Pourtales Park is at 10 minute bus ride from my home. Yet, our busyness kept it miles away. So one Sunday morning on a beautiful September day, we made it. What a lovely discovery!
The Park’s trails take you to places with surprises. Thanks to my kid’s previous school trip, we knwe what to look for. But it is also fun if you just walk and let the Park reveal itself. Portales: a place where nature meets art.
for your rainy-sunny late August days,
a pleasant walk in your zoo
the wonders of the Deutsches Museum, where we learned by playing about science and progress, from mining to astronomy:
your biggest public park in Europe: the English Gartden of Munchen where you can watch surfers, have a beer next to a Chinese Tour, enjoy a ride in a 100 year old carousel or just enjoy a walk
for your revigorating spa at Caracalla Therme. It made me remember a soviet time childhood motto: Ветер, солнце и вода наши лучшие друзья* 🙂 overwise served with a very present sense of German order and structure. Helpful in particular when an all-smiles octogenarian crosses the nude-clothed areas as if at home 🙂 under the priceless looks of ladies of his age 🙂
a first experience of swimming under the rain. “Swimming” in my case case is more of a “comme le fer a repasser” (an ironing machine) 🙂 as Mme Francois, my neighbour-patissiere, puts it.
my muscles fever and a reminder that i have them and they need regular exercise,
a special dinner at Garibaldi Restaurant with many authentic Italian flavours.
an excellent Russian speaking guide at the Faberge Museum. It was our first encounter with Faberge and the 1,5 cm Easter egg with a rabbit inside was most impressive. As were the first and last Easter eggs made by Faberge for the Russian crown. The Museum has also a small but impressive collection of gold jewelry from all over the world and a lovely small garden with the sculpture of a gigantic rabbit.
* wind, Sun and water are our best friends.
What a lovely Sunday discovery!
A foggy uninviting weather forecast was proved wrong by the shiny Place Stanislas (Stanisław Square). It is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Hotel de Ville opens for visitors on weekends. The view from its balcony is a sort of royal-eye delight.
Stanislas was a plants-lover and a duke gardener. Parc de la Pepiniere is one of his creations. Not literally. By his will, rather. It is a noisy place these days though. Toussaints school vacation time. To kids delight, it is occupied by a shiny-sparkly-noisy entertainment park. The Park is also a home to a small zoo. Its inhabitants – rabbits, monkeys, goats, ducks and swans – are not seemingly bothered by the carousels noise.
One of the Park’s alley took us to Charles de Gaulle square. To the right we discovered the proud Duke’s Palace, transformed into a museum.
Its inside court is worth a pick.
The visit to the Aquatic Museum was like a tour into exotic seas. Colours and shapes will satisfy little ones curiosity. Taking time to read explanations is gratifying. I learned a couple of new facts about sea inhabitants.
For lunch, we chose Michelangelo restaurant on Place Stanislas. Italian cuisine and a kids menu drew our attention. The place is spacious. Its visitors range from seniours to families with young kids. The food was good, tasty and authentic. For a few seconds my Summer memories of Emilia-Romagna resurrected. Kudos to the Chef and his team. Two hours later, Amorino, another Italian place, satisfied our sweet tooth.