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Messing about on the river…

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Sun shining, birds singing and blue water beckoning. We drove down to Helford Passage and took a short ferry ride across to Helford Village. DSCF1482

Small boats and buoys float on the Helford River.



A narrow lane lined with hedgerows of a ghostly white mist (the delicate blossom of the blackthorn) leads from the ferry point into the village. Finches flit from one side of the lane to the other, others sing merrily in the bushes and all the while the warmth of the sun intensifies the coconut fragrance of the deep yellow gorse flowers.


A pretty white-washed, thatched cottages, cute welcoming pub, type of Cornish village greets you, with even a General Stores! If only all Cornwall’s villages were this pretty.


Walking around the village only takes a few minutes – it isn’t big. But you can stroll through woodland, at this time of year delightfully sunny, wild primroses, violets, wild…

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A Small Hill Town of Tuscany – Volterra

Originally posted on Journey Around The Globe:

VOLTERRA: Volterra is another medieval charm of Tuscany and another town that attracts thousands of tourists every month. Like San Gimignano or Siena, this is one of many walled cities of Toscana.. Situated on a hill, Volterra gives beautiful views of the countryside and nearby small hills. Getting lost in the cobble-stoned alleys and being surrounded by enchanting old buildings make this city awesome. For us, it was a small and sweet trip. If you are in Florence or Siena, making a day trip to Volterra would be perfect for few hours.

Looking over the countryside from Volterra, right before entering the Old Town Looking over the countryside from Volterra, right before entering the Old Town

TIME of TRAVEL: It was our second time in Tuscany in October of 2013. After visiting Siena, Florence, and San Gimignano, Volterra was our last town to visit in this region of Italy. When we arrived here it was almost dark and it got a bit…

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M is for… Missed the Last Train from Dunedin


Too late?!

Originally posted on Travel with Intent:

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This woman and child are running in vain, for the last train from Dunedin in Florida has long gone; the station has been converted to a popular historical museum and the tracks provide a pleasant walking trail.  These bronze statues by the Randolph Rose company, unveiled in October 2013, remind us of its former use.

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Part of the April A to Z Challenge.
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Vatnajökull – A visit with a glacier.

Originally posted on Cornwall Photographic:

Whilst we were in Höfn, we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with  Vatnajökull at Skafafell.  Vatnajökull is the glacier that sits atop the volcano that erupted recently at Bárðarbunga. It was fascinating to see the shapes in the ice, freshly dusted with an icing sugar like powdering of snow.  Glaciers can appear very grey and dirty looking in the summer but in winter, they look their best.

Heading out to the glacier there was a track of sorts but this quickly diminished and we were left with the task of finding our way across a gravelly delta of meltwater, streams and ditches.  I’m grateful to Poppy of for the pictures of Chillbrook tackling the first of many of what turned out to be a very deep ditches.

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Europe’s 3rd Smallest Country – San Marino

Originally posted on Journey Around The Globe:

SAN MARINO: Republic of San Marino is a unique little country that claims to be the world’s oldest republic. In addition to that, this is also the third smallest country in Europe after Vatican City and Monaco. Its capital, also known as San Marino, sits on Mount Titano at more than 650m above sea level, and it offers impressive views of the surrounding hills, countryside, Adriatic Sea, and Italy. It’s the main city of this country and where we spent all of our time during this trip. The appealing historic center along with Mount Titano is a UNESCO World Heritage site of this capital. The few towns that make up San Marino are all located on the mountain sides.

Mount Titano from distance where San Marino sits about 650m above sea level. Mount Titano from distance where San Marino sits about 650m above sea level.

TIME of TRAVEL: It was our second attempt to go to San Marino. First time we were in…

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The Sky Garden – London’s highest public garden with great views!


This is a ‘must’ for my next trip to London!

Originally posted on London Unveiled:

Sky_Gardens8Visit the top of the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building and find a public garden with great views – and its free!  Unlike the Shard that charges £24.95 you can come here and obtain similar views without the cost – though the views here are from the 35th-37th floors, its still high enough!  While originally conceived and branded as a ‘park’, the limitations of cultivating plants inside the top of a sky-scraper have led to a space that is a blend of gardens, views, open space, a terrace and eating/drinking spots.  As such it is truly unique.


Officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street, the ‘walkie-talkie’ is 38 storeys tall and is currently the 5th highest building in London.  While free to visit, space limitations require you to pre-book complimentary tickets for a slotted entry time.  As a truly unique space offering 360 degree views of London, its well worth a visit.

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