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Weekly Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites

Plitvice Lakes Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes Plitvice Lakes
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Parting is such sweet sorrow. It has been quite a ride. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. Have a great life, people.
These pictures are some of my all-time favorites because of the memories they evoke. They were taken at the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. It’s one of the most beautiful places that I’ve seen or will ever see in this lifetime. In 1979, it was granted the UNESCO World Heritage status.

The park is situated in a deep woodland between mountains populated by varieties of trees and vegetation. It features 12 Upper lakes and four lower lakes inter-connected by waterfalls descending from as high as 2,085 feet. It’s also home to several species of birds and animals.

We arrived at our hotel in Plitvice by half past two in the afternoon. At our guide’s suggestion, we went to the park right after we checked in for the night to give us an opportunity to see the lakes and the waterfalls in the afternoon light. He added that they change to green, grey, or blue based on the direction of the sunlight.

Plitvice Lakes Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes Plitvice Lakes
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When we went back to the park the following morning, we found that the colors of the waters had indeed changed. But I felt it did nothing to diminish the majesty of the place.

The park is truly a hiker’s paradise covering 185 square miles. It offers many trails that lead to hours of exploration. I’d never been in a place where my senses had been engaged all at once. Every scenery was breathtaking especially when viewed from the top.

After our morning hike, we drove for three hours across the mountains to Jablanac where we took the ferry to Rab Island.

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June 1, 2018 at 8:56 am 18 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

Tree with Twisted Trunk
Location: Paestum, Salerno, Campania, Italy

I found this tree when we visited the ancient Greek city of Paestum in Southern Italy. It didn’t appear to have aged gracefully suffering from fate’s twists and turns.

Could it be as old as the nearby ruins dating as far back as 450 BC? I don’t think so, but all was well. Its location gave it an opportunity to stand out and be noticed. Besides, it did provide a nice shade to rest under on a hot and sunny day.

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May 25, 2018 at 8:53 am 4 comments

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

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