Tag Archives: beach

One winter's day in Brighton

Posted on January 10, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Not surprisingly, I have never visited Brighton in the winter, but an exhibition on my wish list brought me to the coastal city in January. Obviously, I had to check the weather forecast before booking my train ticket, and it was lucky that the forecast was correct for a change.
Sunshine and blue [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Shopping, Britain and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Brighton, seaside, beach, Winter sun


Hiking in Hong Kong: Lamma island

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Hiking is definitely one of my favourite acitivities in Hong Kong, and I would do at least one hike whatever I visit the city. Not long ago, I reconnected with an old friend in the city who is a keen hiker, and she suggested taking the ferry to Lamma Island (35 minutes [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, Food & dining, nature, sunset, beach, Lamma Island


Mandvi beach & the ancient craft of shipbuilding

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I don't know if Martin Parr has ever visited the historic seaport town Mandvi in Gujarat before, but if he has, he surely would be clicking away on the beach capturing the rather surreal beach scenes. Mandvi beach faces the Arabican sea, and was extensively used by ship merchants in the 18th [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, India, Kutch and was tagged with architecture, heritage, traditional crafts, India, Kutch, craft, shipbuilding, Mandvi, beach


Scottish Highlands: Ullapool

Posted on October 4, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
This summer, I spent two weeks staying in Ullapool, a small picturesque port on the shores of Loch Broom with around 1,500 inhabitants up in the Scottish Highlands. Before this trip, I have never travelled anywhere beyond Inverness in the Highlands. Since Ullapool cannot be reached by rail, I had to take [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Shopping, Nature, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, ceramics & potteries, Britain and was tagged with hiking, Food & dining, walks, shopping, nature, contemporary crafts, Scotland, walking, ceramics & potteries, pottery, craft, The Highlands, beach, Ullapool


Dungeness, Prospect cottage & Hurricane Ophelia

Posted on October 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
One early October weekend, I was checking the weather forecast on my iPad and it showed that Monday would be sunny. The symbol of the sun somehow triggered an urge in me to go to the seaside. I thought of visiting The Folkestone Triennial, but the photos of some contemporary art installations [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, British art, Britain and was tagged with nature, gardens, contemporary architecture, Dungeness, Kent, Derek Jarman, Prospect Cottage, beach


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, beach


Winter getaway in Portugal

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Like always after the busy Christmas season, I longed for a holiday/getaway to revitalise myself. As I discovered, January is the perfect time to travel to the southern part of Europe; it is warmer, sunnier, less touristy, and best of all, much cheaper than London.
Portugal has become one of my favourite [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Portugal and was tagged with nature, sunset, Portugal, beach


Eastbourne & Beachy Head hike

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Toothpicker

Birling Gap at Beachy Head
 
The hiking season has resumed! Although hiking can be an all year round activity, it is most enjoyable during the summer because the sun sets later (which means we can do longer hikes) and the temperature is warmer. My first UK hike this year was a circular hike [...]

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


Slow living on Peng Chau Island

Posted on June 1, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
While I was in Hong Kong, the weather was greyer and cooler than usual and I hardly saw the sun. Hence when the sun came out one day, I decided to take the opportunity to get out of the city. But where? I browsed through the little booklet on Hong Kong's outlying islands [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Photography, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Street life and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature, peng chau, street art, beach


Hong Kong: beyond the high rise

Posted on October 29, 2011 by Toothpicker

Like many, I never fully appreciated what Hong Kong has to offer (besides shopping and dining) until recent years. Now I finally know what I have missed out on for all those years!
When I contacted my new friend whom I met on a hike last year, we decided to try out Sai [...]

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


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