Travel Photo Thursday

Bangkok’s Amulet Market for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Featured, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 7 comments

Few tourists leave “The City of Angels” (aka Bangkok) without wiling away at least a few hours in the “Old City”. If you’re checking out a map you may not find “Old City”. Instead, look for  the area called Rattanakosin located close to the Chayo Phraya River.  Here you’ll find the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (famous for its Emerald Buddha, numerous other temples, and a few museums. I’ve visited this area several times over the years, and have taken in the sights. This week I visited again with a different destination in mind, and that was the Amulet Market. Although, the market lies only steps away from the Grand Palace and Wat Pho many visitors never give it a second glance. Join me this Travel Photo Thursday  (week 207) as we enjoy the Amulet Market and all that it has to offer.

 

You’ll see evidence of the market as soon as you turn onto Maharat Road. The easiest way to get to here is to take the BTS to Saphan Taksin, then head to the Central Pier (2 minute walk and loads of signs). Hop a boat to Tha Chang Pier, and, once there, head through the outdoor market. If you’re like me, you might have to stop for fried bananas for some added energy! Turn left at the first street (Maharat Road), and you’ll immediately see evidence of the market on the sidewalk. On the left hand side of the road are the amulet sellers. On the right hand side you’ll find a plethora of traditional medicines on offer.

 

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Bangkok’s Amulet Market…

The stalls are basic with a table or two, and some stools. Some merchants even display their wares from ground level.

 

Amulet Market, Bangkok

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Daejeon’s Expo Bridge for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 15 comments

I had to go out twice yesterday, and came back blue with cold. It was definitely the coldest day of the year here in Daejeon, so far. To confirm, I checked my weather app and it was -10c, and very windy! Needless to say, I am fast forwarding to Sunday when I will be arriving in balmy Bangkok. However, first, for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday (#206) I want to introduce you to Daejeon’s Expo Bridge. Trust me, these photos were taken when it was much, much warmer!

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I’m a morning person. Five o’clock on the dot (sometimes earlier) my feet hit the floor. While I might not be Chatty Cathy in the early morning, it is my favorite time of the day. I have always been lucky enough to live within a ten minute walk of Daejeon’s Gapcheon River, and I spend a lot of time there in the wee hours of the morning. A focal point of the river is the Expo Bridge, built in 1993 when Daejeon was host to the World Expo. The bridge sees only foot traffic, and connects to Expo Park (which is in the process of being torn down). Thankfully the bridge will remain.

 Expo Bridge early morning views…

What’s not to love about the glow of the early morning…

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon, Korea

 

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A little later in the morning when the sun has fully risen…

This shot was taken in September, which is one of the best times of the year to visit. The brilliant blue skies are common this time of the year, and the summer humidity is pretty much a memory.

The tower in the background is the Hanbit Tower (often called “The Needle”). I’ve just realized that I’ve never visited the observatory at the top. Apparently, like the Expo Bridge, it will be incorporated into the building project that is underway. I must make a point of getting to the top one of these days!

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon, Korea

 

One last view from above the river walkway…

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon,Korea

 

The peace and serenity of this final shot is why I will always be an early riser (at least when it’s not -10c!)

 

Herons on the Gapcheon River, Daejeon, Korea

 

 

Travelers Tip 

While Daejeon is not a tourist mecca, there is certainly enough to do here to keep you happily entertained for a day or two. With a population of  (ONLY) 1.5 million the city will feel like a village after rubbing elbows with some of the ten million Seoulites for a few days. The KTX train can whisk you here in a mere 50 minutes, or if you prefer there is a two hour slow train or bus. If you want to experience early morning on the river, I recommend that you overnight.

Is Korea a destination that’s on your travel list?

 

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Penang’s Char Kway Teow for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Malaysia, Penang, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 24 comments

Penang street food is world renowned, regularly finding its way on to top ten lists in Asia and around the world. Considered one of the top ten, and “must try” is a noddle dish, char kway teow. On this 205th week of Travel Photo Thursday (December 11th, 2014) join me as I sample what is billed as one of the top char kway teow stalls in the city.

 

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Every Penang street food vendor wants to see their stall reviewed in the local paper.

 

Penang Food Review

Penang Food Review

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A 1749 Halifax Landmark for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Walk to the corner of Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street, and it’s safe to that you are in one of the most historical parts of Halifax. On your right is the Old Burial Ground, and directly across the street you have St. Matthew’s United Church founded in the same year as Halifax, 1749, and the oldest United Church in Canada. That’s where I am taking you today, on week 204 (December 4, 2014) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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The church that stands today, an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture, is not the original, which burnt to the ground on January 1st, 1857.

 

St. Matthew's United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia

St. Matthew's Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Favorite Thailand Photos for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Destinations, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

I’m busy with the last few weeks of the semester, and getting excited to be heading to Thailand for a winter of nice temps and sunshine. For week 203 of Travel Photo Thursday, I am sharing a few of my favorite photos from past visits to the “Land of Smiles”.

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Did you know that Chiang Mai has over 300 temples? Love this shot that I took of a chedi at one of the temples in the old city. I cannot remember the name of the temple, but I know exactly where it is in my mind!

 

Golden Chedi in Chiang Mai

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Prague Street Musicians for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Czech - Prague, Destinations, Travel Photo Thursday | 30 comments

I love Prague, and one of my favorite things to do there is listen to music. There are plenty of paid concerts. However, having the opportunity to enjoy classically trained musicians playing in the street was an amazing treat. On this 202nd week of Travel Photo Thursday I want to introduce you to a few of these performers.

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The weekend is definitely the best time to catch performances. There seems to be performers set up not only in the middle of the old town square, but in every nook and cranny in the old town. Speaking of the middle of the square, that is exactly where I found these guys. I’m quite sure this was my first street performing violinist.

 

A little moody, maybe? :)

 

 

Prague Street Musicians

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