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A grey drizzly day is the perfect day for a lobster roll and a wander round the Newport piers and harbour. The boats are big and beautiful (as was my lobster roll). Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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This classic wooden chair, the Adirondack, for me is a both a US icon but also a childhood memory. We had two, painted a dark blue, put together Ikea style, by my father in the 1960s. Driving though Kentucky recently I saw many places selling these wonderful pieces of outdoor furniture. The inventor of this chair was actually a Harvard graduate and used his family to test out every prototype till he felt he had come up with the perfect outdoor seat with its high back, slatted seat and wide arm rests. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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This classic wooden chair, the Adirondack, for me is a both a US icon but also a childhood memory. We had two, painted a dark blue, put together Ikea style, by my father in the 1960s. Driving though Kentucky recently I saw many places selling these wonderful pieces of outdoor furniture. The inventor of this chair was actually a Harvard graduate and used his family to test out every prototype till he felt he had come up with the perfect outdoor seat with its high back, slatted seat and wide arm rests. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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When you are house hunting and go to an open for inspection it is usually straight forward but when its a boat then things can be tricky especially if the boat is in dry dock !!!! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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When you are house hunting and go to an open for inspection it is usually straight forward but when its a boat then things can be tricky especially if the boat is in dry dock !!!! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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This is an historic little place as during the American Civil War, Confederates defeated Union troops here. Thompson's Station had its first settlers in 1780 and today, well its population has hit around 2,500 so watch out for crowds ! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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This town, in Kentucky, again with a bustling population of around 2,500 was founded in 1820. It was named after a watering hole where a large herd of elk drank. The architecture was classic and quintessential old USA, as was the signage. I loved this little place. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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Late summer sunshine, VIP seating and a view of a lush vineyard made for a glorious interlude at the weekend. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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My final two nights in Tennessee have been very rural, on a mini farm . It was lush and green with the flock of sheep guarded by two big woolly maremma dogs. The gardens were gorgeous, full of colour. Such a contrast to Australian farms in midsummer where brown is the dreary feature colour . When I asked about the animals , in true and realistic farm fashion I was told everything was 'on the menu' bar the dogs ! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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Whilst the first Nashville Air BnB we stayed in was all about retro decor, no 2 was contemporary shabby chic . Both different but both comfortable and excellent. No complaints from us whatsoever....happy campers !! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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I have followed this store for some time on Instagram . The owner or main shaker and mover of Draper James is actor Reece Witherspoon. They sell gorgeous clothes and accessories online as well as in a store in Nashville. I was staying unexpectedly close by and got a chance to have a wander round with my glass of complimentary iced tea. I could become a Southern belle very easily hahaha !! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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I have seen very little evidence of public transportation in Nashville, only the odd passing bus. Here are some mighty fine alternatives I have spotted in my travels !! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Corn is the top crop grown in Kentucky. I thought it might have been tobacco as I have seen a lot of that (surprisingly) !!! The yield of corn is measured in bushels (I think we would measure in tonnes in Australia). So....2016 saw 223 million bushels harvested from 1.4 million acres...huge business. Of that, 50 percent goes back to feed farm animals, beef, poultry and hogs and 10 percent goes into to making the world famous Kentucky Bourbon !! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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I have been on a wander in the pretty streets around where I am staying and I just love the varying styles of the homes. Mostly they are big with very green manicured front lawns and no fences. Houses in Australia all have fences at the side, back and front ! It helps keep your dog from getting lost but it also can create neighbour/boundary disputes ! Also I see here many US flags flying from the verandahs of lots of homes. I wouldn't even know where to buy a flag in my hometown of Melbourne. Interesting differences like these... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at mosaic road
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If you need cash (in most places) you go to a cashpoint or ATM . In Nashville ( and maybe in some other places) if you want cake you can do similar, go to a cakepoint or ADM. I am soooooo glad I live nowhere near one of these as I can envisage very clearly the cupcake and calorie trap I would fall headlong into. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at mosaic road
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Our Air BnB is a charming 30s single story bungalow in a lovely quiet street in Nashville. We have in fact got half a house with room to spread out. Loads of books and magazines, a record player with records, fresh flowers and wholemeal bagels have helped make our stay into a perfect one. The hosts live next door and are sweet and helpful. I have only good words for Air BnB. My experiences throughout Croatia and now here have all been wonderful, way better than a bland and boring hotel rom Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at mosaic road
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Coffee plays a major role in my life and so exploring cafes and coffee venues tops my list of things to do when I travel. I visited this old auto workshop in Nashville, now transformed into Barista Parlour It was amazing, the room is huge with a vintage industrial feel and look. Coffee is their thing, their love and they are dedicated to perfection. Charming staff and fun ambience but a little hard to find so follow you nose, not the map !!. They sell unusual chocolate alongside coffee paraphernalia and tee shirts. I loved the packaging of their coffee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at mosaic road
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I am in the US, in the South, in Nashville to be exact and lovin' it !!! Yesterday I delved into local comfort food - biscuits, sausage gravy and grits with a side of delicious kale - and visited Biscuit Love . Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at mosaic road
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You can see how Marrakech gets its nickname of the Red City from my aerial shots. As I flew out very early, the pinky red terracotta colour of the city looked beautiful, sprawling beneath the plane. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at mosaic road
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I fly a lot and often long haul. The Dreamliner is one of my favourite planes and I have experienced a few times now it with Air India and Norwegian Air. As you come into land there is a light show in the cabin !! Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at mosaic road
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If you need a cosy hotel for one or any number of nights in the Dades Valley then my pick is Auberge de Fibule. It was the tail end of winter when I most recently stayed there and by nightfall it had become bitterly chill. I feel the cold and my family will attest to a lifetime of hearing my litany of complaints every winter. Not for a single moment during my stay did I shiver or shake. There are lovely toasty fireplaces in the rooms and mounds of soft blankets. The architecture is old Moroccan but the decor does... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at mosaic road
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If you like hair-raising roads then try this one, it's steep and full of hairpin bends. R704 snakes through the Dades Gorge and is also known as the Boumalne Dades Road. The rocky landscape is so jagged, so wild, so savage that you wonder how anything can exist here. Flocks of nimble goats can sometimes be seen literally rock hopping, searching for something green and growing. It would be a vain search on many occasions. Be warned, it can be a perilous trip so make sure your vehicle has safety belts. The weather conditions can be beyond harsh in winter... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at mosaic road
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No matter what country I live in I end up owning grey furry animals that shed enough fur to knit beanies for every bald head on the planet !!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at mosaic road
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If ever my spirits need lifting then flowers do it. Not that I need my spirits lifted that often and certainly not when on holidays in such an amazing place as Croatia. Maybe because its such a flower filled country, no one ever feels low spirited !!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at mosaic road