Travel diary, May-June 2014

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21.05.14 – The colourful houses in Notting Hill, London

At the beginning of last month I returned to my family home in rainy Wales. It’d been the longest I’d ever been away from my immediate family, without visiting. I can’t deny that the significant distance between here and Vancouver factored into my return. But now I’m restless. Being in a place I’m so familiar with, has taken away my curiosity. When I visit new places, I want to walk about everywhere (which is in constant battle with my natural nature of “couch potato”). I’d like to regain that feeling of wonder for my environment, so I’ve decided that starting next month – I will try and get out of the house and explore. I also hope it will rekindle my interest for sharing the daily grind on here, as I’ve been terribly inattentive for a while.

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21.05.14 – Portobello road, London

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21.05.14 – An adorable cafe in Notting Hill, London

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29.05.14 – Giant macaroon from Selfridges, London

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23.05.14 – Louvre, Paris

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23.05.14 – Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris

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23.05.14 – Trying to draw the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris

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23.05.14 – Along the Seine, Paris

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24.05.14 – Macarons from Pierre Herme, Paris

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24.05.14 – Shakespeare & Company bookshop, Paris

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24.05.14 – Garden flowers, Paris

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25.05.14 – 38-39ºc by Kangmin Kim at the Motion Factory exhibition, Paris

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25.05.14 – Cake at Ciel patisserie, Paris

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25.05.14 – Montmarte, Paris

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26.05.14 – Eiffel tower, Paris

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01.06.14 – Cute candy house, Bristol

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01.06.14 – Hot air balloons hover over Bristol

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01.06.14 – Graffiti, Bristol

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01.06.14 – Wallace & Gromit exhibition, Bristol

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02.06.14 – English Magic exhibition, Bristol

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02.06.14 – Shop, Bristol

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02.06.14 – A few treasures from Bristol

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08.06.14 – Work by Beth Marriot, Howard Gardens, Cardiff

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08.06.14 – Work by Lucy Dickson, Howard Gardens, Cardiff

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08.06.14 – Cardiff illustrated (can’t remember who did this, sorry), Howard Gardens, Cardiff

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08.06.14 – Things I collected from my garden in Cardiff

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13.06.14 – Caerphilly Mountain, Wales

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13.06.14 – Castell Coch, Wales

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14.06.14 – Tea with my friend at Barker Tea House, Cardiff

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14.06.14 – Cefn Onn, Wales

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14.06.14 – Cefn Onn, Wales

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14.06.14 – A picture my friend took of me in Cefn Onn, Wales

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18.06.14 – Lavender soda from Milgi’s, Cardiff

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26.06.14 – Strawberries from the garden, Cardiff

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Magazines to dream up the next adventure

Sleeping in Seattle

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It was really hot summer weather in Seattle, which didn’t really help the sleepy mood I’ve had recently. Still it was great for exploring. I’m a fairly lazy traveller, I like to take my time in the morning (ahem, more like into the afternoon) before heading out. Doesn’t always fare well for me, since a lot of things close early. However I enjoyed my few days and managed to see a wee bit of Seattle – Pike Place Market with its gum wall and fish toss, Seattle Art Museum (free first Thursdays, yay!) and just walking about town enjoying not wearing my coat.

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The view from my hotel window

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Statues outside Whole Foods by Akiko Takamori

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Couldn’t resist these little treats & eats – intrigued by the Bread & Chocolate (oh and the Bixby bar was beautiful), plus Moomins merchandise is always a weakness.

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Lamplight new & used book store

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The famous (or should I say infamous?) gum wall

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The lobby of the Seattle Art Museum

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The first people (2008) Susan Point

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Leaves (2002) Gloria Tammerr Petyarr – one of my favourite pieces I saw on my visit

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Walu (2008) Tommy Mitchell – another favourite

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Walu (2008) Tommy Mitchell – closeup

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Old Woman Travels (1995) Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri

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The Fable (1977) Philip Guston

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Man and mouse (2011) Chiefgreyhair

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Sea Change (1947) Jackson Pollock

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Grandma Ruby’s Refrigerator (2007) Latoya Ruby Frazier

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The Thames at Lambeth (1914) Lucien Pissarro

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Takpekpe (2006) El Anatsui

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Caterpillar suit I (2007) & Caterpillar suit III (2008) Walter Oltmann

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Frankie to read on the plane to Reykjavik

The last days in Vancouver

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The last days in Vancouver were centred around eating – cakes, macarons (always), ice cream, kunafa, cream puffs, crepe, sushi etc. There’s so many restaurants in Vancouver, that you could dine out someplace different every night of the year. Some places I’d like to recommend are La Casa Gelato, Hapa Izakaya, Soirette Macarons and Beta5 Chocolates.
Food aside, I also explored Aberdeen shopping center (I had to laugh at this super Scottish name for a place that primarily had Asian merchandise), Spanish beach, Granville Island and Main St. It was an exhausting last few days, but at the same time I enjoyed it.

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