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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Belogradchik Fortress
Location: Belogradchik, Bulgaria

When visiting a famous site like the Belogradchik Fortress in Bulgaria, it’s likely that you’ll encounter a mass of humanity. The bigger the crowd, the longer the lines. It’s one of the realities that we face when we travel to see the world.

Under the circumstances, as Rick Steves would say, it helps to be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic when dealing with inconveniences such as long lines. If anything, we can treat them as part of the experience.

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May 1, 2018 at 10:55 am 3 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

Brandstetter Cafe
Location: Würzburg, Germany

It’s early morning in Würzburg. What’s a better way to start the day than to visit the popular Brandstetter Cafe? The staff still appear relaxed and friendly. More importantly, there’s less crowd giving you time to browse and select among the fresh baked goods on display.

Franconia Fountain The Residenz
Franconia Fountain The Residenz
St. Kilian Cathedral Marienkapelle
St. Kilian Cathedral Marienkapelle

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After a light breakfast, you can take some time to explore the city on foot. It’s worth your while. You’ll be impressed by the determined efforts of its citizens (mostly women) to rebuild after 90% of the city was devastated by massive Allied bombing in World War II. As you walk around, you’ll find the buildings of historical importance were accurately and painstakingly reconstructed.

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April 15, 2018 at 4:24 pm 2 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

Budapest Store
Location: Budapest, Hungary



I Came to buy a smile—today—
But just a single smile—
The smallest one upon your face
Will suit me just as well—
The one that no one else would miss
It shone so very small—
I’m pleading at the “counter”—sir—
Could you afford to sell—
I’ve Diamonds—on my fingers—
You know what Diamonds are?
I’ve Rubies—live the Evening Blood—
And Topaz—like the star!
‘Twould be “a Bargain” for a Jew!
Say—may I have it—Sir?

– Emily Dickinson



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April 6, 2018 at 11:57 am 2 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Istanbul Sunset
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

This picture was taken while cruising around the Bosphorus Straight. It was a beautiful sight. I couldn’t help myself singing a song from the Fiddler on the Roof:

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears…

Now comes the question: Sunrise or sunset? Unless you took it yourself, it would be hard to tell. Sunrise and sunset are like two peas in a pod. It’s difficult to tell one from the other.

If you insist to know, though, I can give you a hint: I’m not a morning person.


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March 30, 2018 at 9:08 am 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

Lake Chabot
Location: Castro Valley, California

There’s more to our quiet, tree-covered town nestled in the valley that meet the eye. Its charms remain hidden because it’s referred to as a bedroom community where most people live to sleep and commute to work elsewhere.

Whenever I feel the need to unwind, I go to the nearby regional park about 45-minutes walk from my place.

Lake Chabot

It has a man-made lake where fishing and non-motorized boating are allowed. Built in the 1870s, the lake covers 317 acres. I find hiking around the lake very peaceful and relaxing with birds singing along the way. The length is about nine miles, but it’s all worth it.

It’s as close to nature as you can get, but don’t let its serene beauty lulls you into a false sense of security. Be ever mindful of the sign “Beware of Mountain Lions.”

I’ve been told that lions are shy of people and that they usually hunt at night. But in the event that you encounter one, you should heed the following advice: (1) Do not attempt to run; (2) Do not turn your back; and (3) Try to appear as big as you can be to scare the lion.

The 5,067-acre park also provides picnic areas with barbecue pits, a grassy field area for sport activities, and facilities for group camping and backpacking with advanced reservations required.

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March 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm 6 comments

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