Apr 07 2012

Finally in Lisbon!

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Dear friends:

Well, finally after four years of being heavily busy with our ‘Familiy expansion’ we made it now to Lisbon. Our idea was always that for a pure city trip we would like to have at least not our last son, Fionn, at least being one year old which usually should give a little bit more of flexibility. And here we are – after celebrating his first birthday right off to great Lisbon, a unique mixture of Bohemian lifestyle, modern influences but still feeling the old maritime tradition of the capital of Portugal, facing the rough Atlantic Ocean with is chilling breezes and storms! Besides all of that we think that it still has this authentic touch as not being restarted perfectly in every corner.

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Friends, take care, wherever you are right now!

Yours, Nadine & Marc

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Mar 03 2012

Our way to Lisboa! – Lunch in Elvaz, a small Portuguese country village….

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As 28th of February is a public holiday in Andalucía we used this opportunity for another long weekend for discovering more Portugal and not just enjoying our ‘usual’ weekend spot, Rocha Brava. Therefore we took the so called Ruta de Plata (Silver way) towards the north of Spain and via Badajoz entered into Portugal with final destination: Lisboa! But in the meantime we enjoyed a relaxed family lunch in small, for us totally unknown village, Elvaz with an interesting medieval touch. By the way – check especially out the last picture: the biggest aqueduct that we have seen until now!

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And from there on we hit the road again for a two hours drive towards Lisbon! Check out the upcoming blog entry to learn about some great spots in this interesting bohemian city. Maybe some inspiration for a trip on your own Zwinkerndes Smiley

Take care, friends, wherever you are.

Nadine & Marc

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Feb 12 2012

Home grown Clementines!

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Wow – it took us now one month to update again our blog – sorry, dear friends for our absence but we have been quite busy on all frontiers from job, writing projects, a little bit of family traveling (…great weekend at the end of January in the Algarve) and of course taking care of our family pack. And as we talk of January and February these are the months of great popularity for flues, fever and friends Zwinkerndes Smiley But all doing well so far!

The winter months in Andalucía use to be accompanied by a very special detail: the lemon, orange an clementine trees are full of fruits and give this strong yellow and orange colour to Seville, which again makes it as unique as it is.

Well, this year for the first time after having planted in our little garden some of these trees, we have been able to harvest now or own, home-grown clementines and lemons – quite a special moment for some Swiss guys in Andalucía!

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Friends, take  care, wherever you are right now!

Nadine & Marc

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Jan 14 2012

Back to the roots!

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After having stayed in Seville for the Christmas holiday 2011 now for once again we left for 10 days to ‘good old Switzerland’ to spend Christmas and New Year in our home country. A wonderful and intense time with familiy and friends where we enjoyed doing a lot of catching up with our Swiss families and friends!In between we also enjoyed some closer familiy excursions on the trails of our wonderful years in Zurich. Well, quite a change – now moving along with three kids Zwinkerndes Smiley

‘Familiy project – building ‘Frosty, the Snowman’

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Christmas market in Zurich main station

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Wonderful family excursion to ‘Sterneberg’

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Dear friends, we hope that you all had a good and happy kick-off of 2012!

Yours, Nadine & Marc

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Dec 17 2011

¡Felices fiestas and Merry Christmas!

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Just recently by ‘coincidence’ in a park deck in Sevilla Nadine and I discovered a flyer of a ‘Belen viviente’ or translated to English ‘Bethlehem live’ which was celebrated last weekend in Alcalá del Río, close to Sevilla. Well, not knowing a lot what this could mean we went with the family pack and En and Paco to check out this place – well, how astonishing this event – with hundreds of details the whole Christmas story was put live in the old town of this village with aprox. 200 volunteers of the Hermandad de Alcala….wow another breathtaking event putting us in in a perfect Christmas mood for the weekend!

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Well, dear friends, another intense but enriching year going to its end – We wish you all a Merry Christmas with familiy and friends, let yourself inspire during these day of the Christmas magic Zwinkerndes Smiley

Take care, whereever we are. Our thoughts will be especially with friends like Malou, who had to leave Sevilla in a hurry due to a death in her family and our great friends Bex, Pablo and Kids who are settling up newly in UK. Good luck in these days and we think of you.

