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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!

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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In Search of Spices

If time and money were no object, where would you go?

What an Amazing World!

Nutmeg and Cinnamon in Hong Kong Maritime Museum Nutmeg and Cinnamon in Hong Kong Maritime Museum

If every single person on the planet were given the opportunity to travel around the world, I believe they would have answered ‘yes’ without the slightest doubt. Each individual, however, has his/her own preferences, things that would excite them along the way, energize them, and make them wish to spend another day on the road.

Some people travel to see cultures so different from what they’re familiar with at home, some are more intrigued by exotic cuisines made from ingredients so alien to them, but there are also individuals who are willing to spend hours to traverse the globe just to find new party scenes. Ancient heritage sites, shopping centers, intricate temples, breathtaking landscapes, majestic animals, and extreme adventures are some other reasons for people to pack their bags and suitcases to travel to places far away from home.

I was first…

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Pink Rabbit!


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Huge pink rabbit, next to the Wiener Staatsoper Huge pink rabbit, next to the Wiener Staatsoper

This pink rabbit is in fact a young hare.  It also turns out that he has a multitude of cousins, but more of that later.

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The German artist, Albrecht Dürer, who hailed from Nuremberg, painted his now famous “Young Hare” in 1502; it is now widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of observational art and  is housed in the Albertina museum in Vienna.

Albrecht Dürer - Young Hare - WGA07362 The original “Young Hare” – faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art – source: Wikicommons The pink Viennese sculpture is a giant interpretation of that famous painting, created by Ottmar Hörl, the president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg since 2005.  In 2003, he created a large scale art installation, consisting of numerous hares in four shades of green, which were displayed in Nuremberg market square under the title “A large piece of hare”.

Ottmar Hörl - Dürer Hare, art project in Nuremberg 2003 - - photo Johannes Marburg Ottmar Hörl…

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Reminds me of Fortitude!

Cornwall Photographic

Continuing on from my last post, we entered the tunnel under the mountain that would bring us to the next fjord along, in a real blizzard.  As we emerged from the tunnel on the other side of the mountains, it was still snowing just as hard, if not harder and as we entered the town of Siglufjörður where we saw the northern lights on our previous visit , the snow was piled either side of the road, and outside the houses.  It was difficult to see but we pulled in to the car park of a convenience store.  People were scurrying in and out of the shop, bundled against the snow.  It was clear what a difficult winter the people living in the north of Iceland were having.  We picked up a few snacks and pressed on.  It was late in the afternoon and we wanted to check in to…

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The Menjangan Part 2: Underwater Gardens

What an Amazing World!

Underwater Garden at Menjangan Island Underwater Garden at Menjangan Island

He plunged into the water and darted in front of us, the effortless movements of his slender body a telltale of his affinity to the ocean. He looked around, scanning the corals beneath him, and noticed a small arch encrusted with corals tucked amid the colorful garden. Suddenly he took a dive a few meters deep, and swam through the small brittle arch, before finally resurfaced. His graceful maneuver reminded me that of a dolphin.

The Frenchman, Nicolas, was born in Tahiti, and the ocean has never been far from his life – probably also part of his decision to move to Bali, as well as his career of choice as a marine videographer. Together with Made the snorkeling guide, a Singaporean travel writer who couldn’t swim, an aloof and at times seemingly confused Melburnian, James and I, we set off for Menjangan Island off the…

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