Spent some days close to Fethye in Turkey on board of a 6 cabin boat where the Captain and two sailors prepared fantastic meals. Even had a chance to eat line caught tuna. Hiked off the boat, met with a shepherd and his family and tried some of his home made bread. It is possible to rent these boats and spend as many days as you would like. After 3 days we got off and went to Izmir where I bought 2 awesome rugs, got some home made
olive oil and left for Istanbul.
The water was like glass, the reflection of the clouds was so clear and bright, I almost could not tell which direction was up or down. It was supernatural.
This is Packer Lake, http://www.packerlakelodge.com/, which lies near the center of what is called the Lakes Basin recreation area in Northern California's central Sierra, about 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe. The hike to the top of the Buttes, in the distance, takes two to four hours, depending on your starting point. Also within hiking (and/or short driving) distance are dozens of other lakes, great for trout fishing and swimming, with such names as Gold, Deer, Tamarack, Salmon, Sardine, Goose, and Haven. I've taken versions of this photo over the course of five decades; it only gets prettier. And the number of visitors to this area--off Highway 49, just west of where Highway 89 traverses the Sierra Valley---seems to have barely increased over that time. Closest towns: Sierra City and Downieville.
Hit this location early on a Sunday morning, so we thankfully missed the serious tourist crowds. It was actually very peaceful and beautiful in the marina, but normally Fisherman's Wharf is known for it's insane tourist crowds, t-shirt shops and bars. It's a neat area and it is something I would recommend to see while in San Francisco, however I prefered the quite calm of an early Sunday to the craze of a Saturday night.
There are many wonderful beaches in the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island, but Schooner Cove is an extraordinary and accessible treasure, about twenty minutes south of Tofino. Small islets just off the coast at high tide become accessible at low tide. For anybody who enjoys tidepooling, these islets are a dream: brightly colored starfish, sea anenomes and unusual crabs, fish and shells abound.
Access to Schoover Cover is via a trail. A large section of the trail from the trail parking lot is on elevated boardwalk, making the mile-long walk accessible to many.
More than a year ago, I was in Bolivia to visit an orphanage that we work actively with. We decided to take a short detour and visit the salt flats. We expected it to be beautiful and to be like New mexico but were we in for a surprise? It was everything beyond our expectations. The salt flats stretched as far as our eyes could see. The thin layer of sublimation on top of it reflected the sky so vividly that it appeared as if the sky was meeting the earth. When the sun set, we felt like we were in a trance. It was gorgeous.
(That's me, in the picture stretching after the long car ride when my friends clicked this)
The Golden Temple is found near the India/Pakistan border and is the holiest place of worship for the Sikhs. Never before or since, have I experienced a place where true faith is proven through a feeling of calm, happiness, peace, trust, respect, and an authentic love for a stranger.
It's open 24 hours a day and a day and evening visit is a must, plan to stay for a couple hours. We were the ONLY foreigners there and were treated like movie stars - we could not walk more than a few feet without and request for a photo.
If nature is a religion then Vall de Núria is mecca. Situated in a small valley with a lake in the heart of the Pyrenees mountains, not far from the border of Spain and France in Catalunya - it is best known as a ski resort but delights visitors year round because of stunning vistas in every direction and an abundance of activities to choose from no matter what month one visits. The resort now sits where once only a church stood. In fact, it is built around the Church of Núria. Accessible only by train, perhaps so as never to disturb the stunning landscape it is truly an escape from the more bustling cities of Girona and Barcelona. Ride horseback into the rocky terrain above the tree line for the best views of the natural surroundings and look out for native deer than roam the crags. At night, return to one of the many restaurants for a meal that is worth the trip alone.
Perched high on a hill in Parque del Oeste is a true Egyptian temple given to Spain as the Aswan High Damn was about to swallow it up. Now it sits in a perfect park overlooking the hills of Madrid and the Royal Palace. Go at night when it and the Palace are both lit up. No I understand why my Spanish class spent so much time learning to pronounce "eee-hip-sho"
Also there's a chairlift contraption that takes you further into the parque, which is 2-3 times the size of Madrid itself and is right there.
