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My Happy Place is the UC Davis Arboretum which is about 100 acres of horticultural paradise.
It brings me such peace and happiness to meander through it, taking in all the sounds, smells and glorious sights.
Each season presents new floral delights and even some migrating birds!
I treasure this natural space and continue to be grateful for all the gifts I receive from it!
My happy place is outdoors, and there are amazing places to hike all over the Lake Michigan/Indiana Dunes area where I live. Just blocks from my house I'm lucky to have a bike path that winds through a small wetland area alive with migratory birds, butterflies, other insects, and native plants. It's a calming, centering part of my day to walk this path and observe the changes throughout the year. On my daily walks I've added new species to my bird life list, run into friends, and improved my fitness level. All of which make me, well... HAPPY!
Being surrounded by nature is what makes me happy. I love biking around Sherbrooke exploring its woods, where I encounter lovely companions: from the small and colourful blue jay to a gigantic moose wandering nearby.
My happy place are my shoes. Right now it is this pair of sneakers which are my choice companions for most of my walks. I love to walk, and it doesn‘t matter if it is a city I explore on vacation, or if I go on my daily walks at home. There is always so much to explore and discover and see. Walking connects me with the world around me and brings everything into perspective. Usually I come home bright eyed, happy and full of energy and ideas. Even on the days I started out with aches or a bad mood. After the walk everything is better. This prompt was a great reminder to finally pay hommage to my shoes and give them a little backdrop of the things we explored together.
The best places to go when you can't travel are the places inside books. This map follows the voyage of Captain Reed to a place that has never been accomplished before. It was believed that making it past the Western Edge was impossible, but Captain Reed proved everyone wrong. This was inspired by the book "The Reader" by Traci Chee. The first book in the series Sea of Ink and Gold.
Chennai is both an orthodox and a modern cosmopolitan city; the culture of the city reflects its diverse population. For many travelers, a trip to Chennai means relishing mouth-watering Chettinad cuisine, taking a dip or two in the waters of Marina Beach, shopping for Kanchipuram silk sarees and gold jewelry, and going about exploring the heritage structures in the city. So, here's a map showing how I pushed off to this trip as a way of escape :)
The park of the monsters is located in Bomarzo and was built in 1552. The set of monuments is located on the slopes of a natural amphitheater, and is characterized by whimsical and grotesque shapes among the trees, flower beds and streams. Excessive sculptures carved out of rock, of terrible or absurd aspect, that represent mythical characters and fantastic beings.
This is a true 15-day route that tourists from all over the world venture to see all possible parts of Japan. From ancient tradition to new technology, Japan has a special charm that captivates all kinds of people who want adventure.
I was born in HanKou, Wuhan. HanKou is economic district in Wuhan. The historical buildings in HanKou is almost on every street and blocks. There are really exotic and beautiful, you can breathe the old history in them.
A favourite trail of mine, embracing you in wildness at any time of year. Even driving/walking along the road near the trail is wonderful. I've illustrated some of the birds and animals I have seen there and the sense of change through the four seasons.
Right now all museums are closed due to national lockdown, but you can still admire their architecture from the outside and all the museums included in the map offer a virtual tour online!