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Oh I was so happy to see this vintage-esque hat shop in Zagreb. It exuded classic old world charm that cannot be recreated. Prices seemed OK too for these mens pure wool caps, fully lined !!! Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at mosaic road
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What a luxury to sit outside in great weather on a rooftop and have a lovely meal with friends plus have a view in each direction. The ocean, other rooftop cafes and gardens will be in your line of vision . That surely ticks every box and it's likely to happen if you visit Essaouira. Most cafes have a terrace on their roof where you can linger over local cuisine enjoying the vistas. Some even serve wine !! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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I was jut not daring enough to take the plunge. The water looked so magnificent but I just don't have the dare devil gene ! There are lots of rocky outcrops on the Croatian coastline where little cafes and bars perch and the intrepid types dive into the calm and warm Adriatic waters. Maybe it is to do with age !!! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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I spent a lot of today submerged in this beautiful swimming pool at the Hotel de la Koutoubia. They offer an exceptionally good value pool day pass. A two hundred dirham (about 20 euros) pass permits me to wallow from 10 am till 6 pm and allocates me also a sun lounge, towel and parasol all in a divine garden environment. There is no better way to spend a day when the temperatures hovers in the mid 40s. I see many lore of these days in my future !! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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Despite the heat, yesterday I headed to the medina and had a wander around the souks, only for an hour at most. I loved it as usual but it was pretty stifling and airless under the densely woven roofing. When I finally trudged home and looked at my slew of photos (thank heavens for the delete button) I noticed most had pink and puce hues...funny how one colour can overshadow on a given day. Once in India I came home after a day of markets with only blues dominating my photos. No accounting for what goes on in my brain... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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The city of Marrakech never sleeps but the early morning does see quietude and serenity in the streets and souks. If I am working then it means an early start so I have the chance to wander slowly to the riad enjoying the unusual state of no heaving crowds and very few motorbikes revving their way through the alleyways. Instead I see the hard workers blearily opening their shutters and taking deliveries, I see mothers whipping out to get bread for the breakfast table and covered ladies going to early shifts. I get to see things quite differently too as... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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Very little is known about this quite lovely bronze statue that is perched en pointe on a rocky outcrop on a very pebbly beach in Budva, Montenegro. It is undecided by the powers that be if she is a gymnast or a ballerina sans tutu !!! Regardless, she is a frequent subject for the touristic photo due to the wonderful backdrop of the old town, Stari Grad. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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From a little distance away I think this tiled roof looks either beaded or cross stitched !!! I could not believe what I was seeing to be quite honest. The church is St Marks in Zagreb, Croatia. A restoration in 1876 saw the installation of this mosaic roof, although it was not in the plans. The pattern includes the coats of arms for Zagreb, Croatia, Slavenia and Dalmatia. The church only opens for Mass so I did not see inside but again it is very unusual as it has three aisles. If you go at a weekend which I did... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Zagreb is located on a busy square full of shops and cafes. I didn't even really notice it as it is not of huge proportions like many European cathedrals. There were no massive queues of tourists, and in fact when I opened the heavy doors there was not a soul inside. Only me !!! The beauty and silence filled me with awe. I wandered around, took my photos and still remained all alone in that very lovely mini cathedral. What luck to find somewhere not on the tourist trail ! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Last night really was a privilege and I am writing about it here as this experience is open to others....just let me know !! A local lady here in Marrakech, that I have known for over two years and who works as a cook is now taking dinner bookings in her own home. Six of us enjoyed a fabulous traditional Moroccan meal. We started with salads....a platter that was a riot of fresh market colour. Tagine followed. I went vegetarian but the others had chicken, olives and preserved lemon. A fruit platter was the grand finale and beautifully presented. We... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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I know location, location, location is the usual catch cry but there is something to be said for presentation, a big something. This little cafe had that big something. The tables looked so pretty with a less is more approach. I did not go inside but presume the decor was similar. I have ear marked it for my next trip to Essaouira !! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Essaouira dates back to 1506 but the port part is a tad more recent...1765. The port was built by a Sultan who clearly was looking at the big picture. He wanted to open the town up to the world. The Scala of the Port (the square looking fortress ) is one of two in Essaouira and was built as protection from attacks by sea. Bronze cannons from Spain were installed to this end. To assist with the massive construction, many slaves were marched through the Sahara, bringing with them the heritage of Gnaoua music as their songs told of their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at mosaic road
