This weekend Richard and I celebrated our Civil Partnership Anniversary (7 years) and went to Luxembourg.
Richard has been there before on business but neither of us really knew what to expect of it as a holiday destination. As we learnt most people come into Luxembourg to work or to visit en route to somewhere else in Europe (in fact I bumped into a colleague at breakfast in the hotel doing just that with her parents).
It’s a very quiet place but that’s not to say there isn’t anything to do.
We visited the museum of modern art, the Royal Philharmonic, Notre Dame Cathedral (and were lucky enough to enjoy an organ concert), the museum of Luxembourg, we walked around the old city and took in all the sites, including some of the many towers and castles.
Per captia Luxembourg is the third richest country in the world and it shows – people don’t think twice about driving to the shops in their Porches or Aston Martins whilst browsing the shops with the latest Prada handbags and wearing the latest Gucci winter coats dripping in jewels from Cartier. This was quiet self-evident in the cost to visit as Luxembourg either has expensive places or cheap places – there is no middle ground.
We had some lovely meals and the cuisine is as mixed as the culture of Luxembourg. Most people speak French and English (as well as Luxemborgoise) but Richard and I managed to uphold the Englishman abroad stereotype and made sure when we were tired that we would answer in Spanish! It made a few people smile and it helped break the ice but it was a bit embarrassing.
I managed to get a really heavy cold whilst flying out on Friday so wasn’t on top form so on Sunday morning we spent as long as we could in the hotel before checking out and then browsing the Museum of Luxembourg.
This didn’t stop Richard and I enjoying our time and celebrating our anniversary. We purposely didn’t plan anything and took our time, taking in the sights and simply enjoying one anothers company.
It really is a lovely country, the people are friendly, I have never ever witnessed anywhere like it before, it’s so quiet and tranquil but you get the feeling lots of hard money deals are going on behind closed doors. The architecture is a mixture of German, Danish, Dutch, French and English and the modern architecture would rival that of Seville.
I took a few snaps whilst we were there, as did Richard and most are from our iPhones as we decided to travel light. This is a selection of my favourite photos and there is a set on Flickr you can browse through.
I would highly recommend Luxembourg if you wanted to get away for a couple of days It’s only an hours flight from London and theres nothing quite like it.
The Mizuno Evo Ferus is a light and functional trail shoe, which gives good control, and responsive feedback whilst running.
The Evo Ferus shoes are very light and at walking pace appear very soft underfoot while providing good cushioning and flexibility. Imagine a pair of comfy slippers merged with tyres and you get the idea!
I tested these on mixed ground through woodland and found them to be very responsive. Each step allowing you to feel exactly what was under foot but giving enough support and cushion to protect.
The shoes are designed with a removable sock to allow them to breathe and the mesh upper is very open for air to circulate but this left my feet feeling exposed and wind would whip through as would the odd bit of moisture.
The toe box was generous and while running it felt there was actually too much room. The shoes did bend and flex well in harmony with my foot but there were times when I would kick or tread on something before I would normally register it as the shoe felt longer than my foot.
Mid run the shoes became hard giving me pain in my knees and calves. The cushioning seemed to disappear and it was tough to continue (I gave up before I was due to finish).
The Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus is a great terrain shoe for those with mid foot strike. Light and practical, these are well designed for trail running. I think they are best avoided if you want a softer ride or more protection from the elements. 3/5
Read my review on The Running Bug
We had a wonderful day today being abused in the Elbow Room Diner, walking around Canada Place and Stanley Park (about 14K in total) before making our way through Davie Street on the way back to the hotel
Click here to see some of our photos so far from our first 2 days in Vancouver
We took a drive up to Suffolk today as the weather was nice and not as humid as it has been recently. Last nights storm seemed to clear the air and there was a definite breeze in the air.
I love Southwold and Dunwich – in fact Dunwich Heath is one of our favourite places.
We had a lovely walk around both Southwold after we stopped for lunch. We then had tea and cake at Dunwich before sitting on the beach and watching the world go by.
Of course we were armed with cameras and you can see my photos here…
Richard captured my latest portrait (above) – I really like it (*updates all online profiles).
OK Richard always has had a wonderful photographic eye and his first set of shots from his new camera are no exception.
I am however blown away by this capture of me though. Do I really look like that? It's no wonder colleagues tell me I look different from all the running. Wow! I don't see this when I look in the mirror…
That sounded quite narcissistic. It wasn't meant to. I just generally think I still look like I did when I was a teenager. Seems that I have now grown up. And my baby has done a wonderful job of catching this side of me.
Anyway here's a selection of Richards other wonderful photos from Woodbridge:
(Obviously I took this one!).
As mentioned Richard and I planned to go to Wells next the Sea on saturday and have lunch in one of our favourite restaurants.
Sadly the weather report was not favourable as force 9 gales and hail were forecast so we decided it was best not to head to the coast in such weather.
After some deliberation (all ideas pointed to the coast!) we ended up going to Cambridge for the day.
It was incredibly busy in Cambridge and the odd toff really cheesed me off whilst we were there.
We had planned to go to the Cambridge Chop House and we got there is good time but some blonde toff and her handlebar moustached companion jumped ahead of us to head downstairs to the restaurant Annoyingly she got the last table.
We had a walk around Cambridge and ended up in another restaurant which was very nice and probably just as busy.
Things seemed a little tense in Cambridge as we witnessed a traffic warden being shouted at by some angry woman. Amazingly she dumped her baby with the traffic warden and walked off (she did come back for the baby!)
We decided to have coffee and cake somewhere else following a browse around the shops and colleges. This is when we realised just how busy it was. You could not move for people. You couldn’t cross the road for the hundreds of bikes that were out and about and it was just bedlam.
We tried several places to get some peace (and a piece of cake) but were turned away from all as they were full. Eventually we found a nice cafe by the river where we got to have a rest and watch the rose faced athletic Cambridge students punting tourists down the river.
Aside from how busy it was, we enjoyed our day out in Cambridge.. maybe next time we won’t visit just as every one has been paid after Christmas… (which is why we suspect it was so busy).
I visited the LOLCats Exhibishun ( #lolcatexhibishun ) in London today with Enda and I must say I have never had so much fun at a gallery before. Each piece of work is humorous and I believe you either get the pieces or you don’t (some of the critical reviews have been rather scathing).
It was refreshing to go to a gallery where the owner appreciates the humour in the work and where you can have fun and enjoy the pieces.
All the work is for sale and all proceeds go towards Battersea Dogs and Cats Home so it’s in aid of a good cause.
I hadn’t intended to make a purchase but there was a print of a tortoiseshell which took my fancy …
I couldn’t quite stretch to the full priced framed version but I did purchase a print. I already know where it is going to be hung. I just need to get it framed.
Following the gallery Enda suggested we should celebrate my birthday (well he suggested this way before to be fair) so we popped across the road to the Charlotte Street Hotel.
We ordered two glasses of champagne and settled in for a natter. The waiter came over mid way through, Enda thought he asked what we were celebrating and I thought he wanted us to order more drinks. We were confused but thought nothing more of it.
Ten minutes later the waiter returned with a cupcake on a plate decorated with Happy Birthday in chocolate sauce. This was such a lovely thing to do.
The cupcake was delicious (I did share it with Enda) and the chocolate sauce was lovely. I stopped myself from licking the plate clean
After lunch I had a browse around Spitafields Market before heading home.
A much more relaxing week day in London than I am used to!
I was also considering buying this classy little number…