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An interesting article from m Readers Digest.  I have done 3 of 10 listed, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, the Champs Elysees in Paris and Abbey Road in London.  How many have you done?

http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/world/worlds-10-most-famous-streets

27 Surreal Places to Visit Before You Die


Tulips

 

I ran into this article on Buzzfeed the other day and deemed it worthy of a share.  The article lists 27 very interesting places around the globe.  Interesting, for the travellers out there, to see how many you’ve been to.  Personally, I have been to Juneau, Alaska and Belize, but did not see either of the things listed.  I have seen the tulip fields, but only from a train window between Antwerp and Amsterdam, kind of a drive by.

 

Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand


Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

On a recent rip to the Canary Islands, we took a tour of the island of Lanzarote.  The island is about 80 miles off the coast of Africa and is an autonomous province of Spain.  The island has been inhabited by Europeans since the 14th century.  It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1730, which lasted until 1736.  Most of the island was covered by lava and ash, creating this landscape.  A very interesting tour.

The Moon on Earth.  Lanzarote Island, part of the Canary islands

The Moon on Earth. Lanzarote Island, part of the Canary islands

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape


This week the challenge presented us is “Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape”.  In the description, one sentence hit me as so true in my thinking in the past while, “the desire to disappear and run away, the need to unplug and shut off”.  To some this may mean solitude, or winding down.  To me it means leaving nothing on the table as life rumbles on.  See it all, experience as much as one can and do it in such a way that maximizes the experience and allows opportunity for that solitude, and the lowering of one’s stress.  I think we have found our avenue to escape with a simple sailboat.  I sincerely hope we can work this one out.

The Volcano on Montserrat, seen at sea off the coast of Antigua

The Volcano on Montserrat, seen at sea off the coast of Antigua

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern


This week we have The Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern.  We have seen a lot of patterns in our travels, clouds, lights, architecture, but, to date, we have seen nothing more interesting than the Mezquita de Córdoba in Cordoba, Spain.  A unique structure that melds a mosque, converted to a cathedral.  Originally started as a church, it was converted to a mosque after the Moors conquered this part of Spain.  It was largely rebuilt and then, when the area was retaken by the Spanish, it was again converted to a church.    A very interesting background and a stunning combination of various architecture.

Mezquita de Córdoba

Mezquita de Córdoba

Mezquita de Córdoba

Mezquita de Córdoba

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above


This week we have The Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above.  The obvious one is the above shot of food.  I chose to not be food for this guy and took its picture “From Above”.  This is a salt water crocodile, one of many found near Cozumel, Mexico.  Very impressive animals.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up


The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Up.  The Amalfi Coast in Italy offers many looks that could be seen as an up.  The very fact that they built cities into the cliff side is amazing,

Up the side of a cliff.

Up the side of a cliff.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color


I see color is the Weekly Photo Challenge, which is not as easy as it sounds.  Do you go subtle, or bold or obvious or even dark.  Many choices to make.  Caribbean blue, tropical green, Canada white, doors, windows, food, flowers.  One of them will work.  Let’s go with a shot of the garden at Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-On-Avon in England.  We spent the better part of a day there in August 2008.

Anne Hahaways's Garden Cottage

Anne Hathaway’s Garden Cottage

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime


This weeks challenge is lunchtime.  Conveniently, I am an habitual foodtographer when we are on vacation, or any other time when we have something thoroughly enjoyable.  Here is a couple of shots for you.

When in Rome

When in Rome

When in Toledo

When in Toledo

When in Lisbon

When in Lisbon

My Favourite Travel Blog Says Hi From Tafraoute


Morocco and Spain (NASA, International Space S...

Morocco and Spain (NASA, International Space Station, 12/31/11) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

Our friends Dean and Laynni are on the move again.  They are travelling Morocco and, as always, having a great time, seeing many new things and writing about it as only they can.  Great blog, well worth following.

Morocco – brought to you by the letter “T”

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