|Jugendstil villa in Bonn - Bad Godesberg. November 2011.|
In spite of alarming daily news reports about the euro crisis and the fact we still don't have a government after 500+ days of negotiating, the majority of us seem to lead our daily lives with little noticeable change.
For me personally, these are hectic but stimulating times. The past fortnight I've spent 4 days in England (London and the Cotswolds), 4 in France (Lille, mainly) and 2 in Germany (Bonn - Bad Godesberg). Most of the travelling was done for work, but I've managed to squeeze in a couple of days for myself.
|Spare wine racks, anyone?|
Some big, others small, these wine fairs are the perfect occasion to discover wines from independent winemakers and many of the smaller vineyards all over France.
As a result, we're now in dire need of extra wine racks, but I understand that's a luxury problem.
And now for some trivia:
My top 5 observations of the past 2 weeks.
- Lille is truly a beautiful city, with striking architecture, a vibrant atmosphere and wonderful restaurants.
- The French Alsace region, famous for its white wines, makes surprisingly good pinot noirs that offer great value for money.
- Anybody who thinks English people are cold and reserved, hasn't met my friends. I had the chance to meet up with several of them when I was in the Cotswolds and even though we don't see each other often, the time we spent together was once again heartwarming.
- Once you've learnt a language, even if you don't use it for ages, it's ingrained in your brain. I had French in school between the ages of 8 and 17, then didn't use it for almost 20 years. Now that I'm taking classes again, I'm surprised how quickly it all comes back.
- Bad Godesberg's residential villa quarter is stunning. When Bonn was still the capital of West Germany and later the official seat of united Germany's government (until 1999), many of the foreign embassies were located in stately Jugendstil villas.
|Residential villas in Bonn - Bad Godesberg. November 2011.|
So, my dear friends, what have you been up to?