Seven Favorite Travel Photos From 2017

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Canada, Korea, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 6 comments

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to week 354 (1/4/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday and our first link-up of the new year. For me, 2017 was one of endings and beginnings.  I think of it as one door closing and another door opening. I left Korea and returned to Nova Scotia where I am now based in the historical town of Annapolis Royal. My travels in 2017 saw me enjoying some interesting towns and cities in both Korea and Nova Scotia. This week I want to share with you seven of my favourite travel related/inspired photos of 2017.

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Haeundae Beach

New Year’s 2017 found me on Korea’s Haeundae Beach taking in the first sunrise of the year.  It was a picture-perfect start to 2017. The new year included both Geoje Island and Korea’s second largest city, Busan. That’s where you will find Haeundae Beach should you ever travel to Korea. This is without a doubt the most famous beach in Korea. Beware, it’s illegal to swim here after the end of August!

Haeundae Beach, Busan, Korea

Seoul National Cemetery

One of my favourite times of the year anywhere in Korea was during cherry blossom season. In my opinion, the best place to view and photograph these gorgeous flowers is the Seoul National Cemetery. I love this shot of the blossoms surrounding the traditional Korean pagoda. The best time to experience the blossoms is entirely dependent on the weather, but it’s often from mid-April to early May. This shot was taken on April 13, 2017, and the blossoms were at their best that week. I’m going to cheat and give you another photo of the weeping cherry trees, which I can never get enough of!

Seoul's Cherry Blossoms Seoul National Cemetery

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery


Seoul Sky Observatory

I have to be honest, my final summer in Seoul was one of pure drudgery. Packing up, selling and giving away 17 years of your life is no easy task (I’m sure many of you have gone through something similar.)  However, I did make the time to visit and experience Seoul’s latest attraction. That would be Seoul Sky, the 4th tallest building in the world. I loved Seoul Sky and highly recommend a visit when you’re in Seoul. You can read all about my visit and what you need to know when planning yours, right here. The Han River looks a little muddy in this shot. We had a lot of rain last summer, so I think that was the reason. The middle bridge is the Olympic Bridge, which was built to celebrate the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.


Seoul Sky


Let’s jump ahead to September 2017, and Pictou, Nova Scotia where I spent a couple of months waiting to move into my Condo in Annapolis Royal. One of the things I loved in Pictou was the sunsets over the harbour. This is my favourite sunset shot of many taken from the water’s edge.




Paint Pictou

Many artists call Pictou home, and the town holds an annual Paint Pictou event. Artists set up their easels all over the downtown and paint. At the end of the day, each artist’s painting or paintings is auctioned off to the highest bidder. It was fun watching the artists doing what they do best and they were a friendly lot.


Paint Pictou


Paint Pictou


We’re up to seven already, but I would remiss if I didn’t include a couple of my fav photos from my new home in Annapolis Royal.  Instead of seven of 2017, it’s going to be nine 🙂

Annapolis Royal

Sieur de Mon’s Monument (one of our founding fathers) at Fort Anne, Canada’s oldest National Historic Site.


Fort Anne, Annapolis Royal


Last but not least, one of my favourite photos of the year, taken at the Historic Gardens here in AR. FYI, the Historic Gardens is ranked by Tripadvisor as one of the top gardens in Canada.


Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal


There you have my seven, no nine, favourite photos of 2017. Let us know in the comments which photo is your favourite.


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  1. Great photos! I especially love the sunset one though! Happy 2018!

  2. Oh we were thousands of miles apart in the summer yet we were doing the same thing (only double the number of year’s worth of accumulations I was cleaning out!) I just last night said to Joel that I’ve been cut off from ‘my old world of coffees and lunches with friends’ for five months – the three we’ve been here and the two last summer when all I did was slog. Beautiful photos!

  3. What a great collection of photos! really love the cherry blossom ones. I’m glad to see you all settled in your condo and spending time with your family. Wishing you the best and many adventures in 2018!

  4. I am a cherry blossom lover also. I would love to visit a country with mass plantings of Cherry Trees. I have had to pack up and get rid of thirty years of possessions in 2016. It was very traumatic as it was followed closely by cleaning out my parents unit and the death of my mother. It’s that time of life for us I guess. I guess you are loving being home again though Nancie and having your very own apartment would be wonderful.

  5. Thanks for hosting. Enjoyed your pics. That was an eventful year for you! Love the cherry blossom.

  6. Happy New Year! What a year full of changes and contrasts. I moved oversees a long time ago when I was younger and didn’t have much. I have a small idea on how emotional those moments are. I am sure you are going to have tons of beautiful adventures in Canada. Hope this year is full of new opportunities and blessings!

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