Halfway Around and Back Again!

We all know from my previous post that Ilha Grande ("Big Island") is a beautiful tropical paradise off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The island lives up to its name and is simply enormous. I managed to do a tour called halfway-and-back, where you spend the day going halfway around the island,... Continue Reading →

Maggie’s Parties at Polesden Lacey

This beautiful place in the Surrey countryside was a party house for Margaret Greville, a powerful English socialite in the early 1900s. The name 'Polesden' is thought to be Old English. This house was designed to impress. From the extensive art collection to the lavish salon, no expense was spared when the house was renovated,... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the Paradise Islands

Leaving Ilha Grande ('Big Island') by boat, there are few islands nearby that are referred to as the Ilhas Paradisiacas - the Paradise Islands. You can arrange a tour around these islands. They lie between Angra dos Reis on the Brazilian mainland and Ilha Grande. You can do a private tour, or go in a... Continue Reading →

Feeling Grand on Ilha Grande!

Ilha Grande ("Big Island") is a popular getaway from Rio de Janeiro. From the city, it's only two hours by car and a short boat ride. The island has white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and exciting forest trails, making it the perfect tropical retreat.       One of the most exciting features of Ilha Grande... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Thing!

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) is situated in Rio de Janeiro in the bay of Guanabara, rising 396 m above the harbour on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. There are lots of different stories about its name. It is said that the mountain resembled the traditional shape of the loaves of... Continue Reading →

Back in Ancient time!

Here I am again, back in the great city of Athens. This city is so magical, and every time I come back here it feels different from before. An interesting fact is that even if you take pictures of the same site, it nevers looks the same.   This city is famous for its history... Continue Reading →

Dorothea Tanning

This exhibition is all about the seventy year career of Dorothea Tanning. In her artistic world, she always ask us to look beyond the obvious. She  worked in the United States and France, and took her ideas  and imagery in new and distinctive directions. The exhibition focuses on key themes and developments of her work... Continue Reading →

Buddhapadipa Temple

I was wandering around Wimbledon (London, UK) and came across this incredible temple. It was like being in Thailand in the middle of England. The good thing was that I didn't have to fly all the way to Southeast Asia to contemplate this beautiful building - just hop on the London underground! Wat Buddhapadipa or... Continue Reading →

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

The beautiful city of Cartagena in Colombia was invaded many times, and around 1656 the Spanish Crown decided to build this incredible fortress, with the help of the Dutch engineer Richard Carr. I wasn't expecting this place to be so well kept - and it is very accessible from the town centre. The Castle dominates... Continue Reading →

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