Donna H.

This time last week…

I cannot believe how quickly this week has gone and how little I’ve achieved despite spending the majority of my time on uni work… Fourth year problems I suppose.  The most exciting parts of my week though were going to my favourite cinema GFT with my flatmate, Rosemary to see the cringey but wonderful Sunshine on Leith; going through to Edinburgh to see Ewan; lunch at with Sasha, Louise and Andrea and dinner at with Steven, Fiona and Ewan.

Today has been very boring as far as Sundays go, with the gym and lots of uni work. Last Sunday was much better with a super productive day ending with Sunday dinner with Eilidh and Ross which we all chipped in a cooked at Ross’ flat.

P1000550

P1000551

P1000552

P1000553

P1000554

P1000555

P1000556

P1000557

Munich: Part 4

After the Third Reich Tour we went for a walk around the Englischer Garten which was beautiful, especially with the lovely weather.  We were looking for the river surfers on my brother’s recommendation but didn’t really know where we were going!P1000365 P1000368P1000372 P1000374 P1000375 P1000376
The next morning it was an early start for our bus tour to see the royal castles.  Our first stop was Linderhof, the smallest of Ludwig II’s three royal castles built in the 19th century.  The grounds were absolutely beautiful and in my opinion the inside was nicer than the more famous Neuschwanstein.  The guided tour was really good but no pictures were allowed inside.  It was decorated with a lot of gold and intricate details everywhere.P1000385P1000387P1000393 P1000394P1000396 P1000397 P1000398 P1000399 P1000400

 

We then drove on for a while before a short break in Oberammergau which is famous for its wood carving and painted houses.  It was like a fairy tale town, I loved it!  The shops were full of intricately carved ornaments, clocks, furniture, animals etc but all I bought was a tiny wooden heart!
P1000413 P1000414P1000418 P1000419 P1000420 P1000421P1000425

 

I am going to try to squeeze Neuschwanstein itself and the last few days into one final post because I feel I’m going on about Munich too much with too many photos! Thank god it was only a week away!

Munich: Part 3

After the toy museum we took a walk to find a meeting point we had to catch a bus tour from in a few days for our trip to Linderhof and Neuschwanstein.  All the buildings are so beautiful that I never really stopped taking photos, much to Ewan’s embarrassment!P1000268 P1000269 P1000270 P1000272 P1000275 P1000282

We then went to this beautiful beer garden which was absolutely huge.  It was covered in lovely paintings and looked very grand.  For lunch we went traditional German and our waitress said she couldn’t speak much English so it gave me another chance to attempt some of my Standard Grade German!  I had wiener-schnitzel which is so fun to say!  We wear constantly surrounded by wasps though because of the flowers on our table which didn’t make for a very pleasant, relaxing meal – I’m such a wuss!P1000287 P1000289 P1000291 P1000292 P1000293

Then it was back to happy hour and some white Russians and fruity cocktails!P1000306 P1000307

For dinner we went to this restaurant which we’d seen the night before and looked really cute (I should really take down the names of these places) but unfortunately it was a huge disappointment.  Service wasn’t great and the food was really overcooked.  What we hadn’t realised was that there was lots of restaurants further down the path where it had looked cute so I wish we’d had a proper look round before choosing rather than just sitting down at the first one.P1000312 P1000315 P1000316 P1000320 P1000321

P1000323

The next morning we went on a Third Reich & Nazi Party walking tour which was one of my favourite parts of the trip.  We saw the place where Hitler became leader of his party, the square where he did a lot of his public speaking and the Gestapo HQ (which is now a police station).  We learned how Hitler was shot at and his bodyguard took 7 bullets for him (and survived!).  We learned what the three Ludwigs are famous for: Ludwig I – Oktoberfest, Ludwig II – the Disney castle and Ludwig III – letting Hitler join the army!  There was a pathway which had golden cobbles through it and that was because it was the way people who refused to do the Nazi salute walked, even though they were watched and their names were all taken – how brave!P1000335 P1000339

This is the courtyard where Hitler used to paint.  I’m sure lots of you have seen his artwork.  He was very good at painting landscapes but got kicked out of art school because he had “no appreciation for the human form”.  He also used to paint busy places such as Marienplatz but never with a single person included.  Very interesting!P1000341 P1000342 P1000343 P1000344 P1000345 P1000346

This is the beer hall (or Bier Halle) where Hitler became leader of his party.  He used to entice people into his speeches with free beer and it worked!  The hall was huge and is now a restaurant.  They had an exhibition up with history of the hall but never mentioned Hitler or the party once.  Similarly, Hugo Boss, who used to design their uniforms, have no history on their website unlike most fashion designers who have a history to their brand.P1000347 P1000349 P1000351 P1000355 P1000356 P1000357 P1000358 P1000361 P1000363 P1000364It was a great tour, our guide was great and I’d definitely recommend it.

