Jun 262011
 

We had quite some fun with the lensebaby kit we got a while ago. Since then we were considering getting the aperture kit with shaped disks. It never happened, but recently Jim found a blog post similar to this one giving instructions how to do custom shapes yourself. We created hearts and stars and started for a nightly walk through Dublin. I am quite impressed by the results. 

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Jun 242011
 

This year’s BRN was the reason why I booked tickets for a trip to Dresden in June together with my fiance. We arrived at Thursday afternoon and left Sunday afternoon after almost excactly 72h. It was a great long weekend stuffed with things even though we haven’t planned anything particular before. 

Day 1

My parents picked us up and took us to my uncles garden for having coffee and cake. So first stop was with fiance at a German bakery. Arrived at my uncle’s garden fiance got introduced to a few more of my family as well as the concept of German allotment associations. It was a great time, I haven’t seen my uncle in ages, so it was good fun to have a chat. After that we went to a restaurant in a pasta manufactury in Riesa. After that we wanted to go to a micro brewery which unfortunately had closed that day. We eventually got to my parents place and spent the evening there.

Day 2

We had to get up early as we needed to get to Dresden because I arranged a hair dresser appointment with the best hairdresser alive. To not bore fiance out of his mind I sent him togehter with my father to the Panometer in Dresden – a 360° experience of Dresden as of 1756. Once we all were finished we got to the historic city centre and had lunch at the Coselpalais close to the famous rebuilt church Frauenkirche. From there we did drive along the river to see the bridge in construction in Elbe valley which caused Dresden being deleted from the world heritage list in 2009. We finished our visit with my parents at Louisenhof with a panoramic view over Dresden’s skyline on a beautiful summer day sitting on a terrace. The evening we spent on a friends place having a BBQ with his family – his wife and 2 daughters. This was quite fun, it’s amazing to see how fast children grow up and develop their personalities. 

Day 3

After breakfast we left and got to Dresden city center to a place called Max for a light lunch and mainly to meet two friends of mine and chat for a while. I was surprised about fiance not complaining drinking a capuccino with 4 girls ;) From there we got to another friend’s place who recently moved. I love his new apartment and it was good to see him again. With him we got to the Neustadt part of the town to attend the BRN a pretty unique street festival. We strolled around all evening, tried random food and drinks, listened to random bands on one of the many stages – especially to mention The Blumenkinders as their singer is my friend’s buddy; they also were pretty good entertainers. 

Day 4

 

Last day started with a surprise for my friend. As he slept much longer than we did, mutual friends decided to stop by his place to say hello. They have a daughter which can already walk, last time we saw her she was a few months old baby and before that she was still in production. Time flies! We left at noon to meet one of my dearest, oldest friends to have lunch at the Schillergarten and a good chat. Due to unforseen circumstances we spent much less time with him than planned and wished :( Next time…

And that was it. 3 days in Dresden without planning and especially without any planned sighseeing turned out to be for fiance lots of new impression like the street festival, several local dishes at restaurants, a few panoramic Dresden views and lots of fun with good people. I am always happy when I return from Dresden as I had perfect days with well-entertained fiance, met people who matter to me and who I miss. But then, back home I get my blues about all the people and things I miss in my daily life here in Dublin. 

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Aug 052010
 

Climate in France is too hot and dry in the summer – at least for my liking. Eventually after a few days I got adjusted to the current temperatures so we decided to do a discovery walking tour through Aix. We started with a very unpleasant experience in a pub but from there it was getting better and better. There are loads of lovely little alleyways with small shops. All through the city center there are sculptures by Igor Mitoraj (more about the exhibition here [french]).
I took some random shots of the street views.
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I have played a bit with my iPhone photo app ShakeIt Photo. As there isn’t any desirable Polaroid camera available (yet) Jimmy recommended this app which actually does what I desire.

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Tasty lunch

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Jul 172010
 

The huge advantage of travelling is that I get to go to different places and so experience different kitchens. Just recently I got a jar of mole poblano which is a traditional Mexican sauce for chicken.  It’s made of chillies,  nuts, spices and cocoa. I got this in a delicatessen shop in Nottingham.

Yesterday was the day Jimmy slow cooked a chicken with it. Yummy, that was tasty!

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