We are enjoying re-familiarising ourselves with all the wonderful urban spaces that this little city at the end of the island has to offer. The recessed lighting along the side of the wetlands in Waitangi Park makes for a dramatic point of interest along the walkways at night. It’s just a little thing, but I like the way the light falls softly here, against the darkness of the night.
Photo by PJD and CIA, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2012.
A stroll around Luxembourg City by night is not to be missed – we learnt this on the way home from dinner one night as the photos below attest to. Not only are the buildings stunning in the way they are lit up, but the Petrusse Valley which cuts through the centre of the city makes for an incredibly dramatic night-time scene.
Photos by PJD and CIA, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Easter 2012.
The tiny country of Luxembourg (look, it really is tiny!) was in celebration mode over the weekend with a royal wedding. It’s not a country that you see in the news very often, and it is probably not high up on any list of Europe “must-see” places (aside from if you are keen to do a micro-states-of-Europe tour, which we are, one day). However, it was where we found ourselves for Easter this year, as much a result of opportunity as of design. Luxembourg turned out to be an absolute treat, a place we were both so glad to have visited and which we have since been recommending excitedly to European friends as a fun weekend destination, and encouraging antipodean friends to consider adding to their itinerary if they ever find themselves in Europe. I’ve already written about Luxembourg’s wonderful MUDAM on a previous occasion (or two), but this week, spurred on by reading about Luxembourg in the newspaper over the weekend, we are dedicating a few posts to some of the other wonderful things about this little place. For today, here’s another of our favourite photos of the stunning and formidable city walls (which PJD wrote about earlier this week).
The landscape – manmade and natural – in Luxembourg really is quite astounding. So, I hope you continue to enjoy getting a little Luxembourgish with us this week…
Photo by CIA, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Easter 2012.
Looking at this photo, I can understand if you think it was probably taken the first time I visited London. But… no. This was my fourth time in the great city, after first having fallen for its charms 10 years ago on my first trip there. However, the novelty of London never seems to wear off for me (is anyone who doesn’t live there tired of London?!), as evidenced by this photo (and my super cheesy expression). Much to PJD’s chagrin (in many instances), I am also the first one to suggest posing in a typical tourist spot, and quickly hamming it up for the camera. These phone boxes certainly fit the bill (added bonus of Big Ben towering in the background!), and I dashed in there before PJD could protest. If nothing else, it makes travelling just that little more entertaining and fun, even he will admit that.
So what about you? What’s your tourist-style – eager to take a memorable photo home of you in a typical landmark, or happy to just stroll on by?! I’m keen to know if I am an odd one among travellers here, so let us know on the comments…
Photo by PJD, trying to look inconspicuous taking a photo of CIA looking highly conspicuous, London, United Kingdom, September 2012.
Our trip to London in September had many highlights, but being lucky enough to chance this sunset as we were walking along the Thames was right up there as one of our favourite moments. The Palace of Westminster cut an incredible silhouette across the water, the sun glinting gorgeously off Big Ben. We stopped and took in the sight before us, before continuing on our way in the lovely evening light.
Photo by CIA, London, September 2012.
Street Art in Lucerne varies from the most basic kind of vandalism…
This is just around the corner from where we live, and the wall is frequently updated with new graphics. The number of surrounding bikes never cease to amaze me, and I am increasingly concerned about the stability of that wall… The contrast of the derelict building which provides the canvas for this graffiti in the foreground stands out in stark contrast to the shiny new building in the background. I also like that whoever is behind this graffiti couldn’t contain it to the wall, can you spot what I mean?
Photos by CIA, Leiden, September 2012.