Friday, 25 June 2010

COLMAR TROPICALE

Firstly, I am still alive! Much thanks to my blog buddies writting to me and wondering if I have been abducted by aliens haha...but you know how it is. Once we (well...at least for me) go on a short break, a day becomes a week and then a month. I practically had to do a self-butt-kick to start blogging again PLUS I have missed everyone! Busy with work, busy with the children's 2 weeks school holidays and busy being busy.

We took a day trip to Colmar...not in France, but here, Colmar Tropicale!  The last time I was there was a long time ago and my son was not born then.  It was a 1.5 hours drive from our home and a short getaway. Here are some of the pictures around Colmar.  Even though it was in the mountains, but the weather was still hot.










Another fav flower of mine, the grape rose :)


Another must visit to the Japanese tea garden. It used to be much, much better but over the years and too many visitors, it was just OK.




The last time I took a picture of the children, the girls were only 1 and 2 years old. Here they are armed with sketch books and every outing was a 'project' for them. So, it's a learning trip as well.


I have been collecting this carnivorous plant - the Nepenthes -- more to come in later post. Put a little water in it and all sort of insects and even snails will crawl in and become their food. Quite a good way to rid mosquitoes!



Bye for now and I will be visiting everyone soon....love ya all ......(that was the Cockatoo talking ok :)

34 comments:

  1. Wonderful to hear from you again M Kate! It looks like a lovely place. I liked the roof tile patterns and the koi.

    Lovely to hear from you again.

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  2. Hey M.! It is good to know you are alive and well and living life!! The kids look healthy and happy despite their working vacation;)

    Colmar looks like quite a place! I'm not sure I've ever seen a place quite like it. I'm assuming people don't live there...it's just a tourist destination?

    Your Grape rose looks very much like our Liliac...pretty:)

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  3. Nice to hear from you again,
    i too took my children there on the first week of the recent school holidays,haven't blog on it yet and it's only cold at night.

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  4. It's great to have you back M Kate and with such a great post! The place looks fabulous and the pinkish shutters are so sweet!Japanese tea garden must ba a must:)
    Hugs
    Joo

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  5. So glad to see you back here, M.Kate! And thank you for this fantastic outing--what a great, fun, beautiful place... I would love to see that tea garden! Happy Days to you all :o) ((HUGS))

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  6. Glad to have you back busy lady! Wonderful pics! There's lots of grape rose in Kota Kinabalu Park. I love them too.Perhaps I catch up with you for a nephentes - need to catch mosquitoes too!!

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  7. There you are! I was wondering.

    Isn't it fun to go back and visit a place you haven't seen for years? I love the fact that the girls are taking their journals everywhere.

    Darla

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  8. Good to meet again!!
    The place is so unique. Those narrow streets and those old-fashioned houses, somehow it reminds me of Austria, my Jelinek's home. And the kids are fabulous.

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  9. Glad you are back! I know you work hard, but from most of your posts I get the impression you play hard too!

    I like the new look of your blog, but I can't always figure out how to comment. I wanted to say about your last one that I did that too and a few of our answers are the same.

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  10. I'm so glad you're back! I'm having a bit of a mind stretching exercise trying to imagine a French village in Malaysia! It is beautiful, though.

    The girls look so sweet and so interested in recording in pictures everything they are seeing!

    Have a happy weekend!

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  11. Wow MK ! When I saw the first pics, I thought "Hey, she went to Germany!". There are many places in Germany (& other parts of Europe) that looks like this! So when will you go to the real France & the real Japan? And mana itu mesin baru?

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  12. Hello my friend ... so great to see you back blogging :-) .. I really thought it was Colmar France, looks just like it ...!

    Hope you are ok, and all your family xx

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  13. Always enjoy my trip with you on your blog..So happy to see you here again..It is hard to keep up with everything, especially when you are so busy.
    My Grandsons asked me the other day, if I still blogged..Told them..I have so many wonderful friends, I can't stop now..would be such a loss to me.
    Anyway, happy to see the family and all the beautiful buildings..
    Very colorful..Wonderful and thank you for taking your time to share everything..xoxohugs/Rosebud.

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  14. Great to read your post. Where is Colmar?

    May be post one or two photos a post. Then you don't feel you have to do so much.

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  15. Colmar is an interesting looking place. It's such a contrast to how the rest of Malaysia looks! Or how I imagine the rest of Malaysia looks. I haven't seen it all of course! I'd love to visit that charming looking town!

    It's so good to have you back blogging again M! Yay!

    Cutie cockatoo!

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  17. I have seen pics of Colmar but have never been there but the architecture will be my greatest drawing motivation to visit the place. :)

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  18. Colmar looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I mised your beautiful photos very much, M KATE! I fully understand how life can get busy and blogging can take a back seat ..no need for apologies!
    Your children are growing up! Enjoy these precious days with them as before you know it they will be on their own. I know as it happened to me :-)
    Have a good summer and check in when you can
    ♥ Pat

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  19. im so jealous of these beautiful beautiful pictures! lovely blog, glad i found it

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  20. this place looks fantastic... and i could spend all day in japanese tea gardens

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  21. Colmar looks like an amazing place and I love japanese gardens. Glad you are back blogging. You asked about the temperature over here, we have a cold summer so far. +12C

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  22. This looks like a very beautiful place to visit. So that's French style in Bukit Tinggi Resort, Pahang?

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  23. I missed you so much. I kept checking and checking, but I knew you were just busy. Glad you are back. Looks like a fun place and I love that bird! Big hugs.xoxo

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  24. Hello, I'm glad you are back! That looks like a wonderful trip, I just love those buildings, I'd love to visit there someday. And the cockatoo picture is brilliant!
    : )

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  25. Beautiful shots of fantastic place. Good to see you back in the bloggong world.

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  26. Hi Mary Kate...I am enchanted with this town! The view over the rooftops is my favorite.

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  27. Would the kids share their sketch book work?
    Thanks for the visit to another interesting place! The buildings are very European!
    It is fun to get out and see new things...you do a good job with your kiddos!!

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  28. looks like a fab place to visit..gorgeous photos you've taken..esp love the cockatoo and pitcher plant..we saw some of those in Queensland recently..Great to have you back MK! Gxoxox

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  29. M. Kate, I have an award for you. Thank you very much for being my friend! This is my link

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  30. AMEN...

    Likewise... duno where all the days? Gone?

    Miz yah my BF (bloggie fween). Enjoy the best of the summer & no worries who follow you will follow you & am one of them, though these summer is a bit seldom but, U know how we like, huh?

    Happy Holidays!!!
    x0x0 4evah

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  31. Hi M.Kate! Great to see you back!!
    This is amazing; what an idea of building a fake Colmar in the tropics... But it looks rather beautiful!!

    Blogtrotter Two is showing some incredible rocks by the sea... Enjoy and have a great week!

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  32. The kids are growing up so fast! Looks like a beautiful, picturesque town! Love your photos! Glad to see you again on your blog! It's a busy summer..I know! ♥

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  33. Well that is interesting. Looks like it could be somewhere in Europe if it was not so clean and pristine.

    I like the Japanese natural garden.

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  34. Beautiful, interesting, I've never been to Colmar, whether in France or in Malaysia. Should plan a trip there. bisous.

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