#WQWWC # 30: Vacation

Hello from Kranzbach, where we pampered ourselves with fine dining and swimming and walking around the place. This upscale spa retreat set in a 1915 country house with an annex is 16 km from Partnach Gorge and 15 km from the Bavarian Zugspitze mountain railway.

In the main house, the stylish rooms are furnished in a modern, Arts and Crafts style, and feature flat-screen TVs. Annex rooms add balconies and modern pine furnishings. Suites in a quirky treehouse and a 1915 gatehouse are also available.

Breakfast and dinner are included and served in the chic restaurant, which features a terrace with mountain views. The day spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam baths and treatment rooms, in addition to yoga and hiking.

Tiger, tiger you’re astonishing
The sight of you made me marvel
With open mouth and wide eyes
I truly can’t believe I’m seeing you
Such brilliant creature in this jungle

It took us two days of jeep safari
The first afternoon we observed other animals
Antelopes, peacocks, parakeets, deer
Loved them, too but we didn’t come here for them
We crossed half the world waiting for you

The next morning, quite so early
The jeep came to fetch us, still yawning
Bouncing up and down the rough terrain
Taking photos of different birds and monkeys
Took a different gate this time, I think it was Gate 2

Tiger, tiger, I thought we were not going to spot you
A couple of hours and we were still driving in this forest
Up and down, quite a site of the mountain range
Got talking to the couple beside me
They were going to Goa after the tour

But lo and behold, other jeeps in one place
That was a good sign, wasn’t it?
They were gazing in the middle of the meadow
There! There it is! Pointed the girl
We all stared in amazement and there you were

Tiger, tiger, you were worth the wait
Such gorgeousness, such elegance and grace
The whole field your recreational area
And look who was coming to play with you
Your brother as elegant as you

Two splendid tigers in one morning
Such a breathtaking experience
Two dynamic tigers in the grassland
Playing, messing around
The whole world to themselves

Tigers, tigers you were the greatest
I won’t stop thinking about the two of you
Highlight of our holiday
You and the Taj Mahal
India in my heart

We had some great adventure and experience on our 15-day tour of Japan. We’ve been to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Takayama. We travelled by trains, bus, ships, trams and of course, their bullet train. We ate sushi, shabu-shabu, kobe and wagyu beef, all the seafood one can imagine, etc. We saw lots of temples and shrines, museums, parks, etc.

Dōtonbori or Dōtombori is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan, running along the Dōtonbori canal from Dōtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city’s Chuo ward. Dotonbori in Osaka is Japanese Broadway.( Za means theater. So Kadoza means Kado Theater.)(Wikipedia)

The centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社, Itsukushima Jinja) on Miyajima is the source of both the island’s fame and its name. Formally named Itsukushima, the island is more popularly known as “Miyajima”, literally “shrine island” in Japanese, thanks to its star attraction. The shrine is known worldwide for its iconic “floating” torii gate.

Great to have autumn holiday
School is out, come out and play
This year we’re going to Japan
Eat sushi, ride on a sampan, Tokyo we stay

Tour around Japan in two weeks
Learn Japanese so to speak
Stay in their Minka at night
Sliding doors, mat floor such sight and many creeks

Japanese tea ceremony
Their tradition “the way of tea”
Not just to drink matcha but learn
Go to temples, incense to burn, enjoy the sea*

(c) ladyleemanila

* Florette

Many moons ago, when HRH the son was around 4, we decided to have a skiing holiday in Austria. It was a really nice skiing resort and the son had free skiing lessons in the children’s club for 4 days. That meant, Him Indoors and I had some free time to ourselves. The sun was shining, snow covered the hills and mountains, leaves had fallen and such a bright day. We walked around and watched the son and the other children learned to ski. We watched other people skiing and snow-boarding.

Leaves had fallen
On a cold and snowy day
Wonderful winter

We light the candles in darkness
And with snowfall as a bonus
Rice porridge and cinnamon loaves
House full of oranges with cloves

Under the Christmas tree are gifts
Spirit of family to lift
No stress in cooking on stove
House full of oranges with cloves

We’re glistering in excitement
Chestnuts on fire and roast pheasant
All the trimmings and Christmas troves
House full of oranges with cloves

We light the candles in darkness
House full of oranges with cloves**

(c) ladyleemanila

** Kyrielle Sonnet

The moment I’ve been waiting for
I’m sure my mind will broaden
Where I could fly in the sky
All my energy will multiply
Love star gazing with the angels
They’re as sweet as some caramels
Like jigsaw with all the bits and pieces
Bounces like a ball, with all the fuzz

Passport, ticket, money
Camera and meds
We’re going to the sea
Excitement to spread

Camera and meds
Looking forward to fun
On a different bed
Holiday and action

We’re going to the sea
Or could be the Alps
As long as we are free
Not scratch our scalp

Excitement to spread
Experience new culture
We’re going ahead
Sunshine and wide azure

Looking forward to fun
Family and friends
When we dance and spun
Wish it never ends

On a different bed
Exotic food and drinks
As long as we’re fed
Pyramid and Sphinx

Holiday and action
Swimming and climbing

Grateful for our Vietnam tour. On the third day of our holiday, we went to have a cruise in Mekong Delta. First, we drove through some streets in the city.

Then we took a boat along the delta. Kim, our tour guide explained to us what we could see during the tour.

We went to different villages where we could see things they’re growing and what they’re doing. They kept bees and we tried the tea with the honey they’ve produced.

On the next village, we had some tea and tasted some of the fruit they’re growing. We also had some musical entertainment. Our guide translated to us the songs and the messages. Some of them were so sad, about love and unrequited love. My sister tried to play their instrument while I walked around their garden.

We then boarded a sampan, a small rickety wooden row boat, and paddled our way through small canals of the giant Mekong tributaries. We came across flower farms, fruit orchards, rice paper factories, temples, river restaurants and all sorts of attractions by the water.

For our lunch, we had another sumptuous Vietnamese meal. Such a lovely day!

For: #WQWWC # 30: Vacation – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write


  1. Wow, Lady Lee, you have been all over the world. I would love to see the beautiful tigers. I loved that poem the most and felt your longing and anticipation to see them, then your excitement when they finally popped into view. What a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful vacations with us, and the music to listen to as we journeyed across the world. 🙂

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