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Little did I know I was in for a surprise with my next home for two nights. I had booked this little Shepherd´s Hut at Airbnb just because it seemed a great spot to explore Dumfries & Galloway and I wanted to stay in a lovely hut for some time.

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Little did I know it was situated in the most beautiful gardens above the little village of Dunragit. The work on the gardens started about 35 years ago and is an ongoing labour of love.

It was a wee wet day when I arrived and the little hut seemed even cosier.

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But I still had to explore the gardens a little bit.

The Gardens are a labour of love, hewn from rough moorland 35 years ago. With the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Glenwhan grows many tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs. A numbered tree trail for the dendrologist has been collated, along with a 17 acre moorland walk with 120 species of wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. Two small lakes (Lochans) are the focal point of these family-run gardens, with seats and  meandering paths running along enchanting walks with interesting scupltures, which the visitor will discover.

(Glenwhan Gardens)

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On the next morning, I woke up to sunshine, some lovely visitors and another surprise: the sea!

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South facing and 300 ft above sea level, Glenwhan Gardens offer magnificent views over Luce Bay, the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man, a perfect backdrop for this garden gem, with leisurely paths and Seats to sit and relax on and enjoy the Spectacular sea Views

(Scotlands Garden Route)

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A few days ago I had the opportunity to visit the current Monet Exhibition in the Viennese Albertina after hours – an empty museum, 150 artworks and a few Instagrammers.

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This exhibition focus on colours and Monets treatment of colour.

Monet’s light and colors change on the canvas in accordance with nature’s constant transformation, as well as the diversity of atmospheric impressions that the painter gleaned from his motifs—and it was his urge to capture this diversity that moved him to paint many such motifs in series.

(Albertina)

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In a chronological order, you´ll be able to follow Monet’s life, family and travels – from Paris to Argenteuil, Vétheuil, Trouville, the Netherlands, Italy, London and many more.

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Monet´s studio boat, an atelier on the Seine and Camille, his first wife and model.

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Thank you, Albertina and Igersaustria.at for the invitation! Claude Monet. A Floating World. will be shown at the Albertina until January 6th 2019.