Monday, July 21, 2014

English country garden

Bibury, a really pretty village in the Cotswolds. It is the essence of England. I miss it already.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I'm not a shopper but I do buy snacks and drinks.So here in the little village shop I bought a bottle of pear cider. I recently discovered pear cider and drank it the whole trip. Lovely!

Saturday, July 19, 2014


I first visited the Cotswolds some 15 years ago. I thought it'll be nice to see it again. Nothing's changed and that's a wonderful thing. Its still as lovely as ever. It was raining on and off the whole day until our last stop when it was really coming down, then all of us gave up, except for those who spent their last few moments having refreshments in a tea room. I was asked why I didn't join them. I said I didn't want a pot of tea sloshing in my bladder as we make the long drive back to London! This is a very popular trip for visitors. There were a lot of coaches in these little villages that we were visiting that day. Its always lovely to see roses climbing up the stone walls of the houses or clematis. The Cotswolds is always and forever a delightful place.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day trip to the Cotswolds

 I took a coach tour from Victoria bus station. It was raining but it didn't bother us.

The English countryside is still as lovely with all that rain. The yellow buttercup covered most of the landscape. It was a very nice way to end my trip to England and Berlin. I don't know when I'll take another trip. My work is at jeopardy right now and I'm going to stay put till it gets resolved. I've applied for a visa to Russia and it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to use it. I can reapply again when I'm able to travel again. In the meantime I'm glad to be still working.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Soho, London

I left Berlin and came back to London. I went to the British museum looking for a very specific exhibit but couldn't find it. In spite of all the great things that Sir Aurel Stein did for the British empire, he made numerous expeditions to China and brought out countless ancient manuscripts but there isn't any gallery dedicated to him. It was very disappointing. Since I was within walking distance to Soho, I decided to have Chinese food at London's Chinatown. Its changed quite a bit with a lot of cute cafes and eateries. This is London's Soho district.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lunch time in Dresden

 Meanwhile back on the old side, it was lunch time.
 Here a painted man stands and teased the tourists that passed by.
 A meal at a Swiss restaurant, of boiled beef with horseradish sauce. It was quite good.
A slice of Sacher torte for dessert, not so good. I had better cake.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dresden, across the river

 The guide book said, don't forget to cross the bridge to the new town but there wasn't anything of interest in it. I did find this beautiful rose garden in front of an old empty mansion. I stayed a while to smell the roses and to be in their sweet presence!

I guess people in Europe take these scenes for granted but we from dry and hot Southern California find tremendous delight in lush and green spaces, filled with wild roses.