Meeting the rising sun over the valleys and vineyards of Cappadocia

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour. In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day. My most memorable “golden hour” moment was while floating in a…

In flight the Pelicans look so graceful

Travel theme: Pelicans in Motion

While visiting Viña del Mar a small city on the coast of Chile I was captivated by the pelicans I found at the river mouth. Pelicans are very gracious birds as they soar above the water and land without causing too much of a disturbance to the water surface. They are gracious when in motion, moving…

The Moai statues are definitely very striking!

Travel theme: Moai Sculptures of Easter Island

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean  Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. They are undoubtedly the most famous sculptures of Chile and perfect for this weeks’ Travel Theme of Sculptures.  Almost all the moai statues have overly large heads that are three-eighths the size of the whole statue. It is…

Their costumes were beautiful and very elegant

Travel theme – Japan’s Summer festival Costumes

This weeks travel theme is costumes and I immediately thought of the colourful costumes the dancers wore during the Japanese summer festivals. I lived in Higashi-Rinkan, a suburb of Tokyo, Japan for a while and was fortunate enough to be there for their summer festival. Matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday and draws millions of people each summer.  Japan is the…

Park Balmaceda where I sat reading this afternoon

Travel theme: Pathways through Santiago, Chile

Santiago has beautiful graffiti covered streets but walking along the river and through the pathways of its many parks has also been a beautiful experience. These are some of the paths that I have traveled down during my stay in Santiago. For Ailsa’s travel theme of pathways I will share my favourite Santiago park pathways.  Park De Las Esculturas…

This building must have been magnificent once.

Travel theme: Pale Ruins

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa is PALE and what is paler than sun bleached ruins? I explored Ephesus while traveling through Turkey a couple of years ago, it was amazing!! The library of Celsus is definitely the most recognizable  ancient Roman building in Ephesus, Turkey. It was built in honor of the Roman Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus  in 177 AD. The library…

The beach reclaiming the road

Travel theme: Roads

This weeks Travel Theme is Roads. I went on a lovely road trip through the Western Cape in South-Africa and here are some shots that shows how drastically the scenery changed after driving just a couple of miles! Driving down the coast and next to the sand dunes of the Cape coast was amazing. Some places it looked…

During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died

Travel Theme: Bridge on the River Kwai

This weeks Travel Theme is Bridges. One of the most famous Bridges that I have visited was definitely the Bridge on the River Kwai.  During World War 2, the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war to build a railway from Thailand to Burma so they could supply their army without the dangers of sending supplies…

Bethlehem candles

Travel theme: Multiples from Israel

Here is my contribution to Ailsa’s travel theme: multiples this week. I took this photo in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, and thus it is considered sacred by…

This camel looked as if it was actually posing for the photo!!

Travel theme: Hot in the desert

This weeks Travel Theme by Ailsa is HOT!! Winter is upon us here in Russia and temperatures are already -6 degrees Celsius during the day so it’s definitely time for some heat in my life!! Before I moved to Moscow I actually lived in the United Arab Emirates for a while where its sunny and hot every day!! One of…

Fountain at Alexander Gardens, Moscow

Travel theme: Liquid

This weeks Travel Theme is Liquid. There are so many things I want to post under this theme but its nearly time for me to leave Moscow so I decided to post a photo of one of the beautiful fountains found right in the heart of Moscow. This fountain is in the Alexander Gardens right in front…