The Museum of Floral Culture in Bangkok

It’s not every day you bump into an internationally renowned floral designer with royal & top brand commissions but I did just that unwittingly whilst in Bangkok in January 2018. And there Sankul Interkul was sitting making an outrageously beautiful violet & dusky pink floral art piece for Her Majesty Queen Mother Sirikit of Thailand….’ooooo’ […]

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Day Trip to Shuttleworth

Have you been to see the Shuttleworth Collection near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire? I can heartily recommend, even though the Swiss Garden is closed and currently undergoing a £2.8m reconstruction. Suffering from severe post tropical holiday blues, John suggested the outing as a way of cheering me; not an easy task as I was being a […]

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Well nothing could have prepared me for the temperature difference when I arrived home almost four weeks ago.  Rather than hit the floor running as I expected, I have been hibernating under a warm duvet mostly, wearing multiple layers and hugging hot water bottles.  Who knew March was going to be so rubbish! I apologise […]

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Angkorian Siem Reap, Cambodia

So eventually I got out of Burma, the place nearly reduced me to tears but, once I’d departed, my flights and connections all went very smoothly.  Granted, on arrival at Siem Reap airport, there was no tuk-tuk waiting for me but one turned up after a very kind tour guide rang the hotel and said […]

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Rural Bagan, Burma

I hadn’t been here long at all when the couple next door stopped to chat. After about 10 mins of exchanging travel tales they invited me out with them for the day. The plan was to hire a taxi for the day, go to Mount Popa and then tour some of the temples on the […]

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Mandalay, former capital of Myanmar (Burma)

The weather is cooler up here in Mandalay.  I noticed when we got off the plane there was no wall of heat greeting us as there was in Yangon and I didn’t need the fan on overnight. I found much better accommodation at The Royal City Hotel.  For $25 I get a large twin room […]

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Bustling Yangon, Burma

The flight to Yangon was uneventful but I couldn’t help noticing the plane had propellers… I was looking forward to being overawed by my first temple but that wasn’t to be the case.  It was all rather industrial, to be fair, stuck right in the middle of the city’s main roundabout, with the most appalling […]

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