Tree, Vietnam

I didn’t visit the Reunification Palace while I lived in Ho Chi Minh City, only seeing it when I returned to the country on a flying visit. The building has a rather theatrical quality, which makes me think of a film set. The gardens, but contrast, are cool, dark and rather inviting, with lots ofContinue reading “Tree, Vietnam”

Buckminster Fuller’s Room, Penang

Penang Hill is really a group of hills which overlook the rest of Penang and parts of the Malaysian mainland. Before the invention of air conditioning, it was popular with expatriates, because in the height of the Malaysian summer, it was always appreciably cooler than in George Town (where many businesses had offices). So aContinue reading “Buckminster Fuller’s Room, Penang”

Tree, St. James’s Park

St James’s Park, is probably my favourite in London. In the Summer it gets very crowded, but first thing in the morning as the sun comes up, it really is lovely. This picture isn’t first thing in the morning, but I do like the contrast between the soft pink of the blossoms and the deepContinue reading “Tree, St. James’s Park”

Gnomes! Bath

As a picturesque city, popular with tourists, Bath has a number of small museums. The Holbourne Museum is probably the prettiest of all of them. A few years ago it had a major renovation and now boasts a very attractive cafe with views of Sydney Gardens and the canal. They regularly host medium sized exhibitionsContinue reading “Gnomes! Bath”

Shanghai Skyline

There are long queues at the foot of the Shanghai Tower. I believe it holds the record for the World’s highest observation deck. But I didn’t take this picture from there. A little further down, there is a bookshop where for the price of an (expensive) cup of coffee you can have almost the sameContinue reading “Shanghai Skyline”