Thursday Doors: The Doors of Istanbul

Today for Thursday Doors we are again in Istanbul! My first photo is of a local restaurant that features seating with cushions around low tables or seating at tables and chairs, like we know it! The glass door slides open and covers the entire restaurant front! At night they just slide it shut! So, for…

Thursday Doors: Doors in Istanbul, Turkey

This week I thought we would look at some doors in Istanbul, Turkey.  From the Sultania Hotel, near the historic district, we walked around the corner to a travel agency, where we met up with a small group, who were taking a boat tour around the Golden Horn! Istanbul is very modern…………. It is the…

Travel Theme: Tidy

Look at all the tidiness in Istanbul, Turkey! You can’t get much tidier than this! Clean and Tidy go together! Isn’t that the saying? Yes, it is clean and tidy in Istanbul! The buildings are spotless! And so are the Gardens! I hope you have enjoyed my photos of TIDY! This is a part of…

A Photo A Week: Aquamarine

Turkey is the best place to find the color Turquoise, a shade between blue and green. Aquamarine, is a shade between green and blue.  I think it is hard to see the difference! I hope you enjoy my photos for the challenge! This is just one of the posts for A Photo a Week Challenge!…

Jo’s Monday Walk: A Visit to Sissinghurst

A summer in the UK would not be complete for me without a visit to Sissinghurst Garden, one of my favorites! This is the garden that Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold, made home. Vita was also a friend of Virginia Wolfe, Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group, which I have written about in previous…

Cruising: Let’s Pack!

The days of the steamer trunk are over!  And remember these? We’ve all had them! Suitcases are now much lighter and made of sturdier fabrics made for wear and tear! There are some great new packing ideas, especially for the Cruisers! Let’s see the new bags and how they can be used for the cruising…

Thursday Doors: The Garden Doors

Today, since I have been recovering from my yearly dose of poison ivy, I’d like to share garden doors from various gardens in the UK. What a wonderful and surprising place to find doors! The first is a garden entrance at Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway. There are so many different doors to be found…

#MyGloriousGardens: The Garden of Ellen Terry

This week for my bit for #MyGlorious Gardens we are visiting Smallhythe Place near Tenderden, Kent. Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry, is located on a rural road, near Tenterden in Kent. Coming from a narrow, graveled, country lane from the Bullein Barn B&B, Smallhythe Place was at the end of it. Everyday we…

Cruising: It’s All in the Bag

I am a firm believer in safety. In this day and age one can’t be too safe. Some things you have control over, other things not so much.  Safety for me starts with my personal belongings and the one thing that would put a heavy damper on my vacation would be having my identity stolen…

The Dirt on the Domestics: Life with the Bloomsburys

In 1904, the Stephen’s children, Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby and Adrian, left their comfortable surroundings  in Kensington, after their parent’s death, to move to the bohemian neighborhood of Bloomsbury. Since they could no longer afford the grand house and the ten servants for four people, they chose to escape many of the rituals of the Victorian…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus on the Flowers

I love to photograph flowers when I visit gardens. I especially like a very focused shot. These were some of my favorites from the Great Dixter Gardens in East Sussex, UK. And I wanted to try the Snapseed App on this photo! Here is the original photo! And here it is using the Distressed FX…

#MyGloriousGardens: Virginia Woolf’s Monks House Garden

Today, I am featuring my second post on Virginia Woolf’s garden, Monks House. If you missed my first post, it is HERE.  In letters to friends Virginia said, “ The point of Monks House is the garden. I shan’t tell you, for you must come and sit there on the lawn with me, or stroll…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Poison Ivy and Bio Bits

If we were having coffee I would invite you onto the porch and say, “let’s skip the coffee and go right to the Mimosas! Pretend we’re at the beach!” Or maybe how about a taste of fresh strawberries?  Let’s drink something that just screams SUMMER!  I have not been feeling so great. Those red, angry-looking…

Cruising: Where To Start

This week begins my new series on Cruising! If you have read my Introductory Cruising Page you will know how “Cruising” as a destination developed for us. We are now booked on the five star, Regent Seven Seas Explorer for our first cruise EVER! In the months that have gone by I have learned a great…

One Word Photo Challenge: Giraffe

How about these little guys! Here are giraffe facts!  Giraffes are native to Africa. They feed on seeds, fruits and a wide variety of vegetation, however their favorite food is the acacia, a tree with dangerous thorns which they have adapted to eating with their copious amounts of thick saliva.  The spots on the bodies…