 

Munich: Part 2

We visited the Ferrari shop where Ewan claimed this car could go “a lot faster than Usain Bolt”… Yes Ewan, most cars can.

Image
Munich absolutely loves a water fountain and this one hits you like sea spray when you walk past which was amazing on this super hot day.  We really wanted to run into it like those little children but we were too embarrassed!

Image

ImageImageImage

We headed back to our hotel for some happy hour cocktails….

Image

ImageImageImageImageImage
…Then moved on to this restaurant which ended up being my favourite meal of the trip.  A bit poorly timed since it was our first night!  We should have been there for our last night and ended on a high!  I had pesto wholemeal spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and pine nuts and Ewan had a burger (obviously) which was coloured like a German flag!

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
After dinner we went for a few drinks and met a lot of drunk people, including some high fiving us on bikes and one shouting “I don’t know where we’re going but it’s awesome!”  We decided that we’d go out later in the week because everyone seemed really fun!

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

The next morning started with a trip to the toy museum and more lovely weather.  The toy museum was really narrow and tall with spiral staircases and definitely made me want to hunt out all my Barbies and Polly Pockets.  I managed to speak a little bit of German to the woman at the entrance as well which left me feeling pretty chuffed with myself. 🙂

ImageImage

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Next post will be more food, more cocktails and more exploring… having to split it into so many post, not because we were there for a long time but because I take far too many photos!!

Munich, Sep 2013: Part 1

To end my lovely summer before returning to Glasgow, and to uni, Ewan and I travelled to Munich, Germany for a week.  (excuse the stereotypical plane picture)

P1000020

P1000037We were lucky enough to have both our flights and accommodation paid for us as a present for Ewan’s 21st from his parents.  This left what little money we had to be spent on food and drink!  Our flight arrived at around 9.30pm so we went out to grab a bite to eat and sample a German beer.  Our hotel was a two minute walk from the main square in Munich, the beautiful Marienplatz.

P1000042 P1000041

We were still playing round with the settings on my brand new camera at this point so I’m a not happy with the quality of some of these but here we are loving pizza.  I love places where you can get pizza by the slice, seems to be an abroad thing!
P1000049 P1000047 P1000057

The next day we went to explore the hotels surroundings and scope out some attractions we wanted to see.  Luckily the sun was shining bright, not like the forecast had told me (I was convinced it was going to rain the whole trip).  It’s such a beautiful city and seemed to have a very laid back atmosphere.

P1000064 P1000066 P1000067 P1000069

The road up from our hotel was covered in designer shops and I tried my hardest to act/look like I could afford them!

P1000070 P1000072 P1000073 P1000074 P1000075 P1000076 P1000077 P1000078 P1000079

We then went for a walk round town and found a lovely German market, not far from our hotel.  It was so warm and sunny that before we headed out for lunch we needed to head back to the hotel and rethink our outfit choices – we were melting!P1000081 P1000080 P1000083 P1000084 P1000085 P1000088 P1000089 P1000092 P1000093 P1000094 P1000095P1000111 P1000116 P1000118 P1000119 P1000120 P1000121

Once we were more suitably dressed for the heat we went to Sausalitos, which is a chain in Germany, maybe other places too.  They do great cocktails and Mexican.  I got nachos and Ewan got chicken fajitas (so adventurous for our first lunch in Deutschland!!).

P1000122 P1000123 P1000124 P1000125 P1000126 P1000127 P1000128 P1000129 P1000130 P1000131 P1000132 P1000133 P1000134 P1000135 P1000136 P1000137 P1000138 P1000139

We then went for some more exploring and to St Peter’s Church which was the most beautiful church I’d ever seen!  

P1000141 P1000142 P1000146 P1000149 P1000154 P1000158

 

More pictures soon… 🙂

Edinburgh, July 2013

Ewan and I are spending the summer apart as I’m home in Shetland working and staying with my family while he stays in Edinburgh for work. The week after the Rolling Stones I went to visit him, as well as to do some flathunting in Glasgow for next year.

Here are a few pictures from my trip mainly consisting of sunshine, cocktails and food!

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

London, July 2013

It’s a whole month since I was in London and I still haven’t blogged it so here goes.

imageimage

We flew to Heathrow on the Thursday and I feel like we packed in a hell of a lot between Thursday and Sunday!  I just love how much there is to do in London.  I’ve been 4 times and had a totally different holiday each time.

This is our hotel – The Park Grand.  Don’t be fulled by it’s fancy exterior; it’s basically just a glorified Travelodge!

image

We were there in the height of the heat wave so it was around 30 degrees the whole time which was great.  On the first day me and my parents had a Vietnamese lunch near our hotel and then sauntered around central London, had a few drinks in Leicester Square and went to China town for tea.

image

image

imageMam and Dad checking out the cakes and pastries!

