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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


Serpentine pavilion & Summer Houses 2016

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Toothpicker

Serpentine Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
 
This year, the 16th Serpentine Pavilion (10th Jun until 9th Oct 2016) is designed by Danish architectural studio BIG, or Bjarke Ingels Group. In addition to the main pavilion, four 25sqm summer houses inspired by the nearby 18th century Queen Caroline’s Temple are commissioned and built [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Gardens & parks, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with London, gardens, serpentine pavilion, contemporary architecture, V & A museum


Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
   
Inner Temple Garden
 
According to a report commissioned by the City of London Corporation in 2013, London is the greenest city in Europe, with over 47% green space in the city. There are also countless of private and communal gardens in the city, and they are usually out of bounds [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, nature, gardens, Barbican, allotments, Open Garden Squares


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


Paris Asiatique

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

Musée Guimet
 
Aside from the Japanese gardens in Albert Kahn's museum and gardens, there are many other places in Paris for Asian culture enthusiasts because the French have always had a passion/interest in Asian arts and culture, much more so than the English. Although London is a multicultural city with many great [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paris, Meditation & Buddhism, Art, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Asian art and was tagged with paris, Chinese art, gardens, Japanese art, Asian art, Buddhist art


Albert Kahn Museum and gardens

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

Traditional Japanese garden
 
In recent years, nature has become an important part of my life. Even though I still enjoy cultural activities in different cities, I also have the 'need' to connect with nature when I am in London or during my travels.
As I spend more time in nature, I also became interested [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Paris, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks and was tagged with Japanese designs, paris, gardens, Albert Kahn


Parks and gardens in Paris

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

Jardin des Tuileries 
 
When overseas friends visit London for the first time and they asked me for recommendations, I would always say, "museums and parks". Not only they are free ( which reaffirms the statement, 'the best things in life are free'), but it is hard to find the same offering elsewhere. Although Paris [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Paris, Gardens & parks and was tagged with nature, paris, gardens, parks


Myddelton house garden

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
Back in July when the sun was out almost everyday, I was stuck indoor working in front of the computer until I decided to leave my work behind temporarily and headed outdoor one day. I wanted to visit a garden but not in the city centre, so I started to look [...]

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


Winchester - England's ancient capital

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Toothpicker

Winchester Cathedral
 
It is so easy for us Londoners to be absorbed in our lifestyle and become London-centric. We forget that London is not the centre of the world and there is 'life' beyond the city. Sometimes I am shocked to hear that many foreigners who move to London for work have [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Travel, Gardens & parks, Britain, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, gardens, heritage, Winchester, Food & dining


Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

Posted on May 3, 2014 by Toothpicker

A futuristic-looking garden by Marina Bay
 
When I first saw the photos of Gardens by the Bay a few years ago, I was very impressed by the futuristic architecture and concept. Built on reclaimed land spanning 101 hectares, the tropical gardens are designed by British architects Wilkinson Eyre and landscape architects Grant [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, Singapore, Singapore design, Contemporary and was tagged with nature, gardens, Singapore, contemporary architecture


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