Europe, My Love…

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It is pictures like these that remind me that I am meant to live in Europe. How do I know it? I can just feel it. Whenever I see a photograph, hear a song, catch a phrase in a foreign language, my heart starts to beat faster. It is a dream so strong and so precious, that it physically hurts to not be living it. I lose myself in the possibility that, perhaps, this could become my reality.
So what do I do? I come back down to Earth, adjust my bearings, and fall in love and in purpose with Europe all over again.  I formulate my plan.
Now if that isn’t a sign then what is?
I don’t know when or where or how I am going to get there…but I will get there. One day. Some day. Soon.
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#One Day-Cornwall, UK#

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A breath-taking landscape from Cornwall England

 

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….and a lovely painting of  Cornwall England by a Ms.Mary Maddox

I am a huge fan of the British tv series Doc Martin starring the immensely talented Martin Clunes; and as a result, I fell in love with Cornwall England. I came across this painting on one of the Doc Martin Fan forums so I thought I’d share. The artist really did a wonderful job!

It’s places like these that make you want to get up and travel, doesn’t it?

One day Cornwall, one day…

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#Sakura In Japan#

 

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The cherry blossoms in Yoshino, Japan captured by Paul Hillier.

It’s that time again-spring is around the corner and the cherry blossoms are about to arrive. In fact, they’ve already hit the west coast of Canada, bursting into bloom in Victoria, British Columbia.

As lovely as they are here in Canada, one day I would like to travel to Japan just to see the Sakura come to life. Like this photograph, it must be breath-taking!

One day, one day….

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#Europe My Love#-Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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When I was a teenager I fell completely under the spell of romance author Betty Neels, a retired nurse who started writing romance novels in the 1960s. The main character was always a young nurse, well-built, not too pretty but with beautiful eyes who somehow got tangled into a sweet romance with a handsome Dutch physician in the Netherlands. I liked her books so much, I bought out my local library’s entire collection at their annual Summer Sale! I still have a drawer filled with her books.

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However, like most Harlequin Romance fans, I outgrew Betty Neels’ books, but her description of the Netherlands stills stays with me and has become a significant stop on my Europe Bucket List.

Photographer Bas Meelker photographed the winter canals of Ljouwert , Netherlands (Leeuwarden in English)  just beautifully. As soon as I saw this, I had to share it. It captures the Dutch city exactly as Betty Neels described it in her books.

One day. One day…

In the mean time, maybe I’ll pull out one of Betty’s old books and go back in time for awhile…

Enjoy!

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#Enchanted By Edinburgh#

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This beautiful capture that I came across today is the Bank of Scotland Headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland. This photograph is amazing; for me, it captures down to a tee, how I see myself strolling through Edinburgh on a beautiful twilight evening. The ambiance radiating from the frame is so romantic.

I have a very overactive imagination and sometimes I get a little disappointed when the picture/film in reality doesn’t live up to my own mental photostream ( ie. The Harry Potter movies :S)

But this photographer, Dave Stewart of studio2photography.co.uk, doesn’t disappoint. In fact, he achieves the exact opposite. This photograph is Magic, pure and simple.

Thanks for sharing Dave!

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#An Italian Daydream#

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Florence at Night

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Village in Tuscany

I came across these photographs on FB and thought I’d share. A nice contrast actually, the night time glamour of Florence versus the peaceful charm of the Tuscan countryside. The best of both worlds.

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#For The Love of Food#: Poached Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pesto and Served with Sweet Potato, Truffle Mash, and Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

I came across this recipe on the Reader today by blogger Homemade With Mess. This Poached Stuffed Chicken with Vegetables looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! And from the recipe, it seems really easy to make. I just ate dinner but if this dish were set down in front of me right now, I’d risk the nightmares and eat it anyways 🙂

Check out Homemade With Mess and the recipe too! Tnx 🙂

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Homemade With Mess

Sometimes the simplest of ingredients can make the most delicious and even fancy meals. Even though I love to cook, I also love to eat out and I have to say that this meal was up there with something from a menu in a top-quality restaurant. It was very simple and easy to make, yet totally scrumptious! This was also the first time I had poached a chicken breast and it has since become my favourite way of cooking chicken; after discovering how quick, easy and hassle free it is. If you have a date that you want to impress or are hosting a dinner party, then this recipe would be an absolute winner!

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Serves 2

For the Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes – sliced
  • Pinch sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • 1 small yellow pepper
  • 2 tbsp homemade pesto

For the Mash

  • 1 sweet potato –…

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