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  1. I just recently learned bout the nutritional benefits of baobab fruit power (and bought some). What a unique-looking tree, great photos πŸ™‚

  2. WOW you know it makes me think of out local bars here in Kentucky they dont do signs like these If they might get creative down by the Brandenburg River I bet it would bring a lot of tourism ! Great share and loved the Photos !

  3. Congratulations on another well-researched post, you have certainly done your homework. It must have taken you an age to construct all those links. I particularly like your collages, you take really good images, well done all round.

  4. You’re right, London is an amazing city for walking and you will discover something new every time you do. I have lived here for well over 30 years and I never go for a day’s walk but I don’t see something I never noticed before.

    Have you ever done any of the way-marked paths like the Capital Ring, Jubilee Greenway, London LOOP, that sort of thing? I have done them all except the last day of the Greenway, thanks to the virus and they are all great. Again, if you want an idea about them, have a trawl through my blog, it is all there.

  5. A few years ago I walked the entire Saxon Shore Way and really enjoyed it. You obviously like that part of the country so you might want to think about it if we are ever allowed out again! Another very interesting post here.

    • Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the blog. We will be allowed out eventually … The Kent area is so beautiful and so much to be discovered. Cant wait to get there again.

  6. This is a part of the world I know very well as I have played the Broadstiars Folk Week for 30 of the 31 year prior to the virus, obviously it was cancelled last year. I should have been down there last weekend for the Broadstairs Blues Bash but that was cancelled as well.

    If you get back down there you might want to have look at an alternative to the coastal route and that is a way-marked trail called the Turner and Dickens path which goes inland through St. Peter’s and is a pleasant amble. If you were feeling particularly energetic you could go one way on one path and return on the other. You may wish to have a look at the page I wrote about the T&D.

    https://fergysrambles.org/2019/10/15/turner-dickens-path/

  7. Your post made me smile, I just love old English pubs, preferably those retaining their traditions of the decor and it being a place of community. I grew up in the Lake District where such pubs really were part of our village communities all across Cumbria, and this persists to this day. Sadly as a coeliac I can no longer drink good English ale, or beer of any kind, but thankfully my love of wine is not affected. That’s a great collection of signs, I have a few but can’t match your collection. Brilliant πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    • Glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚ There are some stunning pubs with their ambience and antiquities. Lake District! Wow, such a beautiful area. I have only been once and need to go back and explore. Until then, lots more pub photos to be taken πŸ™‚

  8. Lots of lovely yellows here Natalie. Love the Thailand shot and those trees – Aspens? Thank you for joining me. This is going to be a very cheerful and happy month.

  9. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Easter Island is really a magical place. When I went there several years ago I could not get enough of watching the Mohais. They are so fascinating.🀩

  10. Looks like a great place. Similar thoughts and memories for us from our visit to China and seeing the Teracotta Warriors.

  11. Great photos and I have been to only one of your cities, Dubrovnik! I was interested in the photo of the Initiation Well……..is there a story behind that? Inquiring minds would like to know! Ha Ha! Yes, all of our travel plans were scuttled last year and this year too. We have decided to go to other states in the US and see how that goes…….so many things are closed! We are dreaming of vacations and traveling again and not getting any younger to boot!

    • The Initiation Well is located at Quinta da Regaleira. The well is an inverted tower (does not serve as a traditional well per say) and has nine levels that is associated with esoteric and mysticism. It represents death and rebirth so maybe it is our initiation/stages in life πŸ€”. Each level has a connecting system of underground tunnels, that connects to grottoes, caves, a waterfall, and lake.

      I hear you about travels. My go-to has been wandering the empty streets of London and parks and try to get out beyond the city. Who can say they have jaywalked through London.

      • Oh, my gosh that well is so interesting! Do you know who built that or why? We may need to see a post about this! I hope you did not get two responses from me…….Wordpress is mad at me today and playing tricks! I had to keep writing the comment over and over and it never did say whether it was accepted on my end….but I kept hitting post anyway!

      • I did see two posts but only approved one so no worries πŸ™‚ Its a Monday … The Initiation Well was designed by Luigi Manini for AntΓ³nio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro who owned Quinta da Regaleira. Monteiro was a freemason and esoteric so the architecture is based on a lot of symbolism and freemason beliefs.

