26.9.12

Weekend road trip - part 1

Hi guys ,
 
Last weekend we took a little road trip to Grindavík, a little fishing town about 45 minutes from Reykjavík. Every fall the family  goes to watch as the farmers round up their sheep. The sheep in Iceland run free during the whole summer and in the fall they are rounded up and brought in for the winter.

Unfortunatly the roundup was postponed until the next day and we didn´t know until we were already there. So we decided to come back the next day. Instead we took a little roadtrip along the coast of  the Reykjanes peninsula. There are a lot of interesting things to see, for example the bridge between two continents (North America and Eurasia) and Gunnuhver, which is a geothermal hot spot. Gunnuhver received it´s name from an old folk tale, it is supposedly named after an evil woman, Gunna that was terrorising the locals, so she was lured to the hot spring, where she drowned. According to the tale her ghost can be seen roaming around the hot spring, hence the name Gunnuhver.
I love the fact that you don´t have to drive a long way out of the city to see some interesting places and get into nature. It´s one of my favourite things about this country.
I will post the second half of the pictures (from the roundup) later this week.




The pathway to the bridge between two continents.

A little "light" reading on the way

My father (the guide) and sister
Inside the sheep fence
Gunnuhver - geothermal hot spot
Overlooking Gunnuhver - the lighthouse
By the seaside
This is where the N-American and Eurasian plates meet!
Love locks on the bridge between two continents
A map showing Iceland´s position on the two plates

gate to sheep fence







 
This sign is in the middle of the bridge between two continents



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25.9.12

30 minute love affair

Hey guys,
I´ve had this song on repeat for the past few days. Such a beautiful song and I love Paloma´s voice.
Perfect way to start the week



 
 
 
Have a great week!
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22.9.12

A seperation

Hey guys,

I went to the movies last night and saw an Iranian film called A Seperation.
The film has won several awards including the Golden bear 2011. I was not disappointed.
This a lovely unpretentious film, that chronicles real life, real emotions and the hardships we have to go through. I was really pleased  and I reccommend that you see it!
In other news, I am very excited  about this weekend. My family and I are going to take part in a sheep roundup, a traditional event here in Iceland each fall. The sheep run wild during they whole summer and in the fall we round them up to get them inside for the winter. This is also really fun because you get to mix in with the locals, hear their stories and eat warm soup.
I´ll take tons of photos and post them next week!



 
 
Have a great weekend!
 
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18.9.12

Siglufjörður

As promised, here are the pictures from my day trip to beautiful Siglufjörður (transl. Sailing fjord).
I spent a wonderful day there during a camping trip in August. We visited the Herring era museum, went down to the harbour, got some coffee at the very cute café Rauðka and walked around town. I love this place! 
 


 
 


 











Remnants of the old fishing dock from the herring era


Inactive bomb


Herring era museum - used to be offices and lodging
during that time





an old picture ( sorry for the poor quality)
 showing  how lively the town was during the herring era.



Hope you enjoy my pics.
Will post more from my trip later
 
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17.9.12

Wanted! Dior ballerina heels

These ballerina inspired platform heels are from the A/W 2012 line by Dior.  I have spotted these in a lot of magazines this fall season. So pretty!
If anyone wants to give me a present.....


 
 
Have a great week!
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11.9.12

Camping

In the middle of August I went on my first ( and last) camping trip of the summer.  We packed up the car and headed for Hólar in Hjaltadalur, my favourite spot from my childhood camping trips. From there we went sightseeing around the surrounding area.
Hólmavík was the first stop, to try out their new, super luxe swimming pool (given to the Hólmavík community by a couple of local artists) and have a look around.
Next up we visited Siglufjörður,  where I discovered that my great grandmother became a part of history when she worked there during the herring adventure. The herring adventure is an important part of Icelandic history as fishery has been a vital part of the nation´s income from the start.
I had a great time walking through the herring era museum, and delighted to learn a little more about my family heritage. This trip was a wonderful way to relax after a hectic summer at work, and I never tire of travelling this beautiful country.
Hofsós museum


 

My father, taking in the village of Hofsós
 
Hofsós
 
 
The harbour in Siglufjörður
 
 
 
This is just a preview, I will post more photos soon!
 
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7.9.12

Foodie friday: My foodie wishlist

Food is a huge part of my life, it is one of the things that bring me the most joy in life. I love how a good meal can bring a family together and create wonderful memories. I love the comfort food can bring, whether it is a deliciously warm soup on a cold  winter´s night or a refreshing ice cream on a warm summer's day. Maybe it has something to do with my french heritage, but I am always happiest when I am in the kitchen. Therefor I felt it was time for me to share some of the things on my foodie wish list with you guys.
Voila!





Best foodie book ever
Saw this one at the bookstore the other day.
Really want to buy myself this book.. and set off on the adventure of a lifetime.






A subscription to Jamie Oliver´s magazine.
I always browse through his magazine when I stop by Eymundsson´s for a coffee. Perfect British comfort food recipes





A Kitchen Aid mixer
This has been my dream for some years now, preferably in a funky colour.






Any book by Nigella Lawson
Or all her books, don´t think I would be able to pick just one. I used to watch her cooking shows all the time. I love her!  







A trip to Paris 
Paris is my all time favourite city, it feels like a second home to me. I could spend days browsing through the Fauchon gourmet shop, stuffing my face with croissants and macarons, packing a picnic consisting of cheeses, bread and fresh summer berries to spend the day at a beautiful park and last but not least my absolutely favourite thing to do in my beloved Paris is to sit down at a café and people watch with my Café au lait. Oh boy! I think it´´s time to go "home"


have a great weekend!
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