luckykaa: (Travel)
Another trip to Belgium. Bit of a short trip because we're a little light on reamaining holidays.

So, I felt I should wait in the First Class lounge at Macnhester and take advantage of the snacks. Then when I got on the train, I realised I didn't actually have a first class ticket. Will have to try that more often... Penedelino pendelinoed me to Euston, and walked to St Pancras. Found myself arriving far too early. Did see an odd altercation where a policeman told a woman "I wouldn't do that", followed by the woman apparently doing whatever "that" was.

[ profile] flickums arrived with plenty of time to spare, so we got a burger. I accidentally ordered off-menu. Apparently a bacon Whopper doesn't exist. Well, all I can say is, it does now!

It was finally time to go to the Eurostar terminal and so we went. Train whisked us to Brussels, while Flickums revised her highway code. We arrived late, walked to the hotel, because it was only walking distance away. Checked in. Discovered the hotel was rather nice, and collapsed in bed.


I wanted to go to Leuven because it's a bit different. So, after breakfast (included in price) we caught the train, and zipped to the next town along. It was Saturday so it was market day. Lots of junk, and a few stalls selling worthwhile stuff. Bought a Christmas present for my dad. We then found the Christmas market... Found a present for my mum. Found a pancake stall. Flickums bought be a glühwein but I didn't ike it. Then she felt terrible guilty so bought me a hot fruity drink that was nicer, but got fleeced with her change.

The reason I actually wanted to go was that it's a more traditional town than Brussels, with a nice university vibe, and there's the beguinage (Or the Groot Begijnhof since we're in Flanders). These days it's student accomodation, but the beguinage was a place that housed beguins - women who live in a religious commune but don't take the vows that nuns do. This particular one is a UNESCO world heritage site. I think it's worth looking at.

I learned that they light candles at 5pm, but it was nowhere near close to that time and there was nowhere near enough to do in little Leuven to occupy us until then, so we returned to Brussels, and looked around the St. Catherine Christmas market. Little Canada was still there. Flickums was still feeling guilty about buying me inadequate glühwein, and bought me another hot beverage - Canadian style. Which I accepted warmly. I bought some beer. One of them had a bar wench on the label, and I was strrongly encouraged to buy that. Flickums wanted to go to "Choco Nads" because she has a muture sophisticated sense of humour like that, and they sell nice chocolates. I wanted to go to the Delrium village for a beer. Delirium Christmas was nice and warming.

We went for dinner at the Cheescake Cafe, because it's a cafe that does cheesecake. More of a large restaurant than a cafe, to be fair. I had beer and steak, followed by a hot fudge sundae. Flickums had omelette and "pop" of some sort, and cheeesecake. Were knackered by this point so returned to the hotel for essential snuggles.


Had breakfast because we could.

I was planning to do the Brussels market today but we'd done that yesterday. Still, we went back for remaining purchases. Flickums was still feeling guilty about the glühwein, so bought me another. This one was actually really good. Had an edgy flavour, and genuine bits of lemon. Also tasted spicier as I got to the bottom. Very good. Flickums bought a goth Alice picture, and a Cinderella picture. We shared a fondue roll type thing. Then it was a matter of killing time until it was time to get the train. Stopped in various geeky shops. Belgium does have its comic tradition... Went back to Delerium cafe for more beer. Wish I knew what it was. Decided to walk up to the park and palace. Then checked tickets before we got there, and realised that I'd got mixed up over time, so it was probably a good idea to return to the station.

They've rearranged the Eurostar terminal! Apparently they're refurbishing, which is fine, but it does mean there are annoying queues and I had sore feet. Still, we got there with plenty of time to spare. Sat on the train and zipped home.

It was a shame we only had a day and a half to spend this year. We did do everything we wanted (I drank beer, fickums bought chocolates and had cheesecake) so it's not terrible, but I'd have liked to have been able to watch the parade. Maybe next year.
luckykaa: (Wolf)
It was my last [ profile] flickums weekend until December :(

But it was a fun weekend!

