Our local sailing club held its annual regatta last week with evening races from Monday through Friday. Dad and I went down to the harbour the first three evenings of the week to catch some of the action on camera and we were all blessed with good winds, in particular the first two days. There were boats of all sizes from lasers and 29-ers to the mighty 14 m Taillevant, creating wind shadows for almost all of her competitors. We think sailors, sailmakers and boat designers among our friends will find many things of interest to study. For all other followers of our blog posts, enjoy the beauty of colours, action, background landscapes and evening skies.
Playing with the evening breeze
In the scarecrow capital
Five stars in Berlin or three in Heidelberg, which was best?
The village of Denens just northwest of the city of Morges in our canton is known basically for two things, the castle with its wine production and maybe more importantly, its scarecrow festival where the winner was crowned yesterday. This competition is on for about 2 weeks in mid August each year and collects some 70 contributions from all parts of society, be that local or external, old or young. These are exposed throughout the village of some 750 inhabitants and attract numerous visitors from all over. Last Wednesday evening we went to Denens to have a look. It was our first visit to this festival and there were lots of ingenious scarecrows on display. We still have not been able to find out which was the winning one but encourage you to tell us which of the some 25 we show you in this post that you like the most. As you can see below, even the insudustrial services of the village are involved...
And to end this post from the lake, which of the scarecrows we have presented you with do you think we liked the most? Next week I'll work at a sheep farm in the mountains above the city of Bex. Mom is already upset that I will smell when getting back home next Saturday. Stay tuned!!
This is the view we had when leaning backwards while dining in the courtyard of our five start hotel in Berlin on Wednesday night before moving on to Hedelberg on Thursday morning. The dining experience was disappointing with uncooked fish and potatoes from last year, not really expected from a restaurant in a five start hotel. What we imagined would be a cozy boutique hotel was indeed a soulless place decorated more for visitors from the Middle East or German business tycoons than to our taste. Compare the exteriors of our two hotels. In Hedelberg (right) we were under the roof of a three star hotel in a building from the 18th century, overlooking the market place in the old town and with the Heidelberg castle "hanging" over us.
I think you agree our room in Heidelberg (right) was the cosiest of the two. The bathrooms were comparable but possibly somewhat less elegant but with more amenities I Heidelberg. Tell us which of the two you prefer.
The quality of the breakfast was higher in Berlin but the note was quickly reduced when I discovered lots of weevils and their larvae in my granola bowl. In summary we gave our hotel in Berlin 3/5 in our Google review and that in Heidelberg 5/5. It did help somewhat that the cost in Heidelberg was half that in Berlin.
On Friday morning we were early out of Heidelberg to complete our trip to the Faroe islands. We had another 450 kilometres home and did a quick stop at the Paul Klee museum in Berne, not to visit the exhibitions, that will be for a rainy day, but to have lunch in their nicely decorated restaurant. It was great to see Mom and our four Basset Hounds once back home. We will probably not be back on nouw for a while, since we probably have exhausted both our followers and ourselves with almost daily posts. Stay tuned anyway!!