Travel Photo Thursday

Chiang Mai — Photo memories You’ll Want in Your Collection

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Featured, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 14 comments

Welcome to week 239 of Travel Photo Thursday. Chiang Mai is a city that I have come to know and love over the years. Today I’m sharing with you just a few of the travel photo memories that any traveler visiting this beautiful northern Thai city will want to add to their collection.

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I can’t say it enough. If you want to experience the real Chiang Mai, get up and out early. Seeing the city wake up is truly magical.

The morning light over Wat Chedi Luang is so worth getting out of  bed for! Do you know that the Chedi was the highest structure in Chiang Mai for 500 years?


Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Favorite Buddha Statues from Across Asia

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 45 comments

Welcome to week 238 (07/23/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. When I think of Asia I almost always  think of Buddha statues, and the many that I have gazed at over the years. I don’t think I’ve ever been in an Asian country where I haven’t admired (and sometimes fallen in love with) one. This Travel Photo Thursday I am sharing with you some of my favorite Buddha statues from across Asia. 

On our 238th week of Travel Photo Thursday I am thrilled to welcome Jan Robinson as a co-host for our photo weekly link-up. Jan blogs at Budget Travel Talk. Jan and her husband, Marty, have just returned from a 10 week European adventure. Please give Jan a warm welcome!

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The sitting Buddha at Korea’s Mt. Seoraksan’s Shinhungsa Temple is huge. I think the second shots puts the statue’s height into perfect perspective.


Sitting Buddha, Shinhungsa Temple, Mt. Seorakson, Korea


This is one BIG Buddha!


Sitting Buddha, Shinhungsa Temple, Mt. Seorakson

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Korea: Tea World Festival in Seoul

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 41 comments

Welcome to the 237th (07/16/2015) week of Travel Photo Thursday. As the rain beat down and the wind whipped our umbrellas into a frenzy I was glad to be heading to Korea’s Tea World Festival in Seoul last weekend. Seoul’s prime exhibition center, Coex, is easily accessible by subway, so we didn’t worry about getting wet as we ventured from the train station to the subway platform. I’ve been to quite a view events at Coex, over the years, and normally things at the venue are beyond frantic with throngs of people coming and going. Last Saturday was different. There were many people weaving in and out, but it was not nearly the busyness that I remember at past events. MERS was definitely the culprit. The virus has stopped many people from venturing into crowded spaces, unless absolutely necessary. The show area was busy, but not too packed. Not only did MERS keep the public at bay, but vendors as well. I had expected to sample tea from all over SEA, China, and Japan, but (happily) settled for Korean only tea. Enjoy the photos. I can’t think of a better way to spend a dreary afternoon than sipping tea from pretty cups!

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World Tea Festival, Seoul, Korea

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Japan: Kyoto’s Geisha

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Featured, Japan, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Welcome to week 236 (07/09/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. When I was in Kyoto a few years ago I quickly learned that Geisha watching is a favorite past-time. It’s almost like a game..’Spot the Geisha’, and there is always lots excitement when there is a sighting. I saw two beautifully made up geisha when I was there, and managed a couple of photos that I want to share with you today.

In Kyoto you may also here the Geisha referred to as Geiko. This is a term used in Western Japan, including Kyoto. The Geisha/Geiko in my photos look quite young. Although looks can be deceiving with all that makeup, if they are as young as they look, they could be Maiko.  Maiko is an apprentice Geisha, and must be under 21. Any woman over 21 is automatically considered a Geisha/Geiko once initiated into the Geisha community. Regardless, if you want to enter the ranks, you must train for a year. You can find out more about them here. 

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This young Geisha was moving quickly. I have no idea who the woman was behind her, but it looks like they’re together. Maybe the bundle the girl is carrying belongs to the Geisha, or maybe not… :)


Geisha/Geiko walking in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan

Geisha/Geiko walking in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan

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Korea: Unexpected Travel Inspiration in Daejeon

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 7 comments

A new city (Seoul), and a new job are on the horizon (eek!). My travel this summer seems to be apartment hunting trips back and forth to Seoul, and that’s about it. That doesn’t mean I’m not looking for travel inspiration, and this morning I found just that on the river. This is what I love about expat life and travel. You just never know. Who would have thought I would have found this beauty and his rider cantering along the river trails?!


Horse Back Riding on the River in Daejeon

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Korea: Visiting Daejeon’s Green Space

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 20 comments

Welcome to week 235 (07/02/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m often asked what’s worth visiting in Daejeon, a city I’ve called home for the past 10 years. I am always at a bit of a loss. Daejeon is a nice city, but it really isn’t a mecca for tourists. However, I do think that it is worthy of a visit to enjoy our gorgeous green space. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that I walk the river almost everyday (at least this time of year). This morning I headed out, but decided to change my route just a little. In the end I never actually made it to the river, but to our near by arboretum, and that’s when I decided to feature it here on Travel Photo Thursday.

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This is where you’ll usually find me early in the morning. The Expo Bridge was built in 1993 when the city hosted Expo 1993. Closed to car traffic, it’s often rented out for special events like wine tasting and tango.

Daejeon Expo Park and Arboretum


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