Destinations

Showing Our Love for Barcelona in Photos

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Barcelona, Destinations, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Barcelona Photos

The first thing I read on my news feed this morning was the breaking news of the horrifying terrorist attack in Barcelona. Like most of the world, I am sickened and disgusted by this senseless act of terrorism. My original plan for Travel Photo Thursday had nothing to do Barcelona photos. However, I’ve decided to share some of my photos taken when I visited this vibrant and beautiful city in December 2015, and again in February 2016. Welcome to week 340 of Travel Photo Thursday.  Most of my Barcelona shots are on a hard drive packed in a box making its way from Seoul to Nova Scotia. Do enjoy the few that I discovered on my hard drive.

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Barceloneta Beach

A short subway ride from Barcelona’s downtown core you’ll find this lovely white sand beach with its pungent ocean smells and people in the mood for fun. You can read all about Barceloneta in an earlier post.  

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona Spain

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona Spain

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Sanzhi, Taiwan: Taiwan’s Beautiful North Coast City District

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Destinations, Guest Posts, Sanzhi, Small Town Explorer | 1 comment

Sanzhi, Taiwan

Sanzhi, Taiwan’s Beautiful North Coast City District, written by my friend and travel blogger Joy Harmon, is the second small town expose in the series  Small Town Explorer.  The villages and towns we visit in our travels are often the hidden gems of a country or region. Readers will be introduced to small centers around the globe, featuring their uniqueness, their history, what to see and do, and where to stay and where to dine. Come along as Joy introduces us to the charms of Sanzhi, Taiwan.

If you missed the first post in the Small Town Explore series you can find it here.

Get on the bus! Come on! Get off the Metro here. This is Danshui the last Metro stop on the north end of this island country. Turn right out the gate, run, run down to the bus line and get on next bus going along the north coast route.  Just in time! Now you can relax and enjoy the scenery. As you leave Danshui and head northeast along the coast, entering the Sanzhi district, the landscape becomes gradually more rugged. The town itself is some miles away, but you’ll know you’re in the Sanzhi district when you can see the ocean.

At first, everything looks abandoned, There’s an old American country western bar that just didn’t make the grade on the right, but it’s funny to see that cowboy sign in Taiwan. And just past there is my favorite, a chicken restaurant that has the ducks in the side yard. I’ve never seen a live chicken there!

We’re getting closer to the ocean, it’s just around this last turn and down hill. Why is the traffic so slow? It looks like there is nothing much here. It’s a weekend or a holiday and cars are lined up at least a quarter mile from the first seaside restaurant. What’s so special about this place? It is the first restaurant on the beach side of the highway, Sugar Villa. It’s Italian food and it’s good, but that’s not it. It is the special ambiance. Let’s get off and see! The restaurant, itself spreads out along the beach side with wide glass doors and windows facing the shore. The deck extends out over the sand on both sides and every table, both inside and out has a full view of the sea. There is a nice beach with a launch for the jet skis for rent. So, you can play hard and eat much. Or you can just sit back and enjoy watching the water sports. To top it off, the service is always prompt and friendly.

Taiwan dating tip: This spot is a popular getaway for Taipei residents on weekend afternoons. But it’s equally popular in the evening. One evening when I was here with a Taiwanese friend, we watched while a small group of young guys set up candles on the beach.

Sanzhi, Taiwan

A romantic evening near Qianshuiwan Beach Park

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Seoul’s Poop Cafe

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Poop Cafe

This week we’re heading to Seoul’s Poop Cafe (also known as Ddo-dong Cafe). Yes, you read that right. Believe it or not, Seoul is not the only city with a poop themed cafe. Canada’s largest city, Toronto, also boasts this dubious distinction. However, the Seoul Poop Cafe, which opened in 2015 is the original. Welcome to week 338 (7/27/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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The cafe is located on the top floor of  Insadong’s Ssamzie-Gil Building, which is about a three-minute walk from the Anguk Subway Station. Come out exit 6, head straight and you’ll see the Information Center. Hang a left and you are on Insadong’s main drag. Walk 1-minute and you’ll see the SSamzie-Gil Building on the left. The mall is full of cute shops, so it may take you a while to get to the Poop Cafe, should you decide to browse along the way. You can build up a thirst along the way!

Seoul's Poop Cafe

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Jaw-Dropping Sunset Shots From Around the World

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Budapest, Destinations, Egypt, Hungary, Malaysia, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Sunset Shots

Who doesn’t love to capture jaw-dropping sunset shots? Welcome to week 336 (7/13/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. I am in the midst of purging, shipping, and selling seventeen years of my life as Indy and I get ready to make the move back to Canada on August 8th. Please enjoy a few of the amazing sunset shots I’ve taken in my travels over the years.

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LaHave River Sunset Shot

My home province of Nova Scotia is no stranger to some amazing sunsets. I took this shot from the deck of a ferry as we made the short crossing. This was a gorgeous end to a picture perfect day on the province’s South Shore.