  12. Great photos, thank you πŸ™. I’ve been to all of those places except one. We have very fond memories of Athens and Dubrovnik but regret never having been to Lhasa! We had so many opportunities over the years based on our time in Kathmandu, but were always torn as Buddhists NOT to put money into Chinese pockets.

    • I completely hear you about Tibet! This was my second attempt to go. What an experience just dealing with the paperwork! I went through a local Tibetan tour group and everything we did in Tibet was in support of Tibetans. Food, restaurants, hotels, souvenirs. The most humble and beautiful people I have ever met. Working on a blog about my trip there.

      • Flew from Chengdu to Lhasa. The options are few and complicated. I went in late October. Wanted to avoid peak season with all the Climbers and traffic. We ended up at the Nepalese border and drove to Kathmandu. Most insane car ride ever! It took eight hours to drive 130km (81 miles). No traffic, just bumpy road.

      • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I don’t live in Chengdu, awful place. It was my only option to get to TIBET. The least complicated, even though complicated. I am currently in London.

      • Sorry, silly assumption. You seem very widely travelled, like ourselves. This pandemic is halting our retirement travels, though understandably. Have you been to Nepal?

      • Interesting times indeed. Cancelled 7 trips in 2020. Have to find other ways to adapt for now. I was only in Kathmandu for 12 hours. Felt a little overwhelmed with so many people and all the insanity shopping. Would like to go back someday and explore.

      • In a way we were lucky. In the Spring of 3020 I was recovering from a serious operation so we had no travels booked. If you’re considering Nepal take a peek at the book I wrote highlighted on the right side of my blog posts. An Englishman in Nepal on Amazon. I’m sure some of our family and friends in Kathmandu would help you out if you visited.

      • Hope your recovery is fast and strong. I will check out your book and thank you for the extended hand for connections. Hope we will resume travelling soon but not sure it will be this year either … sigh.

  13. Hooray, I can comment at last but still seem unable to follow you. A suggestion, in your widget settings add a WordPress sign up button.
    That’s a really good mix of reds, I recognised the phone boxes in Kingston but not sure if I took a photo when I visited. Thanks for following and joining in the challenge, next week on Monday something VERY different!

  14. How cool to live in the Leadville Tabor Grand! Hope you made it to little Georgetown, my home since 1991 except for 8 years living abroad.

  15. Welcome to the challenge. πŸ™‚ I especially liked that your nature tunnel had spirals of light and shadow. But the trees also give a feel of spiral-ness? , which makes it twice as much fun.

    janet

  16. I loved this article, I found it to be super helpful πŸ™‚

    I have quite a bit of international travel coming up so I am definitely going to save your post/website to refer to again.

    Being someone who adores clothes… this is my weakness and I am SO bad at packing lightly in this area. However, you make an excellent point about being able to do laundry on the go and to focus on packing more tops than bottoms. Totally agree.

    Awesome post!

    • Thank you, Kiara and I am glad you enjoyed the read. More to come! If you need any other suggestions, let me know. Would be glad to help.

  17. So many useful information! I never considered preparing myself and luggage before getting to security checks! plus i never managed to travel light !! thanks for this post I will save it for later to help with packing.

  18. I believe you have everything covered! Thanks for the wonderful information and advice. What an exciting life you live. It makes me envious.
    Wilma

  19. Natalie,

    I just love you! I currently reside in the Colorado Rockies and am yearning to travel and explore. The Wave has definitely been on the short list the whole time I have lived here. You are living an exciting life full of adventure, so keep going! It will be great to follow your travels πŸ™‚

    • Oh! Thank you so much, Ashley. I will be writing about my experience to the Wave (I went alone!) and life on Colorado’s frontier. I certainly miss the Rockies and rugged Utah but Europe has also been an amazing experience.

  20. Sounds like a lot of fun, full of adventure! Where you headed to next?

    I’m thinking you need to write a book, maybe!

    Beth

    • Thanks Beth! Next trip is Iceland πŸ™‚ Lots of blogs on the way and thanks for the book suggestion. Will get there πŸ™‚

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