Started off well. Got to the station with plenty of time to catch my train. Manchester has many stations. This was the wrong one. And the next available train looked packed and uncomfortable. I decided I could afford to splash out the extra on a first class upgrade, and get the train that arrived 2 minutes later. Arrived at Chez Flickums, and collapsed in front of the 80's-tastic "The Worst Witch" - which has those wonderful 1980's kids TV production values (i.e. it looked cheap as well and used Chroma-key a lot). Also watched Sky Captain. Sort of. Flickums was plying me with wine and had some alcohol herself. Stuff happened. Angelina Jolie showed up and the plane turned into a submarine. Yeah. Wasn't really paying attention.

Saturday did a quick bit of car shopping. I wanted to see if the convertible mini appealed to me and to flickums, but I think it's a little too small and impractical. Bought ingredients and spent the rest of the day watching Police Squad. Until it was firework time!

Sheffield had its big After Dark display! We got there nice and early and had the opportunity to wander around and eat toffee apples and candyfloss and then we got a space right by the fence so we could see the bonfire being lit! Sadly, no guy. On the plus side, no crimes against geek (Leicester burned Darth Vader last year)!  Really wish I'd brought gloves and a hat though. Flickums offered to buy me a tea to warm me up. I negotiated this to a hot chocolate. I suggested we go for the queue that appeared to be a place that specialised in drinks rather than the burger van that also did drinks.

I chose poorly.

Or well.

I'm not sure. We were stuck in the queue for the best part of an hour, listening to the overly perky radio people say a few things that were incomprehensible because there was an echo. On the other hand, they had additional flavour syrups and the gingerbread squirt was absolutely delicious.

Fireworks were fun and funky! Fireworks are always nice to watch.

Getting home was an adventure in itself. Logistics of this sort of thing are tricky. Everyone wants to leave at once but there are very few trams. But we got home eventually.

Sunday was a day of relaxation and pumpkin cooking. I feel pumpkins should not just be used as lanterns! So I roasted some and made pumpkin pie out of some more, while flick played Final Fantasy X. Not sure about the roast. pumpkin. I think it was a bit bland and flavourless. It seems more there as a means to soak up flavours.

Pie was a great success though. Pumpkin pie has nutmeg and cinnamon and allspice and sugar and eggs and cream, so tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon and allspice and sugar and eggs and cream. I don't think the pumpkin really contributes to the flavour but the final result is very nice!

Also watched WestWorld. One of the better serious 70's SciFi films. 70's sci fi has a tendency to take itself too seriously, be rather slow paced and talky, and end rather abruptly. Westword does end rather abruptly, but on the more positive side, it does allow for a few funny moments. It's a little slow paced but not as slow as something like the Andromeda Strain, and there's some good solid tension in the relentless pursuit which is emphasised by the absense of music and just the quiet.

Then it was time to go home. This made me sad. And while there was an attempted coup by the tram, to prevent me from leaving by not turning up, I did get to the train on time thanks to Flickums being highly organised and having a Taxi summoning device.

Another month to Flickums. *sigh* :(
luckykaa: (Wolf)

[ profile] flickums came. We went to the pub and played cineplexity. Once again Flickums whuppedmy arse completely by knowing about films. Ordered nice beer, and tasty food. It's a bit of a hipster pub so the food is well presented but not as good as the solid hearty fare of the Metropolitan. Also trendy pubs have this weird thing where the pile the food up. We returned home and went for a spooky halowe'en weekend thing of watching Ghostwatch. Kind of an odd bit of TV history in that it seemed a little undecided about whether it was a hoax or a drama. It was quite clever in a lot of ways and while the acting was somewhat mixed, I can understand why some people were taking in. And as flickums pointed out it does predate things like Blair Witch.Much hilarity was had by repeated mention of a "Glory Hole".


Finally resolverd the Ikea Wardrobe saga. I will probably go into more details in a later post. However, managed to hire a van for 2 hours from Hertz 247. Marginally cheaper than a full day from Easirent, and they do cover fuel costs.Since I have no car this did involve the epic trip from one end of the tram network to the other, which takes a while. On the positive side, this did mean I could return the wrong wardrobe, and there was no quibble at all about a refund. Celebrated by eating meatballs, then took the epic tram journey home. Hertz Ikea Van rental is pretty good when it works but Hertz seems to have a slightly odd issue with believing I am who I say I am (They sorted it over the phone so no real issue). Everything beign automated does make things fairly efficient. Type in the code, check the damage report is correct, and then you're free to go. Wish they had reversing sensors though. Fortunately a chap with a flat cap saw us out.

