Suzhou was once at the center of the Chineses silk trade. Today, it is much more celebrated for it’s art, delicate gardens, thousand year old temples, and of course romantic water towns and canals. It is these that have earned it the name “Venice of the East.” A thoroughly charming city all modernized but still holding on to it’s 2,500 years of history and architecture.
And a plus, a traditional gondolier song by what may well be one of the finest voices of our age.
While enjoying our stay at Broad Bay, NZ, we took a trip to one of the Otaga Penninsula’s premier tourist attractions, Larnach Castle.
The property is not actually a Castle but rather a lavishly built private home built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician. It took more than 200 workmen three years to build the Castle shell and master European craftsmen spent a further 12 years embellishing the interior. Larnach spared no expense on his dream home, which features the finest materials from around the world.1Continue reading “Wide Eyed Wandings – Larnach Castle, Dunedin, NZ”→
For 27th Found Poetry February, another piece that I “found.” I suppose technically this is “public” poetry rather than “found” poetry but hey, it’s my challenge to myself so. Here it is, perfect just the way I found it.Continue reading “What was paradise?”→