4 days in london

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Yes: London again! I was so happy the few days I spent there and I also got the luck to catch the last incredibly hot and sunny days of the english summer

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I stayed at a wonderfully located friend’s apartment, just above a nice and busy street food market

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finally got to eat a proper english breakfast

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spent a lot of time looking at the legs of the Greylag gooses of St.James Park… they look amazing!!!! Something in between an alien thing and a slice of ham

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wandered around the Victoria Station area, which is quickly changing and now looks like a gigantic construction site

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and strolled down the canal from Little Venice to Notting Hill…

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London_King’s Cross Station / S.Road / Victoria / St.James Park / Paddington Branch Canal / Portobello Road with the illustrations by Fiona Hawthorne

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five random holidays notes

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  • Incredibly few mushrooms around. People that know something about them say that a prolific year is followed by a poor one: ever heard about that? Anyway you don’t get wrong if you trust the old popular knowledge. I think it is the first time I didn’t spotted even a single Amanita muscaria, but I’m happy to have eaten at least a few chanterelles.

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  • This must be the year of the snail: I saw lots of snails and shells in every place I visited. Apparently they’re not only in the mountains: they’ve been happily eating plants on a few family and friends balconies and I saw the cauliflowers of the urban vegetable gardens in Paris all eaten up :) Some snails expert between you that can bring some explanations?

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  • Curious to see as lactose-free cheeses and vegetal milks are now everywhere, even in places where milk is one of the most common traditional foods as in the mountain regions of Austria. Even gluten-free products and rice cakes are available in even the tiniest village supermarket.

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  • Ants are impossible to photograph! All the close-up pictures I attempted are blurred as they move too fast! Any tips? I also still wonder if they do sleep at night…

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  • It always amazes me to see how many things are going on at the same time on just a few inches of grass.

Padola / Danta

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giverny is a living painting

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I went to visit the village that became famous as the location of Claude Monet’s garden and home on a rainy day of summer a couple of years ago. Then this post has been procrastinated for so long because I couldn’t choose between the thousand of pictures I took there: everything in this place is so aesthetic that it looks like a photographic setting,

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it really breathes art and beauty.

I was invited by a parisian girl I just met the day before to join her and an art-loving couple of friends for a birthday-surprise picnic in Giverny: isn’t this more than welcoming after just a month in Paris? We shared this wonderful day (the rain didn’t bother us much) and became friends: I feel so lucky to have met such great people here :)

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These below are some corners of the Clos Normand, Monet’s garden.

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I really can’t imagine how much gardening work it may demand keeping all these plants and flowers in such perfect condition.

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The Water Garden host the famous water lilies that are captured on so many Monet’s paintings.

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Walking through Monet’s house and garden made us feel like we were becoming part of an impressionist artwork,

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then on the way back home we realized how even the little streets around the village are invaded by flamboyant flowers: there must be some magic going on in Giverny.

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bye bye zurich

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So that’s it for now, but there will be more swiss stuff coming soon :) … This was my second time in Zürich and I hope to visit it again soon as I’d like to explore more of the not-so-touristy and more urban districts.

I’m always more in love with Switzerland and I’m constantly seeking for advice on its cities and other places to see: if you have any please, please post it on the comments below as I’m looking forward to hear from you!

In the meantime here I found a little swiss/german phrasebook that may come useful if you plan to visit the german-speaking part of Switzerland…

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a stroll along the zurichsee

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Of course we are in Zürich: with 4.- chf you can enter the peaceful oasis of the China Garden and watch from under the pagodas the pollen of the trees floating on the breeze and the koi fish swimming quietly just above the water surface, as in a perfect coreography. Than back to the Zürich lake, for free (drinks not included).

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