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There is something so peaceful about sitting on a dock and just enjoying the views!
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Panajachel, Guatemala
August 2010: It’s 6:00 am at Panajachel’s west dock. I was waiting for the water taxi to bring me to the other side of Lake Atitlan in order to hike up Volcán San Pedro (9,900 ft) before noon. My thoughts were that the strenuous hike would be the...
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300 Soi Chak Phra 17, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
Bangkok is a huge city, full of all the hustle and bustle you’d find in any metropolitan city its size. For all intents and purposes, it is as modern as they come, but there is one thing that makes it incredibly unique: it’s floating market. ...
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Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits travelers to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of forested limestone karst formations rise from emerald-green waters, looking like slumbering creatures ready to stir. The...
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Lago Sandoval, Peru
One of the most memorable day trips you can take on a visit to the Peruvian Amazon is to the one-of-a-kind Lake Sandoval, a short hike from the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the mighty Amazon. My husband and I visited Lake Sandoval during a...
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Central America
When you stay on the northern end of Ambergris Caye, unless you rent a golf cart, all the transportation is done with water taxis. Most of the upscale restaurants will pick you up from your resort's dock and whisk you to the restaurant, and home...
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Kanchanaburi, Thailand
I was asked to join a fellow teacher to Kanchanaburi for a short weekend. We were attending the ordination of a young monk. Pom took me to the local Wat. There is a beautiful lake that surrounds the Wat, and this ancient dock where the fishermen...
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Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang-nga, Thailand
These longtail boats were our main method of transportation at Cheow Lan Lake at Khao Sok National Park in Thailand. They are sturdy, comfortable and very effective at moving around the lake. Each of these boats has a number of sashes tied to the...
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Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Egypt
Somewhere between Luxor and Aswan a number of these merchants docked their boats midstream, caught a ride and a few sales. Merchandise was thrown back and forth between vessels, accompanied by entertaining (and very vocal) barter.
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Phewa Lake, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
For stunning Himalayan views, hire a canoe and row across Pokhara's Phewa Lake before sunrise. There are usually plenty of eager locals at the boats docks who are more than willing to row you around the lake and position your canoe in just the...
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South Harbour, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
Cruising the Baltic in the middle of summer is an experience not to be forgotten. We had the opportunity to dock in the South Harbor, which is conveniently located within walking distance of the city's center. This is a view looking north toward...
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Pointe au Baril, ON P0G, Canada
This was taken from the porch of the main cabin on my family's island in Pointe-au-Baril, Ontario on Georgian Bay.
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2 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo 7990, New Zealand
View of a quiet sunset on Lake Tekapo from the Holiday Park where we were staying. We took a bottle of bubbly down to the dock and enjoyed the view until twilight.
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Av. Vereador Benedito Adelino, 3185 - Praia Grande, Angra dos Reis - RJ, 23900-000, Brazil
Two hours from Rio de Janeiro, off the coast of Angra Dos Reis, Ilha Grande makes for a spacious retreat for two or an epic group vacation. The private island’s six-bedroom house comes with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, plus a staff...
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Montego Bay, Jamaica
This dock is on the property of our hotel, Coyaba, in MoBay. It is a small family-owned hotel secluded from the streets but right up on the beach. We feel recharged and refreshed waking up to this every day!
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I took this image the first morning I woke up at the Karia Bel' Hotel in Bozburun, Turkey (a small, quiet town of about 2000). The Aegean Sea was like glass, so still. There was a perfect reflection of the sailboat. It was a moment!
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Cataboo, Jamaica
Bypass the roadside watering holes and take a boat ride to Floyd's Pelican Bar, instead. This thatched hut stands on stilts out in the water, making it a dreamy spot for an afternoon of swimming and shooting the breeze, solo or...