Montag, 25. Juni 2018

Circumnavigating the Ammersee

After my return from the fabulastic trip to London I felt a bit displaced and sad. So what would be better to cheer myself up than a cycling excursion with friends? Exercise, Sunshine and speeding down a hillside made all the difference. 
It took us about 5,5 hours to cycle the 45 km from Steinebach along the Westbank to Herrsching where we tiredly boarded the train back to Munich.







Registry Office

Nature Reserve Bird Sanctuary



Lake Ammersee


Tired horses and tired riders

Endless love



MerkenMerken

Sonntag, 24. Juni 2018

More London pictures


Now that I'm back home, I can show you more pictures from my amazing trip to London.



Christo, Mastaba



Greenwich, Cuts Sark


Thames

Royal Naval College

Barbican


Watching houseboats at Camden Lock

Nature claims back the railway tunnel in Highgate

Highgate Wilderness


Italian Garden Hyde Park

View through the porthole


St. Pancras



Freitag, 22. Juni 2018

Wonky Heidi goes to London Part 5

On Thursday I joined the TfL - Transport for London on their Wilderness Walkabout: Highgate. About 20 of us met up at Highgate Station and were kitted out in high vis vests and hard hats. Together with guides and volunteers we set off together to hear everything about this piece of transport history.

The train station opened in 1867 and during the years underwent several refurbishments. Now it`s abandoned and instead there`s an underground line.

The 1-hour tour was fascinating and good fun not just for trainspotters! Next time, I`ll try to book one of the other tours on offer.





















Wonky Heidi goes to London part 4

On one of the countless Hidden Gems-lists available on Pinterest I discovered St. Dunstan in the East, a little church built in Saxon times, right in the City of London, close to Monument.

It is a tranquil haven in the hustle and bustle of the modern world and offers delectable motifs for sketching and a relief for weary walkers.

























Donnerstag, 21. Juni 2018

Wonky Heidi goes to London Part 3

Over the years I read about the Barbican in guide books again and again but the pictures didn`t look very inviting. But now that I`m really into architecture and culture I  wanted to see it. While checking out its website I stumbled across a guided architecture tour and just went for it.

It is simply stunning! The huge (16 ha) complex combines apartment blocks, a theatre, a concert hall, a library and several parks and ponds.

It took about 10 years to plan and a further 20 to build and by the time it was finished in the Eighties the architectural style of Brutalism/Modernism was already out of fashion again.

The guide led us through the concrete maze of buildings and walkways and told us about the history, the architects behind it and what they wanted to effect.

Between the concrete (the original idea was to use white marble!) it is unexpectedly green and invites you to sit down on the lake terrace and contemplate. One of my favourite pastimes!

























Mittwoch, 20. Juni 2018

Wonky Heidi goes to London Part 2

On Tuesday I took the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to Greenwich. I love to pretend the driverless trains are time capsules as they transport you through the very futuristic Docklands to the quaint, chocolate-box pretty Greenwich.

The Docklands are unbelievable. Once the Docks where ships unloaded their precious cargo from the colonies now a thriving business hub full of glass  and metall towers. In between you can still find the  cranes and waterways and houseboats.

As the train passes through Poplar Station, I wonder, what the nuns of Poplar (Call the Midwife)  would make of this sleek, gleaming development. And thanks to the popular tv show I can imagine what the Docklands looked like in the Sixties.

Greenwich is one of my favourite places in London. This time I wanted to visit the Cutty Sark and arrived well before 10 am to beat the crowds.




Most of you know that I love a good museum and this definitely counts as one of them. What an experience!


First you are led below deck to learn about life on board, its journeys and cargoes and you can even sit on a moving bench  which  simulates the movement of the ship. It works alright and made me feel queasy.

Then you get on top of the deck from where you get a lovely view across the Thames and walk along the length of the tea clipper.





There are also cabins, sailors bunks (very small) and toilets to discover before you descend into the basement for refreshments and a view of the hull. 


I loved every minute of it and consider it a morning well spent!!!





Dienstag, 19. Juni 2018

Wonky Heidi goes to London Part 1

After weeks and weeks of planning and Vorfreude I finally arrived in London yesterday at noon. The first point on my agenda was the Design Museum in Holland Park.



It's an amazing place, from the inside it reminded me at once of a cathedral.







More art followed with the freshly unveiled, brand new installation by Christo, The Mastaba. The sculpture made of 7506 oil drums is floating on the Serpentine.




Quite impressive!