Went up to Huddersfield to see Cat and Frodo. Train was a little packed but we got seats. And were really pleased to get out at Huddersfield since this is where all the football supporters got on. Was an offer to get a taxi back woth Frodo but that was a miscommunication somewhere along the lines about finishing times. Still, we had directions by taxi. Although the house was hard to find due to some rather odd numbering scheme. Still, we found the place. Cat and Frodo's daughter seemed to take a shine to me. Ordered Pizza, but they forgot Flickums's.  Frodo ran an RPG for us. RPG was based on Fallout. We all died horribly! It was a lot of fun though. Involved much running around and avoiding being killed by gribbly monsters.


After a busy Saturday we just wanted to spend lots of time sleeping. That was fun. Eventually dragged ourselves out of bed an into Didsbury village where we acquired cheese fro baking, and then went to see Dr. Strange. Kind of enjoyed it. It's decent Marvel fare. Bongledooch is good, as ever, and there's plenty of action. So we saw that, went to the arcade and played lots of games invloving shooting. Apparently pirates had machine guns. Who'd have thought?

Returned home and watched Bram Stoker's Dracula. A film that I had a certain level of trepidation about; mainly because of Keanu Reeves playing Jonathan Harker. Actually it's not so terrible. Even though Keanu constantly looks like Ted "Theodore" Logan, and while - bless him - he tries to do a British accent it isn't exactly great, at least Jonathan Harker isn't actually all that significant a character after the Castle Dracula part. And it is a fairly faithful adaptation of the book (apart from the slightly odd reincarnation thing). Plus gorgeous costume (oscar winning) and set design (oscar nominated).

Sadly, as ever, I needed to send Flickums home at this point. But I get to see her again next weekend :)
luckykaa: (Wolf)
So, feeling borderline angry, near to the raging dragon stage, I decided we should go out. Dragged [ profile] flickums to Didsbury Village while I fumed. First of all we went to the cheese shop. She bought me a cheese! And a chocolate lollypop! Anger meter went from almost angry to peeved. Then onto charity shops!  Flickums ogled lots of books. There were some sort of tempting things. And flickums seemed to be busily being happy, That makes me happy. Anger meter went from peeved to merely miffed fairly quickly. By the time we got to the cancer research shop, I was just feeling a little sad. This was neutralised when we got the the Cancer research shop and I bought a wine making kit. Bargain. Must have been an unwanted gift or something.

Wandered back up the other side of the road. Almost bought a copy of a Beautiful Mind. Managed to resist buying the Barbie version of A Christmas Carol... Went to the hipster pub one of many hipseter pubs in Didsbury, where they had Kwak, and other Belgian beers, as well as Cineplexity, which I was planning to taunt Flickums with but it turned out is actually kid of a fun game. Pick up two cards. They describe scenes, actors, settings and stuff. Try to think of a film that matches. Unfortunately I got trounced by flickums since she does know her stuff when it comes to movies.

I also wanted to check out The Art Of Tea. A teashop. Turns out it has a bookshop in the back. Flickums liked it, but all feels a bit expensive compared with the bargains available in the charity shops. Very untidy. Put me in mind of Aziraphale's shop in Good Omens. So we had a look in the bookshop. Flickums bought me a Morrocan mint tea. And a coffee cake. It was very nice. I was a little surprised that it had nuts in and flickums beat herself up about it because she didn't realise but it was fine.

Went home. I was feeling much happier. I made pie. Flickums made the pastry. We watched Short Circuit. It was fun, although once agan the army is inept. They need to put the dogs in charge again.

Fickums is an awesome girlfriend. Everyone should have one. She really does know how to cheer me up when I'm upset.
luckykaa: (Wolf)
Another weekend of fun and frolics with [ profile] flickums.

Had spent the night at the parents'. So drove home at a snail's pace through traffic on the M25 and M1. Still, at least the Dartford crossing is less insane than it was. Arrived before flickums so couldp pick her up from the station, and we had the chance to eat pizza and watch X-Men: Days of Future Past.

