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On The Road Photo Essay

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Travel Photo Thursday, United States, Vancouver, Washington State | 24 comments

I’ve been on the road since last Thursday, and have been unplugged for about 90% of the time, and loving it! Welcome to Week 288 of Travel Photo Thursday.The camera has not been working overtime, either. That being said, here are a few of my favorite shots of the past week.

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Approaching Vancouver International Airport

I arrived in Vancouver at noon hour to brilliant sunshine. I took these two shots on our approach to the Vancouver International Airport. The weather has magnificent since I’ve arrived.

Vancouver

Vancouver

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Halifax: Black Rock Beach

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Black Rock Beach

Staying with beaches, this week we’re visiting Black Rock Beach in my hometown Halifax. Welcome to week 287 of Travel Photo Thursday (7/21/2016). Apologies if this post seems a little rushed, but I’m off to Canada in the morning. I took these shots when I was home in 2013. Enjoy the beach!

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Black Rock Beach

The beach is located in the city’s  largest park, Point Pleasant Park, deep in Halifax’s south end. Just follow the park road to the bottom entrance (closest to the North Atlantic), park your car or bicycle in the parking lot. The beach is also within walking distance of downtown. You can see the beach from the parking lot. Believe it of not the park is not owned by the city, the province, or the country. It’s owned by the British Government and leased to the Halifax for 1 shilling a year. The original contract dates back to 1866. 

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

With its black rock outcropping, the beach is easy to see from the land or the ocean, and it’s always been popular with Haligonians. When I was growing up, it was often closed to swimming due to sewage run-off. That’s all changed now, and during the summer months, the beach boasts a lifeguard seven days a week. You can see the lifeguard stand in the photo below. Back in the 70’s/80’s the city would host free Natal Day concerts. One year they even headlined The Beach Boys!

Going back a bit further into the history books, in the  18th  century, the black rock outcropping had the dubious distinction of being used to display executed criminals publicly! Personally, I prefer the concerts to the executions!

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

The North Atlantic

From the shore of Black Rock Beach, you can gaze out onto the North Atlantic.  The graffiti on the rocks is a new  (and I don’t think a welcome) addition.

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

There’s always sailboats going by.

 

Black Rock Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Point Pleasant Park Canteen

Who can resist ice cream on a hot summer day? The Black Rock Beach/Point Pleasant Park Canteen has some of the best in the city. If you’re at the beach or in the park, don’t walk by without grabbing a cone.

 

Black Rock Beach Canteen

One last thing, and I don’t have a photo. There is an enormous polar bear swim off the beach every New Years Day. I have to say I am a wimp, but when I lived in Halifax, I would always go and watch the shock and awe of the swimmers hitting the freezing water. Great fun!

While not nearly as long as last weeks Barceloneta Beach, Black Rock Beach has a charm all of its own.

 

The beach and the park are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

 

Did you know that Halifax had a beach close to downtown? Have you been?

 

Please welcome our co-hosts this week: Jan from Budget Travel Talk Ruth from Tanama Tales  Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations

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Five Reasons to Visit Halifax, Nova Scotia

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 25 comments

Halifax, Nova Scotia

This week I’m taking you to Halifax, Nova Scotia,  and five reasons why Halifax and Nova Scotia should be on your bucket list. Any of my readers here or on Facebook know that Halifax, Nova Scotia is home, and I’m a big advocate of why it is such a fab travel destination. Welcome to week 284 (06/30/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday, and Happy Canada Day! I arrive in Halifax on August 1st, which is Halifax Natal Day! Okay, so here’s why I think you should visit my city and my province. If you’re in town during the first three weeks in August, give me a shout!

 

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Pinnable Imagev

 

Theodore the Tugboat the in Halifax Harbour.

Theodore the Tugboat in Halifax Harbour, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Windows around the World

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Budapest, Canada, Czech - Prague, Destinations, Halifax, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Windows

Windows and doors are favorite photo ops when I’m traveling, and I know I’m not alone. Welcome to Week 280 (6/2/2106) of Travel Photo Thursday. The end of the semester will dominate the next few weeks, so little time for anything else. This post will not be particularly wordy. I think that the beautiful windows speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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I loved the windows in Prague and managed to come away with several beautiful shots. These two I took in the Old Town, where it’s next to impossible to walk more than 30 seconds without taking a photo or two.

Gorgeous symmetry! Prague is also really big on window boxes with lots of lovely details.

 

Curtained Prague

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Nova Scotia: Halifax Photo Essay

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 28 comments

Welcome to week 271 (3/31/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Halifax,Nova Scotia and home is on my mind tonight. I’m deep into the new semester, and that really will be my focus until the third week in June. This is also the time of year when I get a little homesick for Halifax. Even though we often have springs that are wet and cold, I  love them. Spring is just that time of the year when everything comes alive, and there is nothing prettier than springtime in my city. Today, I’m taking you on a little photo journey of the place I will always call home. Some of these photos have been posted before, and I think I managed to scare up a couple from my archives. Enjoy!

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Halifax is famous for its ice free scenic harbour. For the best views, take a ride on the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry. When I was a kid it cost a nickel, now you’re probably looking at 3 bucks. Go up top, for the best views.

 

Halifax Harbour from Pier 21

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Travel Photo Thursday: 2015 in Review

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Food, Halifax, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Welcome to week 260 (12/24/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday and our Christmas Eve edition! Wherever you are, and whatever traditions you celebrate, the best of the season! In just a few short hours I begin my journey to Barcelona, where I will land 9:35 am on Christmas morning. I’m sure you’ll all know how excited I am. This is the first major travel I’ve done since last winter, so I feel long over due for an adventure. This week I am publishing a short Travel Photo Thursday 2015 round-up. The seven posts below were the most commented on in 2015. Please enjoy!

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In number six spot,  with 42 comments each, we have two posts.

Remember the opium in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai: Opium at Doi Pui, Thailand for Travel Photo Thursday

 

Opium Poppy

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