This is probably up there with one of my favourite holiday days ever! The place we were staying at had a small rowing boat which we could take out onto the lake, so that’s exactly what we did. We were out there for about 4 hours. The scenery was just beautiful and the water was so awesome the way it glittered in the sun light. We rowed around the lake and it was harder work than it looked! We then stopped at a cafe on the beach for a snack and went swimming.
It was such a good day and I thoroughly enjoyed it! See the photos below 🙂
Hello! This is going to be the first of a few posts containing memories and photos from my holiday to Switzerland. We went to several different places so I thought that instead of squeezing it all into one post, I would do several smaller ones. I thought I would kick off the Switzerland post spam with a fairly short post about Zug.
Zug is about an hour away from where we’re staying, and very near to where my Aunt lives. We met up with her and had lunch in the town then strolled around for a while. We come to Switzerland often but I feel like this is the first time I’ve ever really felt like I’ve seen lots of Swiss things! I love all the houses with their shutters and bright colours – I feel like I’ve just stepped out of Heidi! The lake was also gorgeous and unexpected! They were even setting up for a Jazz concert in the evening, which I thought was very cool. Unfortunately we were only there for a few short hours as we needed to get back. I would have loved to stay for longer and sunbathe by the lake!
I hope you enjoy the photos – it looked much better in real life!
I think I’ve found my new favourite city! I recently went to Milan, Italy and it was awesome. I went with my dad from Wednesday to Sunday, so only for a few days but had a great time. I’d never really heard of anyone I know going to Milan and if they had it was just to pass through so I didn’t know what to expect. However, I absolutely loved the city with its chilled (and some very handsome!) locals, delicious food and breath taking sights.
The first thing I noticed was how chilled all the ‘locals’ were. No one was rushing anywhere and they all seemed so content! Loads of people were wearing suits as well, I don’t know how they didn’t burn up considering it was about 30 degrees! It had a very business-work vibe which I love!
We visited the Duomo, i.e. the gothic cathedral, on day one. We did the museum tour including going underneath the cathedral to see the archeological ruins from when it was first built. The inside of the cathedral was beautiful and absolutely huge! One thing which stood out to me was the tapestrys displayed from the ceiling – I’ve never seen this before so thought it was quite cool and unique. However, my favourite part was the outside. I’ve heard that the Duomo has been compared to a cake and a hedgehog. It certainly looked like a cake! Every single spire had a little statue on it and each was carved so intricately. We went to the ‘terraces’ which was basically the roof. This provided great views of the city sky line. The best way to describe the awesomeness of this is to just show you photos!
On day two we went to Castello Sforzesco. We didn’t do any of the tours or museums there but we walked around it and through the gardens. This was pretty impressive; both the castle and the grounds were beautiful. There was a live band playing in the grounds which (I’m assuming) was there because the Friday was Republican Day. This is an Italian holiday celebrating something to do with the monarchy they used to have. It was good to experience some local culture whilst we were there! On the same day we did an open top bus tour around the city. We hopped on and off at various locations and it also took us to the football stadium, which my dad was very impressed with!
On day three (our final day) we strolled around the city and went to the Teatro Alla Scala. This was so impressive! The theatre was enormous and it was fun to imagine what I’d be like to sing and act in front of a crowd that big. We also went through the museum there as well which taught us all about the life and works of various famous composers. We also walked through the shopping centre several times throughout our trip. This is one of the oldest shopping centres in the world and looks more like a palace than a shopping centre! Milan is the home and fashion and it’s clear to see why!
We also strolled along the Navigli canals on our final day and had lunch beside them. There were various market stalls up and down the streets so we walked around those as well.
The food was delicious! I ate mostly pasta in the evening and we had salads for lunch. On our first day there we found an awesome salad bar which was like a fast food salad resturant. They had the biggest selection of salads and puddings I’ve ever seen! Another place we went to had the best seafood spagetti I’ve ever had! There are so many good places to eat around the city and most are reasonably priced. I thought it was cheaper than London. We also went to an ice cream cafe where we got served the biggest, yummiest ice creams I’ve ever seen!
The buildings were so grand and reminded me a bit of some streets in Oxford city centre. The central station was more like a museum than a train station! It was huge and the building was amazing.
The trip was awesome and I’d love to go again! I might even start to learn Italian so I can move there someday! I hope you enjoyed this travel post.
Baking posts are definitely one of my favourites to write! I’ve never made a chocolate cheesecake before – or a regular cheesecake in fact! – but I thought I would give it a go and I’m pleased to say it actually turned out quite good! It took around half an hour prep and 35 minutes to cook, plus 2 hours to stand and a night in the fridge (this last part was not included in the recipe but made it loads better!)
It’s quite a simple recipe and I added/changed a few of the measurements to suit me. The only thing I struggled with was the amount of mixture I had left over afterwards. I didn’t use the required 25 inch tins (I used 15 inch) but even if I had there would’ve been loads left over!
I’m not going to go into great detail about this part, because it’s fairly simple.
Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line the base of the baking tray with parchment and grease the sides with butter.
Mix the melted butter and biscuit crumbs, then press them into the bottom of the tin. Bake this for 10 minutes.
Turn the oven up to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9.
Mix all the other ingredients together – leaving a little chocolate for the icing. Pour this over the top of the cooked biscuit crust.
Bake this for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 110C/fan 90C/gas 1/4 for 25-30 minutes.
Turn off the oven, open the door a little and leave it to cool in the oven for 2 hours.
I put the cheesecake in the fridge overnight – this isn’t included in the recipe but made the texture and taste so much better!
To decorate the cheesecake – I spread chocolate icing over the top (melted from the left over chocolate bar). I then used the rest of the melted chocolate to make little shapes and put them on the top. (To do this I created shapes on baking parchment then put them in the fridge for around 30 minutes until the chocolate had set)
I hope this recipe is useful to you! I’d love to hear how your recent baking experiments have gone, so leave a comment to let me know! 🙂