We went to the fair on Saturday. Decided not to try the hang from a bar for 2 minutes challenge. Watched some other people do it. 2 minutes is a very long time! Had a go at a shooting range. I suspect corks are too light to knock a ring off a bottle. Went to a different shooting range and shot sweets off a shelf instead. Much more successful. Tried "The claaaw" to win a cuddly toy but it dropped the prize. Flick won me a prize though. It was a prize every time, and she won me a dragon.

We went on the dodgems. We went on the scary caterpillar roller coaster. One or the other of us may have been too wussy to go on the spinny thing.

We saw X-Men Apolcalypse. That was fun.

Sunday I ran my Spirit of The Century game. I really need to come up with more of a plot next time I run a game. And understand how the mechanics work. It was all a bit chaotic. Still, people had fun.

Flick had found Sky High in a charity shop so we watched that. It's a funny film. Not a must-see by any means but funny and doesn't take itself remotely seriously. Well worth the 99p.

Monday we went to Warhammer World. Flick seemed excited I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was also a little uncertain if I was in the right place when we seemed to be heading through an industrial estate. It seems to be lots of Warhammer gaming tables and shops selling warhammer stuff. Also a nice restautrant/bar called Bugman's Bar. I had a lot of fun reading the descriptions in the menu. "A feast worthy of the Dwarf Kings of Old!". Was given a taster game with a staff member reffing for us. Fun although the set-up did seem highly luck based.

And then flickums had to go home. Which is something I really hate about this.

We need to live closer together :(
luckykaa: (Wolf)
Left quite late. [ profile] flickums is apparently still under the delusion that I'm some sort of neat freak and wanted time to clean up. Then her train was cancelled. Then the train was loitering outside Sheffield forever. Ended up diverting to the station to pick her up, where I found the station at exactly the same time as flickums found me.

Saturday involved books. Part 1 was a trip to Sheffield Space Centre. I picked up yet another RPG book for a game that I'll never get round to running. It does involve skyships and swashbuckling though, and flickums hard sold me into buying it. Flick picked up the War Of The Worlds rulebook she was musing over for the past month or so. Then there was a book swap. This meant ditching some of my surplus books and acquiring a similar number of other books. There was a very large pile of books left afterwards. Also there was cake.

Finished the evening by going to see Captain America: Civil War. Started off as aprt of Team Cap. Felt that Tony was actually being the more measured, reasonable one this time. Disappointed by the lack of Peggy Carters.

Sunday we played Lego Indy then went to the pub for Sunday lunch.Then it was time for another Bad Movie Night. Flickums keeps vetoing my suggestions on the grounds that they're terrible. I still can't understand her logic. So, we saw The A-Team and Team America (thus combining into the ultimate jingoistic film, "The A-Team America"). The A-Team is a ridiculous film. Diverges from the original in that people actually get shot!

Monday was Bank Holiday, and involved playing board games. Finally unboxed Concept. Had a go at Wizard Of Oz Munchkin. Sadly there were three of us. It's a 4 player game. It ends too quickly with 3 players and never ends with 5 or more. Followed up with "Hey! That's my fish", which is a nice simple strategy game; then a game of Eight Minute Empire: Legends, which was enjoyable although not really the sort of game I really go for.

Finished up with Roast beef and Bride of Chaotica - one of the best Voyager episodes, or at least something that should appeal to a fan of classic Black and White sci-fi serials. Kate Mulgrew really seemed to be loving this one.

As ever, the weekend came to an end. Why must that always happen!?
luckykaa: (TV)
Visited [ profile] flickums for the long long weekend. Holly the evil satnav tried her best to get me stuck in traffic but I arrived there eventually. We spent most of the weekend watching movies. Many of them bad, most deliberatley chosen for that reason.


The Fifth Element
: I love this film! So quotable. So gorgeous. So funny. Soi much action! Mila Jovovich with orange hair, kicking ass!


Disney's latest. So we have a rabbit voiced by Snow White from OUAT, who is the first rabbit ever to graduate from Police Academy. Despite finishing top of her class she gets put on traffic duty. She insists on being put on the missing animals case, and gets given 48 hours to solve it. She finds a con artist fox that she previously encountered ight have information and sets off to solve the case. This was really good. The jokes were perhaps a little predictable, and the plot was not that original - 48 hours combined with a couple of other buddy cop movies - but the main character was adorable. ("Ooh, ah, you probably didn't know, but a bunny can call another bunny 'cute', but when other animals do it, that's a little..."), but the animal society was really nicely thought out and the voice acting talent was great.

