Category Archives: Travel

Books, Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh

The words, Train Hopping, and the picture of a train on the cover of a magazine captured my attention today. It’s the June 2013 issue of  Khabar magazine.  There’s an article inside about a book, Around India in 80 Trains. You can also read it online by clicking on this link archived on page 48.

“For four months, using an IndRail pass, Monisha Rajesh traveled on Indian trains__fast and slow, big and small, luxurious and dilapidated__covering major parts of a country that her parents had left behind when they moved to England.  What was it like for this journalist? Khabar brings excerpts from her debut book.”

1-Khabar-Train HoppingAnd, there is more about this book on this website  and the author’s blog. To take a look inside the book “Around India in 80 Trains” click on Amazonor, I highly recommend that you listen and watch the author, Monisha Rajesh, read an excerpt from her book on this link.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 17, 2013


August 17, 2013 · 12:07 am

Alpine Village, Helen, Georgia

My travels into the North Georgia mountains on Friday took me farther north to an alpine village in Helenafter my first stop to visit Gibbs Gardens that I featured on my earlier posting.

The Alpine look of Helen to the faces of all the buildings with painted scenes of Bavaria and cobblestone streets is an interesting place to visit. It’s where festivals and special events happen in a Bavarian atmosphere.

The streets were empty and shops were closing when we arrived late in the afternoon.

I plan to come back in October when they host the longest Oktoberfest in the South.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 10, 2013


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Spring Gardening, Gibbs Gardens, Georgia

This weekend was a great time to spend time outdoors celebrating the beginning of Spring.  That’s exactly what I did on Friday when I decided to drive one hour north of Atlanta to Gibbs Gardens in Georgia.

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Their Daffodil Gardens are one of the largest daffodil displays in the country covering 50-acres. I found the “early blooms” of the first stage of growth for these “daffodils” filling every hillside.” They will continue to bloom until April 15th.

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I enjoyed walking three miles along the pathways surrounding the landscaped grounds.

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On my way up to the Manor House the “friendly cat” lazily greeted me from her perch on a warm sunny bench.4-Gibbs Gardens-Georgia

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My trip was perhaps a little early for experiencing the full blossoming of the season for the other gardens, but it was worth it with temperatures  reaching a high of 65 degrees.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, March 9, 2013


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Happy Flowers (reblog from Ecuador)

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

Note: This a reblog from Zeebra Designs & Destinations who says “An Artist’s Eyes Never Rest” featuring posts from “Ecuador” on the coast between Bahia and Pedernales. I’m sure just by your viewing these wonderful photographs and flowers, they will inspire you, too.

__”Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” _Marcel Proust, French novelist (1871 – 1922)

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These past few weeks have been difficult for a number of people that I know.    Some are caregivers or are dealing with chronic illness; some are recovering from the loss of a loved one;  others are struggling with personal relationships; others have heavy emotional burdens on their shoulders.  When one feels overwhelmed, the short days of winter and lack of color often enhance those pre-equinox blues.    Whether you’re in Iceland or China, Paraguay or New York,  despondent or overwhelmed, frail or well, these images from Cuenca Ecuador are presented with love to brighten your day!

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Treasure Island, The Gulf Coast of Florida

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The Treasure of the Gulf Coast,  Florida in USA

This is the time of the year when everyone is wishing for warm weather. Spring break for most colleges is just around the corner. And, that’s when families think about taking their kids to the beach. When my children were small one of our favorite places to visit during the summer was Treasure Island. Last year after visiting Orlando, I took a detour driving west over to the island on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  When I arrived the first day it was during a rainstorm, but by the next morning the beach was back to normal waiting for my arrival. To discover more about this island, you can find a Treasure Island Florida Map, Nautical Chart and lots more if you click here

PS: I created a New Page. Check it out:…  “Any Questions?”

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, February 7, 2013


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