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What to do in Málaga – Spain

Malaga in SpainAt the end of May I flew over to Málaga for a short trip into the sun. I was visiting a friend who is living in Gibraltar but because flight connections from Germany to Gibraltar are insanely expensive we agreed on meeting in Málaga.

I arrived quite early in the moring so we had plenty of time to explore. The city center is truly beautiful. The narrow streets with the typical spanish houses get you into an holiday mood immediately.

streets of Malaga

Malaga

I just love the tiny balconies and wooden blinds. I always imagine the locals drinking their morning cup of coffee right there in their morning gown watching the sun rise over the sea ;).

We stayed in the Picnic Dreams Boutique Hostel which I cannot recommend enough. The hotel is situated close to the main sights and has well furnished rooms. You even get the basic toiletries which is great for people flying in only with carry-on luggage. On top of the nice rooms the breakfast is delicious too. I tried the typical spanish breaky – toast with mashed tomatoes and olive oil – which was surprisingly good.

But back to our arrival. After having checked in to our rooms, we started to explore the city and went straight to one of the main museums in Málaga – the Picasso Museum.

Picasso Museum Malaga

Picasso was born in Malaga and spent his youth in the city. The museum draws a detailled picture of his artistic development showing some of his greatest work. I have to say I am a big art lover so I basically enjoy every art museum. However I really liked how the museum managed to give an indepth impression of Picasso’s art without beeing too large to take all in. So even my friend who wasn’t into his art as much as I was really enjoyed the visit.

Close to the museum you will find the cathedral which is worth a visit as well if you ask me.

cathedral Malagacathedral Malaga

From the center of the town you can easily walk to the sea. You either can walk on the sea promenade and have a drink or two in one of the bars and restaurants or you head to the beach for a dip.

The promenade offers some great art as well with the Centre Pompidou Málaga a small enclave of the famous museum in Paris. Besides that, you will find local artists exhibiting their work on the weekend at the promenade. So do go and check it out ;).

After we built up some stamina with ice cream and coffee we headed up to the old castle ruin overseeing the town.

castle Malaga

Doesn’t this look beautiful. I asure you it is worth the climb because the view is really nice up there. If you go all the way up, you can enter the castle and descend within the old ruin.

castle Malaga

Having been walking all day long, we built up quite an appetite. I guess there isn’t a place where you actually will eat badly in Spain, however if you are up for a treat go to “El tapeo de cervantes”. You won’t be sorry. The tapas are exceptionally good and the wine is great as well. If you want to make sure to get a table book ahead.

Nibbling away on some Tapas and wine really was a good start for my holidays in the south. If you are in the area go and visit Málaga. Its size is perfect for a long weekend or a stop-over to other places.

Have you been to Málaga before? How did you like it?

 

 

Weißenhofsiedlung – exploring Stuttgart Nord

It has been a while since I have shared my last post with you. I just came back from a trip to Peru which I will share with you soon. But before, I will introduce you to a little museum in Stuttgart which covers a very important step in modern architecture. Within the restored house of Le Corbusier,  the Weißenhofmuseum tells the story of the house and the surrounding residential buildings The Weißenhofsiedlung.

Weißenhofmuseumweißenhof-3The whole area symbolises an important architectural movement called “Neues Bauen”. Seventeen different architects created different houses for an exhibtion in Stuttgart in 1927. The origin of the residential area , its history and its significance is described in the left half of the building.

The other half, however, was restored following the original plans of Le Corbusier and shows his simple but functional way of furnishing. So, for example, the beds could be stored away during night by pushing them back into the cupboards, making room for chairs and tables.  Both parts are connected by the roof terrace from which you can enjoy a great view over Stuttgart.

After visiting the museum the residential area around offers a lot more unique buildings. A short round walk leads you to all the preserved houses and gives more information on the different architects.

weißenhofsiedlungweißenhofsiedlungAll houses are by themselves very impressive because of their unregular shapes and architectural concepts. It is a really nice walk and being in the area, you should end your visit with a delicious piece of cake at Café Scholz or with a picnic in the near park Killesberg.

 

Cars, planes, engines – paradies for all tech-lovers

Concorde - Auto & Technik Museum SinsheimAfter a really warm and nice past week, the long weekend was again very cold and rainy. My boyfriend always wanted to visit the Auto & Technik Museum (Car and technology museum) in Sinsheim and since the weather was dreadful and Sinsheim is just an hour away from Stuttgart we decided to give it a go.

I have to admit, that cars don’t attract my interest in general. I do like a well designed car (which will get clear in the pictures) but I can’t stare at 1.000 of different cars and marvel at their pace or power. So all in all, not the best starting conditions for a car and technology museum.

However, I was surprised that I actually quite enjoyed visiting it in the end…

Mercedes - Auto & technik Museum Sinsheimcars - Auto & Technik Museum SinsheimThe museum offers vehicles for every taste. The two exhibiton halls are so huge that you just don’t know where to look first. They exhibit cars, motorcycles, cycles, tractors, and other machines on the ground and when you look up you spot different sorts of planes hanging from the ceiling.

Planes - Auto & Technik Museum SinsheimIt is definitely heaven for everyone interested in engineering and technology.

turbine - Auto &Technik Museum Sinsheim

I have to admit I was fascinated by the huge machines and different sorts of planes. One highlight of the museum are the russian and french supersonic aircrafts on the roof of the museum which you can enter. Within these two planes, I felt very small knowing that people built these machines up to 50 years ago and achieved to fly faster than sound.

Another thing which really impressed me where the old steam engines. They are simply huge and kind of beautiful.

steam engine - Auto & Technik Museum SinsheimThe museum is open 365 days a year. There is a nice playground in the courtyard for children and if you like, you can combine your entry fee with a ticket to the IMAX cinema.

All in all, I did like the museum much more than I thought. With my background of not really being interested in cars, I enjoyed walking through the collection and just let myslef be amazed by the engineering knowledge on display.

I guess, I would have enjoyed it more if the museum would have had some kind of clear structure or story to tell. Most of the collection just seems like an accumulation of old and sometimes fancy things. So you find an old car next to a ship engine which might be next to an old jukebox. However, this chaos on the other hand has its own appeal and makes it possible to explore the exhibition follwoing your own interests and pace. So give it a go, when you are in the area of Sinsheim.

How about you? Are you into technology and old cars?