Thursday, 18 July 2013

Exploring A New City

I mentioned here a few months ago that I had received a job offer to work in Sheffield starting in September.  Since I came back from holiday, I've been searching for somewhere to live and have visited Sheffield twice.

I have to say it is a lovely city (which is a relief!) and I am starting to know my way around.  Here are a few photos that show-off the city nicely:

Nice Buildings and Open Spaces...

...Tonnes of Theatres...

...and lots of beautiful parks

Even better news is that I have signed for a flat!  Rob and I visited Sheffield at the start of this week to view flats.  Two viewings were cancelled while we were there but we still got to see 3 different flats and agreed on a favourite.

Anyway tomorrow is a big day for me and Rob as it is our graduation.  I can't believe 4 years of university have flown by so quickly.  The ceremony is at the same concert hall that Rob and I saw Al Murray at (The Liverpool Philharmonic) and my family have seats in one of the boxes

Sunday, 7 July 2013

A Lovely Holiday to Italy

Last week I went on holiday with my parents and my sister to Italy (as usual my Mum managed to blog about it first - you can read what she wrote here).  I personally took about 450 photos, Mum took about 300 and Eve was taking photos on her phone too but I'll only show you a few.

We were based at Lake Garda in a little town called Malcesine but because it was a tour we had day trips arranged for us to Venice, Verona, and the Dolomites as well as a full day exploring different towns on the lake itself.

Around Lake Garda:
These photos are from our tour around the lake and our walks along the lake to the town of Malcesine

View of Lake Garda from Malcesine

The town of Salo

View from Salo across the lake

It was lovely to see Venice again but because of the nice weather (and being tourist season) it was much busier than when Rob and I visited

The Bridge of Sighs

The Doge's Palace

St Mark's Square

The Rialto Bridge

View of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge

The Dolomites:
These photos are taken at the top of the Pordoi Pass where there was 8 inches of snow the night before we visited and it was still snowing while we were there

Me in the snow

View down the mountain from the Pordoi Pass

We didn't know what to expect from Verona - apart from Juliet's balcony - but the city was very picturesque with lots of interesting history.

Juliet's Balcony

Statue of Dante in the Piazza dei Signori

Piazza delle Erbe