Edinburgh

TRAVEL DIARY: EDINBURGH From York, we headed to Edinburgh, where Jack, Tim, and I spent three days and two nights at my cousin Connie’s place. Our visit was more about catching up and reminiscing than sightseeing. Last time I saw her was in 2016 with her late husband Rick, who drove us around Scotland.…from Glasgow,…

San Remo & Phillip Island

A few months ago, I visited San Remo with my sister and Jack. San Remo, located in the picturesque Gippsland region of southern Victoria, Australia, is a charming coastal town. I wanted to show her the magnificent pelicans during their feeding time, which typically occurs around noon. These impressive birds gather at this spot around…

Camden Town

TRAVEL DIARY: CAMDEN TOWN During the first leg of our holiday in Paris, Barcelona, and Portugal in October of 2023, we weren’t able to indulge in much shopping at the markets. Our luggage was already filled to the brim, leaving little room to bring back souvenirs or treasures from our travels. So first thing we…

Cotswolds – Castle Combe

TRAVEL DIARY: COTSWOLDS After our European holiday last October 2023, Jack, Tim, and I embarked on a six-day road trip to visit my cousin in Edinburgh. With my son’s commitments sandwiching our travel dates, we had to keep it brief, but having Tim behind the wheel amidst such stunning scenery made it all worthwhile. En…

Benches in Watsons Bay

A ferry from the Circular Quay took us to Watsons Bay. Watsons Bay is a lovely village at the tip of South Head in the east side of Sydney. We discover a perfect mix of hidden beaches, scenic coastal paths and old-world charm. They are tiny in this photo but there are lots of benches…

At Cloudehill

CLOUDEHILL GARDEN & NURSERY, OLINDA, Every Autumn, my husband and I find ourselves drawn back to this place, and this year is no exception. This time, we arrived a bit earlier than usual, to accompany my sister and niece visiting from the Philippines. Although the autumn colours hadn’t fully emerged yet, I’m hopeful that they…

Geelong by the Waterfront

This morning I took my sister, Pilar, and my niece, Pam, to Geelong. (They are both here for a month long holiday from the Philippines). Geelong is the second largest Victorian city behind Melbourne and is the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. Here we found these amazing sculptures which I…

Too Many Seats, Not Enough Takers

LISBON, PORTUGAL Photo taken 18th October 2023 when it was a sunny day for a change. Linking this to Xingfumama’s Pull up a Seat Challenge And for Debbie’s Six WordSaturday

Murals and Seats in the LX Factory

LX Factory is in Alcântara, a cool part of Lisbon. It’s got over 50 shops, cafes, and restaurants, both indoors and outdoors. You can spend a few hours or even a whole day there, checking out stuff to buy or just looking around. It’s also fun to see all these Public Art. Near the entrance…

TukTuks of Lisbon – A Splash of Colour

TukTuks appeared in the late 2000s. They are not public transportation but are privately owned, taking tourists around even on the narrowest and steepest streets. It brings colour to the streets of Libon. This is a fun alternative to taxis but they are quite expensive. Some have a minimum charge of 10 euros while an…

And I will just sit here…

BARCELONA, SPAIN Linked to Xingfumama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge For Natalie’s Photographing Public Art Challenge And for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday

Empty Chairs at Montsalvat

Went to this artist colony called Montsalvat last week. Sadly the restaurant and cafe is being renovated so there were many empty chairs with nothing to munch on. Linked to Xingfumama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge

Two red Chairs

LONDON, UK Somewhere in London I found this shop dedicated mostly on pre-loved chairs. Linked to Xingfumama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge

A tiny plaza in El Born Gothic quarter

The Sant Pere de les Puelles Catholic church in the Plaza de San Pedro, or Placa Sant Pere, in the El Born Gothic quarter of Barcelona, Spain. I discover a quaint plaza nestled beside the church, adorned with inviting benches and chairs—an ideal spot for serene moments.

Seating Benches in Montmartre

A picturesque park in Montmartre with abundant green benches. It is a quaint haven where one can sit to while away the afternoon, far from the noise of the city.

Seats in Park View Cafe

There was a train strike last 11th of November so we decided to just stay local and stroll in Finsbury Park. About an hour walk and it was time for brunch at the Park View Cafe Some round tables and chairs. Linked to Xingfumama’s Pull up a Seat Challenge

Road Trip to Angono

TRAVEL DIARY: ANGONO 1 Angono, Rizal is said to be the art capital of the Philippines. It is about an hours drive from Makati CBD (depending on the traffic… which I know is very unpredictable). The town traces its artistic roots to Angono Petroglyphs in Binangonan, the oldest rock art in the Philippines, with over…