These locks are in the Congleton area of Cheshire and I really would have liked to take a trip along these waterways on a narrow boat - alas my stay in the UK was already a busy one. I'm told such holidays are very relaxing - apart from the regular need to flex muscles opening and closing the many, many lock gates! (If schedules weren't an issue, and I had supportive and fit travelling companions, I'd still love to undertake such a trip)
Just a small section of Keukenhof Gardens (the world's second-largest flower garden), situated in Lisse, Netherlands.
(I stopped over in Amsterdam en route to the UK last year, to meet the hosts of an exchange property - located in Italy - that I would be staying in as part of my 8-week adventure. The generous hostess, Lia, gave me a wonderful tour - 45 years have passed since I was last in the Netherlands, so it was a refreshing experience!)
Oops - I got a bit carried away, but hope you won't mind!!
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend, wherever you may be.
The following images were captured last year during a delightful 2-week house exchange in Central Italy which encompassed a visit to the walled city of Urbino - noted for its University and independent Renaissance culture.
It was also the birthplace of the painter Raffaello Sanzio, known as Raphael and these cute cherubs at the base of a statue commemorating him caught my eye.
It was a warm day and these locals seemed to be enjoying a chat in the shade of these magnificent trees
This was the view looking up the hill towards the square housing Raphael's statue - a walk not for the faint-hearted!
. . . the beautiful surrounding countryside
A delightful memory of both Italy and France is the colourful window boxes which adorn the soft pastel-coloured buildings that were in abundance throughout our travels