Tag Archives: travel

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.

 

 

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

 

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.

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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!

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.

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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

Danny meets old friends

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Danny traveled again this time to Germany

visiting old friends.

He met Petzi, a senior teddy,

He couldn’t hold back his excitement  and jumped right up to say hello.

 

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Then they chatted for a long time.

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In town he saw water, a plastic cow,

blue sky and beautiful snowdrops.

 

 

 

Danny found his favourite:

a ” Schwäbische Brezel”

 

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Danny met also his other friend “Breuni” in Germany.

 

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They enjoyed a good chat and cuddle next to Spring flowers.

After a week of sunshine he said good bye to Germany in rain

which gave us a beautiful picture of this snowdrop.

 

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Wishing you all a wonderful and

love filled week !

 

How to relax – bear style – Danny’s weekend

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Danny’s first trip in the 2017 took him to Norfolk in England.

He planned a relaxing weekend away.

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He stayed in a Mock Elizabethan Grad 2 listed Building, which is a 4 star hotel, near Norwich.

A beautiful building with fountain

 

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First he enjoyed a wonderful cup of tea,

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before going to the swimming pool to swim and relax.

 

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Then a visit to Norwich with its castle:

 

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Back to the hotel for a wonderful sleep in the spacious bed

 

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The next morning was verrrrry cold….

 

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Such fantastic icicles.

… and it was time to go back home to London.

Now that was a calm and relaxing time.

Why not try it yourself!