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A fort. A garden. (Thankfully, not a parking lot.)

We needed some exercise after three rainy days.   If we walked up the hill in Astoria, we’d be guaranteed great views of the Columbia River and see some stately old homes as well. That’s when we came upon the historical … Continue reading

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LISTEN TO THE FRAGRANCE

We knew we’d arrived when the white wall of the classical Chinese garden came into view. The best place to be on a hot day was seated in shady pavilion, admiring the lotus flowers on the lake.  Tranquility settled in … Continue reading

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“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” ― Claude Monet

We visited Monet’s garden in Giverny, France.  Anyone who loves gardens can understand how Monet felt. We’ve visited many acclaimed gardens on our travels – Longwood in Pennsylvania, Filoli in California, Busch in Vancouver. What we loved about these gardens … Continue reading

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Wandering eyes

When we visited a great travel site, we noticed that our eyes often wandered and our attention diverted from the important site to some small detail. We visited a temple in Bangkok, and all we wanted to look at were … Continue reading

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The extravagance of time when traveling

We take our time when we travel. When we visit a place, we often stay for 3 or 4 weeks in an AirBnb. We probably see the same sites as a traveler who has one week and packs it all … Continue reading

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Who thought 6 hours was long enough for a visit?

A crazy, poor plan started with one good idea: we always wanted to see a desert in bloom and nearby Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was famous for wildflowers blooming as if a colorful carpet was laid over the desert. Our … Continue reading

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A bouquet gathered around the world

As we traveled around the world, we gathered our bouquet from flowers we loved so much that we felt we just had to photograph them. Anytime is a good time for flowers and gardens that offer us color and beauty… … Continue reading

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Hard to find and neglected – but still beautiful

Friday seemed like a good day for a walk in a garden. We walked up the steep hill to visit Quinta Palmeira but couldn’t find the entrance gate. A tall stonewall stood between us and the garden. We studied the … Continue reading

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Visit to Monte Garden – just don’t expect to see many flowers in August

Our guess was confirmed. We made a trip up to the Garden, paid a €10 p.p. entrance fee, and found  only a few plant and tree species were in bloom in August. Despite a visit in the “wrong season,” we had a … Continue reading

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Tropical gardens…but be warned!

We couldn’t resist a visit to the Botanical Gardens in Cairns.  It’s free, it’s tropical, and is a good walk from our AirBnB to get there.  But we’ll add a cautionary note.  We stopped in the visitor center and chatted … Continue reading

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