Vaux-le-Vicomte – Dome with a View

Located at the back of the Chateau is an impressive dome that towers above you at an height of 25 metres. Climbing to its top provides a 360° view around the expansive estate. In order to climb the tower, I had to pay an additional 3€ at it’s entrance. The woman collecting money looked down […]

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Medici Fountain

Tucked away in a corner of the sprawling Luxembourg Gardens of Paris, many people miss out on seeing this hidden gem.

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Jardin de Marqueyssac

Yesterday I shared photos from the Château de Marqueyssac, which I loved. Today we’ll take a look at the gardens. Admittedly, the crowds, heat and being hangry meant that we didn’t venture far. After a quick decision to return in future to do it justice under better conditions, we took a brief walk before heading […]

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Château de Marqueyssac

Google Château de Marqueyssac and you’ll find countless photos of swirly box hedges and topiaries set high above the Dordogne River. The gardens and their setting are stunning. Upon discovering them online, I immediately knew that I had to see them in real life. I imagined our visit to be everything it was not. I […]

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What is a Weekend?

Are you familiar with the scene in Downton Abbey where Dame Maggie Smith’s character asks, “What is a weekend?”? Her delivery is perfection. While the scene touches on the ‘modern’ invention of leisure time (for the period), not to mention the obvious class distinction between floors, I can’t help but ask myself that very question […]

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The Meditation

Times are scary. Unpredictable and stifling with a dose of terror. Many people are turning to different types of self care to offset the negativity. Like meditation, for example. Personally, meditation hasn’t ever worked for me. My brain hasn’t figured out how to shut up.

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The Trees Are Alive With Music

I’ve got a couple of really exciting trips planned for the coming year. They’ll inevitably be cancelled though, because of the impending apocalypse COVID-19. In my attempt to avoid people (surprisingly easy for a non-peopley person such as myself) I’ve been spending time going through my Google albums. I found this short clip of a […]

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E is for .. Les Jardin d’Etretat

While based in Bayeux, we decided to take a day trip along the coast in our rental car. One of the stops we made was in Etretat to check out the beautifully manicured Jardin d’Etretat and its quirky face installations that I’d seen online. An added bonus was the view of the famous ‘Needle’ rock […]

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Monet at Giverny

I won’t pretend to be knowledgeable about art. I mean, I can tell the difference between impressionism, cubism and surrealism. But if you were to start discussing post-impressionism in great detail or ask for my opinion on baroque, I’d probably look for a polite excuse to escape before my eyes dried up and fell at […]

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The Oregon Garden, Part 2

Yesterday I shared photos of some of the plants and flowers I saw at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. They were cool and kind of subdued. Today we’ll look at the brighter photos that I took. I hope you enjoy them.

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The Oregon Garden

We visited the Oregon Garden earlier this week for a wander through the enormous grounds (80 acres!). I’ve split my photos into 2 groups, and today we’ll start with the first.. it’s more muted than tomorrow’s group, but the plants and flowers are nowhere less beautiful. I’m not sure what the above pod is, but […]

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Pre-Holiday Madness

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this here yet, but I’m gearing up for holidays. James and I are headed for a relaxing week in Oregon, and then I immediately fly out for a solo trip to Paris the day after we return.

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Roses and The Petite Cannon

Walking further into the grounds of the Palais Royale, you’ll find yourself surrounded by gorgeous roses. Or you will if you’re lucky like I was, and unintentionally time your visit with their bloom season. And if you look closely, you’ll notice a small cannon installed on one of the lawns between the rows of rose […]

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Flowers of Chantilly

I’ll get to the actual chateau in future posts, but at the time of writing this post the weather here in Vancouver is pretty bleak: grey, cool, scattered showers and not very Summer-y at all. So I decided I needed a pop of colour.

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Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory stands out like a weird space ship in a clearing atop Queen Elizabeth Park.

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