Travel Photo Thursday — March 22, 2011 — Favorite Travel Shots of 2011

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 46 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Still on the cool side, we’ve had fabulous sunshine and blue skies in Daejeon this week. While I was thinking about what to post this week I was browsing through shots in my Flickr account, and realized that I hadn’t posted my favorite shots from 2011. This week I give you a round up of some of my favorite travel photo memories from 2011.

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Wat Rong Khun – “The White Temple” – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun "The White Temple", Chiang Rai, Thailand

This temple is the vision of Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. You will not find another like it in Thailand, or probably Asia. Located in Thailand’s northern most city, Chiang Rai, it’s reported to be the city’s most visited attraction.

I have to say I had never seen anything like it, and wandering around both the grounds and inside the temple was an eye opener.

You can go here to learn more…Wat Rong Khun


Hanging Out at the Singapore Zoo

Hanging out at the Singapore Zoo

One of the highlights of my time spent in Singapore in 2011 was the Singapore Zoo. I even paid $25.00 to eat breakfast with the Orangutans, and loved every minute. The buffet breakfast was also delicious and I thought good value for the amount of food available and the quality. If you are staying in a hotel in Singapore,I highly suggest you visit the Singapore Zoo, it is one of the top attractions.

In case you missed my post on the Zoo…you can find it here…Singapore Zoo.


Chili Madness; Myung Mai Market, Chiang Mai

Chili Madness in the Market -- Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located close to the American Embassy and the Ping River in downtown Chiang Mai, this is a great market to visit with your camera early in the morning. The light will not disappoint.


Shadows and Light (another shot taken at the Myung Mai Market)

Shadows and Light


Rushton Beach, Marshville, Nova Scotia

Rushton Beach, Marshville, Nova Scotia

I spent part of June/July 2011 at home in Nova Scotia. I went on a road trip with a friend and we visited a few of the provinces beautiful beaches.


A Korean traditional dancer at a dance festival in Anseong, Korea

Traditional Korean Dancer


Swans at the Seoul Lantern Festival

Swans...Seoul Lantern Festival

The Seoul Lantern Festival is held along the Cheonggyecheon Stream every November, and the lanterns are over the top beautiful. The swans is one of my favorite shots from the evening that I attended.


At the office in Chiang Mai, Thailand….

I love this lady’s smile!

At the Office, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Buddha’s birthday party in Seoul, May 2011…

Buddha's Birthday Party, 2011


And, one final shot…


The bandstand at the Halifax, Public Gardens, where on Sunday afternoons you can enjoy great band music for free.

Bandstand, Halifax Public Gardens, Nova Scotia

We Haligonians are proud of our gardens, and you can find out more about them here…Public Gardens.


And just one more…

Bicycles on the Halifax waterfront on Canada Day, July 1, 2011…love those Canadian flags!

Bicycles on the Halifax Waterfront


There you have it. My favorite travel shots and memories of 2011. Choosing these 11 was not easy, and there are many more lurking in my photo files…another day maybe 🙂


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  1. All gorgeous photos, Nancie – and such a great variety of subjects – temples, animals, food, bikes… love the bikes!

    • Thanks Sophie! It’s amazing what we can see in a year of travel.

  2. All the shots are beautiful but my favourites are the Halifax pics. Can’t wait to get back there this summer even if it’s only for a day!

    • Enjoy Halifax, Lisa. It’s home to me, and I won’t be there this summer. I’m planning another visit in 2013.

  3. Hi Bob, Great to have you here and thanks for the nice intro!

  4. Some FABULOUS shots here! I really like the orangutan, the shadow & light, Korean dancer and the woman with brooms. Agree, that’s a great smile.

  5. My pleasure, was very happy to find your site last week.

  6. Hi: Just wanted to say that I love your round up. It is impossible to pick a favorite with such variety, but I realize it must have been difficult for you to pick favorites out of a whole year of photos, too. (I’ll be back with my Photo Thursday url tomorrow, when it IS Thursday in Arizona.)

  7. Stunning as always. What a great round up of your year. I know how fun it is to wander down memory lane when pulling together a post like this. Hope you had a blast! Can’t wait to see what you choose from 2012 next year 🙂

    • 2011 was a great travel year for me, and it’s continued into 2012 with Spain, and Thailand so far. I’ve also been seeing lots of Korea on the weekends. Also, have a trip to the Czech Republic planned for this summer.

