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Favorite Travel Quotes for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Destinations, Egypt, Featured, Myanmar, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Welcome to week 231 (06/04/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that Korea is trying to come to terms with an outbreak of MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome). As of an hour ago my classes have been canceled for next week (make-up week), so I have loads of time to prepare for my exams the following week. This is definitely the summer that I do not want to be here, but it looks like I will be, or at least for most of it. I am moving to Seoul, and will be starting a new job in September. Those changes are both good, but it means getting rid of my apartment here, and finding new digs in Seoul. I never knew that most apartments for rent don’t get advertised until 3 weeks before move in date! On that note, I have been reading a lot of inspirational quotes lately to get myself inspired to travel Korea this summer. Of course, that’s when I’m not packing boxes! 🙂  There is so much to see and do in country, but habits like traveling out of country are so hard to break. Hopefully, these favorite inspirational quotes will help me get inspired to visit and enjoy the beauty that is right outside my ‘back door’.

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I have never been a huge Mark Twain fan, but I have always loved this quote. Egypt was an epic journey for me (2004), and I was a little leery of traveling solo. The thing is I really dislike organized tours beyond a day or two. However, I knew that there were things that I might have a difficult time doing on my own in Egypt. Visiting the Pyramids wasn’t one of them, but that visit turned out to be magical even with a tour group. We pretty much had the place to ourselves that morning, and no idea why! There are no tour buses in this photo! Although there were things about the tour that I disliked, without the tour, as a solo traveler, I would have had a difficult time sailing down the Nile on a Felucca, sleeping under the stars in the desert after I rode a camel through a mountain pass, or a trip to Abu Simbal in an armed convey. Okay, the guns definitely put me way out of my comfort zone! Even the camel ride had me questioning my sanity!

Would I have been disappointed if I hadn’t gotten to sleep in the desert, sail down the Nile, or wander through ancient Abu Simbel with its amazing huge carvings and take your breath away hieroglyphics …YEP!

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

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Egypt for Travel Back Saturday

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Destinations, Egypt, Travel Back Saturday, Travel Photogrphy | 20 comments

The winter of 2004 saw me ticking off a major bucket list travel destination…EGYPT. Cashing in all of my frequent flyer points, and then some, I flew Singapore Air Business Class. I have never felt so special on an airplane, and I would do that flight all over again, without a moments hesitation. The Cairo Museum, the Sphinx, the Pyramids, and Luxor are just a few of the high moments of my trip. Here are a few of my favorite photos from that adventure.

The Sphinx dwarfed by the Pyramids. They are BIG…

Pyramids and the Sphinx

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Egyptian Technology for #FriFotos

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Destinations, Egypt, Featured | 14 comments

This weeks #FriFotos theme is technology…

While cars and crazy traffic might be the norm in Cairo, the low tech camel still plays an important role in Egyptian transportation. Of course, the best place to find one would be at  Egypt’s Barqash Camel Market!

Egypt's Barqash Camel Market

The world is still wondering what technology was used in building these ancient wonders in Giza…

Egypt's Great Pyramids in Giza

 

 

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Egypt’s Top Ten Must Do’s

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Destinations, Egypt, Featured | 5 comments

 

 With so many cheap flights around, Egypt is one of the most affordable long-haul destinations. Packed full of stuff to see and do, this ancient country will wow you no matter what your budget.  Don’t miss out on doing any of the following 10:

 

1) The Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza.

The most famous site in all of Egypt is a must see. It may be full of tourists, but once you get there, you’ll understand why everyone else is there too. The enormous structures are something to marvel at, as is the story behind them. If you’re looking for a real show, go after dark, when the pyramids are lit up in technicolor and their history is told to the soundtrack of atmospheric music.

 

2) The sunrise from Mount Sinai.

It won’t cost you a penny to climb Mount Sinai, though it’ll take a bit of energy. Climb it at night and the view from the top as the sun rises is absolutely worth it. The colours are spectacular, and on the way back down, you’ll get the chance to visit St. Katherine’s monastery, which is built on the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush.

(Mount Sinai)

Mount Sinai

3) Ride a camel.

Think riding a camel would be just like riding a horse? Think again. The enormous beasts are surprisingly tricky to get stable on, but you’ll see the best of the desert from the back of one of them. If you organize a ride direct with the local tribesmen, you’ll get a real bargain too.

 

4) Meet the Bedouin tribe.

The nomadic tribe who resides in the Sinai desert have a wonderfully unique way of life. Learn how they make bread or their handmade jewelry, and share in a traditional Egyptian meal. Most settlements welcome visitors for free. However, bring some change to buy a few gifts for your friends back home.

 

5) The Valley of the Kings.

The site of 63 three spectacular tombs, this area should not be missed. When you pay your entry fee, don’t bother with the extra tram ticket – it’s only a short walk, and the views are worth being on foot.

 

6) The Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

This museum is stuffed with historic artifacts, and the mind-boggling hoards of the ancient Pharaohs. If the government has ruled something too fragile or precious to leave the country, it’s probably in this museum, which means the collection is like nothing else in the world.

 

7) Go Sand boarding.

If you’re a snowboarder and missing the snow, the dunes are the perfect place to go for a ride. You’ll have a nice, gentle landing when you fall over (as you inevitably will) but prepare to get sandy!

 

8) The Red Sea.

If you’re a diver, there are few places more famous for its underwater life than Egypt. The warm waters play host to a rich diversity of fish, many of which you’ll even see on a paddle from the beach.

(Birds flying on the Red Sea, Egypt, North Africa)

Birds flying on the red sea, Dahab, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

 

9) Egypt’s Second City.

