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Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival 2019

Located in Twickenham this gothic mansion was built in the 1700s. It became the summer residence of Horace Walpole, who transformed two cottages on site at the time into his vision of the gothic castle.

This year I had the opportunity to attend the flower festival at Strawberry Hill House. The event was the result of collaborations with over 40 of the most prestigious floral designers, artists and British flower growers from around the country. All artists who exhibited here are committed to sustainability, artistry and design. They brought those qualities into what they do day to day. Only British flowers were used in creating the floral arrangements. The artists also incorporated Walpole’s ideas about design and how elements such as visual impact, colour and the play between light and dark were considered.

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Plovdiv

Plovdiv

The honour for the European city of culture in 2019 is shared between Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Matera, Italy.

I love Plovdiv aka the city of the seven hills due to it being developed on seven hills up to 250 metres high. The old town is well preserved and it is easy to explore on a day trip from Sofia. It is small and its cobbled-stone streets are dotted with beautiful houses in different styles.

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