Small cafe across from our hotel

Super fresh handmade pasta in Suzhou, China

One of my most tasty noodle dishes was having fresh rice noodles with vegetables at a small local cafe in Suzhou. This small local place was situated across the street from our hotel where we were spending the night. After spending the day exploring Suzhou by braving the Typhoon we were chilled to the bone…

The Great Wall of China

Standing and Walking on The Great Wall of China!!

The Great Wall of China is one of the Architectural Wonders of the Middle Ages and getting to see and stand on it has been one of the highlights of my travel adventures up to date. The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders…

Standing on the Royal Walkway!!!

Stepping foot into China’s Forbidden City in Beijing

Walking through the Forbidden City of Beijing has always been very high on my wishlist and getting to walk through this Chinese imperial palace while on our China Odyssey was a dream come true. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the home…

The Lujiazui skyline of Shanghai

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shanghai Horizon

Horizon. The space or line where the sky meets the earth. So many places where the sky meets the earth around the world, and millions of interactions between two elements. Here is one of the most beautiful city skylines I came across during our exploration of the concrete forest that is Shanghai. Shanghai is the largest city…

The rapeseed fields of Cambridgeshire, England.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

” Share a photograph with a prominent colour that reveals more about you. It could be a symbolic, meaningful shade; a colour that expresses how you currently feel; or a combination of colours that excites you and tells a visual story.” One of my favourite colours has always been yellow. I think it is a…

The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

Water and lights show at the Goose Pagoda in Xian.

While exploring Xian on our China Odyssey we visited the Wild Goose Pagoda where there was a great water and lights show on that evening.  The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi’an, built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. We were lucky enough to arrive at just the right time to get ourselves good standing…

Sunrise boat trip along the Mekong Delta

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning Vietnam!

We all start our days in different ways: going for a run, hitting snooze 17 times, or watching the morning news, among many, many others. Floating along the Mekong Delta during sunrise was definitely one of the most memorable and amazing mornings I have ever shared with my mom.  THIS WEEK, SHOW US A PHOTO…

Lines ans patters formed by the columns of Luxor Temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

From lines to patterns. We see lines and patterns in the world around us, in nature and things man-made. Sometimes we don’t realize they’re there: on the street, across the walls, up in the sky, and along the ground on which we walk. Today’s challenge is inspired by Evan Zelermyer‘s stunning urban, abstract, and architectural images from…

View from inside the Great Wall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside the Great Wall

This week’s photo challenge is to share what you see on the inside. This is a view taken from  the inside of the Great Wall of China. Inside a watchtower of Mutianyu, a section of the Great Wall of China located 70 km northeast of central Beijing. IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO THAT…

Camels and the Egyptian Pyramids

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

Unusual. In this week’s Photography 101 post on point of view, Lynn Wohlers offers great advice on how to show your own unique way of looking at the world: “Challenge yourself to rethink your ideas about what subjects are appropriate, and then challenge yourself again to find an unusual perspective on your subject.” For this challenge I am sharing…

The last rays of sunlight reflecting of the water and bringing with it a cool breeze

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea and Sunsets

There is something about sunsets and beaches that make me feel close to nature. It is as if you get a glimpse of the magnificence of nature through a sunset over the ocean.  Walking along at the stretch of beach at the harbour in Richards Bay on a lovely summer evening in December. Sitting down watching…

fragrant incense

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Focus. This week’s challenge is inspired by Matthew George’s post on focus, in which he introduced us to the basics of depth of field and aperture.  In the first shot taken at the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong the focus is on the fragrant incense with the foreground blurred, giving a bit more depth of field to…