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I think that phrase was coined on Sesame Street years back but it exists in reality today down on the Essaouira pier. The fish - a massive variety - are all freshly caught and on ice. Buyers and sellers haggle loudly with the hungry noisy gulls adding to the cacophony. The pier and market are undergoing a renovation just now so it is messy and smelly but it does not stop the crowds of locals and tourists alike. Definitely unmissable even if you don't eat fish, like me !! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at mosaic road
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Staying on Hvar (pronounced Hwar) Island was a highlight of my recent Croatian trip. The main town and port is Hvar Town, with a glitzy Riviera feel to it. The harbour is packed with expensive boats, the ferries disgorge up to 20,000 sightseers a day and the walls are from the 13th century. I loved the island and I loved this town. Spectacular weather helped of course but the architecture was amazing with painted buildings, stoney stairs and winding alleys. Add to this the glistening Adriatic and I was checking prices in the real estate windows !!!!!! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at mosaic road
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Richmond Park is also known as Deer Park. It is 2,500 acres of open parklands and woodlands right in the heart of London. I could see the London Shard as we walked. Red and fallow deer wander at whim, unenclosed and thats the reason I went ...to see them. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at mosaic road
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I dedicated years of my life to swimming, not me personally but my dolphin like children swam and swam. Endless learn to swim classes, then school teams and up at dawn training squads and even now they have all qualified as swimming teachers. When I looked at this lovely open water pool in Croatia, this cordoned off piece of clear blue Adriatic , I thought back to all those steamy indoor pools with that ever pervasive chloriney smell. How great to be in the fresh air with stunning scenery to look at when you get bored with your multiple laps.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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I rarely swim in Australia, the oceans are freezing and I like tepid bath like temperatures...like in Thailand. The Adriatic really won me over as not only were the days very hot, but the waters are so clear, clean and an exquisite blue. Plus the sea can be up to 30 C in summer...perfect bathing temperature if you are not the rugged Ice Breaker type !! Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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This is the Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam, linking that city with Berlin over the Havel River. It was the site of many prisoner (secret agents and spies) swaps between the USSR and the West during the three decades of the Cold War. Because of this it is mostly known today as the Bridge of Spies.The location is very scenic, not at all sinister and often used these days as a back drop for commercials. I only saw tourists crossing it and not a single one was talking into their sleeve a la Maxwell Smart !!! Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at mosaic road
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This man is holding a long two pronged stick which he pushes into the river bed to help move the boat along. The boat is called a punt and its flat bottom makes it suitable for shallow rivers. Punting might look very 'Cambridge' or ' D H Lawrence' but in reality is really hard work. Toppling into the river is quite likely !! Punting was a popular pastime in the early 1900s and then declined with a renewed and gradual increase in popularity due to tourism. I would if I had a chance, choose to be the puntee, maybe holding... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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Temple Island is an island in the Thames River and the starting point of the Henley Regatta races. A fishing lodge was built on it in the eighteenth century...this building complete with a nymph under the cupola is described as a 'folly' !!! These days it is bookable for private functions for up to only 40 privileged guests. Glamping can even be provided after your event !!! Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at mosaic road
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Marrakech is only a small city of around one million people and shopping wise it does get dull. In the New Town we have the normal suspects like Zara and H&M but in all honesty the window shopping leaves a bit to be desired thus ending a past hobby of mine. On arriving in Berlin, our Air Bnb was across the road from the Mall of Berlin. I could eyeball the window of Guess and Toys R Us. This was kid in a candy store stuff for me. The actual building was amazing, very contemporary and stylish. And as for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at mosaic road
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These children aren't just being childish and lying on the ground ! They are in Zadar, Croatia listening to the Sea Organ, a man made architectural installation. This 230 foot instrument on the coast makes music using the movement of the sea. Large marble steps cover a series of channels leading to organ pipes. When waves and air are pushed through the channels, musical sounds are played...a deep and haunting type of hum. As the sun sets, crowds come down to the steps and take in the wonderful dipping of the sun, accompanied by music composed by the tide. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at mosaic road
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The lady in the boat has the job of herding swans and geese and ducks off the rowing course at Henley Regatta !!! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at mosaic road
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These photos beg the question 'is the Henley Regatta about drinking champagne or watching the rowing ???' I think they probably go hand in hand, quite perfectly . Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at mosaic road
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Last day 'ever' of school celebrations are a bit different in Sweden where the students all don sailors caps and parade through the streets blowing whistles and generally making a big racket. The whole community gets involved with cars tooting and other pedestrians shouting and clapping. The girls traditionally wear white and the boys a suit and tie. The sailor hat thing is a tradition dating back to the 1800s. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at mosaic road