Saturday, 15 August 2015

I could do with being here ..........


To get away from all the
strains and stresses .
RELAX and just take in the sea air.
My lovely blogger friend
Elisa - Globetrotting in Heels
was in her home country of Sardegna for a summer break ..
(lucky lady)and she thought of 
me and my collection.

The beautiful beach is
Golfo Di Orosei
The beach of Cala Mariolu opens out onto the Golfo di Orosei, in the locality of Punta Ispuligi and the name is connected with the monk seal, nicknamed by the fishermen "mariolu" (thief) because it took fish out of their nets.

 Its waters are of a changing blue for the plays of light created by the sun reflected on the seabed, characterised by sand mixed with round, pink-coloured pebbles.

This area is full of caves, one of which opens directly onto the bay, while the Grotta del Fico (Fig Tree Cave) is found quite close by, accessible thanks to the boats which depart from the harbours of Arbatax, Cala Gonone and Santa Maria Navarrese.

Grazie  mille Elisa
I have been following her blog for a few years now
, I just love her passion and her honesty.
Here is a link to all about Elisa.
Taken from her page
"I am always roaring to go somewhere, to find and
see things, to capture moments to treasure, to find and share inspiration"

She knew what she wanted to do from a very young age
and she did it!!! ♥

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Ooops Forgot this lovely postcard ....

from my lovely friends
Diane and Nigel.
Sorry it slipped my blog ... ♥
Diane and Nigel
have been doing a bit of travelling
this year , which is fabulous.
 So wonderful to just get in the car and drive to these fabulous places.
 Hello from the Bay of d'Arcachon
The Bay of Arcachon is  a bay of 1500 hectares fed both by the ocean and a large number of waterways, producing an inland sea with the colours of a lagoon, bordered on one side by a blond crown of fine sand culminating at 104 metres: the Dune du Pilat. From its summit you can also see the beautiful Landes forest.
The town of Arcachon is only 150 years old. Not long before 2 May 1857, when Emperor Napoleon III signed its official "birth certificate", it was just a forest of pine trees, oaks and strawberry trees  with no road links.  Home - mostly when the weather was expected to be warm, and more in wood huts than in real houses - to fewer than 400 people, mostly fishermen and peasants. In earlier years, when some hygienists began to recommend sea bathing, three sea establishments were laid out by some entrepreneurs especially for the Bordeaux bourgeoisie and other wealthy people. This was the beginning of a new lifestyle, and some of the locals got the opportunity to claim their independence from La Teste-de-Buch, which owned their properties, in order to found a "free" new town, Arcachon
Certainly seems like a very interesting place to visit.
Big Thank you Diane and Nigel ..
My collection is certainly growing and with lots of FIRSTS!!!!
Dreaming of France , you might want to put this place on your list ♥

Why not share your love of France
over on Paulita's blog ..
and join her meme of
Dreaming of France..

Monday, 10 August 2015

A few hours in Trier - Germany - June 2015

On our way to Austria for the F1 Grand prix, we
stopped in a few places before reaching our destination.
Our first stop was in Trier , which just so happened to be
20 minutes  from where  my second cousin and his family live.  We
had to set a date as we had never met.  We only had a few
hours and had a fantastic time.
It was just like we had known each other for years ♥
The took me out for a very tasty German meal and a beer ..( Bitburger - Germany's
Draft Beer No 1).. delicious it was too.. Fantastic few hours.
Danke/Grazie to you both.
 Julian is Italian and Jeannine is German.
After we walked back to the car ..took a few photos.
Anne, Julian and Jeannine..♥
Wish I could of stayed longer.
(I had permission for photo♥)
Trier  (formerly known in English as Treves) is a city on the banks of the Moselle and lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of red sandstone in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the border with Luxembourg and within the important Moselle wine region. Founded by the Celts presumably in the late 4th century BC as Treuorum, it was later conquered by the Romans in the late 1st century BC and renamed Trevorum or Augusta Treverorum (Latin for "The City of Augustus among the Treveri"), Trier may be the oldest city in Germany.
Above is  the PORTA NIGRA ...
The Porta Nigra  It is today the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. It is designated as part of the Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Porta Nigra originated in the Middle Ages due to the darkened colour of its stone; the original Roman name has not been preserved. Locals commonly refer to the Porta Nigra simply as Porta.

