Back in early May, I spent a couple of days (way too short a time!) in the Lake District of England, based in a charming 17th Century BnB at Ayside where I was warmly greeted by the "locals", this was just a 10 minute drive from the southern edge of Lake Windemere.
This gorgeous mother and daughter team of Highland Laboradors were a delight with their enthusiastic welcomes
I so admire the patience and skill of those who built these iconic stone and slate boundaries centuries ago.
This brilliant blossom provided a blaze of colour as I made my way down to the ferry landing at Fell Foot
where I spotted this Black Headed Gull (their masking is actually chocolate brown in Summer - as was the case here)
and this was some of the surrounding scenery viewed from the ferry
The Paris Metro (underground train system) is an effective, efficient and affordable means of getting around Paris. (The numerous stairs can be rather testing though on those of us who are unfit -
especially when toting baggage: another reminder to travel light!)
One of the great and memorable experiences was hearing a group of musicians playing cool jazz in one of the many tunnels running between platforms and particular routes. It was a wonderfully welcoming sound and, regardless of the direction of your intended platform, one felt drawn to follow the source of the beat as it echoed around the tunnels!
On another day's outing, we came across this happy trio set up on a pedestrian bridge across the Seine, providing joyful entertainment for those out and about enjoying the sunshine.
The musicians seemed to be having as much fun as those listening to their talents.
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