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