Wanderlust @41 – the Magical Christmas Market in Budapest

“Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.” – Karen Gibbs Christmas is magical for kids, but it can be too for adults. As some of you may not know, Christmas in Melbourne is summer and because it is warm, I can’t get into the spirit of the season. I…

PULL UP A SEAT PHOTO CHALLENGE 2019-WEEK 13

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West This is the Convent Gallery in Daylesford, about an hour and a half drive from Melbourne.  It is nestled on the crest of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, over-looking Daylesford. The Convent boasts expansive views of the countryside and township below. In…

Flower of the Day FOTD – March 31, 2019 – Statice

“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” – Okakura Kakuzo Statice flowers are long-lasting annuals with sturdy stems and compact, colorful blooms with papery texture. Statice cut flowers are long lasting in the vase, whether fresh or dried. This is for Cee’s FOTD Challenge

A drive to the Twelve Apostles in Australia – Wanderlust @40

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” Unknown It’s a long drive from Melbourne to the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell (about 4 and a half hours). But it’s no big deal when the drive is on a winding shoreline full of majestic views…

Wanderlust @39 – Walking through the Geelong Waterfront Bollards

“I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it.” – unknown Do you know what Bollards are? These are usually used for protection and security…but let me introduce you to the cute bollards of Geelong. Geelong is a city, southwest of Melbourne and once…

Open the Door to the North of the Philippines!

“Open the door… it may lead you some place you never expected … This is Vigan, a province in the northern part of the Philippines. It is known for its preserved Spanish-era streets. Vigan is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This horse and carriage (karitela) can be used as transportation for locals…

Amazing find in the Castle District of Budapest – Wanderlust @38

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”— Claude Monet Walking around Budapest, one wet and cold day, I and my hubby happened to pass by this gallery called the Koller Galleria. When we entered the gallery, we went straight back out the back door because we saw this gorgeous manicured garden with the walls covered…

Wordless Wednesday

“Sometimes you don’t have to say anything. Silence speaks it all.” -Disha Patani This is Lake Pandin in San Pablo, Laguna in the Philippines and this shot was taken in the summer of 2017. It’s always nice to go back home to family and friends. Especially if the view is as beautiful as this. Lake…

Come…walk with me through the streets of Budapest.- Wanderlust @36

“The best dreams happen when you’re awake.”– Cherie Gilderbloom You’ll be surprised with the number of Monuments, Statues and Streetart all around the streets of Budapest. But if you’re like me and my husband, every time we look for a place in google maps, we get lost. Why is it that my kids can find…

FOTD – March 23, 2019 – Single Water Lily in a pond

“I have shaken loose. Like the lily, I rest on the deep water’s surface. Not knowing the journey’s end, I rest in nature’s embrace.” ― Patricia Robin Woodru A single white water lily sitting alone in the pond. Does it feel lonely seeing all the other flowers all bunched up? Or is it feeling relieved to have…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wonder

“No, I never saw an angel, but it is irrelevant whether I saw one or not. I feel their presence around me.” Paulo Coelho Do you ever wonder if angels were true? Have you ever felt their presence? I for one believe that they are just around us Do you? In response to Frank’s Photo…

PULL UP A SEAT PHOTO CHALLENGE 2019-WEEK 12

“Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” -English proverb My entry this week, for XingFuMama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge is something close to my heart. These are some people that I love, joining me in my search for photos of seats….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looks Like a Face

“What you feel inside reflects on your face. So be happy and positive all the time.” Sridevi This is a great challenge Cee, and it was also fun. At first I found it hard to look for something that looks like a face, but in the end saw some in my archives. I hope you…

Thursday Doors – March 21, 2019

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury Budapest Doors Here are some of the doors that I saw in Budapest. Mainly Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, St Stephen’s Basilica and…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shadows

“The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.” ― George R.R. Martin Shadows cast by the trees Shadows of my friend and I Shadow underneath a big hat For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Shadows Trees and vast field in the Dandenong Mountains in Melbourne My friend and I had a bit of a stoll one sunny day….

The Amazing Fisherman’s Bastion -Wanderlust @33

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai I went to the Fisherman’s Bastion twice during this tour. First was when it was very sunny and the second was when it was dark and gloomy. Which do you prefer? The Fisherman’s Bastion is an Instagram heaven. There’s lots of arches, towers…

10 Reasons Why You’ll love Budapest – Wandelust @32

“Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing.” – Gayle Foreman 1) Admire the opulence of The Hungarian Parliament which is a popular tourist attraction that lies on the banks of the Danube. 2) Be amazed with the Fisherman’s Bastion, which is a spectacular attraction in the Buda castle area. And…

Flower of the Day FOTD – March 19, 2019 – Tulips

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard De Nerval Tulips from a tulip farm. From the Tesselaar Tulip Festival taken a few years ago. This festival is held in Silvan, Victoria every spring since 1954. For Cees FOTD Challenge

Budapest, I’m ready for you! Wanderlust @31

 “Live your life by a compass not a clock.” – Stephen Covey It was dark when we got to Budapest. I wanted to freshen up a bit before going on our dinner cruise when I decided to just look out of our bedroom window…and to my surprise… this is what I saw!!! 🙌🏻 I was…

A few hours in Esztergom, Hungary – Wanderlust @30

“Go fly roam travel voyage explore journey discover adventure.” Our Trafalgar tour was on its way to Budapest and we passed by this lovely city on a hill…Esztergom! We just stayed there for a few hours to look at the scenery but oh my gosh…the view was astounding. You just have to see it to…

Wanderlust @29- The tiled roof of St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna

“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.” -unknown St Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the most iconic Gothic architecture of Vienna. It is well known for its colourful roof tiles. I happened to go up the elevator and see the whole city from a different point of view…and it was amazing! St Stephen’s Cathedral…

The grandeur of the Schönbrunn Palace -Wanderlust @28

“The best education I have ever received was through travel.”- Lisa Ling The moment that I entered the gates of the Schonbrunn Palace, I was amazed with the grandeur of the place. If you are planning to go to Austria’s capital city, then this palace should be on your list. This palace was built for…

9 Reasons why you’ll love Vienna…Wanderlust @27

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman Not only was it named as the most liveable city (according to the Economist Intelligence Unit replacing Melbourne for 2018 tsk tsk) its culture, architecture and coffee is on top of the list. In saying that, I don’t think 3 days is enough…

PULL UP A SEAT PHOTO CHALLENGE 2019-WEEK 11

“The memories we make with family is everything.” – Candace Cameron Bure Seats and benches… a place to sit when you’re tired…also a place to watch people go by. The first 2 photos were taken in a park and the next 2 photos were from outside a local restaurant. This is in response to xingfumama’s…