Star Trek Tribbles: Double tribbles. Trouble With Tribbles is still funny but it's a little heavy handed with the humour. Fortunately Kirk is po-faced enough that he does make a good straight man. DS9's followup "Trials and Tribbleations" is a lot more subtle with the humour, and throws in a lot of fan service, taking advantage of Dax having been around back then. We finally learn who it was throwning the tribbles at kirk.


Two episodes. Both silly ones. One about a lucky rabbit's foot, the other about a wishing well. Poor Ted Raimi. His characters can never catch a break. I felt sorry of the teddy bear with existential angst.

Bad Movie Marathon

Started with Flash Gordon. It's daft and campy and almost too self-aware to quite qualify as a bad movie. The special effects may be crappy but the actual creativity in the design is fantastic!

Followed up with The Three Musketeers. Pretty certain Dumas didn't have fleets of airships in the original story. Although several of the plot elements are, surprisingly, fairly accurate to the source material. Still convinced that Miulady De Winter should be a cat, though.

Finally, Masters Of The Universe! A terrible film, amusingly starring Tom Paris and Monica from Friends. I seem to have offended a few people by saying how bad it is. But it has nothing to do with the series! No Prince Adam, no Orko, the characters do not look similar to their cartoon counterparts. Change the character and place names, and nobody would realise it was based on the toy range.


Did role playing in the afternoon. Then followed up with an episode of MST3K. We went for "Time Chasers". A 1994 movie, made in 1990, that looks like it was made in 1982. It's about the world's most unattractive leading man, who builds a time machine in his plane, using a commodore 64 (which seems to be PC compatible). He tricks a blonde reporter and a representative of the evil company to come along so he can show off his technology and get funding (because self funding time travel is, apparently, difficult). He takes them to the future, then the reporter falls for him so they go back in time, to check out the 1950's, then go into the future again where it's turned into a dystopia. MST3K clearly cut a chunk out of this section because it's not all that well explained (and to be fair to the film the plot is at least mostly coherent). So they try to convince the head of Evil Company™. to not destroy the future. Evil Boss refuses and tries to have them arrested. Ugly Time Travel geek runs heroically escapes from cosmically inept security.

Ugly computer nerd and blonde reporter go back in time to try to convince himself not to give the demonstration in the first place. Evil Boss armed with a copy of the software, takes off after Ugly computer nerd, and shoots him down. And to be honest this part of the film isn't so bad. Anyway, after some running around the recent past, they escape back to the American revolution where they have a final showdown.

Forbidden Planet: An impressive film for its day. A lot of it still stands up pretty well. Special effects look a little dated, but not all that bad. The animated monster (animated by Disney Animator Joshua Medeor) still looks fantastic. Everyone loves Robbie The Robot. And, like Flash Gordon, you really get a feel that this is an alien world. Something that Star Wars never quite managed.


Batman V Superman. Meh. I don't hate it. I can see that there was a definite effort here to make something worthy and thoughtful. The problem is I found it dull. I couldn't really work out what the film was really about except for a bunch of vague excuses to have Batman and Superman in conflict. The film is too grim even for my tastes. There's no levity and not a lot of character development. Lots of plot threads that don't really get a good payoff, and a feel that Snyder wants to turn Superman into the X-Men.
luckykaa: (Travel)
Still had a few more hours on the Salzburg card, so we had a look at the Toy museum. It's pretty good, even if it is aimed more at kids than big kids. At first it seemed a bit disappointing since there were three rooms, but then there were another 2 floors that we almost missed. It's very interactive. There's a marble run and a room for constriuction toys. Upstairs are a bunch of more static exhibits, including the He-Man exhibit, which was there to mock us for being old enough to remember. Apparently the slot car racing runs from 3pm to 4pm, but we didn't wait around for that. The top floor has a lot of model railway stuff. Press button to make train go. Quite a nice layout.

