Water, Water in the Wetlands

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Happy Pill #8 I try to walk everyday, mostly when it’s not raining. This is what I get to see and I love it. The sound of the birds, the ripple of the water, the colour of the sky… so much to be…

A Coastal Walk

“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is one of Australia’s largest cities. It is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge…

The Windows of St Giles

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.” – unknown St Giles’ Cathedral is a working parish church located in the Old Town of Edinburgh. The cathedral is located on the Royal Mile, and one thing that…

Abbotsford Convent

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton Just 4 km away from the Melbourne CBD, you will find the Abbotsford Convent. This is a 16 acre historic building with amazing sprawling gardens. It is home to studios, galleries, cafes and…

Doors in Edinburgh

“Collect moments, not things.” – unknown Here are some doors from my 2016 trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. This is for Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge – featuring the Doors in Edinburgh. I am also squeezing in some sites in Edinburgh near the Royal Mile. A painting of a door on a wall. The Kirk of the…

A View of The Scottish Highlands – Wanderlust @96

“The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” – Cherie Gilderbloom The Highlands of Scotland is a mountainous region, the centre of which is Loch Ness. It is known for its mythical monster called “Nessie”. Unfortunately, I didn’t see her/him. The city of Inverness is known as the “Capital of the Highlands”. To continue with the…

Countryside / Small Town in Scotland – Wanderlust @95

“So much of what you are is where you’ve been.” Travel quotes Braemar in Scotland is surrounded by mountains and unspoilt and unpopulated countryside. This week, this is my entry to Amy’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge #64: Countryside and/or Small Town The Scottish town of Braemar is in the Highlands. It has a lovely looking village…

Step Aboard the Britannia – Wanderlust @94

“I name this ship Britannia. I wish success to her and all who sail on her.” – HM The Queen It was a great start to our few days in Scotland, by having a visit to the royal yacht berthed just 15 minutes away from the Edinburgh city centre. But first… coffee and lunch at…

Silhouettes and Monochromes

“You go to new places and it opens your eyes to different things you haven’t seen before. Everything from colors, to silhouettes, to patterns – it just comes from everywhere.”-Lauren Conrad This is for Monochrome Monday and for Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Silhouette

Falling Leaves

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” – Chad Sugg November is not my usual choice of month to travel primarilly because it is too cold (if destination is Europe). But so glad my husband and I decided to do it last year, as we were…

Framing Budapest

“Europe’s most underrated big city, Budapest can be as challenging as it is enchanting.” – Rick Steves Oh eM Gee… this place is a “Framing A Shot” heaven! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Budapest is bursting with beautiful architecture that can be used for this topic. And it is beautiful on a rainy day or a sunny day! This…

Seine River Cruise in Paris – Wanderlust @90

“Paris is always a good idea.” Walking on foot along the streets of Paris is a wonderful thing to do, but viewing it on water level is a greatly different experience. Discover Paris through a Seine River Cruise and you will be amazed as it winds its way through the heart of the city. You…

An Escape to the Gardens

“Escape the every day world and revel in the colour of nature.” “This is really what KaBloom is all about, the splendour of millions of flowers across five acres of planting in the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges. We have a rainbow of fields filled with marvellous Marigolds, sizzling Salvias, cool Cosmos, colourful Cleomes, pretty Petunias, glorious…

Take Me to the Doors and Benches of Amboise

“This heart of mine was made to travel.” – travel quotes Chateau Royal d’Amboise, in Loire Valley, is a maze of secret passages, medieval rooms and hidden walk ways. This castle has a throne room, royal interiors, towers, sturdy wooden doors, wooden benches and magnificent gardens. In relation to my previous post about Amboise, here…

Amboise: an Unexpected Magnificence – Wanderlust @87

“All you need to know is that it’s possible.” – Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker Amboise is a small town in central France which lies on the banks of the Loire River. It is such a beautiful place of castles, old towns, villages and views of the river that makes this an ideal stopover. Here…

Huffing and Puffing Up Petrin Hill in Prague

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place,” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart As I have posted previously, when we went to Petrin Hill, Prague, last November, the funicular, unfortunately, wasn’t working….

The Streets of Toledo – Wanderlust @83

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru Toledo is an ancient city, sitting majestically on a hill above central Spain. It is the former Spanish capital…

Church Doors in Melbourne CBD

“A Church which “goes forth” is a Church whose doors are open.”– Pope Francis Found these pretty church doors in one of my walks in Melbourne. I had an eye check up in the city and it turned out to be a lovely bonding time with my hubby. Always an excuse haha I am posting…

Architecture of Madrid – Wanderlust @80

“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.” – Ernest Hemingway Madrid is the capital of Spain and is a vibrant city, but is not as cosmopolitan as the neighbouring Barcelona. The architecture of Madrid has preserved…

Blue Bath House Doors

“There are things known and things unknown and in between are The Doors.” – Jim Morrison Brighton, an easy half an hour drive from the Melbourne CBD, is home to 82 distinctly coloured wooden beach houses. This is the Brighton Beach Boxes in Dendy Street, which is a great photo opp for locals and tourists…

Breathtaking Switzerland

“Go where you feel most ALIVE.” – travel quotes Nature is at its best in Switzerland. The view is just spectacular… whether it be the mountains or the lakes! If there is one country that I would like to revisit, Switzerland definitely is the one! This is for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Outdoors and…

The Streets of Barcelona – Wanderlust @78

“Man makes art for man and hence it must be rational.” – Antoni Gaudi While walking on the streets of Barcelona, the first thing you’ll notice is its architecture and the most important styles are the Catalan Gothic style and the Modernisme, which is a cultural movement at the end of the 19th century protagonized…

Pull Up a Seat

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a seed a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett I just pulled up all these photos from my archive and it brought me back to the time that I took the photographs. Memories of grandkids…of past travels…of people I have walked with. This is for…

More Doors In and Around Carcassonne

“Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.” – Karen Gibbs Aside from the doors in the walled citadel of ‘La Cite’ in Carcassonne and the old town which I have posted previously, there are also the doors in the city centre. Here are more doors which I found in…

Benches, Chairs and Seats in Phillip Island

“There’s something very enticing about an empty bench under a tree. And its facing a river, that’s the bench for me.” – Joyce Rachelle Here are some benches and chairs that we found when we went on a few days holiday in Phillip Island. This is for Xingfumama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge.

I will Be Back, La Sagrada Familia – Wanderlust @77

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – travel quotes If you are to visit only one church in Europe, then Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is it. It is Spain’s iconic and most visited landmark and although it is still a long way to be finished, La…

Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain – Wanderlust @76

“Don’t call it a dream … call it a plan.” – unknown Montserrat is a mountain range in Catalonia, Spain and it is just a day trip away from the more energetic and vibrant nearby metropolis of Barcelona. This is the La Sardana Monument in Barcelona where our tour group met up. On the way…

The Trail to the Mountains

“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.”― George Nakashima Walking in the woods is one of the most enjoyable activity there is. Watching the leaves swaying in the wind … strolling with a loved one, even walking hand in hand at times … seeing the sun peeking through the leaves. And in this instance,…

Art and Architecture of Carcassonne – Wanderlust @75

” I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it” – travel quotes Aside from Cite de Carcassone, there are so much more to see in this wonderful place. It has great architecture, galleries, monuments, walkways, and cafes. Here are samples of the different architecture that can…

Inner City

“My heart burns for the city lights.” – unknown Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city’s centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne…

One Fine Autumn Day in Prague

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” – Chad Sugg Autumn is a good time to visit Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. Yes, it can be quite chilly, but looking at those beautiful leaves just compensates for it all. Autumn can be very…