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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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Barcelona’s Barceloneta Beach

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Barcelona, Destinations, Featured, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Barceloneta Beach

When you visit Barcelona, Barceloneta Beach is only a short subway ride from downtown. The fresh salty smell of the ocean and the white, stick your toes in the sand beach, awaits. Welcome to week 286 (7/14/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Let’s have a peek!

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Barceloneta Beach with its palm trees, boardwalk, white sand, and the salt air smells. What more can we ask for?

 

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona Spain

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Windows around the World

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Budapest, Canada, Czech - Prague, Destinations, Halifax, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Windows

Windows and doors are favorite photo ops when I’m traveling, and I know I’m not alone. Welcome to Week 280 (6/2/2106) of Travel Photo Thursday. The end of the semester will dominate the next few weeks, so little time for anything else. This post will not be particularly wordy. I think that the beautiful windows speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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I loved the windows in Prague and managed to come away with several beautiful shots. These two I took in the Old Town, where it’s next to impossible to walk more than 30 seconds without taking a photo or two.

Gorgeous symmetry! Prague is also really big on window boxes with lots of lovely details.

 

Curtained Prague

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Barcelona: Arc de Triomf

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 43 comments

Barcelona

Welcome to Week 268 (3/3/2016) of  Travel Photo Thursday, showing off Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf. Classes started this week, so it’s a week of welcoming freshmen to their first day and week of classes, and all things English! Happy to say that I am back to working mornings, and my body clock feels so grateful 🙂 

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Designed by architect Josep Vilaseca, Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf was built for the 1888 Universal Exposition. It served as the gateway to the exposition, which took place in the Parc de la Ciutadella. With its imposing classical shape and decorative detail, today is is considered one of the city’s iconic landmarks. I strolled through on my last day in the city. Although you can see in the photos that people were wearing jackets, it was quite warm. The blue sky, palm trees, and the vibe from all of the pedestrians made for a very festive feel. There was definitely a giddy hint of spring in the air.

 

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

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Barcelona:The World Begins With Every Kiss

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Barcelona, Destinations, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

Welcome to 267 (2/25/2016) of  Travel Photo Thursday. This week I take you to Barcelona and “The World Begins with Every Kiss”.

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El Món Neix en Cada Besada (The World Begins With Every Kiss) by Joan Fontcuberta is located just steps from the Barcelona Cathedral, but I never noticed it until my last day in the city. From a distance, it looks like a huge colorful graffiti. Only as I came in closer and closer did it become apparent that it’s actually a mosaic created from thousands of teeny tiny mosaic tiles. Each tile contains the photo of a place, a person, or a moment, which represents an expression of freedom.

 

Kiss of Freedom

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Favorite Travel Quotes for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Destinations, Egypt, Featured, Myanmar, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Welcome to week 231 (06/04/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that Korea is trying to come to terms with an outbreak of MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome). As of an hour ago my classes have been canceled for next week (make-up week), so I have loads of time to prepare for my exams the following week. This is definitely the summer that I do not want to be here, but it looks like I will be, or at least for most of it. I am moving to Seoul, and will be starting a new job in September. Those changes are both good, but it means getting rid of my apartment here, and finding new digs in Seoul. I never knew that most apartments for rent don’t get advertised until 3 weeks before move in date! On that note, I have been reading a lot of inspirational quotes lately to get myself inspired to travel Korea this summer. Of course, that’s when I’m not packing boxes! 🙂  There is so much to see and do in country, but habits like traveling out of country are so hard to break. Hopefully, these favorite inspirational quotes will help me get inspired to visit and enjoy the beauty that is right outside my ‘back door’.

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I have never been a huge Mark Twain fan, but I have always loved this quote. Egypt was an epic journey for me (2004), and I was a little leery of traveling solo. The thing is I really dislike organized tours beyond a day or two. However, I knew that there were things that I might have a difficult time doing on my own in Egypt. Visiting the Pyramids wasn’t one of them, but that visit turned out to be magical even with a tour group. We pretty much had the place to ourselves that morning, and no idea why! There are no tour buses in this photo! Although there were things about the tour that I disliked, without the tour, as a solo traveler, I would have had a difficult time sailing down the Nile on a Felucca, sleeping under the stars in the desert after I rode a camel through a mountain pass, or a trip to Abu Simbal in an armed convey. Okay, the guns definitely put me way out of my comfort zone! Even the camel ride had me questioning my sanity!

Would I have been disappointed if I hadn’t gotten to sleep in the desert, sail down the Nile, or wander through ancient Abu Simbel with its amazing huge carvings and take your breath away hieroglyphics …YEP!

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

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