Monday, 28 July 2014

R for Rosendal - for Real

Rosendal. Rosendal. The valley of the roses. Yes, that's where I went. Rosendal, one of the 26 dream destinations we visited together in April, remember? So, there I was - for real this time. In company with my good childhood friend ready to explore her summer paradise. Rosendal.

Aaaaahhh, happy days - filled with the joy of: making it all the way up to that tall mountain top, swimming in that chilly summer fjord and visiting that red barn which turned out to be a modern art gallery. Guarding that sweaty sticky chocolate cake from the wasps while sipping tea outside the tiny white wooden house built hundreds of years ago. And jogging smoothly away from that crowd of cows that we, a bit too late, discovered were oxes and not cows...

Red sweet cherries, bright green hill sides, clear blue sea and white sheets drying in that soft summer breeze...

Here are a few of my Rosendal moments - I hope you enjoy them as well...





...getting that top-of-the-world-feeling when finally reaching that mountain top, sitting down and seeing that fjord scenery open up in front of us:

...forgetting about the time while sitting outside the cottage, chatting with a good friend, while the long bright Nordic summer day turn into night (this pic is from the middle of the night):

.... and for some reason remembering one of my favorite poems:

...and feeling grateful:

 ...you know, simply enjoying every moment of those bright summer days, the fresh air, the clean sea, the good friendships and just feeling gratitude for those amazing little things in life:

Enjoy your moments wherever you are, dear reader, and thanks for following.

Ta ta:-)  

22 comments:

  1. Ah, I remember that Rosendal was on your wishlist. How lovely that you made it there. LOVE that 'Dust if you must' poem. One of my favourites. As always, pretty brilliant pictures, Eli :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Shailaja:-) Hugs

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  2. Simply wow! Rosendal is so beautiful and pristine little town, and the pictures clearly speak of your love for the place. Love the poetry especially, and it seems to kind of echo in the serenity the town exudes. What a beauty, dear Eli! I think I should avoid your travel posts from now on : Your travelogues make me envious! :) Take care, my dear friend and wish you a wonderful week ahead! Hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Arti. So happy for your kind words and for seeing you here:-) Warm hugs back to you

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  3. Dearest Eli,
    What a fabulous post! Love your sentiments and how incredible midnight looks with the Nordic light!
    Great photo of your feet, relaxed and indulging in fond stories and sharing a deep friendship.
    The poem is so true; well selected!
    Hugs and enjoy your final July days.
    Mariette

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    1. Thank you so much dear Mariette, for your kind words. So happy you liked it. Warm hugs back to you:-)

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  4. Beautiful pictures, Eli. Just looking at them brought a sense of peace to me. I'm glad you did this!

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    1. Thank you dear Corinne. So happy it brought you a sense of peace.. Warm hugs

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  5. What a lovely place this is!! A quiet and quaint lil town! Lovely pics especially the candle jar with a beautiful message! Thanks for taking us along with you to Rosendal :)

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    1. Thank you so much dear Shilpa. So happy you liked it:-) Big hugs

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  6. Someone is having fun. Lovely pics;)

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    1. Oh yes:-) Thank you so much Vishal:-)

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  7. Oh Eli, just *reading* this post leaves me feeling content and peaceful. It helps that I've seen this area (although not Rosendal itself) ... but not with a life-long sister-friend. Your feelings and emotions shine through your words and photographs. Thank you for taking us on your contented journey!

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    1. Oh, sweet Cindi - your kind words make me so happy. Thank you so much dear friend:-)

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  8. Beautiful pictures. It looks like you had a great time and a great place to recharge.

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    1. Yes, it was so great:-) Thank you dear Kathy:-)

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  9. I must say marvellous creation of mother nature.I felt as if I was picnicking there.Thank you for this feast.

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    1. Thank you. So happy for your kind words:-)

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  10. My eyes are hesitant to go back from this enchantment.

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  11. Loved the pictures and the poem. The beauty of nature is so beautifully captured, wish i could go there.

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    1. Thank you dear Sulekha:-) So happy you enjoyed it:-) Big hugs

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