Tag Archives: gardens

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, Buddhism & meditation, 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, England, British heritage and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, gardens, heritage, Winchester

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

Goodbye autumn...

Posted on December 1, 2013 by Toothpicker

Autumn is my favourite season of the year, so I am feeling slightly melancholic to see the beautiful red and yellow leaves withering away and looking slightly bare. Yet this is the cycle of nature, and even though I haven't been able to go hiking out of London, I am glad that [...]

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

Summer colours in London

Posted on August 9, 2013 by Toothpicker

The month-long heat wave in London finally came to an end, apparently we will be experiencing more typical British summer weather ( which means cooler temperature with a mix of rain, clouds and sun) in the next few weeks.
During the heat wave, I took the opportunity to take some photos of [...]

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

Museum of the year: William Morris Gallery

Posted on July 19, 2013 by Toothpicker

I have been wanting to visit the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow for a while but never seem to get a chance... Last month, the gallery has been awarded the winner of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013, and so I was determined to pay the gallery a [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, British designs, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, gardens, British design, traditional crafts, William Morris

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