24 Sep, 2018 in Kandy

My trip to Sri Lanka was cut short due to riots taking place in central Sri Lanka between the Buddhists and the Muslims. As I was coming out from the lovely Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens, my driver rushed to me and told me we have to get out of Kandy fast and pointed to arriving […]

3 Oct, 2017 in Cambridge

On my last day in Cambridge, during a gloomy rainy day, I made my last stop at a local ‘attraction’ to visit the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens, which was close to my B&B near the train station. It started out gloomy, but ended up fairly sunny, which somehow got my mobile camera to over-correct and […]

25 Dec, 2013 in Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens - Miami (102)

Last of the wonderful Miami Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens posts is about their butterflies collection. The gardens have it all – flowers, trees, plants, art, and … butterflies. I love taking photos of butterflies, and they have a wonderful collection.   Here, have a look…   …

25 Nov, 2013 in New York City
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (24)

I spent the last Christmas and Newyears holiday season in New York City with the familia, and if there’s one thing you can count on it’s that NYC on holiday season is going to be expensive. Very expensive. But, we were lucky, and I found a small artistic Brooklyn apartment near the subway and Prospect […]

9 Oct, 2013 in Florida
Sunken Gardens Saint Petersburg (9)

The day after a relaxed stay at the beautiful Treasure Island we headed up to explore Saint Petersburg. Of all the local attractions we decided to make our first stop at the Saint Petersburg Sunken Gardens, a charming botanical gardens maintained by the local community, dating back around a 100 years and hosting over 50,000 […]

10 Jun, 2013 in Gainesville
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (53)

I visited the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens while in Gainesville for an academic conference with the University of Florida (SSSP 2012). A lovely Gainesville student couple were sweet to host me while in Gainesville and were the ones to suggest visiting the gardens. Gainesville definitely did a good job with these gardens, they are pleasant and […]

8 Feb, 2012 in Seoul
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Simply put, another supersized zoo meets amusement park surrounded by nature – Korean style. Not sure this is what I’d recommend culture addicts roaming Korea for local experience but if you’re already in the area to visit the nearby parks and museums (e.g. National Museum of Contemporary Art) or you’ve got kids, then this would […]

7 Jul, 2011 in Washington DC
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It’s been almost 10 years since I last visited Washington DC during my Sep 2001 trip to the US. It was just following the national tragedy so the atmosphere was that of mourning and shock and I naturally joined the huge crowds in going to ground zero and standing there staring there at the beaten […]

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