Category Archives: Travel

Oslo Impressions – Part 2

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The city of Oslo has beautiful old buildings like the Parliament,

The University with an Aula

with paintings of Edvard Munch famous for his painting ‘The Scream

 

You can also visit the Rathus

a massive, dominant building at the harbour.

It took 19 years to build.

Its chimes you can hear every hour.

In this hall every year on 10th December the Nobel Prize is given out.

View from the Rathus window

Part 3 coming soon.

All pictures taken by me.

 

Today is …. #28

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…a day to enjoy travels …

I traveled North to Oslo for a short trip.

The first thing I saw in Oslo was the beautiful flowers everywhere in open spaces.

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Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; 
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
~ Luther Burbank ~

 

 

 

Specially now in Summer

the flowers are the most vibrant!

Enjoy them!

They really do make the Earth laugh!

Click on the individual picture to enlarge them.

Today is …# 26 – a day to travel – Trip to Hohen Urach – Germany

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On  a beautiful sunny day

I visited the Ruins of “Hohen Urach“,

above the town “Bad Urach”.

built as a castle, later used as a prison, then destroyed.

It plays part of the interesting local history.

We used to go up when I was a child.

Recently we revisited the ruins with a picnic up there.

A steep walk through forest, we arrived on this very unspoiled spot.

No shops, no cars, it is beautiful.

See for yourself:

 

 

Well worth a visit, take a picnic and

enjoy the scenery and the peace.

Today is …. #20

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…a day to be a tourist!

Imagine you have never visited your hometown,

What would you do if you were visiting for the first time.

What would you visit?

What would you eat?

What would you want to see?

You can be a tourist where you live

Explore.

Notice.

Find a market, find a museum, find an art Gallery or slip into a church.

Notice the smells, the scents, feel the atmosphere.

Being a tourist wakes your curiosity and make you notice more around you!

 

 

Have an interesting day!

Kew Gardens 6th Smile – Orchid Festival

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‘He has made everything beautiful in it’s time.’

Ecclesiastes 3,11

 

and to bring the beauty from all over the world,

Kew Gardens is celebrating the Orchid Festival until March 10th.

It really is a festival of colours, sounds and beauty.

This year there are Orchids

from the world’s most biodiverse county: Colombia.

Breathtaking displays of orchids,

a sweet smell,

accompanied with Colombian music,

even the cacti have hats on….

 

Let me take you through with this donkey:

 

Animals made include a toucan,  a swimming turtle…..

A sloth

 

and a life sized Jaguar

 

There are 1000’s species of orchids,

different colours, different sizes.

Enjoy the show:

 

 

Please click on the individual photo to enlarge.

All photos taken by me at Kew Gardens.

 

 

Welcome to the Forest

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Last weekend, the Borough I live in had a special celebration.

The Borough is called Waltham Forest, it has a nice forest close.

This Borough has become the first Borough of Culture

as a London Borough.

The launch of this was celebrated on 3 evenings along the main street.

The Townhall had films projected on it:

Different Artists performed in the street:

    

All different ‘light’ ideas looks fantastic.

A ring of light made incredible patterns in the sky

and could be seen from far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With my dance group I performed some dances we had learnt.

The atmosphere was amazing and it was so much fun!

( Some Action Pictures)

My favourite dance was Chorus Line!

I felt humbled and privileged that I am part of such a lovely community

and could give something towards the celebration.

All pictures are my own, taken on my phone.

Looking forward to more events during the year!

Kew Gardens 4th Smile by night

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Early darkness invites to many lights.

With Christmas coming up

what is better to combine light with Christmas

and start the Christmas season in the big garden.

Kew’s Christmas Lights!

 

My favourite new flowers in Kew!

 

 

There were light shows with music, laser light pictures projected on a screen of a water fountain, green laser lights with fog, amazing displays of colourful lights, a whole field of lights changing colour with the rhythm of the music and much more. Too much to capture everything on camera. Of course there was mulled wine and hot chocolate too!

I did capture it all in my memory!

Please click on the picture to enlarge them.

All pictures taken by me at Kew Gardens.

 

Kew Gardens 2nd Smile – The weekend starts

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Another wonderful day in Kew Gardens.

Please walk with me through the

Prince of Wales Conservatory

There are Orchids

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There are meat eating plants

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Beautiful Cacti

 

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There are waterfalls

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Floating Baking trays….

 

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Amazing plants and colours

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I can’t get enough of the natures variety and beautiful displays.

 

Hope you enjoy the small tour. Soak it up and relax!

Wishing all a relaxing weekend!

 

All pictures taken by me at Kew Gardens.

Please let me know if the pictures display correctly. Thanks

Kew Gardens 1st smile

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In my post from 4th August I shared with you that I had become friends with Kew Gardens.

 

Last weekend

the sun was shining,

birds were singing,

and I felt free.

I made a quick decision

to visit Kew Gardens.

 

What a good choice!

I was greeted with this view.

 

Behind the Palm house was the rose garden.

For today I like you to go with me to smell the roses.

Forget the business and enjoy the smells and colours!

There is so much more……

Soon more from Kew Gardens