Limerick doesn't draw nearly as many visitors as some of its neighbors - not with trendy destinations like Cork and County Clare nearby. Perhaps it has something to do with the nickname; Stab City doesn't roll off the tongue well, and it would not be the sort of name you want to lead an advertising campaign with.
Yet for all Limerick's warts, I found it to be a rather exciting city - unhurried, packed full of amazing pubs (I visited my fair share), and home to one of the prettiest castles in the country.
King John's Castle stands guard over the River Shannon and is a beautiful sight to behold at night. In fact, a riverside stroll is arguably the most enjoyable part of any visit to Limerick - while all that exercise gives you a great excuse to unwind with a pint in the pub.
Walking Auckland’s waterfront is one of the free things that makes the city great. Pick up a map or just wander around aimlessly – the choice is yours – but whatever you do try to do it early in the morning so you can catch the day at its glorious beginning, when the yachts are still still in the water, the traffic is non-existent and the smell of roasting coffee is strong.
Dedicated to Queen Victoria, Victoria Memorial Halls adds sparkle to my city Calcutta (Now Kolkata) the former Capital of British India. Designed by Sir William Emerson, this memorial hall has has elements of Mughal architecture (The Minars and the stone work) and for me, this is my city's Taj Mahal. The Dome and the Angel of Victory atop reminds me of Italian Domes and angels. The majestic structure stands amidst a well tended park and is a must see in the City of Joy!
Reflections of surrounding buildings off of a plate glass ceiling of the basement of the Tokyo Midtown shopping and office complex in Roppongi, Tokyo. The complex is 6.1 million square foot in size and was completed in March 2007. It includes office, residential, commercial, hotel, and leisure space, as well as the tallest building in Tokyo and the new home of the Suntory Museum of Art.
I remember every year as a little girl taking annual camping trips during the summer to Yosemite National Park, CA. We would walk the trail up to Mirror Lake and have picnics. So as a mom, I wanted to share these fond memories with my children. The landscape had changed drastically over the years but never the less just as beautiful as I had remembered. Yosemite offers free shuttles rides through the park and one of the stops is Mirror Lake. From the bus stop it is a mile or so hike up to the lake.
"Look where we are!" Ok, here goes nothing...
This shot was taken from a rowboat at sunset looking toward the U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world. Amarapura is the old capital of Myanmar and is an unbelievably serene respite from the dust and mania of Mandalay.
During our fifteen month round-the-world trip we spent 4.5 months in Southeast Asia. One of the absolute highlights was a month spent in Myanmar (Burma).
Heck, as Americans, we were surprised to learn we could enter at all!
But, as we entered Myanmar our camera screen died. Bear in mind, this is one of the most photographic places on the face of the planet, and not knowing whether or not our camera was still functioning we took a chance and captured this moment, hoping for the best. Wow, just a wonderful place to be in the world at that moment.
As a travel landscape photographer, the sunrise at the Angkor Wat Temple is something I have always wanted to capture. I have never heard of their being a bad sunrise and the morning we made the trip to the temple at 4:45AM gave us a spectacular sky that made it impossible to take a bad photograph! The photo I am using for this highlight was taken on an iPhone. What the photograph doesn't show are the thousand tourists behind me that are also jockeying for the perfect spot to capture the sky, the temple, and the reflection but the experience is still worth the early morning and fighting the hoards of tourists plus you get an early start exploring the other nearby temples and beat the Cambodian heat!
Visiting Iceland? A "must see" is Jökulsárlón, a large glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland. Here you'll see - and hear - large chunks of ice breaking and flowing down a short river into the ocean.
The Taj Mahal might be one of the world's most beautiful labors of love. Thousands of people flock to the intricate cenotaph every year, but only a few lucky ones are able to take in the fleeting sound of the vibrating air moving through the ventilated dome. It's an eery echo that made our visit truly memorable. Some even call it a spiritual experience.