Most visitors miss out on Alexandria, but if you have time, it’s definitely worth a visit. The Roman ruins in the National Museum, the Citadel, and the Catacombs are just a few of the things to see in this beautiful seaside town.

 

10) The White and Black Deserts.

Either of these deserts will convince you that you have  been transported to another planet. With strange rock formations and even stranger colors, you must not miss the chance to see some of these most unusual natural landscapes.

 

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My Top Three Travel Memories from the Past Decade

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Destinations, Egypt, Featured, Myanmar, Thailand - Chiang Mai | 20 comments

A blogger relay is currently underway, and I have been tagged by the Blue Team to carry the baton. I’ve been thinking about what to post for a few days now. The first thing I realized is that I don’t have photographs available earlier than 2002. Although I have loads of great travel memories prior to that, I’ve decided to focus on my top three from the past decade.

 

NUMBER ONE …Hands down, it has to be the month I spent in Egypt in 2004. It is such an amazing country. I loved every moment; from the museum in Cairo, the Valley of the Kings in Luxor,  Abus Simbel, sailing down the Nile in a Felucca, camping in the desert…and and and…

 

THE GREAT PYRAMIDS AT GIZA …

 

Great Pyramids at Giza

 

THE  SPHINX AT GIZA

 

Sphinx at Giza

Nothing I had ever read or seen prepared me for these two iconic landmarks.  For some strange reason, there were very few tourists at Giza on the day I was there. I felt like I had been transported to another place, and definitely a different century.  As weird as it may sound, I still get goose bumps when I look at these photos. 

Then of course there was King Tut’s sarcophagus at the Egyptian Museum; thousand of years old and made from solid gold.

 

KING TUT

 

 

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Never in a million years had I ever expected to visit a REAL camel market. When I heard of the Barqash Camel Market,  just outside of Cairo, I had to go.  I found another American traveler and we headed out in a taxi. The market was in full swing by the time we got there.  It was only after offering him money if he would allow us to take his photo that we realized he was a buyer, so probably a wealthy man. He didn’t take offense and seemed to enjoy having his photo taken. 

 

BARQASH CAMEL MARKET

 

Camel Buyer Barqash Camel Market

 

SUNSET ON THE NILE…

 

Sunset on the Nile, Egype 2004

 

TAKING NUMBER TWO SPOT IS…BALLOONS OVER BAGAN…hot air ballooning over the ancient city of Bagan at sunrise. 

 

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was worried about oversleeping and my alarm clock wasn’t overly reliable. I was staying at the Eden Hotel in Bagan, ten bucks a night and no back-up power generator for the nightly black out. Sleep did not come easy, and the hotel was still black when I crept out to meet the Balloons Over Bagan bus. From start to finish it’s a morning I will never forget. 

 

AERIAL VIEWS OF ANCIENT BAGAN, MYANMAR

 

Another View of Ancient Bagan from the air

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SUNRISE…

 

Sunrise, Ancient Bagan

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CLOSE TO THE RIVER (NOT UNCOMMON FOR BALLOONS TO “CRASH LAND” IN THE RIVER)

 

Balloons over Bagan...close to the river

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Ancient Bagan from the air

 

The THIRD and final spot goes to the ELEPHANT NATURE PARK, where I spent two incredible days frolicking with the elephants.  This is a sanctuary, just outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand, where abused elephants are basically given a second lease on life. They eat, bath, and wallow in the mud to their hearts content, and it really was a privilege to spend two days getting up close and personal with these beautiful giants.

 

 EATING IS THEIR FAVORITE PASTIME. 

 

Feeding Time...I'm Waiting!!

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BATH TIME…

 

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PLAY TIME…

 

Play Time...Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

 

RIVER WALK

River Walk

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL…

 

Up Close and Personal...Out for a walk with the "guys and gals"

 

ENOUGH WITH THE PHOTOS!

Enough With The Photos!!

 

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I definitely did. 

 

I am passing the baton onto Becca at RWeThereYetMom.

 

 

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Travel Photo Thursday — August 29, 2012 — An Egyptian Sunset

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Destinations, Egypt, Travel Photo Thursday | 39 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday! We survived the typhoon quiet nicely here in Daejeon. Coastal areas of Korea were hit much harder. Now, guess what? Another typhoon is due to hit tomorrow and this one appears to be heading right for Daejeon. Time will tell if it strikes hard or weakens before it arrives. I’m booked to go to the beach. We’ll see what happens. As you can see the blog has gone through a redesign. I am still doing some work behind the scenes, but there should be no Travel Photo Thursday interruptions this week!

My photo this week was taken long before this blog was ever thought of, with my first digital camera. The camera was a Fuji Finepix, and it is still going strong. A friend of mine now uses it. I always loved this camera, and I think this photo of a Luxor sunset will show you why.

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A Luxor Sunset, 2004

Luxor Sunset

Luxor was one of my favorite cities in Egypt. The ruins were just out of this world awesome. I very seldom take extended tours, but I did just that in Egypt. The tour was for 12 days, and we hit the highlights. Truthfully, it was okay, and I got to do some things that would have been difficult to do as a solo traveler. Camping in the desert comes to mind. However, it was simply too rushed, plus there were a couple of places that we went to that just made me shake my head. Why would a tour company take a group to a beach resort that has long been abandoned? That boggled my mind.

Here’s one more shot for today.

A desert view…

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This is my 13th post in my personal challenge “Publish a post every second day in August”. If you missed post 12: Spain–A Bucket List Screaming to be Continued.

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