Destinations

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.

 

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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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Favorite Seoul Street Art

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Seoul Street Art

Seoul Street Art is dominated by whimsical sculpture throughout the city. Welcome to week 334 (6/29/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Today I want to introduce you to some of my favorite Seoul Street Art. Enjoy the tour.

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I travel through Hangangjin Station (Line 6) every work day, and I often get off at this subway station to do a bit of shopping on my way home and to admire some of the Seoul street art. If you are ever in Seoul and want to see these pieces yourself, walk out of the station and head up the road towards Itaewon. It doesn’t matter which side of the street you’re on. Art will be peeking out at you on almost every block.

 

First, there’s Red Bird, who, well, glows red. I love both simplicity and the color. He’s also the perfect complement to the glass building.

 

Seoul Street Art

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Canada 150: A Song, A Video, and Some Photos

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Canada, Destinations, Travel Photo Thursday | 9 comments

Canada 150

Canada 150 is all the talk in Canada this year, and the big day, July 1st, is fast approaching. Welcome to week 333 (6/15/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week have fun listening to the Canada 150 song, a 2-minute video of Canadian moments (not my video), and photos that I’ve taken when I’ve been traveling around and spending time in my country over the past few years. I won’t be in Canada on July 1st to celebrate Canada 150, but I will be arriving in Vancouver on August 8th, and then onto Nova Scotia on August 22nd. Indy and I will be taking up residence in beautiful Annapolis Royal at least for a little while 🙂 Enjoy the song, the moments, and the photos.

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A stunning Vancouver Island sunset taken way back in August 2006.

 

Vancouver Island

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Korea DMZ: North – South Divide in Photos

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Korea DMZ

This week we are roaming around the Korea DMZ, that swath of land that separates North Korea from South Korea and came into being when the Korean War Armistice was signed way back in 1953. Welcome to Week 332 (6/8/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join me on a tour of the North – South divide in photos.

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I initially took this tour back in 2001 or 2002. I know it was before digital cameras (or just before they came to market). I did take photos that day, and I had them developed, but they’ve disappeared during one of my moves over the years. I was anxious to see what was still the same and what had changed, and if I can still brag about having a good memory!

I am always surprised that the DMZ is only an hour outside of Seoul. This is why we foreigners get a little antsy when the big guy up North starts his saber rattling. Our first stop of the day was the Imjingak Unification Park,  in the city of  Paju on the banks of the Imjin River.

 

Korea DMZ: North South Divide

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