Just the grey’s

Sometimes….the grey's look soothing…it may be a dull colour…but somehow calms one's mind…more so

If one is amongst the mountains…..on a late afternoon…

When cold months are already forgotten…& summer is at the doorstep…

A weekend drive to mountains…near wadi hibi…a quiet landscape…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All though…may look bare….there is enough for the mountain goats…birds..butterflies to survive…

This acacia plant…is a life line…goats love their shoots…sunbirds…the nectar of the flowers…& so does the butterflies…

 

 

A little oasis high up in valley…many date trees…most of the birds love…

 

 

 

And nature does an amazing act of balancing always…

Like this pink bush..out of no where…many of them…on one side of a small hillock…

 

As I always say….want to destress….go to the mountains…

 

Heidelberg castle

On one Tuesday morning we took a road trip…morning was spent in rothenburg …

Afternoon our driver/guide took us over to Heidelberg …

 

As you drive towards the famous castle ….on a hill…one can feel the aura …may be because of the times we have seen the castle on social media …movies…travel blogs…

Our driver george a very nice German …took us around…told us about the history…in a very likeable way…

 

The famous castle …a beauty in ruins…though was rebuilt many a times…it some how wasn't liveable again…as they say once a ruin always a ruin

 

 

The main door which used to be locked during night times…by the way that is Mr.george…!

 

 

One of entrance…for the romantic castle …in earlier times…it seems if a boy asked the girl to meet him at the castle …& if she accepted and came…that meant love was in the air!

 

 

The stuck garden…after a long walk…an oasis for the tired mind ..& legs…

 

 

Just waiting for more sun…to blossom

 

Although …it is in ruins…it is all maintained..& nature is a big ally there…so many flowers…trees…bushes…

Wherever there are broken structures ,there are lush trees …endless ivy plants…flowering yellow bushes…sort of making the castle more beautiful…

 

 

Lot of small birds…this chaffinch & his endless sweet song!

 

 

This blue tit…shared my muffin…all the little ones…were around me..for those crumbs…

 

From the hilltop…the town..& famous church of Holy Spirit

 

Picture perfect town

 

 

The river…bridge…hills…

 

I loved this magnolia tree…looked like a chandelier!

 

 

As we came down…for a cup of coffee in town…one last view of that pretty ruins…as we stood at the university…

 

Pretty,beautiful,..& to say ruins…it is such a paradox…

But then to quote Mark twain…after visiting this…it seems he wrote lot of articles…and he famously said…

Misfortune has Infact improved this old town…!!!!

 

And it is said…after Mark twain wrote about this castle …lot of american & later Japanese tourists,started visiting this place…& slowly it became an iconic tourist destination …

 

As the skies got darker,slowly the April chill was in the air..time for us to leave…

 

With a cup of coffee…a pretzel..& our driver George's talks…drove back to Frankfurt…

 

But one thing …I have always felt…& sort of confirmed again..,

History is full of pains…in whichever part of world …it is!

 

Rothenburg an old town

While on a holiday….there is usually one place which gets etched in ones memory…even today I remember a little mountain town called Wengen in Switzerland ,or Volendam a quaint fishing village in Amsterdam…

This time …rothenburg a 1000 yr old town…where it looks like time has stood still…

The same old homes remain…the little doors…the cobbled stone streets…

This is a photo blog of that little old town…

As you enter the town…

 

Little old homes…with little doors!

 

The narrow streets..!

 

A thousand year old well…

 

1374….is the date on pharmacy shop

 

The clock at exactly 12…in the afternoon…enacts a scene where the French general asks the town mayor to drink 3 lts of beer at one go within a minute to save his town!!..every tourist will be here to watch this …

 

One of the many towers

 

There is something mystical…here…

 

 

 

 

From top of the hill

 

 

From any corner …it is picture perfect…

 

 

And while in rothenburg …a must eat is this snowball….a local delicacy …made of flour,egg yolks …wine…and served sprinkled with powdered sugar…delicious indeed..,

After a walk of the town…a cup of German coffee…a snowball & a German pretzel…we drove back to Frankfurt …

 

But this old town…with lot of character…lot more stories…remained with me

 

Kukenhof tulip gardens…

Tulip garden has been in my wishlist for a long time now…during our last visit to amsterdam…we just missed the season..although we saw a few here and there…but seeing acres…& acres of tulips…mixed with crocuses…hyacinths…some wildflowers…is an experience ..which will last a life time…I ain't going to forget it any soon..,

Last Sunday ,we were there…at kukenhof …trying to pick few of my favourite tulips…amongst so many is tough…but still my blog on those beautiful flowers…

Not many words one needs to describe a tulip…just seeing it is enough…

 

A mix of tulips & crocuses…

 

 

A classic white& pink…

An yellow…

A mix of orange..& indigo

 

A lovely peachy orange..!

A stunning red…

 

A bunch of yellow & orange…

 

A pathway of reds…

 

Pretty pink…

 

Daffodils

 

The blue beauties

 

 

 

The cherry blossoms

 

 

The crocuses

 

The birds …a nuthatches

 

 

The blue tits…& their songs…

 

 

 

The waders…

 

 

& of course…the interesting folks u meet…

 

The Dutch cycle…

 

A fairy land feel…a soul satisfying trip…

A wish on my bucket list ticked off…

 

Magnolias….on a rainy day

There is so little this serious heart needs…

Friends…faith…and a window open to the world..

Pride in the work well done…

And strength to live in a world at war

And still maintain the heart's own private peace..

Dear heaven…I give thanks to you

For things I didn't know before…

For the wisdom of maturity…

For the bread…for the roof..

And for one thing more…

Thanks because..,

I can still see the bloom

On the white magnolia tree…

Helen Deutsch…,


Had read this poem a long time ago…had liked it immensely…few days back on a rainy day…I got to see rows of fully blossomed magnolia trees…I understood what this poetess actually meant…

Those white flowers…delicate fragrance…and those rain drops adding that extra beauty…

Unexpected #littlejoys…

A photoblog…

Magnolia trees in Frankfurt on a rainy day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A stairway to the heaven….

 

Evening at the shore…

Just happened to be near the shore thus evening…since it wasn't planned I didn't have my camera with me…but the iPhone did well too..,!

It was so pretty….the warm summery breeze…the noisy waves…an almost full moon,Many gulls…

As the tide was high…the waves were roaring…

Just sat in the car,watched the splashing waves…the flying gulls…kids playing football ..

Didn't feel like saying a word…,

It was truly a #wordlesswednesday

Some iPhone pics …

 

 

 

 

 

A mommy & her kids…

Gulls….

 

A perfect sunset…

 

As it got dark…the ocean looked more beautiful..,

Seagulls…the moon…the setting sun…the waves…it was all there….

#wordlesswednesday

 

A poser…an heron !

This evening….at the seashore…as we had our coffee..saw an young heron…land on an old abandoned fishing boat …right in front of us…was there for some time…he was not at all bothered about anything else…groomed himself well…we got some wonderful pics in different poses…as the tide brought in lots of fish…to the shore…the young boy flew away…

This is a photo blog…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And…this was just before…he dipped into the ocean…for a catch…