Awesome Orchids

As well as a wealth of stunning architecture Singapore also has a fantastic green heart full of exotic, beautiful orchids. The National Orchid Garden showcases over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids of orchids in a wide range of colours and patterns. The gardens started an orchid breeding programme in 1928 and the results of theseContinue reading “Awesome Orchids”

Cracking Castlesardo

The enchanting town of Castlesardo clings to the wind battered hillside above a pretty little beach.   With its pastel coloured houses, winding up the hillside it makes another pretty sight. At the very top is the pretty old town, fortified with a castle, which makes for an interesting and atmospheric trip. As the windContinue reading “Cracking Castlesardo”

Jewel bright Bosa

The first town on our Sardinian odyssey is the picture postcard settlement of Bosa. Crossing over the river Temo (the only navigable river in Sardinia) this quaint little town is characterised by colourful houses, wrought-iron balconies and narrow alleyways. High above the town is the imposing Malaspina castle which was built in the 12th century.Continue reading “Jewel bright Bosa”

Spanish touches

Alongside the stunning cathedral, Alcazar and other beautiful sights to be found in Seville, there are also a wealth of tiny details to be found everywhere you look. Whether it’s the eternally fascinating, detailed alazulejo tiles that serve as everything from wine adverts to house numbers, to the old tourist posters from yester-years. Even rowsContinue reading “Spanish touches”

Splashes of Spanish colour

Some more colourful snaps of our exploration of Seville now and I am especially captivated by this vivid orange building. The yellow trim pops against the hot orange walls and the detailed traditional tiles. I also love these fragrant selections of spices that are just begging to be sniffed. Seville is packed to the hiltContinue reading “Splashes of Spanish colour”

Fairytale in vivid colour

Here’s lots more colourful pictures taken at the magical Pena Palace in Sintra. From exotic bird of paradise plants to Moorish turrets and a child’s paintbox palette, the palace is a tourists dream. All set against a perfect blue sky we couldn’t have picked a better day to immerse ourselves in the crazy world ofContinue reading “Fairytale in vivid colour”

Colours of Greece

Mooching around the back streets of Santorini’s capital city Fira we encounter endless splashes of colour, from tea towels to pottery. The turquoise of this door frame contrasts deliciously with the salmon pink of the begonias. Meanwhile Neil adopts his usual role as human photo prop and delicate ceramic bells jingle beguilingly from a shadyContinue reading “Colours of Greece”

Walls of colour

Whether it’s walls full of eye popping colour or the tiniest little sticker, every crevice in Brick Lane is crammed with art. Whatever your preferred style you are bound to find something to tickle your artistic taste buds. A mix of stickers, stencils and paper mash ups ensure that no two walls are ever the same.Continue reading “Walls of colour”

Sclater Street art cluster

Some areas in the East End seem to see a particular concentration of art. One such place is Sclater Street, just off the main drag of Brick Lane. Entire buildings are smothered in gigantic images. The vivid colours provide a perfect foil to the drab, derelict industrial surroundings. There are some recognisable figures gracing some ofContinue reading “Sclater Street art cluster”