After that we went to the science and natural history museum. Lots of hands on stuff. These things are fun, but I do wonder if kids actually learn anything from them. Flickums braved the reptile house, fearing they may have sneaked some spiders in there but it was mostly snakes and actual reptiles.

Finished the day by heading to the palce that does vintage photos. I was the King of Austria, and [ profile] flickums was my lady. I was possibly a bit too smiley for a serious royal, but I'm a naturally smiley person.Olde worlde photoe undere ye cut )
So, time up, we strolled back to the hotel, got a taxi to the airport, and took turns being stressed out an anxious. Me because Salzburg airport was small and crowded; flickums because of scare-o-planes. Still, we found a nice place to sit and at least we had spare space on the plane.

Plane took off. Plane landed. Am only slightly bruised by flick grabbing me.
luckykaa: (Wolf)

Finished the day going to the Augustiner braüstübl. A brewery and collection of beer halls.

Was a little bemused at first because the entrance looked like the entrance to an apartment building, but heading down the stairs we heard the bustle of people.

We found a tale and I tried to figure out how to buy beer. It's a bit of an odd setup. Collect mug. Pay for beer. Acquire receipt. Exchange receipts for beer. There were two beers listed but I only worked out how to buy one of them.

Food was a little simpler. A series of stalls in one of the rooms. There didn't seem to be a lot of option for a complete meal though.

Decided to buy some souvenir mugs. And some souvenir beer. The mug purchasing system was similar to the beer purchasing system, but the bottled beer purchasing system was the simple prices of exchange money for crate of 6 beers.

Happy with my purchase, we returned home.

luckykaa: (Wolf)
...And I'm going to climb it with strength not of my own.

Instead I'll use the cable car.

The Untersberg cable car costs almost as much as the 24 hour Salzburg card, and the salzburg card gives 24 hours free public transport, plus a morning of visiting other places for free. So buying the card seemed a good choice. So we caught the bus to the mountain. I was worried that I wouldn't know which stop it was but it turned out it was the last one, so that made it easier. We got into the cable car. Quite a journey. Not been on such a long cable car ride before.

At the upper cable car station there are signs on the wall describing the place. Apparently Emperor Frederick Barbossa is asleep in the mountain. The mountain is also notable for being used at the start and end of the sound of music. It's no surprise Maria was late back though since they filmed from the German side. Also - the mountain is nowhere near Switzerland so not a good escape route.

Trudged up the slippery slope and there's a nice little cafe where I ordered a gluhwien and soup, and flickums ordered ham and bread. We then swapped food halfway through because I already had a hot warming gluwein, and flick didn't seem to like her nibbles all that much (possibly because of the horsradish). I like horseradish so was happy to trade.

We then walked a little further up. There's a cross right t the top of a mounain and some fantastic views, so I made it all the way top thetop of the mountain! I played with the panoramic mode of my camera app. Flick threw snowballs at me. I threw some at her. They weren't good snowballs but it was fun. We strolled down and just missed the cable car. Fortunately there was one more. It ocurred to me that I hadn't paid attention to when the last car was.

Stopped on the way back to get photos of the correct Von Trapp house (the one used in the movie, not the real one, which is miles away). Took more photos. Now we need to find somewhere to eat.
luckykaa: (Travel)
It was [ profile] flickums' birthday. So we got up and I gave Flickums her birthday presents and cards. The card had dinosaurs on it.

We'd already done the sound of music tourso this time we went on the Bavarian mountains and salt mine tour. And Crepes. Gotta have crepes! Then I bought myself a hat, which does make me look a bit like Where's Wally, but does keep my head warm.

The tour took us into Germany (Salzburg is right by the border) and into the mountains, where we saw Hitler's holiday resort. Then we were taken to the salt mines.

The tour started with us donning stylish and tasteful overalls. Then we got on the train and we were taken deep into the mountains. This took us to a wooden slide that allowed us into the mines. Flick was too scared to use the slide so she took the walkway instead. I think she missed out. So, the tour continued, with an audio guide that seemed a little out of sync with the actual tour, but gave us the information about what we were seeing or had just seen. There were UV lights that made the white lines on the overalls glow. Tour went to a salt filled lake. It was hard to tell it was a lake, the water was so still. They had a barge going across and a light show to keep us entertained. We then went down another slide. I nagged flickums to try this one. She was very brave and did so, so I promised her a reward.

