During the 2009 "Sculpture By The Sea" exhibition along the beach-path from Bondi to Tamarama, this fabulous art-piece sat perched on a hill looking over one of the many beached inlets along the route. With the combination of its regally imposing height, the informality of the rider's clothing, and the purity of it all being made out of straw, the piece (of which I can not seem to find the artists' name) was captivating, especially placed on a cliff above the pounding ocean.
Each year the pieces are different, and new artists and concepts come into play. I've had the pleasure of experiencing it twice, and highly recommend it for an art afficiandos, travellers, and fun-fiends alike!
October 18th to November 4th, 2012
Bondi Beach, NSW.
As we walked along the ruins, you couldn't help but think what times must have been like back in the days of the pirates. Looking out over the clear water, you could see for miles. Definitely something that would benefit you if you were worried about your safety. People are there touring from all over the world. Yet for many people, that is their home. As you enter or leave the different areas, you'll always come across children sent out to make a little extra for the family. They may try and sell you a bracelet or necklace. They may bargain with you. Whatever they do, you can't help but pay attention. Slowly they pull you back to the cart where their mothers and fathers have set up shop for the day. Selling a few trinkets here and there, just trying to get by. Of course we bought. Of course we tipped. And we have the photographs to always remember just how lucky we are to do what we do.
The month I finally landed my new job, I called an old friend and said, "Let's do this." We'd both been talking about Iceland for years, and the travel posters all over New York were taunting me. When we landed, it was as if we'd touched down on the surface of the moon. The landscape outside Reykjavik looked alien with its grey-green moss, all the more alien in the arctic sunlight. We spent the weekend doing all the tourist things — city walking, puffin boat tours, and the (incredible) Blue Lagoon. But it wasn't until our last day when a local couple, long-time family friends of my fellow traveler, picked us up for a drive, that we really saw the country. Driving the southern coast will stick in my mind forever. Our hosts wanted to show us *their* Iceland. Glaciers, waterfalls, even stopping to say hello to Icelandic horses out to pasture. Best of all, we'd beat tourist season by a...
Aside from the amazing Northern Lights, which topped everything else for me, Iceland's famed ponies were my favorite thing on my January trip to this one-of-a-kind country. Only three-quarters the size of a standard horse and with a sweet, laid-back disposition, Icelandic ponies are a hearty breed able to live easily through harsh, frigid winters.
You'll find these endearing ponies everywhere in Iceland, so stop along the road and say hello. My favorites were the brown ponies with gorgeous blond manes and tails that glowed when the sun hit them.
Iceland is a magical place. From its brilliant Northern Lights and dramatic sunsets to its fascinating bubbling mud pots and stunning ponies, Iceland has something for everyone!
we had taken the morning off and slept late- when we walked along the waterfront where our boat was docked, many cafes were nearly empty with just a few locals having a late morning coffee, I saw this one lone chair in front of the door to a house and loved the red white and blue composition of the chair's paint juxtaposed with the white-washed wall and the red geraniums. it is one of my favorite photos from the greek islands
One of our favorite experiences in the Cayman Islands was swimming with the stingrays. Take a catamaran out to "stingray city". You get to touch and hold these gentle giants. It was truly an unbelievable experience that I would recommend to everyone.
I think this is the most mysterious place I have ever been. It is just crazy that no one truly knows who built these or why. Having been to Peru, you can definitely see the Inca influence on the base under the Moai BUT I have also been to Polynesia and you cannot deny the Polynesian features. We had an excellent guild while on the island who's family has been there for generations. She really made sure we had all the facts that are out there but, left it up to us to try to figure out.
about 250 miles from Manilla, 3 mile long Pamalican island lies in crystal clear water and warm trade winds. one of the greatest places I've stayed for sure. each bungalow is like a small house on the beach or atop the tree canopy. every bungalow has its' own golf cart so you can explore the small private island, drive to your massage, go to the clubhouse for fresh lobster or a daiquiri, or just drive to get lost on one of the many white sand beaches... amazing diving, snorkeling, sailing hobie cats included~. you will feel like you are the only guests on the island. while I was there we helped put any sea turtles into sea as they hatched on the protected birth zone. after you arrive by a short flight from Manilla, villas will run $800 to $ 4500 usd.... but be prepared to be pampered! This backpacker was in heaven!!!!! luckily it was for work so I didn't have to worry about the...
The island nation of Maldives is said to be the smallest country in Asia, in both population and land area. It may also be the prettiest. The flight approach to the airport in the capital city of Male, is the most beautiful I've experienced. During my stay at the Paradise Island Resort, I took an excursion to the nearby island of Dhonveli. Here I enjoyed the beauty of these bungalows at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort. The colors were mesmerizing.
Prior to going to Phu Quoc, Vietnam my research showed that the "sleepy" fishing village, Duong Dong, was nothing more than a blip you would see between the airport and the island's resort areas. I found this information to be false. Duong Dong was refreshing, the commotion of the town was very exciting.
Phu Quoc is a Vietnamese island off of the southern tip of Vietnam. It is quickly becoming a tourist hot spot boasting its pristine beaches and laid back atmosphere.
The photo above was taken amidst a maze of fishing boats in Duong Dong Harbor, near the market (the market with exception to the town's airport may be the only landmark in Duong Dong). The town is so small that you can just about see everything in an hour.
If on holiday, stay on Phu Quoc's Long Beach, there are a handful of resorts but Cassica Cottages makes their own Cinnamon Ice Cream..killer.
From Long Beach walk north...
Driving from Geysir to Selfoss after having seen the stunning Gulfoss Waterfall, my husband and I stopped to chat with some of the beautiful Icelandic ponies we'd passed along the way. We figured this friendly guy had to be the chairman of the welcoming committee.
I was so impressed with the beautiful Icelandic ponies I'd heard so much about - they were one of the things I most wanted to see during the trip and they did not disappoint. The ponies were endearingly curious with a sweet, easy-going disposition, and they all loved my husband's great ear scratches. It's clear by this picture that he and the ponies were kindred spirits.
When in Iceland, make sure to take a minute to stop by the roadside for an up-close view of the famed Icelandic ponies.
Like most horses, Icelandic ponies come in all colors: black, white, multi-colored. But by far my favorites were the brown ones with golden manes and tails that seemed to glow when the soft Icelandic sun hit them.
Icelandic ponies are a bit smaller than standard horses, about three-quarters the size and between 750-800 pounds, making them a bit more approachable than standard large horses. They're a hearty breed, able to thrive in even the harshest of Iceland's frigid winters.
I knew Icelandic ponies would be beautiful but I didn't know just how beautiful until I saw them in person. They definitely exceeded my expectations.