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…

Multiculturalism

” We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.” – Catherine Pulsifer Saw this on the way to having brunch with the family in Abbotsford near Melbourne. This is for Sami’s Monday Murals Challenge – Multiculturalism

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

The quiet French City of Avignon – Wanderlust @73

“Forget about ‘making it’ or ‘making millions’ make memories make road trip plans make space for what you love and who you love” – travel quotes Avignon is a city in Southern France. It is the seat of the Catholic popes and has remained under the papal rule until it became a part of France…

The Road that Leads Us…

“Any road that leads to a friend is beautiful.” Proverb Friendship is such a beautiful thing to have. And I am so lucky to have found it in my small group of friends who I consider my family. We all moved from the Philippines to Australia and we had been friends for more than two…

These Beautiful Feathered Friends of San Remo

Nature’s prime favourites were the Pelicans;  High-fed, long-lived, and sociable and free. James Montgomery This is a cute Boomerang shot of the pelicans 👍🏼 San Remo is the entrance to the seaside town of Phillip Island. Every day at 12 noon, the local pelicans arrive at the San Remo pier for their lunch time feed….

Wedding Smiles

Last November I visited London for the second time…this time it’s for my son’s wedding. Tim and Leigh were ‘high school sweethearts’, went to the same school, were partners in their Debutante’s Ball, and they had been together ever since. They had a simple and intimate wedding and that’s how they had always envisioned their…

This House, That House

“Home, a place your feet may leave but your heart will always be.”-unknown This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any kind of House Beach Boxes in Brighton, Victoria A unique shaped house in the inner city of Melbourne A cubby house in Macclesfield in Victoria, Australia, where I had a very memorable…

More Seats in Sassafras

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”- Albert Camus Last week, I posted my walk in Sassafras to feature the seats that I happened to see there. This week, here are more seats which I found…

Through Nice and the French Riviera – Wanderlust @71

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a plane ticket And that’s kind of the same thing.” – unknown You can call it the South of france… or The French Riviera… or the Cote d’Azur but one thing is for sure, this region of France is amazingly beautiful. Nice is the capital of the…

Pull Up a Seat in Sassafras

“The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet.” – Joseph Campbell I have been to Sassafras ‘millions’ of times but I never seem to get tired of it. It is a place in Southeast Melbourne which I have also featured in my past recent post. This time it’s…

Passage Of Time in Budapest

“Can we just skip to the part of our life where we travel the world?” – travel quotes This is for Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, showcases the architectural grandeur of the Hungarian Parliament, the fairy tale like Fisherman’s Bastion, the cosmopolitan streetarts, the grand spas and indoor pools plus…