• BLOG
  • One Lucky Bastard In Zürich This Week

    Limmatquai Zürich

    This week, I had time to wander. And not just once but twice. In worryingly warm and sunny (worrying for February, not for the chill) Zürich, in the middle the day. What a lucky bastard.

    (For real, had some meetings and stuff followed by total brain freeze for which aimless wandering and restoring on a sunny patio with good coffee and/or glass of wine is the only right solution.)

    And yeah, Zürich is still one the prettiest towns I know. Finally, I also know where to get excellent coffee in there. (See below for details.)

    Zürich Limmatquai Tiina Kivelä
    Zürich Niederdorf 2019 Tiina Kivelä

    Zürich Coffee MAME Tiina Kivelä

    Ps. I know it’s the first day of spring but still, could we get a bit more cold and snow, please?

    I’m not done with the skiing yet.

     


    Where: MAME, Josefstrasse 160, 8005 Zürich (how come the best in world )

  • Badi
  • Cheap Luxury In Zürich

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    I have a Switzerland secret which I wanna share with you – in summer, it’s easy to spend a cheap but awesome day in Zürich. Yes, you heard right. Cheap but good Zürich is possible. Because good life is luxury and Zürich has it a lot.

    And these are the simple Zürich budget tips:

    First, buy a cheap beer or two (Quöllfrish/Calanda/Rugenbräu) and/or a bottle of cooled down wine (colour according to taste) and some snacks from the Coop in Hauptbahnhof, or similar. Then, wander along the Limmat -river and sit down somewhere there, to enjoy your drink and the views. Third, when in need of a good architecture and excellent free toilet (all that beer, I know), visit Landesmuseum.

    Finally, end the sweaty afternoon (alternatively you may also start the day this way) in one of the free badis in town, i.e. my favorite the Oberer Letten Flussbad (psst. if you want to look like a local there, take a fouta with you). And when talking of the badis, CNN just listed Zürich as the second best swimming city in the world, right after Copenhagen, which in other words makes Zürich the best freshwater swimming city in the world. Yay!

    More of my Zürich tips (includes the more pricey drinks, shopping and bath options as well), you can find in my Zürich -guide in here, and in the category Zürich, obviously.


    Where: Limmatquai & Landesmuseum, Zürich

  • BLOG
  • Granada

    Tiina Kivelä

    Last summer, on our trip to Granada, we stayed in this cute apartment in Albayzin (rented through Airbnb) with the amazing views to Alhambra. For me, it was one of those trips when I was just happy to be away, in a nice town. A special trip of the kind in which nothing really is special and in which one of the best things is just to sit there watching the rooftops and palaces shining in the moonlight. And drink wine.

    I’ve visited Granada a few times now and I guess that’s one of the secrets for this kind of good trip – familiar enough to feel comfortable and fascinating enough to not feel too comfortable. First time I was there just for sports (orienteering, hiking and skiing in the Sierra Nevada) on our sporty road trip through the Spanish countryside. The second time, we visited a friend studying there, and the Alhambra, and enjoyed the tapas and wine and flamenco in the rainy cold March weather (which caused me the most awful travel flu ever).

    The third time, in June last summer, I mainly concentrated on drinking wine and tinto de verano, eating tapas and finding the already known and new (for me) gems in and around this lovely town.

    It’s hard to say why exactly I like this place so much that I come back over and over. Some of it, and maybe even most of it, is because of the combination of mountains, a lively city, amazing food and music culture, of tapas and flamenco, and the Arabic influence.

    Or maybe it’s just because everything’s so beautiful there. Just look at this.

    Tiina Kivelä

    During summer the city can be extremely hot and on our visit, at the beginning of June, it was moderately hot, because of which the visit to the mountains was extra nice. During winter, on the other hand, it can be cold, even snowy, and then especially the hammams are a nice option.

    Have you been here? What did you like the most?

    Granada Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Granada, Andalusia, Spain