• Belgium
  • Good Sunday In Brussels Back In The Days

    Tiina Kivelä Brussels

    The other day, I came to think of my life in Brussels (yes, I have lived in there too) and what I would do did there almost every Sunday. Because it was kind of a lovely tradition for a slow Sunday, especially in spring and summer, on sunny warm days when you could wander in the sunshine and enjoy your Ethiopian coffee in the patio…

    (But first, lets take a note how on on Saturday I would have taken the train to Ghent/Gent – one of my favourite smaller towns in Europe. )

    Regularly, my Sunday in Brussels started running in some of the way too rare green areas in Brussels. Or sleeping in for the slight hangover from the day before (those strong Belgian beers, – careful over there).

    Then, it was time for Belgian fries for lunch. In Place Jourdan. After which – if it wasn’t too late already (might have been that this and the running substituted each other – I would wander to the Sunday market in Place du Jeu de Balle, and the second hand shops nearby (most of my current 2 handbags come from there). And most importantly, every Sunday I was after the Ethiopian coffee by Aksum Coffee House, which since then has moved into three locations (one in Grand Place, one Galerie du Loi and one in De Brouckère).

    Serving Ethiopian coffee– one one the best if not even the best coffee I have ever been drinking – and simple yet delicious sweets.

    Then, when it was time to wander home, I would keep an eye on the comics on the walls and maybe, if thirsty, enjoy one more small beer of the week.

    Tiina Kivelä Aksum Brussels

     

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Tiina Kivelä

     

     

    I don’t know which Sunday markets in Brussels are the best now, if there even is any. Nevertheless, if you are around, go get the fries from Place du Jourdan and coffee from Aksum. They’re still up and running.

    You’ll not be disappointed.

    (And yes the featured pic has that ugly covering fence in purpose. Because it’s Brussels, always something going on and always a bit messed up, a bit unstructured, a bit chaotic. The kind of thing which makes you think was it bad already before EU or was it the EU. Looking at the Brexit mess, I would be quite sure it’s the former though.)


    Where: Brussels, Belgium (more of my Brussels tips in here)

  • BLOG
  • Planning Good MTB Trips In Switzerland For Summer

    Graubünden Ferien / Gaudenz Danuser

    That time of the year. Bike fever. And fairs and dreams. 

    In Helsinki, they had this weekend the annual GoExpo fair for outdoors business and activities, mountain biking included. Also the Finnish outdoor destination of the year award was announced there, this year with a mountain biking theme. And the winner of the year – Ylläs in Finnish Lapland – has definitely done great job the past years developing the year-around mountain biking possibilities in the destination (including the ski resort Ylläs and nearby Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park )

    As a Northern Finn in Switzerland, I am also happy of the direct winter season flights from Zürich to Kittilä (the nearest airport to Ylläs). Although, when thinking of the good mountain biking, it would be even more comfortable if the direct flights would be flying in summer too. Please?

    Arosa Tourismus, Nathan Hughes

    Though, nothing wrong staying in Switzerland either. And this year again I am happy to be living in Switzerland, with the damn good an varied mountain biking possibilities all around the country. This year I also hope to have the money, to update my toys and explore the trails every free weekend and holiday I manage to get this season. (yes, mtb really is the new golf)

    And so, these days, alongside planning my whole strategy for the year, I am researching the options and drafting plans for biking and touring and eating and drinking my way around Switzerland. 

    Jean-Luc Grossmann für Spot Magazin

    swiss-image.ch/Markus Greber Maastopyöräily Sveitsi

    GRF/Ferienregion Lenzerheide Maastopyöräily Sveitsi

     GRF/Destination Davos Klosters Maastopyöräily Sveitsi

     Graubünden Ferien/Gaudenz Danuser Maastopyöräily Sveitsi

    There definitely needs to be biking in Graubünden (in the pics – hope I also get to take my own pics from there soon) and Zermatt. And the all the cheese and beer, in the middle and especially after. Well deserved. 

    Maybe a different kind of tour in Montreux-Riviera too. Biking and wine tasting combined. And some easy everyday tours in Uetliberg in Zürich, if and when I move back to that direction soon. 

    And I should also sign up to one of those technique / bike repair workshops or girls camps. I mean, I can bike and fix something, but some extra lessons never do harm. 

    One just would need to sit down and choose one. Or two. But like with the destinations, while it’s good to have so much to choose from these days, it’s also the problem of too many good things to choose from. 

    And so, feel free to help me in the comments section (or comment in instagram) if you know where what and how I should do better mountain biking this summer. 

    That I would look as cool as the people in the pics here. 

    Graubünden Ferien / Gaudenz Danuser


    Daniel Geiger für Merida/Graubünden Ferien

    Graubünden Ferien Maastopyöräily Sveitsi 2019

     


    Pics: Graubünden, Switzerland. Copyrights:Arosa Tourismus, Nathan Hughes, Graubünden Ferien, Gaudenz Danuser, Jean-Luc Grossmann für Spot Magazin, Ferienregion Lenzerheide, Daniel Geiger, GRF/Destination Davos Klosters, Markus Greber

  • Bern
  • The Way We Were

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Switzerland

    Anyone else has the same problem?

    At first everything is well organised and filed with logical coding and then…

    Come few more years, and you find Interlaken 2017 pics in the same file as skiing in Norway 2012 pics  (= while destroying some files to make more space to the new software update).

    Oh well, might be just me. Nevertheless, now it’s all organised again and good thing is I also found the gems I was initially looking for. Like this.

    It was a very good bike ride to the beach.


    Where: 2017 Lake Thun, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland