Gardens & parks

Munnar: Greenland spice & Ayurvedic garden

Posted on April 14, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Munnar is not only famous for tea, you can also find abundance of spices here, and prices are much cheaper than Kochi. I asked the driver to take me to a spice garden, and he said he knew just the place. Greenland spice and ayurvedic garden is located in Thekkady, and it [...]

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Munnar: KFDC Floriculture Centre & tea museum

Posted on April 11, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
In Munnar, there are many botanical gardens, and KFDC Floriculture Centre/Munnar rose garden is one of them. Run by Kerala Forest Developerment Centre, KFDC Floriculture Centre is built on a hill slope, and has a nice view of the nearby tea planation. I think the term 'floriculture centre' is appropriate because it [...]

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Autumn/winter wild food foraging in Hampstead Heath

Posted on December 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Although wild food foraging is nothing new, it has become quite popular in recent years. I think this is due to our growing interest in sustainability and back-to-basics lifestyle after decades of consumerism. As we know, endless purchase of consumer goods and fast fashion does not fulfil our lives, nor does it [...]

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The splendid Dale Chihuly exhibition at Kew Gardens

Posted on November 2, 2019 by Toothpicker

Sapphire Star, 2010

 
I am not sure why it took me so long to visit the 'Chihuly - Reflections on nature' exhibition at Kew Gardens, but I finally managed to catch it a few days before it ended. It was not the best day to visit Kew, but the autumn foliage made up [...]

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Colchester: The Beth Chatto Gardens

Posted on October 4, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In the last few years, I became very interested in English gardens, and I tried to visit as many as possible during the summer/autumn months when the weather is more pleasant. Since I don't have a car anymore, I would have to plan ahead and constantly check the weather forecast. I am [...]

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William Morris' Red House in Bexleyheath

Posted on August 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Architecture in Bexleyheath
 
Although I live in London, there are still many areas of the city that I am unfamiliar with or have never been to. I have long wanted to visit William Morris' former residence Red House in Bexleyheath, but somehow never got round to it. Since August is a quiet [...]

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LCW 19: Creative Inspiration Walk - Text in the City

Posted on June 26, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
How many of us pay attention to the text and typography around us in the city? When we are rushing around the city, we tend to miss what is right under our noses. During the London Craft week, I joined the "Creative Inspiration Walk: Text in the City" organised by The Goldsmiths [...]

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Mumbai's ancient Kanheri Buddhist caves

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Toothpicker

The view of Mumbai's highrise from the top of the hill
 
Before my trip to Mumbai, I was told by my friends from Mumbai that there isn't much sightseeing to do in the city, yet it is up to the visitors to find out what this city really has to offer. And they [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Art, Gardens & parks, Mumbai, India, Archaeology, Indian art, Buddhist art and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, Buddhist art, Mumbai, India, Kanheri caves, Cave art, park


Hiroshi Sugimoto's masterpiece: The Enoura Observatory in Odawara

Posted on October 22, 2018 by Toothpicker

The cute Nebukawa Station first opened in 1922 but was swept away (along with a train full of passengers) by a landslide a year later. Hundred of people were killed during this disaster, and there is a memorial at the station that commemorates this tragic incident
 
After I left Atami, I took the [...]

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Kenrokuen - is this the most beautiful landscape garden in Japan?

Posted on October 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

Kasumiga Pond
 
Kenrokuen is considered one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens alongside Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen. Located in central Kanazawa, the once-private garden covers an area of 11 hectares (almost 25 acres) next to Kanazawa Castle. The original garden named Renchitei is said to have been created by the 5th [...]

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