I certainly did not expect to see the below when I walked close up to this building ..
The Cathedral of Trier by night ...
The High Cathedral of Saint Peter (German: Hohe Domkirche St. Peter zu Trier) is a Roman Catholic church and  is the oldest cathedral in the country. The edifice is notable for its extremely long life span under multiple different eras each contributing some elements to its design, including the center of the main chapel being made of Roman brick laid under the direction of Saint Helen, resulting in a cathedral added onto gradually rather than rebuilt in different eras. Its dimensions, 112.5 m length by 41 m width, make it the largest church structure in Trier. In 1986 it was listed as part of the Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to Julian for taking this photo.  ( A panoramic)

Love this building and sign ..It is a PHARMACY !!!!!

Below are a few photos as we travelled out of Trier in the morning..
I will have to return , it is a beautiful city.

I hope you enjoyed this very short tour  , I have more to come on this trip , hopefully soon.
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Friday, 7 August 2015

My friend went to Vietnam ....

My lovely friend

who is from the Philippines
and now lives and works in Singapore,
went on a business trip
and thought of me.

There was a lot of thought in this card
as it is connected to France.

Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception
is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880

Special characteristics are that all the original building materials were imported from France. Tiles have been carved with the words Guichard Carvin, Marseille St André France (perhaps stating the locality where the tiles were produced). Some tiles are carved with the words “Wang-Tai Saigon”. Many tiles have since been made in Ho Chi Minh City to replace the tiles that were damaged by the war. There are 56 glass squares supplied by the Lorin firm of Chartres province in France. The cathedral foundation was designed to bear ten times the weight of the cathedral

I am sure Krissa would love it if you popped over to her blog!!

Postcards and Stamps are the theme. She has a lovely collection.

Big Thank you Krissa .. ♥

(I had to put this lovely card up, hard yes, but a lovely card from a lovely friend)

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Anyone been to Mongolia?

A surprise postcard
popped through my
letter box last week.
The surprise card was from
my good friend's  HUSBAND Trevor 
who has taken a trip by himself and
he remembered :-)
Marilyn is a lovely lady who I have known
for about 37 years , lost touch and a few
years ago we reconnected.
Reconnected through our sons who both joined the
Royal Air Force and they were based at the same camp
and bumped into each other. Small world.
Marilyn has given Trevor my address and he has been
sending a few cards .. Thank you Trevor.
Certainly go to places I have never thought of going.

Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for its vast, rugged expanses and its nomadic people.
Its capital, Ulaanbaatar,
centres  around Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) Square,
 named after  the notorious founder of the 13th- and 14th-century Mongol Empire.

TREVOR said "Following in the footsteps of Genghis Khan :-)"

 Thank you Trevor, certainly is an interesting postcard for my collection..

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Let's start from the very beginning .... Trip to Austria

And our first stop (at night) was
Trier is a fabulous city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle.
The city  lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of red sandstone
in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the border with Luxembourg and within the important Moselle wine region.

My friend Linda and I were on our first Formula 1 trip to Austria but our third F1 trip together.
And this trip was more than just F1.
I couldn't believe we were going to Trier as someone special lives near there.
My second cousin Julian and his wife Jeannine and I had never met them.
As soon as I found out I contacted him by FB and we had a date!!

We texted each other as I was travelling nearer , got into the hotel , 5 minutes to sort myself
out (I thought)  and I got a phone call from reception .. they were there. Oh my word
it was brilliant.  We had a drink and a acquaintance chat , and they took me out
for a special German meal.  Absolutely super. Sorry no photos of the food.
We got on amazingly .
We shared  Flammkuchen - Alsatian pizza -- Delicious!
 I then  had Jagerschnitzel , which took me straight back to
 the 80's when I lived in Germany for 3 years.
 I have a packet Jager sauce mix ... we used to use these all of the time ..

It was an amazing few hours. Unfortunately I did not have time to meet
their children ..NEXT time hopefully. (Their eldest son was very
curious as to who this member of the family was)
. I have also met the eldest second cousin Steven  and his family  (In London) and have to return to Italy to meet the youngest Sara and her family.
I did go to Italy last year (F1) but
unfortunately timings were not good)
Who needs an excuse to go to Italy -- NOT me :-)
I will show you the photos of the city in my next post.
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Sunday, 28 June 2015

A big Thank you to you all ....

NO I am not stopping my blog
but I am going to be so busy this week and maybe the
following week , returning to work after being
after being away over two weeks.
I really might not have time to blog.
I have so much to show still , more of France and even
Italy that I visited last year. And now Austria.
And more Postcards..♥
These are from me to you for all your support and lovely comments.
Thank You.
I would just like to say
Thank you to you all
for your support
Really means I lot.

I might have time to do a post this week , I might surprise you!



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