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

 I managed to catch up with my friend Harry on the Friday.  We wandered around in the sunshine and had lunch al fresco in the park!  It was really nice to see him as we don’t get to see each other very often and he has just turned 21 and graduated from his theatre set & costume design course. 

image

image

image

That evening, we went to Loch Fyne for our tea which was absolutely delicious but let down by the service.  It was obvious that they were in such a rush to get rid of us!  Our mains came while we were still eating our starters, they took food we weren’t finished eating and thrust the bill at us when we were going to order more drinks.  We the went to a bar across the road for some cocktails which I unfortunately can’t remember the name of!  The staff were lovely in there.  We then went to the theatre to see Fences which was so so good! It was in a small intimate theatre and is about a black family living in America in the 50s and I can’t recommend it enough.

image

image

image

image

image

Saturday was the Rolling Stonesday (!!) then on Sunday we went to Notting Hill and Portobello market before heading to the airport.

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Unbelievably I didn’t buy a single thing  while we were there!! Very disappointed in myself. I did go shopping in Edinburgh though which is where I headed after London to spend a week with my boyfriend before going home again to work.  Blog post coming soon…

Barclaycard Presents BST, Hyde Park: THE ROLLING STONES

The Rolling Stones are my favourite band in the world, EVER.  I got this love from my Dad.  I saw them in Glasgow back in 2002 but can’t say I fully appreciated it at 10.  Fast forward 11 years and I could have peed when I got my tickets!!  I was sat on the o2 presale refreshing and retrying and nothing was happening.  I happened to Google it and find that Barclaycard also had a presale (hardly rocket science since it was a Barclaycard event) and since I was using Dad’s Barclaycard, it was the perfect opportunity – I got the tickets!  5 of them – me, mam, dad, my auntie and my uncle.

image

image

A few months later and here we were!  Hyde Park on an absolutely beautiful day in London.  It was around 29c, and since I’d already got burnt the day before (London trip post to follow), I was clatching on the sun cream.  When we first arrived, we met up with a girl from my year and headed to the wine bar for some shade and a glass or two of white before the music began.

image

Elyse & I decided to head into the crowds and find some music while my parents sat in the shade a while longer.  We got the most perfect spot at the main stage and were considering staying there until the Stones came on but it wasn’t long before the sun defeated us and we headed to find a tree to sit under.

image

imageimage

image

 imageimage

There were lots of yummy food options but if I’m honest, I just grabbed a quick bag of chips in true festival style!  Absolutely loved this coconut stall though – for £4 you got the coconut to drink the water from and then took it back to the stall for them to chop up so you could eat it.  The best bit was, I handed the woman a fiver and got £6 back – they paid me £1 to have it! 🙂

image

image

There were lots of good bands on through the day but with all the shade we were seeking, we didn’t catch that many of them.  The Vaccines were great, loved them anyway but it was Gary Clark Jr who really found a new fan!!  He was FANTASTIC. Check him out here!

image

image

image

image
Now, the Rolling Stones themselves… I don’t even know how to describe them.  They were just completely and utterly amazing.  They started with Start Me Up (see what they did there?) before launching into a mixture of revved up tunes, slower ballads and a mix of old and new.

image

image

image

Gary Clark Jr joined them on stage for a song or two and I think he should join the band!  His guitar skills are incredible.

image

The legendary Mick Taylor also joined in on the action and it was great to hear them all on stage together!

image

image

I don’t know if I could pick a favourite song.  I loved Honky Tonk Women and Jumping Jack Flash.  Keith’s songs were also incredible.  (He may not be the front man but he’s a better singer and everyone’s favourite if we’re honest, isn’t he?)

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

If another tour goes on sale, I will most definitely be doing my best to snap up tickets right away!   If tickets had gone on sale at 9am the next morning I would have been on it!  Cannot recommend it enough – it may seem expensive at the time but when you are there you will not regret it.  They are unbelievable.  All hail the Rolling Stones.  Legends.

image

Tie Dye Night!

 

A few weekends back me and my friends all went out in tie dye… for absolutely no reason!  Other than fun of course.  Plus we all met up the Tuesday before to do the dying which was a great night in itself.  Here is a mixture of our terrible phone photos as everyone was having far too much fun for cameras!

imageimagetiedye

image

image

image

image

image

 image

image

So beautiful!

Scalloway, Shetland

These pictures are from June 24th, a few weeks ago.  I know pretty much all of the UK except Shetland is getting amazing weather right now so it’ll be good to post a few nice Shetland photos from before I went away to remind me it’s not as hellish as I currently believe!  Since I came home it’s been mist and rain – so unmotivating and gloomy.

image

These pictures were taken on a walk me and Ross went on in a village called Scalloway.  Scalloway is Shetland’s ancient capital and is only about a 10 minutes’ drive from Lerwick (the main town/current capital).

image

image

Balamory style!

imageimage

imageimage

image

Ross with a truck with his name on!

image

Won’t be gone so long this time – off to draft some more posts from my trip away and some more Shetland times…