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!
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…
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.
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Welcome to the 226th edition (07/05/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Summer is five weeks away, and for me it is one of transition. I may in Korea in September, maybe not. I have known for awhile that what it does mean is that there may not be any great travel adventures this coming summer. However, I know that this is just a temporary blip. If I could/can travel this summer, this where you would find me.
The first place…drum roll please (and as if you haven’t guessed) Nova Scotia to see my DAD…when I talk to him these days there seems to be an elephant in the room. I want to say I will see you this summer, but I know (at least at the moment) that I can’t. Here is a gorgeous Nova Scotia shot that I dug out from my archives…
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LaHave River at sunset…
If you’re ever in Nova Scotia, head to the south shore and take the cable ferry across the LaHave River. It’s a unique ride with some fab views.
Then, for something completely different I’d head to Budapest. The last time I was there they were having a blistering heatwave. In fact, on one of the days the city boasted the highest temperature anywhere in the world! Hopefully, it would be a wee bit cooler this time. I want to enjoy the hot spring bathes, and just wander through this city with its rough around the edges charm. I’d also make the time to see some other part of Hungary. I know that they have a thriving wine industry, which I would love to explore.
Those are my summer travel dreams. What are yours?
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Welcome to 225 ( 04/30/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week we’re doing a return visit to Bongwansa Temple in the heart of Seoul. Way back in 2012 I spent an afternoon here, blown away by the fantastic display of lotus blossoms. You can have a peak at those photos here. Today, we go back to meet the gorgeous temple dragon. Korean temples often feature dragons, and this one is a beauty!
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As you can see this shot includes both the head and the dragon’s neck. What I think is unique about this particular dragon are the blue markings. This is the only temple dragon I have ever seen containing blue. Usually, it is the green and red that are prominent. I think the blue really adds to it!