To experience the Sound of Infinity for yourself, get to the Taj Mahal at dawn before the gates even open. Once you're inside, sprint to the cenotaph chamber and wait until it's completely empty. Fight the urge to capture your touristy Taj Mahal pictures until later. The view from outside will wait for you.
Once inside the chamber, wait until you are alone or at least with a silent group. You should be able to hear the vibrations almost immediately. It's a deep-felt harmonic that seems to reverberate though your entire body, and leaves...
Beyond Mitla is the beautiful site of Hierve el Agua: natural mineral pools and petrified waterfalls. We took a collectivo taxi up the windy road from Mitla, paid the entrance fee and spent two hours hiking, swimming and taking in the breathtaking scenery. Bring your bathing suit to cool off in the pools or do some sun salutations atop the petrified falls.
The Gwanghwamun Plaza, located near Gwanghwamun (a large palace gate for Gyeongbokgung Palace) is the ideal place to spend a couple of hours in the spring time. This area has a fountain set to music and lights and an underground history museum, consequently making it a premier spot for people watching.
As part of our two week trek across California, we stopped off at the Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano just south of Los Angeles. We got there at around 4:30 which left us only 30 minutes to see everything. Although not a huge place, it is also not what I would call small. The grounds are incredibly beautiful. Inside the inner courtyards is a large koi pond. I was able to capture it in the soft light of the setting sun. The Mission is a truly memorable visit if only just to go there and enjoy an evening sit on one of their benches watching the humming birds dance from flower to unending flower.
On my third visit to the great city of Amsterdam I did something I had never done before... I got up early and set out with my camera on a morning stroll! It was an unbelievable experience to walk around Amsterdam's deserted streets early in the morning with only remnants of the many exploits of the previous evening. To see the red light district and the plazas.
It was quiet, the streets were almost empty, and the canals were so calm (no boat traffic) that there were crystal clear reflections of the landscape that defines Amsterdam.
It is still easy to get coffee and a pastry and even the brown bars are serving herb and hash early in the morning (yes, you could say that I "waked and baked").
I will never forget this experience and the amazing photographs I captured on my last day in the Dutch city I love so much for so many reasons, so if you can manage it, I would recommend waking up...
On my very first trip to Europe I was 25 and on the 'eat every other day' budget. I landed in Amsterdam with the intention of moving on fairly quickly, but Amsterdam was very enjoyable all by itself. I was busy finding my 'backpacker' legs before I set out, Eurail pass in hand.
In the 'Tanker youth hostel I'd befriended a group of Aussies and we had been sightseeing together for a few days when a new Australian, Timothy, walked in the door. He was small, perhaps 5'2", wearing a leather vest and a beat up old cowboy hat. The other Aussies looked askance and immediately apologized for him. He was, "a real jackaroo" (American's can read "redneck", Brits, read "chav") and they had no idea how he had gotten out of the country.
Despite or because of his outback upbringing, Timothy was an interesting character. When I mentioned I wanted to see the Vermeers at the Rijksmuseum, he volunteered...
This is the time to sit back, relax and soak in the awesome view with a cold drink in hand at the Pangkor Island Beach Resort.
Pangkor is a small island, a sleepy town. It's the perfect place to get away from it all, sit on the beach and just reflect on life.
A trip to Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne department is a wonderful weekend excursion from Bordeaux. An easy train ride brings you through pastureland and forests, and deposits you in the center of this town that has existed since neolithic times. The weather is still pleasant enough to wear shorts and stroll along the slow-moving Isle River. The daily farmer's market is in full swing, so breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be prepared with local fruits and vegetables. Specialties such as pâté, confit, and truffle-anything are also widely available. Make sure to explore the Cathedral, which has been around since 1669.
Every time I go to St. Tropez (every summer) I think of that Dionne Warwick song "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" only, as you might have guessed, I substitute St Tropez.
I guess I just get a little excited. Though the throngs of tourists in summer can be annoying, I still love to wander along the port. Behind the mega yachts, these little boats reminded me that St. Tropez is, as it has always been, a working fishing village.