 

Sunset on the Lahave River, Nova Scotia.jpg

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A Couple of Differences Between Asia and Poland

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Destinations, Guest Posts, Poland, Travel Tips | 8 comments

From Asia to Poland: A Couple of Differences (and a Few Similarities)

Say hi to Agness and Cez – best friends and the creators of eTramping who have been traveling the world since 2011 visiting over 50 countries including mysterious North Korea. Originally hailing from Poland, these two simply love intense and unique travels full of adventures and spontaneous decisions that usually take them to discover places not everyone has a chance to visit. Follow their journeys on Instagram, Pepo, and Facebook to get insider tips and tricks on how to explore the world like pros.

 

Zagan City

Zagan City

If you follow us on Pepo, you know that recently, we’ve made the move from Asia to Poland, where we’re going to spend a while settling down before we head out on our next big adventure. It’s great being back, and Gdańsk is a brilliant place to be, but we’ve started to notice a lot of differences between the two places. We thought it might be a good idea to let you know. So, without further ado, here are some differences between Asia and Poland (and a couple of similarities).

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Six Travel Photos – 113,855 Views

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

This week I am showcasing the top six travel photos from my Flickr account with a total of 113,855 views. Welcome to week 335 (7/6/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Enjoy the pictures as I struggle to pack up 16.5 years of living in Korea to return to Canada and Nova Scotia.

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#1 Maya Beach, Thailand

With 20,761 views this is my number 1 photo on Flickr.

I took this shot on my first trip to Krabi, Thailand, and I think Maya Beach is much better known now than it was back then. Maya is the beach where Leonardo DeCaprio’s “The Beach” was filmed. I fell in love with this wee piece of pristine paradise. When I had the opportunity to return a couple of years later, I jumped at the chance. Of course, things are never the same the second time around. The area had become very popular with the tour boat operators, and in fact, someone (no idea who) was charging a 100 baht fee if you wanted to walk, sit on the sand, or swim directly off the beach. Disappointing, to say the least, but the beauty of the beach was still intact, and I imagine that it still is today.

 

Maya-Beach, Southern Thailand

#2 Hualien County, Taiwan

Taiwan Mist takes number 2 spot with 20,662 votes. I don’t know the name of the mountain we were on or remember the name of the resort, but what I do remember is the torrential rain lasting for a good two hours. When the rain ended, we were treated to this dreamy mist, the perfect backdrop to the towering coconut trees and the lush vegetation.

 

Taiwan Mist

#3 Namhansanseong Park and Fortress

I captured this colorful and ornate temple roof line at Namhansanseong in Seoul. and this shot has been viewed a total of 20,177 times. Namhansanseong was a temporary capital during the Joesan dynasty and now a World UNESCO property. If you’re visiting Seoul, it’s an interesting and picturesque destination worthy of a morning or afternoon wander and is easily accessible by subway and bus.

Address and How to Get There: 

경기도 광주시 중부면 산성리

Sanseong-ri Joongbu-myeon Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Directions:

Subway: Get off at Sanseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit No. 2. Take City Bus No. 9, and get off at Namhansanseong bus stop. (Travel Time: 20 Min., Buses depart every 20 Min.)

Bus: Take bus 13-2  from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Gangbeun Station. Transfer to bus 15-1 at the entrance of Namhansanseong, and exit at the last stop.

Open year round and the free admission makes it easy on everyone’s’ budget.

 

Namhansansung, Seoul

 

#4 Gunung Kawi, Bali

With 19,952 views, Bali’s lush and colorful Gunung Kawi holds number 4 spot in the most viewed. At the bottom of these many many stairs is a major Hindu temple, with 10 rock-cut candi (shrines). It’s one of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments (according to Lonely Planet).
The day I was there it rained (HARD). That’s why the sky in this photo looks so washed out. (This was just before the downpour.)I think the lushness of the trees and rice paddy on the right makes up for the colorless sky! Private drivers are plentiful on Bali and happy to take you to Gunung Kawi.

 

Gunung Kawi, Bali

 

#5 Seoul Forest, Seoul

Seoul Forest is holding number 5 spot with 16,559 views. As you can see the park is home to some awesome Fall colors. Anytime you need a break from Seoul’s concrete jungle grab the subway and head to the forest. Picturesque any time of the year, you won’t be disappointed.

The park is open 24 hours a day, and free to enter. Take Subway line 2 to Ttukseon Station and leave through Exit 8.

 

Seoul Forest

 

 Rural Korea Springtime

Number 6 spot, 15,744 views, is also a photo captured here in Korea. Spring is one of my favorite seasons here, and I take every chance I get to get out of the city and watch Mother Nature as she wakes. Many farms have a traditional pagoda, where workers take their noonday break, lunch usually followed by a short nap time.

 

Rural Korea Springtime

 

Which is your favorite shot of the six? Let us know in the comments.

 

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

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