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Where we walk - I spend almost everyday walking all around my garden. There is always something new to see. I check for newly emerging plants, things ready to bloom, even for insect or animal damage. I see all the interesting tasks I need to do. Walking all around there brings such joy!
Coyoacán is one of the loveliest neighborhoods in Mexico City. Its small town vibe makes it a great place to go on a date and have ice-cream, churros, coffee, or even cartoon pancakes! Start your walk in Francisco Sosa street, and cross the arch to enter Jardín Centenario. See the fountains and kiosk in Plaza Hidalgo, then continue until you reach La Conchita church and Frida Kahlo Park. Buy books at Elena Garro Cultural Center and visit Coyoacán's huge market. You can finish at Frida Kahlo's house or in the beautiful park Viveros.
My favorite walking route is along Altamont Road, which sits atop the crest of Red Mountain and provides some of the best views in Birmingham. The majority of the road runs through Altamont Park, an undeveloped green space that, oddly, houses a WW1 cannon (topic for another time). Just past the cannon the sidewalk begins, passing by diverse, interesting houses - some hanging off the side of the mountain and others perched halfway down. Each one exhibits a different style, vibe and era, and I’ve included some of my favorites in this illustration. Throughout the mile-long walk, I enjoy gazing at the beautiful cityscape vistas of downtown Birmingham.
This is Croxteth Hall and Country Park. Once the country estate of The Molyneux family the Earls of Sefton. An Edwardian mansion with a Victorian walled garden, horses, highland cows, a farm, a cafe and lots of fresh air! I’ve walked there in every season but a brisk early morning winter’s walk is a must to see the vast acres of grass coated in a frosty shimmer.
In the fall of 2019, I walked the Camino de Santiago from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela (known as the Camino Ingles). Highlights included taking a detour and meeting up with friends in the Fragas Do Eume, walking before the sun rises, and making many cat friends along the way. Also just past Bruma, inexplicably, there's a dinosaur by the side of the road. It was a great experience and I would like to walk a longer pilgrimage one day.
WHERE WE WALK Map Challenge. Don't get me wrong, there are many more cats and lions in Venice, but relying on my memories I have chosen to represent those that have remained in my heart. The walk illustrated on the map goes from the Accademia Galleries (near the Academy of Fine Arts where I studied) to the wonderful San Marco square, in the heart of the city.
The second lockdown hit Georgia in November. By that time, I had come to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. The city, which dates back to about the 5th century, is full of interesting and beautiful places--Persian-influenced architecture, lopsided "Italian" courtyards, picturesque hills, and quiet, sleepy neighborhoods. With the great weather and decent coffee to go, we discovered new little routes every day. However, the walk down Rustaveli Avenue to the Old Town and back to Vake Park is my favorite.
A walk from home, discovered during the first UK lockdown when we weren't allowed to drive anywhere for exercise. Good news: the ice cream parlour was open for refreshments. Bad news: the pub was not.
The Rail Corridor used to be a railway line that linked Singapore to Malaysia, its origins dates back to more than a century ago! It's now being converted into a public green space that's rich in biodiversity and history. I visited the re-opened section of the corridor on New Year's Eve with my friends and really enjoyed the morning stroll. Since we can't travel overseas now, this was a nice opportunity to rediscover Singapore and find some respite from the urban landscape.