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Donnerstag, 21. September 2017

Wonky Heidi goes to Cornwall part 1

Sketch & Stroll St. Ives

Isn`t the internet a marvellous thing? While planning my trip I stumbled upon the programme of the St. Ives September Festival, including some events of the St. Ives School of Painting, the Sketch & Stroll.
Of course, being an outdoorsy kind of event, it started drizzling as soon as the last participant had crossed the threshold of the Porthmeor Studios
(https://schoolofpainting.co.uk/about-us/porthmeor-studios/).

Never-the-less we ventured out, 7 of us led by Ges, the tutor, in case it would stop. 
And of course, true artists suffer for their art!
Needless to say, it didn`t. Stop raining. All day.

We walked through the crooked lanes of St. Ives to a shelter at the end of the Harbour for a quick sketch and then onwards. After an hour of strolling through the rain we drudged back to the Porthmeor Studios and the cellars for some indoor sketching. 
In the cellars we found the amazing installation by American Mark Dion, "The Maritime Artist."

Please check this out, as I had a technical crisis and lost all photos of that day:
http://www.bsjwtrust.co.uk/overview/the-maritime-artist/

Mark was there, weaving baskets and we had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sketch there, literally becoming part of the installation.





All-in-all I had the most inspiring day!!






Dienstag, 12. September 2017

Cornwall Countdown

Only six more sleeps and I will be lifting off for my big UK adventure. Nearly two weeks of meeting friends and re-visiting my favourite places.





My first stop will be Marazion, where I'm hoping to visit St. Michaels Mount. In St. Ives the September Festival is on which I'm very much looking forward to.


After one week of coastal fun, I'll be heading  to the big city lights of London!! I can't wait to tell you all about it.

Samstag, 26. August 2017

Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art

Recently on a rainy Saturday for which I originally had planned to learn how to ride a Vespa we had to find another form of entertainment. I scoured the internet and stumbled over this little gem:

The Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art








Hidden away in a little alley in the city centre of Munich we didn't know what to expect but we loved it. The current exhibition is called: The Art of Writing.

"Visitors can expect a high quality museum program in which street and urban art build a dialogue with other genres of contemporary art. The young art form of street and urban art will be presented to visitors in a smart way with a diverse educational program through the use of lectures, film screenings and guided tours." (from the programme www.muca.eu)

I especially loved how they transformed what must once have been an old factory building or warehouse into this stunning exhibition space.














It also offers a great little restaurant called Mural:




The door to the "Ladies"!


Donnerstag, 27. Juli 2017

SUP-ing on Lake Starnberg

Last weekend, after years of wanting to try it, I finally managed to give SUP - Stand up paddling a go. 

My gym had organized a 1-hour session with the surf school at the Nordbad Tutzing on Lake Starnberg and even sorted out rides for everyone by carpooling.

I was quite anxious about how difficult it would be to stand up on the wobbly board but honestly - piece of cake! I only fell in right at the end! 

There were 15 of us and 2 guides who took us out on the lake and it was pure magic. It was a quiet, slightly overcast morning and the scenery of the alps in the not-so-far distance - breathtaking! 





Granted, it wasn't very easy to heave my belly back on the board  but with the calm instructions of the guide and a team mate stabilising the board from the other side I managed just fine.

If you ever get the chance to try it - go for it! I would recommend an introduction course to learn the basic technique.

I'm hoping to get another chance this summer and am very keen to try out the SUP in Cornwall on my holiday in September. Obviously now it's time to get a Gopro-camera!

Dienstag, 25. Juli 2017

Happy Wonky Heidi

Instead of telling you about the usual stuff that makes me happy like chocolate and cake I want to tell you about last nights Sing-along-concert.

I've said before that it is my deep belief that singing makes you happy and it certainly works for me.

Luckily in Munich we have a thing that's called Volxgesang, which comes from the word folk musik (http://volxgesang.de/).


(copyright: Volxgesang)



It's basically an evening at the pub where you can sing-along to about 25 old-time favourites and chart-hits being accompanied by guitar or piano. The song texts are projected to the wall because we all know that we never can remember the lyrics. 

Julian, my favourite entertainer is a proper Robbie Williams on stage and knows how to please a crowd.

The one rule the organizers have is: You can never sing too loud or too off-key! 

Yesterday the set list contained songs like, unfortunately I can't remember every single one:

Hotel California
Morning has broken
Lemon tree
Dancing Queen
Mercedes Benz
Halleluja
Country Roads
Here comes the sun



German/Austrian titles:
Bergwerk
Ham kummst
Ich war noch niemals in New York
Über den Wolken 
Atemlos
Freude schöner Götterfunken
Am Tag als Conny Kramer starb
Du entschuldige, I kenn di
Griechischer Wein

So you get the gist. It is soo liberating to sing out loud in public, no matter how out-of-tune and I always keep waving my arms like Pavarotti, full of passion. I can't wait for the next concert but as I can't make the September one I'll have to wait until the 21st of October. 

Come and join me, it'll be a night to remember!


Mittwoch, 31. Mai 2017

#ohporto part 6

Our last day in Porto started with rain. We had walked as far as the Rua das Flores when it got so bad we fled into a cafe for a 2nd breakfast and to shelter from the rain.

While we eeked out the beverages a long as possible we tried to find a rainy day activity and decided on the Museu da Misericordia do Porto, which is located on the same street.
http://www.mmipo.pt/en-gb/museu/the-museum

I have to confess, I wasn't all that interested in paintings of saints, patrons and relics but I recognize  an exhibiton that is well-executed. 










 The building is amazing and has been carefully renovated.






In the late afternoon the sun had broken through the clouds again and we made our way to the Ponte da Arrabida to climb it.

http://www.portobridgeclimb.com/home-en
 
It was amazing! If you only do one activity in Porto, go and climb this bridge! It is only 262 steps and even if you're not fit, it's do-able. Only the hairdo didn't survive!




The views are breathtaking and the architecture impressive. Our guide was a very passionate student of architecture and told us everything about the bridge itself and Porto.





On the one side Porto - just WOW.






And on the other side the Atlantic Ocean. My only regret is that we couldn't get closer to this side to take better pictures.




Montag, 29. Mai 2017

#ohporto part 5

Those who know me, know I`m not the biggest fan of modern art. Mainly because I suffer from "I can do this and call it art and make Millions of €". So far no one was able to explain to me what makes art art and who decides. Maybe I`ll watch out for an evening class.

So when for Wednesday the forecast predicted another scorcher I decided to join my brother visiting the "Museu de Serralves", the collection of contemporary art, purely for their aircondition.






But, I`m not too proud to admit that I enjoyed myself. I am a huge fan a modern architecture (go, figure) and loved the stark and brilliant white features of the buildings.






And some of the exhibits: 



















And one of my favorites: The window, which reminded me very much of the Tate St. Ives with its huge panoramic window towards the sea!



After a quick lunch in the cafe we went outside to take a stroll around the huge grounds, a wonderful park which makes you feel like you are in the countryside. There`s a rosegarden, an abandoned tea house, a pond  and an Art Deco villa where you can get lost for hours.