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Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Featured, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 11 comments

Welcome to week 229 ( 05/28/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week I am taking you back in time (before this blog) to share with you my magical adventure at the Elephant Nature Park just outside of Chiang Mai. I spent two days and one night, and am still in awe that I actually got to feed, bath, and walk with elephants in the jungle. One of these days I will visit again. I think what holds me back is I wonder if the adventure will be as magical the second time around. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed the adventure.

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The day begins early, and the first stop is to pick up food for our big friends. One of the first things that I learned is that elephants LOVE to eat! Believe it or not they can devour  between 200 and 600 pounds of food in a single day!

 

Elephant Nature Park

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Buddha’s Birthday in Seoul

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Welcome to week 228 (05/21/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. It’s that time of year again in Seoul and Korea, Buddha’s Birthday.  The actual holiday is May 25th, but the Koreans have been celebrating since last weekend with the Lotus Lantern Festival. However, you will still find lots happening at the temples on May 25th, and, if you’re in Seoul, I recommend heading to Joggye-sa Temple in the heart of downtown. Enjoy my favorite photos from previous Buddha Birthday celebrations.

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A traditional offering ceremony in front of Joggye-sa Temple…

 

Altar For the Offerings

Offering Ceremony Buddha's Birthday

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Damyang, Korea for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 43 comments

Welcome to the 227th edition (05/14/2015)  of Travel Photo Thursday, and the BIG birthday. This is the first time that my birthday has fallen on Travel Photo Thursday, and I’ve also moved into a new decade (gulp!). I’m not much of a party animal, and wanted to do something different for this birthday. A friend of mine just happened to be organizing a spiritual retreat last weekend, so off I went to Damyang for my birthday weekend. I did get out with the camera (first time in ages), and I think I got some lovely shots. Have a look!

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Damyang is a rural hamlet about 30 to 45 minutes outside of  the  historical city Gwangju, and 2 hours south of Daejeon. I took an early Munghwa train out of Daejeon. There are several types of trains in Korea, and the Munghwa is the slow train. The trip was about 2 (relaxing) hours in a comfortable seat with my book for company. Upon arrival, I headed to the bus station to meet the rest of the group. The owners of Damyang House, Sean and Jo Jo, graciously whisked us off to our countryside retreat.

Damyang House…

Damyang House

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