Relaxing, Riviera Style

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I am on holiday and therefore I must relax: at least that’s what Him Indoors keeps telling me. The problem is I don’t find sitting by pools or lounging about in the least bit relaxing. It’s not as if I haven’t tried it. I am a get-up-and-go kind of boy, and will be until my body says ‘no more’. Then I reserve the right to be grumpy and irritable, which is pretty much what happens now if I’m forced to sit still for longer than 20 minutes.

From where I write I can see across the bay to Giardini-Naxos, where Grecian civilization arrived in Sicily

To Him Indoors’ credit he recognises (although doesn’t share) my dislike of inactivity and chose a hotel, not just with a stunning garden in its own right, but next door to the Taormina’s botanical garden, Villa Comunale (The term ‘botanical’ is applied very loosely in this instance, although the gardens are charmingly ecentric). I’ve had four days of delightful bimbling about, taking snaps of Mediterranean flora and getting ideas for my own garden. And, yes, I do feel more relaxed for it. Here are a few of my favourite iPhone shots from the last week.

Wishing you a relaxing weekend wherever you may be and however you choose to unwind.

In the shade of palms


Ceramic fruits look good enough to eat


Taormina offers the perfect climate for growing hibiscus


This Sicilian pot represents the head of a Moor


It’s not The Med unless there’s Bougainvillea


Yellow daisies


The lion’s tail agave, Agave attenuata


Yellow shutters


Categories: Botanical Gardens, Flowers, Musings, Photography, Plants, Travel

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22 comments On "Relaxing, Riviera Style"

  1. You haven’t got a like button anymore, so I shall just tell you instead, I like this! It’s stopped raining here and a little sunshine, but feeling quite envious of your views.

    1. This is a first since we met 11 years ago. I normally do all the holiday planning, but Alex wanted a pool holiday and I didn’t, so he had to organise it. So far, so good. Quilting sounds fun, I think you can keep the other 2 jobs!! Have a lovely weekend Judy 🙂

  2. Beautiful place for a holiday, and lovely Hibiscus. I was lucky to spend some of my childhood in Malaysia where it is the national flower, I knew it as Bunga Raya, its Malay name.

    1. I do love Malaysian words. All I recall from my trips there is Selamat Datang, which is reasonably useful I suppose 🙂 I get a bit transfixed by hibiscus, they are so delicate and yet so exotic. Don’t think I could tire of them. Have a lovely weekend.

    1. I don’t think Him Indoors will ever really understand. I subscribe to the idea that a change is as good as a rest. Having had a packed 2 weeks I don’t even mind the thought of going back to work. (I might on Sunday night 😕)

  3. Looks like plants in my garden, bougainvillea, hibiscus, at least 7 varieties on my block, some cotton palms in the neighbours front yard with parrots fighting over who knows what, agave to name just a few. But I just absolutely love the yellow window shutter. Great pics as usual. I am jealous of your skill, keep them coming, it is a joy to see them

      1. There’s something wonderfully classic about shutters. I find that a pleasing color blend sits well with both the eye and the heart . . .and it sounds like your olive green might do just that. The first house I lived in here in Arkansas was painted a dull blue grey and had mud red shutters. Every time I came up the drive the windows stared out at me from that color blend like sorrow-filled eyes. We repainted a pleasing Mediterranean blue with peach shutters. That worked for me. Glad you’re enjoying your vacation.

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