Monday, May 23, 2011

Beautiful Thailand.....

You might have noticed....I've been away from my blog for a while....I meant to find time before I left on my holiday to Thailand to do a quick post.  But, time just flew before my holiday.  Extra work to do at home,  painting and stitching to do in readiness for my art groups upcoming exhibition...I just ran out of time.

My lovely sister Lee took me to Thailand for a ten day holiday to celebrate our birthdays this year (our birthdays are only two days apart).  I had never really holidayed in Asian before, and I was in for a treat!

First we visited Bangkok for a few days.  We took in so much art, visited many markets and malls (will have to cover them in another post).  But, for me,  the best part was our week in Chiang Mai.  A beautiful city, still having very much a country feel compared with Bangkok ....and very friendly and beautiful people.

We stayed at the Chedi in Chiang Mai and I would recommend it to anyone.  Below is the first view I had of our hotel as we arrived in our taxi...hopefully you can click on the photo to enlarge.  Wonderful architecture and decor.  So many things I would have loved to pop in my suitcase and take home.

Entrance to Chedi Hotel

Each morning we wandered down to the restaurant to have a lazy breakfast down by the river.  Considering we were right in the midst of Chiang Mai,  it was so lovely and peaceful....and of course the food was yumbo.
Breakfast area under the tree by the river.

We found many nooks and crannies where we sat and sketched,  read our books,  just lazed around.  It felt good to slow down and relax...nothing like going away with your sister!
Me relaxing in one of the areas on the upper verandah of the old Govenors residence (restaurant at hotel)

This was another favourite spot to sit and sketch,  and we did have a few cocktails.  Lee told me that Gin and Tonic wards off Malaria...so of course we had to have one of those most days (purely medicinal).  Our favourite drinks though were the Virgin Mojita's....we refreshed ourselves with quite a few of those during our stay.
Yet another spot to sit and relax alongside the floating lotus pool.

Whilst we were away,  it was Mothers Day in Australia.  So we promised our families that we would have High Tea and the Govenors Residence....another yumbo experience.  The little chocolate pots were unbelievably good!!!
Chocolate pots served with our High Tea.

Quite a few afternoons were spent under the fans under the verandah partaking in tea or light refreshments.  We took along our sketch books and sat sometimes for hours just talking and sketching.  I just loved the green, green grass and the lovely black bark of the trees.
View from restaurant across to our room (behind the pots and big tree).

And this is my gorgeous sister Lee.  We were having an early dinner before we headed off to the night markets later (of course had to buy goodies for our family and friends at home).
Lee under verandah.

We were blessed with beautiful weather.  Lee and I visited many galleries,  saw some wonderful art (I cant tell you how many cards  I bought so I would remember the artists and galleries!!!!).  I have tried to upload some photos into a mosaic to share with you,  but not able to do that yet,  but thought you might like a glimpse of what I've been up to since my last post.  I will try and upload some photos of the art and architecture soon.

No art to show this post,  but I have been busy since I arrived home.  Will take a few photos soon.  Lovely to be back and I will be catching up on blogs soon.

TREASURE  TIME  BY  MUGS  OF  TEA
-SARK-

Sending much love....

Jacky xox

22 comments:

lynda Howells said...

Great you have had a great hoiday. I spent a wonderful time many years ago in Bangkok and a few weeks in Chiang Mai. Gorgeous then and now it appearsxxlynda

martha brown said...

It looks like you had a lovely time! And thanks for that gin and tonic tip -- I'll be taking it for "preventative measures" often now!

Linda said...

Oh Jacky you lucky, lucky girl! It all sounds (and looks) so wonderful :-)

lynne h said...

that lee!!!

sending you love, my friend... so glad you got to spend this time in thailand with your sweet sister.

xoxo

A bird in the hand said...

I couldn't take my eyes off the chocolate pot!! What a wonderful trip you had. xoxo

kaite said...

I almost feel as if i had come along with you two, so lovely and peaceful.

Ro Bruhn said...

Can't wait for our get together to see all of your treasures and hear all of your stories. The hotel looks fabulous.

Peggy Beck said...

Your holiday sounds and looks absolutely glorious. So nice to be refreshed and ready to do more "Art"!. Welcome back.

By the Bluegrass said...

Oh such lovely pictures! Now, I want to go there! You must post more pictures of the markets and malls!
xo,
Sena

Nic Hohn said...

Oh Jacky, hooray for you. I bet you found some real treasures at the markets! How much fabric did you bring home? xoxo

Zorana said...

What a spectacular way to celebrate your birthdays! I enlarged every picture... they are so lovely! Very peaceful... I was taking deep breaths and relaxing just by looking at them. I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip! Can't wait to see more. xo

conference venue said...

And you have so much for your blog when you returned. You really enjoyed your vacation. Thailand is a good place to go to.

Philippa said...

Have been wondering about you. So pleased to hear you have been away treating yourself with your sister. Looks like you have a wonderful time. May the good vibes last a long time!

La Dolce Vita said...

oh lovely a wonderful visit and looks so beautiful, thanks for taking us along!!

Judy Whaites said...

Chiang Mai would have to be the loveliest place to visit in Thailand. I loved the hustle and bustle of the night markets. Would love to see more of your photos.

Robin Olsen said...

It looks like a gorgeous and restful place--sign me up!

Sharon said...

You are such a lucky sister. What a wonderful and relaxing trip. It was great to see a bit of it. Thanks for sharing

Els said...

Hi there Jacky, you had a lovely time !!!(although most of the photo's won't open grrrrr...)
My daughter's felted rug needed "only" a last "treatment" with that rolling-pin because after rinsing the whole cloth, it was too dry when I took it inside so we had to "treat" it with boiling hot water and rolling-pin to flatten it out again ... Wett felting is laborious artwork: the felting itself is first done by hand and later by rolling it between two layers of bubble-wrap!
So: a priceless piece of work !

Emma said...

What a lovely place to stay & just be.

Jen Crossley said...

WOW looks like you had a wonderful time.I hope you bought some treasures while you were there

karen said...

it looks amazing!! and the hotel?? gorgeous.

Marilyn Rock said...

Jacky! Well; your trip, alone, was an artistic one! Lovely! Those sitting areas look so relaxing - beautiful surroundings. I'm happy you had that time with your sister! Happy Birthday to the both of you! xxoo