Six On Saturday: From Russia With Love

Good morning SOS’ers! It’s been a while since I posted here, sometimes life just gets busy! But, this morning we are back touring in St Petersburg, Russia, just one of the stops on our Baltic Cruise! What gardens and flowers will we find here? First, let’s take a look around the Hermitage, a museum of…

Six On Saturday in Stockholm

I think you can tell a lot about a city by their plants and where they choose to have them. The cities that don’t have them look tired, worn out and very very drab. Not only do the plants and flowers make the cities more charming and welcoming, I think their presence just boosts the…

Six On Saturday: The Baltics Edition

Hellooooo to all the SOS’ers! I have been traveling for a month in the Baltics and Norway and other spots too! What a great time we had and of course, I was always on the lookout for great flowers and gardens! We were not disappointed! So, here is a snippet of what we started off…

The Gods and Goddesses at the Achilleion Palace, Corfu, Greece

Day is breaking in Corfu, Greece! It’s going to be another hot day, so let’s get going! People are already on the ferries! We’re on the bus to our first destination, the Achilleion Palace. The drive is very nice! Up, up and around we go on very narrow roads………..looking at all the lush scenery! The…

Six On Saturday: The Wee Ones and More!

Good Morning everyone! I am looking forward to the weekend and predicted warm (70’s) weather! I have been reading Elizabeth Lawrence’s book, A Southern Garden. She is so right when she says we do not have four seasons. We have all the seasons in every month. 40 degrees one morning……….70 degrees the next……….one night a…

Six On Saturday: Something to Warm Up To

Good morning SOSer’s! Today, I am doing two posts……….so please bear with me, I just couldn’t help it! The older I get I find myself paying more attention to my surroundings. Especially the flowers tucked in here and there. This week I was writing about Croatia and decided to add these photos in a SOS….

Six On Saturday: Books and Gardens or Gardens and Books?

When I left on vacation one year I looked over my list and just glanced at a title I had placed in my wish list book pile. So I downloaded The Butterfly Garden by Dot Richardson, not bothering to read an excerpt, believing I had done so before I put it on my wish list and just…

Napoleon on Elba Island, Italy

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military leader, who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century. He quickly rose to fame during the French Revolution, after seizing power and crowned himself emperor in 1804. He was shrewd, ambitious and a skilled military strategist, who successfully waged war against many European nations and expanded…

Six On Saturday on Elba Island, Italy

The ship has reached the port at Portoferraio on Elba Island, Italy. Our featured excursion was to see the country villa of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled here in 1814. I have written another post about Napoleon’s villa HERE. Bonaparte’s villa called the Villa of San Martino is located in the Arcipelago Toscano National Park….

Six On Saturday in Portofino, Italy

We are cruizin’ right along so today I have a twofer! Portofino was definitely one of my favorite destinations on this cruise. The village and harbor were small. The colors were amazing. The flowers everywhere. So let’s look at my SOS! We walked up the hill to see Saint George’s Church. Cascading flowers and cacti…

Six On Saturday in Nice, France

We can’t leave Nice without a SOS! What is Six on Saturday you ask? It’s easy, six photos (six only please) of a garden (yours or anybodies else’s. This can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related) posted on Saturday!  So, it’s six photos . Of Gardens. On Saturday….

Six On Saturday in Eze, France

We’ve made our way along the coast from Monaco and back into France. Eze is perched on top of a steep cliff overlooking the sea. What SOS did I find here?  Let’s see………there were multitudes of  flowering vines ………… and flowers made of porcelain bunched together in beautiful multi-colored vases………. Down the cobblestone path to…

The Rest of the Best in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

There are so many excursions to pick from at each port, that it is hard to decide which ones to chose.  Do you want to concentrate in one area over a full day or do you want to pan out and see a little of everything? We did a little of both, but we were…

Six on Saturday in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Here we are! The ship is docked in Monte-Carlo, Monaco! The walkways and gardens are nice…………….. And there are rock gardens as you climb up and up and up,,,,,,,,,,,, Nice fancy pink at the Monte-Carlo Casino………. And a reflection pool across from the famous casino………. I call this a bean tree…………… And there is a…

Fragonard Parfumerie, Grasse, France

Grasse, situated on a centuries-old hilltop town in southern Provence, is surrounded by fields of lavender, orange blossoms and other aromatic flowers. Because of it’s flora it has become one of France’s leading perfume producers. The Fragonard Parfumerie dates back to 1782. Just how did all this start, you ask? To begin with, the inland…