Joanna I of Naples. Papal control persisted until 1791 when, during the French Revolution, it became part of France. To house the popes during the Avignon Papacy, a papal residence was built, called Palais de Papes (Papel Palace), which is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. But I will talk about the palace on another post, because I have a lot of pictures to share just about that 😉
Happy 1st of August, you guys!
Can’t believe how fast this year is going, is it crazy to think that there is just four months until Christmas?! 😮 Is it possible to slow down time somehow?!
Sorry for the last week’s silence around here, it was a crazy week! The renovation in our apartment is finally done…YAY!!! So last week we painted our bedroom and put some things in order around here, also, I did a ultimate cleaning around here, there was so much dust in here after the construction worker sanded practically every wall…that kind of dust that goes into the tiniest little space…I spent two days just to clean the entire kitchen, cleaned every cabinet and drawer, and had to scrub the floors to get every spot of paint out….but it was worth it, now my kitchen is flawless!!! We still have a lot of things we want to do around here, buy some furniture, paint the living room and maybe the entrance hall…we were also thinking of putting a little colour in the kitchen as well…but now I’m changing my mind about that, I think that I want to put a lot of plants and some nice pictures there, but I still don’t know…let’s see how it will turn out. So in the end, it will still take some time to share the pictures around here…baby steps, you guys 🙂
Besides that, I want to finally share the story and pictures from our little trip to France, I was totally procrastinating this post, we uploaded the pictures from the camera a while a go, truth is, I was feeling a little bit lazy to write all about it, since there is so many details and things that I want to talk about….if I knew you (reader), we would probably spend days talking about it…hahaha
Rainy days over here lately, I definitely prefer rain during spring and summer than in winter time. If it were up to me, it would only snow during winter here in Berlin 🙂 But besides the weather forecast…haha the renovation in our apartment is almost over, hopefully all will be nice and done by the end of next week. But it will definitely take time to leave it the way we want, but we are patient! (well, at least Rafael is more than me…hahaha).
I’m here today to share the last pictures from our one day trip do Quedlinburg, what I didn’t tell you in the last post is that the city, in the State of Sachsen-Anhalt, was a capital of the East Franconian German Empire at the time of the Saxonian-Ottonian ruling dynasty (919 to 1024). Following the coronation of Henry I (876 to 936), the first German King from the Saxonian dynasty, the royal residence of Quedlinburg became the capital of the East Franconian German Empire, the “metropolis of the Reich” of the first German state. Because of the close link between its history and architecture, Quedlinburg is listed as one of Unesco’s world heritage. I love visiting castles, and see how things were in the past, in this case, the representational rooms of the castle offer insight into the living style of the nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries, that reflect their state in the eras of the Baroque and of Classicism.
Hey guys, how are you doing?! Over here everything is pretty chaotic because of our renovation, it started last week on Tuesday, and it’s not going on everyday, but I hope that it will be done soon. I said on the last post that I would like to move the wardrobe from the living room to the bedroom, but I think that for now that will not happen, the wardrobe belongs to the apartment, and I think that it’s not very new, lately it hasn’t been so steady, so I guess that if we try to move it, it will brake. We already wanted to buy a new and bigger one for us, but it will take time, because these things are not cheap! Even though I am a little frustrated because of that, I’m trying to remain positive, and be happy that the apartment will look much better after the renovation! I’m taking pictures of every step to share on the blog 🙂
But besides that, I’m here today to share a few pictures from our little one day trip to the medieval town, Quedlinburg, that we did in December (it’s been a while, I know…haha). Truth be told, it wasn’t our idea to go there, we’ve never heard of it before my mother-in-law told us on her visit that she wanted to go there, and I’m glad that she did!
Wherever you are, hope you are having a great day!
I was supposed to post this last week, but Rafael got sick and I’ve never made so much chicken soup in my life..hahaha (I’m going to blame it on his sickness instead of my procrastination :s ). Last week got pretty cold here in Berlin, like -3 degrees Celsius, I wish that I could say it snowed as well, but it didn’t 😦 Snow, please come soon! I’m already listening to Christmas playlists on Spotify…haha We are pretty anxious for Christmas this year, because now we can buy Christmas decorations for the apartment, different than last year, because we didn’t know if we where going to stay in Germany or not, but we did, HOORAY!! And I can’t wait to go to the Christmas markets, drink Glühwein and eat local food, and maybe buy some Christmas ornaments for the tree. Things are going to be busy around here next month, we are expecting friends and family, so basically we are saving money to buy some things for the apartment and to enjoy the city when they will be here.
I am a little bit skeptic that today is the 1st of November, and that Christmas is already around the corner…2016 you are flying right pass me 😮
One thing that I really love about Berlin is the amount of trees in this city, it’s so green, and now also red, yellow and even gold…
Three Sundays ago, Rafael and I went to an open air event hosted by Bite Club at Funkhaus, as you can see here. We went of course, for the food, and also for the Funkhaus tour. Before that, I had never heard about this place, so I looked it up and found out that is was East Germany’s central radio station, we got pretty curious after that, and couldn’t wait to see it!