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Quiet week!!


I  have a few days leave next week, and rather than going far, K and I are planning a real ‘staycation’ exploring the Cotswolds.  Living nearby we always tend to travel through the Cotswolds en route to distance places, so we have decided to change that this year.  I find I am quite looking forward to a quiet week of gentle walks, exploring and cake!

China’s “Small Venice” or ‘Garden of Clear Ripples’ at the Summer Palace

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Originally posted on Janaline's world journey:

The Summer Palace in Beijing started out life as the ‘Garden of Clear Ripples’  in 1750. It served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi, who diverted 30 million taels of silver, originally designated for the Chinese navy, into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace. Personally I think it was money well spent for this is such a beautiful part of this palace structure. People come from all over the world to see this “Small Venice” of China. 

The old town with all its canals

My mom waving from the old town with all its canals

The old town with all its canals

The old town with all its canals

This beautiful town with its waterways is situated behind the hill that the main palace buildings are situated on. We reached this tranquil spot after spending hours walking through the crowded palace and it was the perfect way to ens our Palace exploration. This area is called the old town…

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Walking a mile in their ALS shoes


Like many other my personal media accounts have been bombarded with ice bucket videos. But the idea of what it is like to live with ALS is humbling!

Originally posted on Being Margaret:


This past week as I was bombarded with ice bucket video clips on Facebook, I thought to myself…..I need to blog about this!!   I want to do my part to bring awareness to this terrible disease.  I thought about all the different spins I could put into the post.   And then, just like that, an amazing article was brought to my attention.  An article written by someone who this disease has personally touched.  As I read through her thoughts which she herself blogged about, I knew I could not put into words, what she had managed to do.

Read on…

What An ALS Family REALLY Thinks About the Ice Bucket Challenge

by Bo Stern

Well, we are on week two of the very-viral very-everywhere ALS ice bucket challenge.  I know, I know, I can hear the groans…it started out cute and now it’s out-of-control.  Played.  Clogging up…

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The Royal Palace, Cambodia

Originally posted on WhatAWonderfulWorld:

When I think back to my afternoon visiting The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia I think of two words to best describe it; gold and flowers.  I’m sure you will understand why once you have seen the photos.

The Royal Palace is situated along the river banks and can be seen from a way away; it’s stunning.  You can’t visit parts of the palace as it’s the King’s residence but there are parts where you are free to wander around.




The grounds of the palace are just as stunning as the buildings themselves; flowers of every colour, shape and texture.



Have you been to Cambodia?

Marcella xx

p.s  I’m off on holiday tomorrow for nine days… see you when I’m back, with way too many photos! :)

It’s Travel Tuesday.  Hosted by Bonnie, Camila, Amy and Jessi.


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