We stopped at the gift shop and bought gifts, then the tour took us to a pretty litte tourist town called Bad something or other. I bought Flick a goat as a reward for her bravery. She called it Monty. We then had hot chocolate and drove back to Salzburg where we got stuck in traffic.

Finished the day with aother trip to the restaurant we went to on Sunday. Flick wanted to try the chocolate pudding.

I had fun. And I think flick enjoyed her birthday, which is what's important :)
luckykaa: (Robot)
Today I successfully woke up [ profile] flickums. It was an easy going day so we strolled into town and went up in the lift to the modern art gallery. The gallery is at the top of the cliff that Salzburg juts against.

It is very nice up there. Away from the traffic and bustle of the city (although Salzburg is small so not too noisy or bustly). The old fortifications are up there and some nice paths to stroll along. Weather was chilly, but clear and sunny and this time we remembered our coats.

Had a peek inside the art gallery because we'd paid for it. I wouldn't say it really caused an emotional reaction, unless bemused counts as the reaction the pieces were trying to elicit. I guess I'm just a philistine who doesn't understand art. So we went out again and wandered around the clifftop. The sun set behind the mountain as we were up there and it suddenly got very cold. We got some lovely photos though.

Decided we'd had enough traditional Austro-bavarian megafood for a while so went for Italian. Still had an Austrian beer though. Can't have too much of that.
luckykaa: (Travel)

Took a while to got Flick out of bed. Apparently some jerk was keeping her awake by snoring. Ooops.

But I needed to get her out of bed because we were off to Munich for the Bavarian film studios. Had trouble working out the best ticket. €74 each seemed a little much. As it turned out there was a cheaper option; €30. Return. For both of us. Including Munich public transport. We had to get the slower train but since that was 1h 50 rather than 1h 30 it seemed worth the saving. And the train to Munich has a pretty view of the mountains and of picturesque Bavarian villages.

Since yesterday was so warm, I decided I'd just borrow a hoodie from [ profile] flickums. By the time we got to the studios, it was sleeting and my coat was in another country. Still, we made it there. And we appeared to be in a fairly non-descript set of studio buildings. Was this even the right place? Eventually we found the entrance. Turns out that the tour is in German only. The English language tour is a summer only thing.

Worried that it might be a bit of a washout, we decided to sign up for the tour anyway. We'd come this far after all. As it turned out it was really good. Our guide - Michi was the guide for the Enlgish tour as well, so he spoke English and was kind enough to give us an English summary of what he said. The studios are used for a range of different show types, incuding the 24 hour shopping channel. So we saw part of that being filmed. More interesting was the set for some German soap opera (Sturm Der Liebe). The tour involved one of the guests being the receptionist reading from the autocue, and cutting between filmed footage I gather in reality, the filmed footage would also be recorded live.

Another section had a bunch of movie props from Big Game (a fairly obscure Finnish movie, but it did star Samual L Jackson), and I got a photo of myself in Air Force One. We also saw the set for Das Boot. A lot of it was fitting from a real German submarine. The director apparently was very keen on realism so tried to make the actors as miserable as possible.

Other fun interactive elements were me giving a weather forecast, and a film on a train set, with a moving scenery background (I was the moving background operator).

Finished the day meeting with a German friend of Flick's. Nice chap. A lead programmer with BMW. We swapped horror stories about big companies and bad projects. We went to a German beer hall and had beer (well, I did; Flick doesn't drink) and tasty steak in pepper sauce.

Caught a train home and arrived back at a sensible time.

luckykaa: (cortina)
I have the lonely goatherd song from the sound of music stuck in my head! Damn you Rogers and Hammerstein for your catchy songs!

It was a nice sunny day, we decided to do the Sound of Music tour today rather than the planned Flick's birthday thing. They have minivans with 7 passengers, but I expect they have a big bus during peak tourist season.

Our guide was a Spanish man named Antonio. So we drove around town, saw the lke that Maria and the children fell into, went to the gazebo where a 22 year old sang how she was 16, going on 17, took a photo of the wrong yellow house... We didn't get close enough to the Von Trapp house (and I'm not sure if it was the actual house or the movie prop) to get a good pic of that one. We did see some nice views of the Alps though. Not the Hil Maria twirled on, because that was miles away and in another country. Tour finished at Mondsee where we see the church where Maria was married.

