Hiking & walking

Kew gardens in autumn

Posted on November 8, 2016 by Toothpicker

The grade II Listed Temple of Bellona was built by Sir William Chambers in 1760
 
The last time I visited Kew Gardens was some years back in the summer when a friend was visiting the UK. We took a boat from Westminster all the way to Kew, and we had a lovely day [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, nature, gardens, autumn, walking, kew gardens


Day out in Southend-On-Sea

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Given the proximity of Essex to London, it is surprising how the county is often overlooked by Londoners. Is it because of our biases and stereotypical images of the area and its residents? Londoners would rather visit Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, or Suffolk if they need a short getaway... Essex is quite low [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, seaside, Southend on sea


Hiking in Hong Kong – From Lung Fu Shan to the Peak

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Toothpicker

A view of Hong Kong from the Peak trail
 
Every time I visit Hong Kong, I have to fit in either a day hike or take the ferry to the outlying islands to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One of my favourite hikes is the Lung Fu [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature


Capturing autumn colours

Posted on November 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Hampstead heath
 
This autumn, we have had some beautiful sunny days with vivid blue sky in London, therefore I couldn't resist taking the time off (during the week) to enjoy nature in this bustling city. And I didn't have to go far since Hampstead Heath is the sanctuary for nature in London.
 

Hampstead Heath
 
I [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, nature, photography, autumn, Hampstead, walking


Autumn in Paris

Posted on October 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

 

 
I had originally planned to visit Maison et objet, the mega design trade show in Paris at the beginning of September. Yet an unexpected event happened at home and I decided to postpone by trip by about a month.
I wasn't quite mentally prepared for the trip, but the beauty of Paris [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, gardens, sculptures, street life


Spring hike in Hong Kong

Posted on April 4, 2015 by Toothpicker

Silver Mine Bay, Mui Wo
 
So far this year, I have only hiked twice, yet both took place in the rain and mist... first in Surrey and then in Hong Kong!
Spring is probably not the best time to visit Hong Kong as the weather is humid, damp, foggy and unpredictable. After the fog [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Nature, Eco living, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature, eco living


The last days of winter

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Although Londoners had to endure a cold winter this year, we have also had many sunny days. I don't mind the cold weather much as long as it is not consistently grey and wet. I am prone to winter blues if I am obliged to stay indoor for a long period of [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, walks, nature, parks


A wet & misty New Year's hike

Posted on January 4, 2015 by Toothpicker

Tillingbourne Valley in Surrey
 
During this time of the year, guided day hikes out of London are few and far between, so when one came up a few days after the New Year, I was eager to participate. And to my surprise, many other Londoners had the same idea, hence the group [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with hiking, nature


Silent walking weekend

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
As a keen hiker/walker, I have joined various walking groups and did many day hikes/walks out of London in recent years. Walking aside, these groups are sociable and provide opportunities to meet and mingle with other walkers who live in London.
Lately, however, I find some group leaders overly keen to get [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, photography, eco living, retreats


Charles Holden goes west

Posted on August 10, 2014 by Toothpicker

Sudbury Town understand station
 
Last year, I attended an architectural walk organised by London transport museum to explore English architect, Charles Holden's iconic art deco underground stations (click here to read the blog entry) on the north east end of the Piccadilly Line. This year, I attended another walk (which was also [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Hiking & walking, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with London, walks, British design, heritage, London transport museum, Charles Holden, art deco architecture


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