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Must be such fun being an elephant. Summer is on its way and there is no better way to cool off than in the waters of the Okavango Delta. Helps when you’re about 5 tonnes and everyone else leaves the pool!
Gone || They showed me photos and told stories of what the Waiopae Tidepools, the Champagne Ponds and surround Forest Reserves once were. Our Captain told me that he and his crew used to work out of Pohoiki; but no more - their boat ramp and harbour is now inaccessible. Their favourite local surf spot is ruined. Their homes have been burned and buried. I can smell the sulphur.
A perfectly lazy Saturday morning...for our guests anyway! 🙈
We’ve got a baby shower, a wedding ceremony and lots of birthday and anniversary celebrations this weekend so it’ll be a fun one! 🎉🥂 Also, the Welsh Street Food competition is taking place in Milford so we’ll hopefully be popping along to check out the contestants at some point! 🍔🌭
I mean, seriously, this is nuts. 🤪 Zoom in, it gets even better. This was the view from my room.
Have you ever seen a more perfect mountain view? It’s like the Mount Rushmore of the Dolomites, without the faces. 🙈🙉🙊 All big-browed and staring down upon you. Begging you to get all up in there.
I have a new post on my website of one of the best hotel views I’ve ever seen. The Hermitage Biohotel @biohotelhermitage in the Brenta region of the Italian Dolomites.
When you look up in the dictionary under “family-run hotel” the Hermitage could be the second definition. Not only does the family Maffei run the place, but they’ve been hosting people here in this remarkable location for generations, for years hiking up the steep valleys after the snow melt each summer and sleeping under the crazy stars.
First, it was a farmhouse with lots of rooms, no electricity or running water. Barbra, the current runner of the hotel, grew up here and said when she was a kid everyone would bathe in the stream running down the hill. Then the family added on more rooms, running water and made it a simple gasthaus B&B for years.
Years later, whip-smart, she was one of the first architects to graduate from university with a “bio-architecture” degree, and she re-designed the current hotel from scratch. The first eco-friendly hotel in the Madonna di Compiglio valley. It was her thesis, but since 1999 she’s been proving how viable eco-friendly can be. Nananananaaaah! #gottalovestrongwomen#roomwithaview
This range is really cool because in the summer you can take a gondola up and ramble along the high mountain trails that cut straight thru the top of this range, stopping at rifugi huts for lunch and a beer along the way before heading back down. At night you can see the twinkling lights of the isolated rifugi huts way up there, where you just hiked that day. And then have dinner in their amazing Michelin-starred white tablecloth restaurant at night. Nothing more rewarding. I went back for the second time last summer and it was even better the second time around. Can’t wait to go back next summer. (BTW: They just expanded their amazing spa this summer. So, go!)
This photo holds a special meaning for me & is particularly poignant today... 1 year after the horrific attack on this street 💞
T'estimo Barcelona. No tenín por 💞
I love you Barcelona. We are not afraid 💞
🌺 My National Trust blog post now contains 33 NT places you must visit in the #UK ! (link in bio) 🌺
🏴 Here's an advocate for #Wales -- Bodnant Gardens... 🏴
👣 Where's you favourite place to wander? 👣
Fatehpur Sikri is a small city of red sandstone buildings just west of Agra, founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes the second largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid.
Notre hôtel à Santa Cristina, @familyhotelposta Comme des coqs en pâte avec cette piscine vue montagne où les brasses dans l’eau chauffée viennent soigner les courbatures ! C’est une excellent family hôtel avec un kids club (à partir de 3 ans, le staff était au top) <> Our hotel in #santacristina ! Love our stay there (perfect for family with small kids) and the swimming pool at the end of the day was such a treat #familyhotel#valgardena#swimmingpoolwithaview
Chand Baori stepwell is one of the oldest and most beautiful landmarks in Rajasthan. It was built in the 9th century and dedicated to the Goddess of Joy and Happiness. One side of the well has a pavillion and resting room for the royals. It consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 storeys. It extends approximately 30 m into the ground, making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.
Une de mes journées préférées à la montagne (organisée par notre hôtel) avec une grillade dans un chalet du bout du monde ! Pour une fois qu’avec Andrea on avait décidé de la jouer collectif, on s’est pas planté. #passosella#selva <> for once, we were right to follow the group ! Our hotel organized a lovely barbecue in the mountains after a 3 hours walk. Just loved the feeling of finding a beautiful setting in the middle of nowhere ... #dolomiti_emotions#valgardena#selva#passosella
Known as "Monkey Temple", due to the large tribe of monkeys that live in the temples, the site consists of a series of temples built into a narrow crevice in the ring of hills that surrounds Jaipur. A natural spring emerges high on the hill and flows downward, filling seven sacred pools in which pilgrims bathe.
These rhesus macaques were featured in National Geographic Channel's Rebel Monkeys series.
Nirvana guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kurt Cobain lived in this Seattle house until his death in April 1994. Just to the left, Viretta Park is dedicated to his memory. Fans write messages and leave gifts on the benches inside the small park. There’s a #Nirvana exhibit at the @mopopseattle (formerly the Experience Music Project). Have you been?