Antonio was lovely. He was very talkative, and pointed out all the key locations for the sound of music as well as other sites of interest, including Doppler's birthplace, and took our photos, and stopped the one person who wasn't part of couple frm beinglonely.

Finished the day at a nice restaurant where they provided hefty Austrian luberjack sized protions of pork. Also two beers! Yum.
luckykaa: (Travel)
Plane left at the convenient time of just ater 4pm. Unfortunately, getting to Gatwick with plenty of leeway meant leaving early. And we arrived quite late. Weather was 'orrible. Still, hotel was dry and had bed in it. Also a bath, that [ profile] flickums decided to take advantage of. Flick was still full after second breakfast at the airport, but I wasn't, so I had to hunt down food. Took a while finding somewhere that just did something snack-like but I was much hapier when I returned. I was a bit cold and wet though, and flick was enjoying lounging in her jim-jams in the warm.

Sunday morning - weather still grotty. Also mildly anxious about there being enough to do. We do have a couple of planned trips. It being winter though a number of places are closed. I would have liked to have seen the marionette show but that only hapens between March and December. Stil, there is a contingency if we do run out of ideas. Am pondering whether to spend a few days in Munich instead.

Day 1 is best spent exploring. We walked into town. Salzburg is very pretty. We went to a nice cafe for lunch (zum mohren). Apparently Mozart and Schubert were amongst its patrons. Had a look at Mozart's bithplace because we're in Salzburg so we should.

I also wanted to visit Hohensalzburg castle, but had heard it was shut durng the winter. Turns out I had it confused with Helbrun palace. The castle was open. There's an option to walk. Or you can take the funicular and save the effort. So we did. Turns out though, it was later than I'd thought (timezones messed up my time sense). Still, we had enough time to see the bling room, a hatchet/wheel-lock pisol combo, varous weapons and what I assume it the magical theatre. Fantastic views from the tops. We saw some alps and some hills.

Having finished that, we loitered a bit before going on a hunt for strudel. We saw a shop that was selling strubel or owned by Herr Strubel so we figured we must be close. It didn't take long to find a strudelry. We strolled to the strudler and ate tasty main meal followed by strudel. We are now fully strudled.

Also less anxious about finding things to do to fill the time. There's actually quite a few things here and around. And if we do run out there's always an option of a second day trip somewhere.
luckykaa: (Wolf)
I've never really done Valenties Day before. Last year I had a pleasant day with Flickums' German counterpart (both of us were several hundred kms away from our significant others), but this year I wanted to spend it with [ profile] flickums! So she came down for the weekend. We spent a lot of the weekend snuggling and cooking,

Friday, she arrived. I cooked steak (really good steak from a friendly local butcher), and potato wedges. Then we got an early night because she'd been up since 4 and I hadn't managed much sleep.

Saturday I made pie. Then there was more snuggling. And we played video games. Wii boxing and Wii bowling. I really feel I should get some more games for that console. Went to the local "trade-It" to see if they had anoything else. Nothing worth buying. I did end up adding to the PS2/PS3 pile though. Then we went to Leicester Roleplay guild. There was one (big) game of D&D this week, and we were given adolescent dragon characters. Flick called her sapphire dragon "Blue", and inspired by Jurassic World, I followed the pattern with "Delta". I like my dragon already. Might have to play that game again.

Sunday we got up very late. Had brunch. Went to the cinema. Failed to see a film. Came back and I introduced Flick to Mission: impossible  Except I found getting hold of an episode rather hard. Ended up watching the pilot, which was fine, but I'd rather have gone for something a little further in once the series had hit its stride.

We had a candlelit dinner. Flick arranged the starter (tomato soup with lots of nice extras) and the dessert (chocolate mousse), which was really good, although quite overpowering with the chocolate. I did roast venison and braised cabbage. It consider it a hugely successful dinner.

Finally managed to see Deadpool on a second attempt. Which was exciting, silly, fourth wall breaking (and 16th wall breaking) and generally lots and lots of fun. Opening credits are excellent. I lost geek points because flickums had to explain the post credits bit to me.


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