Category Archives: Travel

Punting

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A day out works wonders – like a mini holiday.

You come back refreshed and relaxed.

I tried it for you to give you experienced advice.

We went for one day and night to Cambridge, the famous University town.

 

Cambridge is a city on the River Cam in eastern England, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating to 1209. University colleges include King’s, famed for its choir and towering Gothic chapel, as well as Trinity, founded by Henry VIII, and St John’s, with its 16th-century Great Gate. University museums have exhibits on archaeology and anthropology, polar exploration, the history of science and zoology.

Walking along the river Cam are many bridges- hence the name Cambridge.

Bridge

 

 

We came along punters and we signed up for some punting.

 

 

What an amazing experience, what fun!

 

 

 

The Sky was blue,

the weather was hot,

a real mini holiday!

My advice:

Go for a mini holiday,

do something different at the spur of the moment,

enjoy every moment

and have fun.

 

You feel refreshed, relaxed,

ready for the new week!

Corpus Christi – Fronleichnam

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There is a religious catholic holiday in Germany called Fronleichnam

In English it is called Corpus Christi.

I was fortunate to witness it on Thursday, while I visited my mum.

Custom is that people make flower carpets where the procession walks along.

They are made out of leaves, flowers and petals of different colours.

I saw the fresh carpets in the morning, and they were so beautiful.

 

 

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We saw the procession coming from the church.

 

The priest read from the bible and then they

continued to the town center.

 

It was lovely to watch in beautiful sunshine.

Danny and Struppi

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Danny travelled again for the weekend.

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On the plane with a snack

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in the car to the house.

In Stuttgart Airport Danny saw a many bears and talked to some.

He made friends with one, called Struppi.

Struppi then joined us on the flight back to London.

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The bears had a lovely flight home and Danny is busy introducing

Struppi to everybody and the English life here.

Our bear family has grown!

Welcome Struppi!

 

 

Frost and Rain Flowers

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During my visit in Germany now in February

it was cold and frosty.

I took pictures of the frosty flowers in the morning.

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I love the frost on the leaves, looked like little crystals.

Then the rained…

It creates a different effect on flowers, rather beautiful

when you look closely.

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How those raindrops stick to the plant,

before they get to heavy and drop.

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My mum’s garden is full with the yellow ‘Winterlinge’.

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So lovely to see yellow in Winter,

they brighten up the season.

Keep warm and enjoy the beauty!

 

A day in Barcelona

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Barcelona is a wonderful city and so much to see.

An amazing church building – La Sagrada Familia from the Architect Antoni Gaudi which he started building in 1883.  Knowing he will not see it finished, he spent 40 years building and left plans for his successors. He is buried under the nave.

On the link on his name is a short video what it will look like when it is finished hopefully in 2026, ready for Gaudi’s 100th anniversary of his death.

His buildings and casas are all over Barcelona.

Next was the “Casa de les Punxes” or Casa Terradas which was build for 3 sisters by a different architect looking more like a castle.

Casa de les Punxes

All details are just fabulous even the balcony tiles from the bottom.

We walked to the next of Gaudi’s buildings the Casa Mila. This was built as an apartment block.

Casa Mila

We continued our walk to the next Gaudi Casa along the famous and really large Passeig Gracia. This Road is tree lined, has exclusive shops, wide pavements and amazing old buildings. The pavement is tiled with Gaudi tiles; aren’t they beautiful?

 

Gaudi tiles on the Passeig Gracia

 

Along there we came to Casa Batllo, a colourful casa built by Gaudi again.

 

Casa Batllo

Next to this casa is a Netherland style casa called Casa Amatller from the same architect as the Casa de Punxes above.

Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo

Casa Amatller

So many casas…. it was so interesting.

Casa Lleo Morera

 

 

Admiring all buildings we headed to the Cathedral. As the queues were everywhere terribly long, we continued to walk and see all from outside – we only had one day.

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Then we went through small little roads to our last stop The Arc de Triomf.

Arc de Triomf

This Arc de Triomf was build in 1888 as an entrance to the Barcelona World Fair, a very impressive building.

We walked over 20000 steps as my step counter showed and were ready to go back by train to village were we stayed.

This was a short one day tour of Barcelona, hope you enjoyed the sites.

I have visited Barcelona on the 8th August and this post was put together before the terror attack in Barcelona. It is terrible to think what happened and my thoughts and prayers are with the people who died or were injured in the attack.  I pray that the world become a safer place.

A short holiday in Spain

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You all know how I love my palm trees

so we had a short holiday in Spain near Barcelona.

 

We stayed in Calella in Catalonia.

Calella

 

A wonderful beach welcomed us and

just listening to the sound of the waves was so relaxing and calming.

 

 

Calella had wonderful plants,

a lovely church,

a light house

small streets with delightful shops

and amazing houses with cacti growing up… over 2 floors

 

We enjoyed the warmth and the beautiful beach.

and had a relaxing time.

A truly wonderful short holiday!

A day out in Germany

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Danny was travelling again.

We had just one day but Danny saw some lovely sites.

We went to Lichtenstein Castle,

 

Danny climbed everywhere to have his picture taken.

 

 

After a piece of cake we went to explore the “Nebelhöhle

A large cave with stalactites and stalagmites.

 

The very end of the cave is bathed in constant changing lights.

It looks amazing!

 

 

A day in Oxford

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Oxford is a beautiful University city in England.

It has been a town since 9th century and has an ancient university.

My friends and I recently visited Oxford for a day out.

Here are my impressions:

 

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We finished a wonderful day out in Oxford

with a traditional English Cream Tea.

 

Cream tea – refreshments