Weekly Photo Challenge: One Goat in a Coat in Moscow

This week the photo challenge is to focus on one thing. Here is definitely one thing that fascinated me while living in Moscow.  On my way to work I would often pass by this old man with his goat in a coat. He would usually be standing close to the metro collecting money for his goat come sunshine, rain or snow. Advertisements Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: One Goat in a Coat in Moscow

Mom and I infront of the Cloud-Dispelling Hall

The Fabulous Summer Palace and its Amazing Gardens in Beijing

Walking through the Summer Palace where once only Royalty could enter was very high on my Beijing wish list. Our China Odyssey group took taxis to the Summer Palace and unfortunately the taxi drivers dropped us off at different entrances so we were split up for the day. This ended up not being a huge problem as we had all arranged to meet again later that day … Continue reading The Fabulous Summer Palace and its Amazing Gardens in Beijing

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 and didn’t want to venture too far for dinner. With … Continue reading Super fresh handmade pasta in Suzhou, China

A unique feature this garden is the 700 m covered walk which connects the different sections.

Walking Through Chinese Gardens and Parks during a Typhoon

During our month long China Odyssey we had hot and humid weather but as we arrived in Suzhou it was raining and the wind was blowing. We actually arrived smack in the middle of a typhoon hitting Suzhou. Normally people would stay indoors during a Typhoon and only venture out if it was really necessary. But unfortunately we only had one full day to explore … Continue reading Walking Through Chinese Gardens and Parks during a Typhoon

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 of China to protect the Chinese against intrusions. The Great Wall, … Continue reading Standing and Walking on The Great Wall of China!!

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 of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political … Continue reading Stepping foot into China’s Forbidden City in Beijing

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 by population in China, with a total population of over … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Shanghai Horizon

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 “happy” colour and it cheers me up so I always … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

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 places to watch this show. There were the usual large … Continue reading Water and lights show at the Goose Pagoda in Xian.

Norfolk Lavender, England

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite Lavender Fields

Infinity can produce contrasting effects on (and in) us: it might make us feel dwarfed or amplified, afraid or empowered. It might take the form of a wide panorama or a zoomed-in fraction of an object. A starry sky? A sea of commuters on a train platform? Rows of corn in a field? No pun intended, but the possibilities really are endless. IN A NEW POST … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite Lavender Fields

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 THAT SAYS “GOOD MORNING!” Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning Vietnam!

What a beautiful sight having the deserted wall stretch out in front of us.

Exploring the mist shrouded Xian City Wall the “easy” way

We arrived in Xian after a 17 hour train ride from Chengdu. This super long train ride was not as bad as I expected as we played some card games and I actually had a chance to catch up on my travel writing. Sleeping on the bumpy ride was a bit difficult though, so by the time we arrived in Xian at 5 am we … Continue reading Exploring the mist shrouded Xian City Wall the “easy” way

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 his “Shape, Line, Texture, Pattern” post published earlier this week. I took … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

After a couple of minutes the flowers inside emerge as the centerpiece

Drinking Flowering Tea Inside Shanghai’s Oldest Teahouse

Huxinting Teahouse, the Oldest Teahouse of historic Shanghai is situated in the heart of the city across the Yuyuan Gardens. This old teahouse is a big pavilion in the middle of a small lake originally built in 1784 in the Qing Dynasty. It is situated in a very popular part of Shanghai filled with small shops and teahouses teeming with people. The Old Teahouse was … Continue reading Drinking Flowering Tea Inside Shanghai’s Oldest Teahouse

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 SAYS INSIDE. New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside the Great Wall

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 some photos of Camels and the Egyptian Pyramids with an … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

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 the sunset across the harbour and lost in thought. We … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea and Sunsets

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 the photo. In contrast, the focal point of the very … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Lotus Flower in Xian

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

One of my most carefree and untroubled moments during our China odyssey was sitting down and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the lotus pond at a park in Xian.   A lotus flower is a symbol of purity which rises unsullied through muddy water. It is also one of the Eight Buddhist symbols of good fortune.  Lotus flower has been used to indicate different … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

The Great Wall of China

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

“For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject.” —WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works: 1. Each week, we’ll provide … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

The Magnificent Mist covered Xian Wall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an author hints certain plot developments that perhaps will come to be later in the story. It is used to arouse the reader, viewer or listener about how the story will proceed and mentally prepare them for how it will unfold. Exploring the magnificent city walls of Xian during our China Odyssey was definitely an amazing adventure. Here is a taste of our mist covered … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

His shoulders are 28 metres wide

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dafu Buddha, a Chinese Masterpiece

  Mom and I in front of the Leshan Giant Buddha “MASTERPIECE.  No matter where you are (and where you’ve been), I’m certain you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary: a place that blows your mind; a work of art or object that speaks to you; or even a location or scene that’s special, unusual, or even magical in some way.” I thought of the Dafu or Leshan Giant Buddha that … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Dafu Buddha, a Chinese Masterpiece