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London, March 2020

One Tree Hill View Point at the Greenwich Park

Prime Meridian, Royal Observatory and Peter Harrison Planetarium

Greenwich Park

National Maritime Museum

Old Royal Naval College

Early cherry blossom at the Kensington Gardens

Royal Albert Hall

Beautiful magnolias

The Albert Memorial

Kensington Palace

Round Pond at Kensington Gardens

Italian Gardens

Peter Pan Statue

Tropical green parakeets can be found in London

Cozy streets of London

Hampstead Heath

Kenwood House

The Brew House

The Dairy at Kenwood

Gwendwr Gardens

Sunset at the Prospekt Hill

The O2 arena

Canary Wharf district on the Isle of Dogs

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Chicago, January 2020

South President’s Court Garden

Seated Lincoln

Jay Pritzker Pavilion and a view from BP Pedestrian Bridge

Frozen Lake Michigan

Field Museum

Icy 12th Street Beach and a flock of migratory geese

Shedd Aquarium

Grant Park

DuSable Bridge

Foggy Jane Addams Memorial Park and Ohio Street Beach

Foggy city

Beautiful Chicago at night

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Beautiful Stockholm

Stockholms strom, also known as Strommen, is a bay of the Baltic sea.

Kastellet is a small naval fort located on the top of the hill on the small island of Kastellholmen just outside of the old Stockholm city center. The Swedish flag, flying above the citadel, signifies whether or not the country is at peace. When it’s up (like in the pictures below) all is well in Sweden. The practice dates back to 1667, when the citadel was first built.

Nybroviken is a small bay in the central Stockholm which connects to the south with the bay Ladugardslandsviken.

Gamla Stan island is the city’s old town with the cobbled streets and colorful 17th and 18th century buildings.

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, and important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it’s important to make time for fika everyday which means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee or tea and a little something to it. There is a great variety of beautiful and cozy cafes in Stockholm where you can enjoy fika time.

Riddarholmen is a small island in central Stockholm, which forms part of Gamla Stan and houses a number of private palaces dating back to the 17th century.

Gamla Lundagatan is another charming old area on the island of Sodermaln.

Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera singer often called the “Swedish Nightingale”, statue is located in a beautiful park near Djurgardsbrunnskanalen, a canal in central Stockholm.

Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum which offers an amazing look into historical Swedish life. You can explore five centuries history with over 100 reconstructed farms and houses from different parts of Sweden. It was very interesting experience to meet the local characters working as farmers, carpenters, bakers who tell you the stories about different events and historical facts. Seglora Church is a wooden church dating back to the early 18th century. The town quarter shows urban life in Sweden during the 18th and 19th century.

The Älvros farmstead from the mid 19th century shows life in the north of Sweden, and traditional farm-bred animals.

Nordic animal at the Skansen park.

Astrid Lindgren’s Fairytale World Junibacken is situated on the island of Djurgården in the centre of Stockholm. It was an amazing experience to take a theme-train ride through the world of Astrid Lindgren’s books, with one “stage setting” for each of her well-known works, such as Madicken, Karlsson-on-the-Roof. There is also a great exhibition of different fairy tale characters inspired by amazing books. Brought back so many childhood memories.

Nobel Prize museum is located in the former Stock Exchange building and contains all essential information about the most prestigious prize in the world. Its main aim to spread knowledge and create interest and discussion around the natural sciences and culture.

Vasa Museum. The ship Vasa capsized and sank in Stockholm in 1628 ans after 333 years on the sea bed the warship was salvaged. Today Vasa is the world’s best preserved 17th century ship.

Night time is Stockholm.

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R. Kipling family home Bateman’s

Bateman’s is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex. It was a home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936.

Etchingham is a village in East Sussex and located on the way to Burwash and Bateman’s.

A bronze statue of Rudyard Kipling is unveiled in Burwash. It shows him seated on a bench with a book called “Just so”. This statue celebrates the work of Kipling and also encourages more visitors of Bateman’s to come into the wonderful village of Burwash itself.

Bateman’s is a beautiful old sandstone house surrounded by Sussex countryside. It was bought by Rudyard Kipling and his wife who fell in love with the house at first sight, it became a family home.

The rooms are much as he left them: artifacts from his Eastern adventures, a book lined study, his Nobel prize certificate for literature, a phonograph playing music.

An amazing garden with an orchard, herb garden, pond and wildflower meadow surrounds the house.

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Magnificent England

Hastings

Hastings is a town in East Sussex, England, most famous for the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This town is home to the largest beach-launched fleet in Europe, the ruins of the first castle in England to be built by Willian the Conqueror.

Hastings beach Rock-a-Nore.