Having visited both, if I had to declare a preference between Monet's Gardens in France or the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, I would choose the latter. Not only were the Tasmanian gardens more peaceful (as a garden should be) but I found them to be generally more beautiful. It makes me wonder what Monet could be capable of if he was still alive and living in Tasmania.
'Baby you're all that I want. When you're lying here in my arms, I'm finding it hard to believe, we're in heaven...' These are the words that welcomed my brother and I to the city of St Petersburg, and moreover to the country of Russia. Although not quite heaven, St Petersburg did offer us some godly experiences. In particular, those involving our visit to the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood and the State Hermitage museum, which left me assured that if I ever need some interior design work done, I need to hire a Russian.
The silver lining of experiencing a black out is the excuse to stop studying or being distracted by films, television or the boundless search opportunities available on the internet, and just look at photo albums and reminisce. Faced with such a situation for the past 72 hours I took advantage of this silver lining. In the quiet and peaceful ambiance created by moments free of technology, I found myself remembering back to a similar quiet and peaceful ambiance that I found atop Hobart’s Mt. Wellington. The mountain, which towers 1271 metres above the city of Hobart, is a must-do during any visit to the Tasmanian city - whether for the sweeping views of Hobart, the peaceful escape to a secluded natural environment or to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin.
From the click-clack of a horse-drawn carriage trotting on the medieval cobble-stone streets to the smell of fresh waffles wafting through the air, Bruges is one of those rare places that stir all your senses without overloading them. Even in the height of summer, a visit to Bruges feels like you are entering a community of people rather than a crowd of tourists – and you are treated accordingly by the locals. Although there are few activities to do in Bruges, you cannot overestimate how much time you can spend happily getting lost in the plethora of alleys, canals and verdant ramparts within the town that is in itself a UNESCO World Heritage site. One day was simply not enough.
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