Category Archives: Travel

Kew Gardens 10th Smile

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Kew – Indonesian Orchid Festival …

by night.

As last year Kew Gardens had Orchid Festival.

This time all Orchids come from Indonesia.

New this year was for me :

I got a slot for Orchids by night.

A different experience which was fantastic.

Not only I see all Orchids

submersed in different lights

also there were Indonesian dancers, music,

food tasters (we had a great Indonesian soup and Ginger Tea)

and a wonderful atmosphere.

Enjoy some of the pictures I took.

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

A great visit

I will I go by day again soon.

All photos taken by me at Kew Gardens.

My little adventure

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Last week, I flew to Germany to see my sister.

It turned out to be an adventure.

Arriving at the Airport on Sunday morning,

staff checked manually the boarding passes.

Being early as my flight was at 14.35, I walked around, had a coffee and read my book.

Getting closer to the boarding time the board still said – please wait-

I saw other staff walking around shouting the gate number of their flight.

Mine wasn’t one of them.

I received messages from my airline via email that the flight will be delayed.

New departure: 15.00 no 15.35 no 16.00 no 16.35 no 17.50 no 18.01……

The boards went totally blank by then.

Queuing at the service desk for my Airline took long time.

All people in the queue were chatting and trying to help each other,

It was quite a sweet atmosphere.

Everyone tried to make the best of it.

By the time I got to the front of the queue the man said that my flight had just left.

More than just me were disappointed as we did not know which gate it had departed.

Well, I have been booked onto a flight in the morning, which I took straight away.

Luckily walking half way round the world as it seemed

in this big airport I finally found my luggage again standing lonely on its own.

Then I found the counter to get a hotel voucher with dinner.

By the time I was at the hotel it was 9pm and I was exhausted.

Ready to fall into the lovely warm bed.

The reason for all this was that Heathrow had IT failure/ technical issues.

Many people were stranded. Link to the story here

 

The really funny thing is that on my way back home to London,

I encountered more IT problems.

This time in the plane so we could not start.

We had to get off the plane again back into the gate and wait for a spare plane to take us to London.

 

Back home I am overjoyed to see my beautiful daffodils greeting me at the entrance.

Relaxing was on the agenda!

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I was

in desperate need of

a full body massage

4 days of sleep

and a trip to the Bahamas….

I didn’t make the Bahamas,

but a lovely hotel in London.

It had a pool/ Spa to relax, a wonderfully big room,

welcoming fruit and a great Breakfast on the 10th floor

with great view to finish with.

On the way home we saw some lovely colour splashes on a grey day.

Sometimes you just need to get out

have a rest and pamper yourself.

It is well worth it and

gives you more energy for the week ahead.

 

Hope you all had a relaxing weekend,

for a fresh start into the new week!

Much love from a chilled me 🙂

♥♥♥

Paris – a quick trip

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For the first time I went to Paris via the Eurostar – train.

What a wonderful way to travel.

It was easy, quick and very calm.

I loved it. Perfect for a quick break.

It went so impressively fast, we were in Paris from London in 2 and a quarter hours.

Once there,

We took it slowly and having been in Paris before

we just enjoyed the atmosphere and

some of the landmarks of Paris.

My favourite picture at the Tour Eiffel with Autumn colours:

Some more impressions

I will certainly explore more cities with the Eurostar, such a great and easy way to travel.

Have a great week!

 

Passion Fruit Hedgerow

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Passion fruit or Maracuya is such a beautiful plant.

I do have 2 pots at home and I received blooms too.

On my travels I found a station on the Underground,

well this station is overground further East

where a whole fence is covered by a Passion fruit hedge.

Blooming and having fruit at the same time.

I made a collage of my pictures.

 

 

I keep admiring it, it is amazing

that it grows as a hedge so well in London

as it is native from South America.

I do know it grows well in Cornwall too,

as my friend blogger here shows.

 

 

My hometown Gem

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The town/suburb I grew up in has some hidden gems.

There is this beautiful old house, I only recently discovered.

It is hidden behind a newer building.

 

It is from 1689

 

The details

 

Beautifully done with carvings and tiles.

 

 

 

Look at those detailed tiles.

I lived there for 23 years and only discovered this now.

Well, at least now I walk around with my eyes open 🙂

 

Kew Gardens 8th Smile

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Kew – a destination always worth it.

When ever you go,

it is exciting.

Every time there are different plants blooming,

there are more plants to discover and

I can practice and take pictures with my new phone camera.

You can never get tired of this beautiful Garden.

Some close ups

Please click on the individual photo to enlarge,

All photos taken by me at Kew Gardens.

 

 

Kew Gardens 7th Smile

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On a beautiful day another visit to Kew Gardens.

There is currently

an exhibition of Dale Chihuly‘s Glass Art in the midst of all plants.

It was a brilliant day with so much to see.

It started off with this amazing glass art sculpture.

While you walk around with me

you see his radiant colours of those glass art pieces

in the midst of plants in Kew.

They fit in so well.

Please click on the individual photo to enlarge,

All photos taken by me at Kew Gardens.