  8. These are great- love the energy and variety. I especially love the back of the ladies heads- I just have so many questions about that shot and the ladies- which is something I love about photography.

  9. oh wow wow wow. What a great selection of pictures from around the world. I can’t choose one as my favourite as there are many.

    • Yes, often photos get us thinking and asking 🙂

  10. Fantastic shots…all of them! The first one of the temple in Thailand is just beautiful. And as a huge fan of the Singapore Zoo (especially the night safari), I liked the photo of the orangutan too 🙂

    Thanks for the linkup opportunity!

  11. I always look forward to seeing your gorgeous photos every week, Nancie! This week has got to be my favorite so far because there’s so much variety and a great recap of your year. Love, love the temple, the lanterns and the monkey.

  12. I can see why that temple gets so many visitors. It is absolutely beautiful. Love the other photos too — you always post such stunning images.

  13. That photo with the swan lanterns is magnificent!

  14. Awesome photography !

  15. Beautiful photos, as always! I particularly like the one of the baby orangutan – that auburn hair!

  16. You’ve had quite the year! I love the color in your photos.

  17. These are beautiful! The baby orangutan is precious. The bikes kind of reminded me of the Netherlands (since that’s where we always biked when I was young) until I saw the Canadian flags 🙂 I remember your post about the lantern festival. Gorgeous!

    • Thanks Sabrina. I loved the time I spent with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo. This little one was my all time favorite.

  18. We are heading to Singapore in November. You’ve inspired a different dining option with this post and we will definitely visit the Zoo (thanks to you).

  19. Fabulous photos! What a great year you had.
    And I loved the White Temple – it was so different from all the others.

  20. What drama and colour in your photos! Its fun but time consuming going back through photos and it makes you realize how far you’ve come with photography – and in my case how much I still have to learn. Great post Nancie.
    Just curious since you host your photos on Flickr – do you get much traffic to your blog because of that?

    • Thanks for the kind words Leigh. I’m not so sure that I get a lot of traffic from Flickr to the blog. I have to admit I’m not consistent with linking back from Flickr to the blog. I really should do that more.

  21. These are all great shots!

  22. I can see why these are your favorite shots from 2011. I remember some of them, too — great work. One big WOW for The White Temple!

    • Yes, I love the White Temple. I would love to go back there at some point and spend more time with the camera. Sometimes it’s difficult to get good shots
      because of the crowds.

  23. Nancy – now that I have a bit more time . .. . I LOVE the swans. That is such a great image. But these are all great.

    As I said earlier, I really liked the white temple because it was so different. If you are interested, my photos are at

    Have a good week!

  24. What a great collection of photos. They are all special!

  25. The photos are all really beautiful! I really like the first one of the temple … never seen anything like it and it intrigues me enough to make me want to visit.

    • Cheryl, if you ever have the chance, don’t miss it. Definitely the most unique I’ve seen in Asia, and of course it is gorgeous!

  26. Your pictures are stunning! I especially love the one of the orangutan!

    Happy Friday!


    • Thanks, Becca. I would say he is my favorite animal sot of 2011.

  27. A fave memory of my 2011 travels is of time spent with Estonia’s generous Seto souls who shared their songs, their laughter and a powerful lesson in nurturing eternal connections and uplifting traditions.

  28. What an outstanding selection of shots. They’re all stunning in colour and content!

  29. That orangutan is so cute!! I remember that broom lady from a while back too — always loved that one.

  30. These are all such beautiful photos, it’s no wonder you had a hard time picking your favorites!

  31. Love these shots! They’re all stunning and meaningful. The pic I like above all is that of the woman carrying the heavy baskets and smiling! Really cute.

  32. The White Palace looks like something out of a fairytale!!!!

  33. These are all such great shots, Nancie, each in their own way — so I can’t even begin to choose a favourite. They’re real Lonely Planet stuff!

  34. you had such a wonderful year in travel. May 2013 bring even more blessings and wanderings!

    -Maria Alexandra

    • Maria…2012 really was a bumper travel year for me. I hope to repeat it in 2013 🙂

  35. Hi Nancie, I love the smiling lady with the brooms.Some fascinating photos!

    • Thank you! She is lovely, and was so accommodating with having her photo taken.


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