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Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Austria Alps

Whenever I travel, I’m amazed to see how beautiful is the world we’re living in. The camera is my witness. It doesn’t lie. No matter where I go, I find something to please the senses.

Of course, I have favorites. The Austrian Alps region is one of them. The views are gorgeous with the mountains, rivers, and green landscapes in perfect harmony.

The above picture was taken while traveling from Salzburg to Hallstatt. During the trip, I kept my eyes wide open so as not to miss the scenery all around us. It was simply priceless.

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April 22, 2017 at 9:25 am 11 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Margaret Krook

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
A bronze statue stands outside the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. It belongs to Margaret Krook, Sweden’s most beloved stage and movie actress who died in 2001. It’s placed on the same spot where she went for smoke break in between rehearsals.

From the distance, it looks uninviting and cold like any other statue. But surprise! Tourists who stop by to pay homage to Margaret Krook and touch her statue find it warm. Marie-Louise Ekman, the artist who created it, made sure it stays warm to room temperature using heating coils all year through.

Over the years, the statue has experienced discoloration due to exposure to the elements and the thousands of hands touching and rubbing it especially around the belly area. It’s maybe time to restore the statue back to its former glory.

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April 14, 2017 at 10:57 am 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

Kids on the Park

Location: The Parthenon, Athens, Greece
Safety in numbers comes to mind when I see kids going on a field trip together to a museum or to an ancient site. Oftentimes, the place can be so crowded with tourists that wearing color-coded baseball caps becomes handy. It surely helps keep track of everybody in the group.

Kids on the Park

This is another picture that I took outside the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy. In my humble opinion, it’s commendable that kids are exposed to culture at an early age in a relatively safe and secure manner. The experience will last them a lifetime.

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April 7, 2017 at 9:31 am 8 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

Hermitage Park Sign

Location: Hermitage Park, Denkeld, Scotland
A trip to Scotland took us to the Hermitage Park in the town of Denkeld. Nestled on the banks of the River Braan in the Craigvinean Forest, it covers 33 acres of woodland with a diverse collection of trees and plants.

Hermitage Park

According to our guide, the park was created by the 3rd Duke of Atholl in the 18th century who used a cannon to scatter the tree seeds on the inaccessible areas.

He led us to the park’s most popular trail heading to the Black Linn Falls. He pointed to the different trees and plants that we encountered.

Hermitage Park Hermitage Park
Hermitage Park

Along the way, we stopped occasionally to marvel at one of Britain’s tallest Douglas fir trees, learn about toxic plants like the Hogweed, or simply for no other reason than to enjoy the view.

If you love nature, it’s a great place to hike. However, it’s suggested that you don’t do it alone and take a companion with you. That way, if you get lost, you won’t be crying by yourself. Ok, I’m only kidding. But seriously, it’s best to have an experienced guide to show you around.

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March 31, 2017 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: It Is Easy Being Green!

Hallstatt Cemetery
Hallstatt Cemetery

Location: Hallstatt, Austria
A grave doesn’t have to look plain and drab. It can be
beautiful and green adorned with flowers making it suitable for reflection and as a final resting place.

While in Austria, we spent a couple of days in Hallstatt, a small village in the Salzkammergut region.

After taking the funicular up to the salt mile 2,700 feet above sea level, we hiked back downhill amidst ferns and wildflowers always careful to watch our steps on rain-soaked trails.

Our hike ended in the rocky grounds of the Catholic cemetery where we saw each graveyard plot tended like a small garden. I couldn’t think of a better way to honor a departed loved one.

St. Peter's Cemetery
St. Peter's Cemetery

In Salzburg, a visit to St. Peter’s Cemetery showed the same tender loving care accorded to the graves. It must be an Austrian tradition.

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March 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm 12 comments

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