Travel Treasures ~ Acts of Kindness #27

My recent travels opened my eyes to a great deal of beauty, both natural and manmade over centuries past.

But beauty was also right there in the acts of kindness, courtesy and graciousness I witnessed every day.

Such as the cheery “Good morning” and warm “Have a good day”.

Such as the door patiently held open and the simple “After you”.

Such as the orderly queuing and waiting for a turn in crowded loos, fitting rooms, and packed food courts.

Such as the lady who reached the front of a London store fitting room queue after 20 minutes, and told the sales clerk to let a pregnant young woman right at the back take her place, and that she was prepared to trade places.

Or the elderly man in Bath who was ushered into a coffee shop and given a cool drink to escape the 31-degree heat.

Or the endless rows of dog dishes of fresh water in Looe, regularly replenished by shopkeepers, so our canine friends would be happier trotting about in the heat.

Or the Cardiff Castle guides who stayed on to tell their stories past the closing hour.

Or the men and women who offered food and drink to the homeless and hapless in the sudden evening chill.

Or this little lad who toddled forward to drop some money. Then proceeded to join in the performance – his way. The singer was delightful and talented, and won more hearts by singing with him.

Thank you, Britain.


I Wander, I Wonder … #8

One of the nicest things about travelling is the unexpected and often endearingly unforgettable little things that you come across.

Here are some of my favourite things. (I’ve always wanted to say that!)

This is Shakespeare’s Wallbook in Stratford-upon-Avon. Every one of his plays is represented in chronological order. You can read more about it here.

Then there’s this gorgeous carousel in Cardiff, Wales.

Here are some of the most amusing traffic signs in London. They are done by Clet Abraham, who is regarded as a menace by some councils, and as an artistic genius by others. He uses vinyl stickers for his art.

And a poignant poem on a train:

And, perhaps the most unexpected of all, two 30-metre tall Kelpie heads seemingly rising out of nowhere, in Falkirk, Scotland. Kelpies are said to be supernatural water horses, each with the strength of 10 horses.

Have a wonderful day!

I Wander, I Wonder … #7

A historian may have much interest in Bath, Somerset, and the sheer history behind its famous Roman Baths. A visit there today means you are momentarily sharing space with civilisation from 60-70 AD, when it was known as Aquae Sulis (the waters of Sulis)!

The centuries-old waters might have once been used for public bathing but there are plenty of warnings not to touch any of it today! You can, however, sip for free on some natural spa water from the Great Pump Room; the water is said to contain 43 minerals and has healing properties.

Here’s a photo of some excavated treasures: in addition to the tiny pincers, rings and pottery, look at the middle items in the larger display. Yep! The Romans used ear scoopers, and the scoopers still look the same today, don’t they!

This is the faΓ§ade of Bath Abbey, founded in the 7th Century. If you look carefully up and to the sides of the entry arch, you will see angels climbing up long ladders on each side – this is Jacob’s Ladder.

For me, Bath holds the added attraction of being the setting of so much my favourite Jane Austen book, Persuasion. Alas, I never saw Captain Wentworth or Anne Elliot, but Mr Bennett popped up the bus to say, “Good morning!”

Have a wonderful day!

I Wander, I Wonder … #6

Cardiff Castle, in Wales, may not be as famous as the castles and palaces in Scotland and England but it boasts some spectacular architectural surprises.

The brainchild of architect William Bruges, the almost 200 year old castle has an Arab Room with an ornate gold leaf ceiling, a nursery with fairytale murals and lamps, and exotic animal statues. And these are just a tiny sample of its treasures.

goldleaf ceiling
stained glass windows
part of the mural covering all the walls in the nursery, and a lamp. Can you identify the characters?
mosaic artistry
one of the castle doors
part of the ceiling in the banquet hall. This hall is available for rent.

Believe me, these pictures don’t do any justice to the real thing.

Have a wonderful weekend!

I Wander, I Wonder … #5

Edinburgh, Scotland, may not be as populated as Glasgow, but it does boast some famous historical sites.

This is the faΓ§ade of the Scottish National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle. Doesn’t it look like a winged, horned creature out of a fantasy book?

Lovely stained glass as seen from within the museum.

A cemetery for dogs of soldiers.

Lunch at the Edinburgh Castle Tea Rooms.

The washrooms at Doune Castle are tucked away in this cottage at a corner of the castle grounds.

Have a wonderful day!

3.2.1 Quote Me Challenge

So I got tagged to participate in a 3.2.1 Quote Me challenge by Bitchin’ in the Kitchen – thank you, friend πŸ˜‰. To participate, I am to post two quotes on the theme ‘Celebration of Life’ and invite 3 bloggers to join in.

Here are my two quotes:

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. ~ Thucydides

I would like to nominate:


divya sharma

and I’m leaving the third nominee to anyone who would like to particiate πŸ€—


I Wander, I Wonder … #4

There really is nothing like a garden of flowers to brighten up a day.

Many flock to William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to view his home. What struck me more were the gorgeous blooms in the garden.

I am particularly amused by the strategically growing rose by the signboard.

At lunch, it was this unexpected boatload of blooms in the backyard of the pub that made the day!

Have a wonderful day!

I Wander, I Wonder … #3

Check out the fearless feline atop the roof of the Duke of York pub in York, UK. This cat is one of the city’s whimsical sculptures.

Here’s a link to a website that provides more information on these cats (there are about 20) and walking tours you can go on to spot them!

The photo below shows part of York Minster. This cathedral is a wonderful representation of the English Gothic period (1230 – 1472).

Or you could, quite literally, end up in the Dog House, which is really a hotdog stand in the market place.

Have a wonderful day!