Early Doors

Originally posted on Uphilldowndale:
We were down in London last weekend. We took some time out to visit Kew? Botanical Gardens, it was three days after my annual pass expired. Sigh. As we renewed the pass one of the staff commented ‘You’ll need that, you’ll be wanting to come to the orchid festival’ Yes, I…

Traveling the Road Back

Originally posted on Powered by Robots:
© Al Forbes William Shaw was pulling the modified 1902 Cadillac Runabout behind his SUV to an abandoned country road where he would be unobserved. He’d purchased it from an elderly widow, her husband’s pride and joy, but the old man lacked stamina and finances to restore this beauty.…

Shadow of the Titanic

Originally posted on Eagle-Eyed Editor:
A recreation of Titanic’s radio room. Image courtesy of Maidesigns, Pixabay. Just when I thought I’d read almost everything there is about the Titanic, along comes another book. A coworker and I discussed the Titanic a while back, and he graciously loaned this book to me. The book is Shadow of…

Summer 2016-17 Cruise Review

Originally posted on sv-anui.com:
For our 24th and last post on our Summer 2016-17 Cruise, we thought we would do a recap of this very satisfying voyage right around Bass Strait. We were away for 11 weeks, the longest we have ever been on board Take It Easy. We covered about 1000 nautical miles…

Why you need to take this canal cruise. Now.

Originally posted on 100cobbledroads.com:
Discover the jewel box city of Amsterdam: A photoblog… Walk it, bike it, or get a languorous cruise…the ‘canal’-ity of life will inevitably  entice you in Amsterdam. Surprise, surprise. The throbbing nerve-centre of Netherlands has a predictably unoriginal name, literally meaning ‘Dam on River Amstel’. And a soul which is just…

River Scenes | Viking Cruise

There’s nothing so serene as gliding through calm water in the late afternoon and overnight into the early morning. Especially when you know you’re on time. D took the photo above when … Source: River Scenes | Viking Cruise

My Cruise Diary

Originally posted on Almost Iowa:
Day One: Dawn -15F As we wait on the curb for our ride, nothing stirs. Even the sun struggles to peel itself off the horizon. Our cab is a half hour late and when it finally arrives, the windows are frosted over. “Sorry mon, no heet,” the cabbie explains. He…

Virtual Booze Cruise

Originally posted on Meg Sorick, Author/Artist:
Michael Scott on The Office Booze Cruise ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Week 51 in the Year of Drinking Adventurously. Tiki cocktails. Oh dear, we near the end of the adventure. Alas, this week isn’t well suited for my tastes. I know Lula will have…

Is there a god? Any god?

Originally posted on Random thoughts:
The Ark has invited Christians to a?challenge. So far, as at this posting, ?none has taken it up. The one Christian who has commented has only questioned his motives. My challenge on the other hand is to the godless; non believers, atheists, agnostics and whoever else in between.? My agnostic…

Mana – The last Indian Village

Originally posted on radhikasreflection:
The dawn of 17 May 2013 was a memorable one. The darshan at the holy shrine of Badrinath rejuvenated our soul with spiritual bliss. After recharging our souls, it was time to recharge the body too. We stopped by a local eatery for some hot breakfast. Then we headed out to…

Boudhanath stupa, Nepal

Buddhism, once born in  undivided India as a reforming branch of Hinduism, was spread  around 12 nations and in some of them it is the major religious path. With an inherent message of what is impo… Article Source: Boudhanath stupa, Nepal (thegreyeye.wordpress.com)

Sikkim Diaries: Getting Around in Gangtok

Originally posted on Footloose Forever:
Gangtok is the capital of the state of Sikkim in north-eastern India. But for me, it is a city of flowers. Everywhere I looked around I saw flowers blossoming along the roadside, boulevards, and fences and balconies along the houses. Colorful flowers, green hills and people in fashionable clothes make quite a view…

Cultures on the Edge

Originally posted on Steve McCurry Curated :
Vanishing People, Vanishing Livelihoods Rabari Shepherd, Rajasthan, India, 2009 Since the beginning of time, nomads have roamed the world and have been an essential part of economic and cultural activity around the globe. Ladakh, India, 2008 Nomad boy Tibet, 1999 South Asia has the world’s largest nomadic population. Tibet,…

The Freedom of Cynicism

Beijing, China – April 2016 Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum. I remember the words, but I’ve forgotten what they mean. They are still the first words that arise when my anxiety goes hayw… Article Source: The Freedom of Cynicism

