En route to the UK in April, I stopped off in Amsterdam to meet and spend time with the exchange hosts of a holiday property in rural central Italy where I would spend 10 days to complete my UK-European adventure, some 7 weeks down the track.
(Yes, I am very aware - and grateful for - the marvellous travel opportunities that have blessed my life, and particularly those that began 2014)
My generous hostess, Lia, took me to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, which were an amazing blaze of colour. The shot above was taken in the Gardens as we neared the exit.
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Some 40+ years ago I lived in Oxford, England, for 2 years.
During my trip to the UK & Europe earlier this year, a re-visit here was an essential component of my itinerary. Once again I marvelled at the glorious architecture and sense of history (even though the bold commercialism of today was this time much more evident).
Going clock-wise (from the left) around the collage below, these colourful boats were adjacent to Magdalen Bridge awaiting eager and energetic customers; a very weathered doorway giving access to one of the college grounds; part of Magdalen College; Oxford's "Bridge of Sighs" linking two parts of Hertford College; the beautiful tower of Merton College, and finally the outside edge of the original City wall, abutting Christchurch Meadow.
During my stay in Cheshire earlier this year, I came across this group of narrow-boat travellers negotiating the lock gates.
the boat looked very elegant
... and here the different water levels can clearly be seen
Surprisingly, this particular gate was only constructed in 1994
Safely through that lock, the youngsters in the group had raced ahead ready to operate the next one!
It does appear to be a lovely way to see the countryside, but am told you need to be fit to operate the gates (perhaps why this chap chose to bring the youngsters along?!)
(With much sadness I dedicate this post to Lady Fi's beautiful dog Oscar and trust that she may be comforted in the knowledge that her many posts which included his delightful face and activities, brought great joy to the family of photo bloggers and he will not be forgotten)