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Luxembourg, why not?!

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…

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Photo by CIA, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Easter 2012.

Better to be up, looking down…

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Photo by PJD, Luxembourg, Easter, 2012. Evidently, the walls are now called the “Most Beautiful Balcony of Europe”. Some Balcony.

Tanks by Tate

Today it’s sunny in London, and we are going here:

Two things to be gloriously happy about.

– PJD

Video courtesy of the Guardian and YouTube; CIA already mentioned this, here.

An Australian, a New Zealander and a camera walk into a church…

It sounds a bit like a joke. It isn’t a church anymore, but Paradiso is a fine concert venue. We were reminded that Boy & Bear were going to be back in the Netherlands by reading a post on another blog. It was Rabbit Song that convinced me at the end that this was a band worth paying attention to.

And we were not at all disappointed. The greatest highlight for us, from this Australian band, was the cover of Crowded House – a Kiwi-Aussie crossover point that had us captivated.

My camera work is very amateur, so maybe it’s better to close your eyes.

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Filming by PJD at Paradiso, Amsterdam; yelling at the end, CIA. Also, special mention of the Canadian guy who wouldn’t shut up until I told him to stop being a dick – “oh great!”, he said in the middle of the song, “some Canadiana!”. Way not to be cool, man.

Another Zürich Openair panorama: with mud

We had such a great time on the third night – Bloc Party (more on whom, later) blew us away; a soggy Mogwai had to finish early for safety reasons, which was very sad, but they delivered a set of ferocious intensity, before which, we tried to capture a sense of the muddy chaos produced by the torrential rain of the night before.

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Nevertheless, Zurich Openair is a place of beauty, fun and adventure. Just don’t wear new shoes.

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Photos by PJD, Samstag, Zurich Openair, 2012. Just wait until you get to see our shoes.

A little (more) Berlinisch Graffiti

This is one from the archives. We went to Berlin* so that I could turn 30. I did so with great elegance, as we consumed delicious Korean food (our introduction to Korean pancakes came in Berlin), and I still think Berlin is one of the best cities we have yet been to. Whilst we were there, we caught up with some friends, saw a lot of amazing things, and I got the best haircut I have managed to get in Europe for just €12. If you’ve ever tried to get a haircut in the Netherlands, you will understand how amazing this really is.

And we saw this:

Why not?

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Photos taken with canon powershot s95

For my birthday last year I bought myself a new camera. I didn’t use my money. It was a present. A vicarious present. Now, you can never have too many cameras, and they can never be too good, probably. But let’s all admit that a massive, bulky, over-sized SLR is not a great travelling companion. So, today’s post is in tribute to my Canon Powershot s95*.

There is another element to this post though, which is unusual search terms resulting in visits to the blog. “M83” features the most, probably. I’ll fess up now that my statistical analysis consisted only of a quick scan, no regression analysis here. No proof of statistical significance. No care either. My favourite is “tyre sculpture den haag”. I hope they found what they were looking for.

The other day though someone went looking for “photos taken on canon powershot s95”. That’s pretty specific. I hope they liked what they found.

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Hej då Stockholm

Tonight we (very reluctantly) said Hej då (Goodbye) to Stockholm, leaving the beautiful “Capital of Scandinavia” behind. We think the status as Capital of Scandinavia might be self-declared, what do you think? Either way, although Copenhagen has got a good claim to this title too, after getting to know Stockholm a bit after enjoying a beautiful few days on the islands and waters, Stockholm has a captured a special place in our hearts. Our last afternoon at the water’s edge, relaxing and soaking up the feel of the city with a view to the beautiful island of Gamla Stan.

We’ll certainly be missing Stockholm in the coming days and weeks, but we are already looking forward to reminiscing through sharing some more posts of our time in this amazing place soon.

CIA

Photo by CIA on the HTC Desire S, from Norrmalm looking towards Gamla Stan, Stockholm, surrounded by sun, seabreezes and an entertaining local fisherman.

Natural perfection

Earlier this year we were very lucky to spend an incredible few days on a slice of planet Earth in the Pacific Ocean which in contrast to our usual urban dwellings remains blissfully, comparatively untouched by human intervention. In this tranquil place, with only sand and sea and flora and fauna to keep us company, we had time to take a closer look at aspects of the natural world that might otherwise go unnoticed. Incredible natural shapes, textures, patterns and colours. Some were even homes to other small, equally impressive creatures. They were, we realised, aspects which have evolved with the ebb and flow of the impact of time on land and ocean, and we found a deep appreciation for the beauty held in these tiny, perfect details.

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Kickin’ back, Jardin du Luxembourg styles, Paris

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– CIA
Photo by CIA in Jardin du Luxembourg, red shoes & sunshine.

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