Nadine & Marc

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Dec 10 2011

Christmas baking in action!

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We hope that you are not getting to stressed with all the Christmas preparation and events that usually accompany us during this time of year. Of course for us means that heavy movements in the kitchen preparing wonderful treats for Santa Claus day,which we celebrated on the 6th of December in Seville and and a lot of baking of Christmas cookies for this great time of year – and of course listening the Christmas Hits…sorry dear friends I can not avoid putting here the one and only 80s Christmas video, but first, check out the pics!

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and finally the one and only Christmas video

Wham–Last Christmas!

By the way: did you know that the original lyrics were: ‘Last Easter’ instead of Last Christmas? It seems to be true but then a clever producer asked to change it linking it to the most important shopping period of year…clever producer Zwinkerndes Smiley

Friends, take care wherever you are.

Nadine & Marc

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Nov 20 2011

The strong sea of November in the Algarve

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At the beginning of November we went for a long weekend to our 3rd home place, Rocha Brava in the Algarve to meet with our good Swiss friend, Jeannette. It was quite impressing to see how the scenery has changed in late autumn especially looking at the sea with showed its strengths, famous for its autumn storms of the Atlantic Ocean. Well, we had quite good look with the weather, so we enjoyed some great days in this great scenery, but especially also due the great talks and moments that we shared with our Jeannette.

Check out how the sea than impress with its strengths hitting the cliffs of Rocha Brava!

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Friends, soon Christmas time coming up! Don’t let yourself get into the Christmas shopping stress, enjoy some good relaxed Christmas moments with preparing sweets and decorating the house or just relaxed Christmas dinners with friends!

Take care, wherever you are right now!

Nadine & Marc

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Nov 06 2011

Seville oranges–harvesting day!

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In these weeks the traditional and important harvesting season of the world famous Seville oranges is starting; friends abroad – buy Spanish oranges and clementines Zwinkerndes Smiley It seems to be a good season as the agricultural experts are saying for this year!

Well, we did our share of working today on an orange farm. It was a wonderful get to gether of colleagues: Harvesting oranges, having lunch outside with a wonderful Paella combined with some good red wine Zwinkerndes Smiley And then to work off the calories again harvesting clementines.

Check out the pics:

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Oct 09 2011

Back to Rocha Brava, our beloved Algarve Coast…

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As we always like to discover new places all around Southern Europe we recently again enjoyed also the pleasure of going back to a trusted but just unique place around the Alvarve coast, Rocha Brava close to Carveoiro. There we find these lonely but truly wonderful beaches that we like so much. Closely the the beaches we managed to find also a familiy style hotel resort, with nice gardens and embedded in full nature. Check out some of the pics.

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As you can see – our sportive kids enjoyed it quite a while Zwinkerndes Smiley

Friends, take care wherever you are right now!

Nadine & Marc

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Sep 25 2011

A highlight of our Summer holiday–Furgla and lake de Muottas Muragl, Engadin, Switzerland!

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Just check this out, then go on reading Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Time is running; we are already rounding up the month of September but let us share with you some of the real highlights of our last Swiss holiday – hiking with our boys on trails, that we as young (well, we are still…) couple without kids used to explore enjoying the spirit of nature and freedom that we love so much in the mountains..something which we also like to feel on our tours around the Sierra de Cadiz.

Well, Muottas Muragl, based in the Engadin, a precious mountain valley in the canton of Grison, really offers a unique view over the lakes of St. Moritz and we when we went now up, yes, we had good luck with the weather and enjoyed a real unforgettable day hiking up the Furgla and lake of Muttos Muragl, where we enjoyed this unique quietness, listening to the sounds of the birds, the ‘whispering’ of the winds, and watching the rough beauty of the mountain pikes…well, you see – we enjoyed it:

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Well, writing this blog entry has been now also a relaxed ‘flashback’ to the holiday in August – well, friends, I leave you now quietly smiling and thinking of this great family experience.

Take care, wherever you are,

Nadine & Marc

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