Tibet 2000: introduction

Originally posted on The Glasgow Gallivanter:
Potala Palace, Lhasa After our visit to Galapagos in 1999, which I blogged about earlier this year, we had a problem. Friends now regarded us as intrepid travellers and kept asking “Where on earth will you go next?” We felt we had to live up to our reputation, so the…

unexpected trekking : australian camp

Originally posted on unexpected occurrence:
Being right at the base of the Himalayas and not being able to see them, due to pollution and dust, was driving me crazy. So naturally, as soon as I was given two days off, I set out to see them. I decided approximately 10 hours before I was going to leave that…

Sa langue dans sa poche

Originally posted on FranceSays:
I’ve never been known for being tongue tied. When I was a little kid, I talked a blue streak. Family lore has it that my younger brother was assumed to be very quiet because I did all the talking for him: “That’s my brother. His name is David. He doesn’t talk…

Everyone loves a sunset stroll

Who can resist going out early evening a hour or so before the sun sets. We certainly can’t and last Sunday neither could anyone else. The seafront in Olhão da Restauração was busy with families, couples and dogs promenading as well as many enjoying a drink or two outside the bars and cafes by the market….

Between the Here and There

Originally posted on roughwighting:
I look at you and wonder Who you see I watch the worry in your eyes and Pray you see the one that you desire.  Your mind is somewhere I can’t be Your body’s here but you don’t care I smooth your brow and make you smile But truly, I’m not…

25 Loves – I’m Working On It

Originally posted on notquiteold:
A couple of months ago, for our 25th wedding anniversary, I posted 25 things I love about my husband. Well, it’s my birthday (What, again?) and I thought I would post 25 things that I love about myself. But I could only think of five. #1   My creativity. I love that…

Cocktails and Curiosities

Originally posted on londonwhiskyadventure:
Having put pay to a dreadful bout of flu last week, I was pleased to return to adventuring form with an intriguing find that I had been intending to check out for some time. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, is as the name would suggest a most peculiar and excellent…

Cocktails, Alexander McQueen and Cheesecake

Originally posted on Suzie Speaks:
I started last week with the intention of blogging every day in an attempt to catch up with the online community. However, life sort of got in the way – it has a habit of doing that recently, and while I’m grateful for the opportunities and experiences, I have fallen…

Indian Cocktails To Beat The Heat

Originally posted on GIRIDHARAN:
Strawberry Caipirinha with fresh mint and strawberry in glasses If you’re looking to brace against the long and blistering Indian summer, here are 12 awesome recipes to quite literally lift your spirits. We reached out to some of India’s best mixologists, and twelve of them, including bartending doyen Shatbhi Basu and…

Cooking Cocktails – Breaking Bad Style

Originally posted on justanothersinglegirlinlondon:
I’ve been a huge fan of Breaking Bad for years which coupled with my thirst for trying weird and wonderful things in London found me stumbling across a place called ABQ London aka the Heisenberg bar. On Thursday night my Google maps led me to a rusty, old RV, parked in…

Oscar Niemeyer: Siège du Parti communiste français

Originally posted on mathiaslphotos:
A l’occasion de Exposition Urbex “Temps suspendu” organisée par le musée de la Poste, j’ai pu visiter brièvement l’extérieur et le hall du siège du PC à Paris, oeuvre de l’architecte brésilien Oscar Niemeyer. Hélas, la salle du conseil était fermée ce jour-là. Thanks to the Urbex exhibition “Time suspended” organized by the…

Random Thoughts – 2017 Oscar Nominations

Originally posted on Keith & the Movies:
It’s hard to believe but Oscar time is upon us again and this morning the Academy tossed out their list of this year’s nominees. As is always the case, there were a handful of surprises, several frustrations, and some things that simply didn’t make sense. As I do…

How to Buy an Oscar

Originally posted on ASSHOLES WATCHING MOVIES:
When I watch the Oscars, I watch for 2 reasons: to see all the dresses, and to win money off my dearest friends. I often don’t agree with the choices, or even that awards should be given for art at all. At least half the time I think the…

Announcement: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2017

Originally posted on Once upon a screen…:
Welcome to the 31 Days of Oscars Blogathon redux for the fourth time, making this the fifth installment of our grand celebration of all things Oscar. Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and yours truly of Once Upon a Screen started this event to…