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Photo Blog: The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Aya Sofya 2

  During our backpacking stint around North Africa and the Middle East, we spent a fair amount of time in Turkey. There were so many great places but hanging around the old city, playing tourist in the morning and then playing local in the afternoons, in one of the many cafes with a glass of mint tea, a backgammon board ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction II

Ghostly Prague

I don’t usually post twice in the weekly challenge.  My original post came from a bunch of reject photos I had all intentions of deleting – so I was inspired to go back through them to have a close look with a more objective eye. It’s amazing what you can come across.  Here are just a couple more that I’m ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

Sunset on The Mediterranean

This was taken through a window on our cruise ship on the Mediterranean.  The glass acted as a prism resulting in a double image of the sun. I pulled this out of my reject pile – having discarded it as less than perfect. Another reminder that everything has it’s place and reason 🙂 For more great examples of refraction visit The ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Sicily in the Dreamy Afternoon Haze

Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847)     For more wonderful Dreaminess – check out the Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge 10 people like this post. Like Unlike

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Night Time

Fire Light - Drumming in the Sahara

Night time puts a whole new spin on things.  I was always afraid of the dark when I was young so lights have been important to me.  Always difficult to capture (at least for me). Here are some of my favourite shots – lighting up the night time!   For more great takes on “Night Time” Don’t forget to visit ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance


September 19th: Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance Endurance: continuing, existing for an indefinite time, unsurpassed, permanent.  Standing the test of time   For more great interpretations of “Endurance” check out Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge   Some of my favourites: * Sustainabilitea – Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance * Captured with my Phone – Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance * Photoworld – Weekly Photo ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Bedouins - Petra

I’m fortunate enough to live in a part of the world where jobs, food and basic human needs are not even things we need to think twice about. I’m fortunate also enough to have travelled quite extensively and make a point to include “off the tourist trail” aspects to my trips One of the most important aspects for me is ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure


Adventure is what you make it. And if you choose…anything in your life can be an adventure! I’ve  been fortunate to have many adventures in my  life so far…and I know there are many more to come. And for me – some of the best adventures are the unexpected ones!   Like an unexpected stop on the side of the road in ...

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PhotoBlog: Cats on Vacation

Make room for me! - Ayvalik, Turkey

Okay so anyone who knows me, knows that after years of bugging, nagging and generally being a brat – Scott finally relented and let me get a cat (not bad for someone who  suffers from cat allergies and had a  traumatic kitten experience as a child to boot!) Well we got our little fluff muppet about 6 months before the ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition.


Juxtaposition – The act of placing things side by side – especially for comparison or contrast. When I investigated closer the word is partly derived from Latin – Juxta -from Jagos – Which means closely connected. This puts a whole new light on the word. Contrasting – but connected. Here a car makes it’s way through the narrow lanes of ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

astronomical clock

  “In infinite time, in infinite matter, in infinite space, is formed a bubble organism, and that bubble lasts a while and bursts, and that bubble is Me. “ Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina The Astronomical Clock – Prague Old Town Square Don’t forget to check out all the Weekly Challenge Entries at The Daily Post 10 people like this ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth


Growth When I think of growth I think of Of letting go to move forward, Of new life from destruction. The old supporting, but making way for new Ruins from the Croat-Bosniak war in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovia. The growth of new shrubbery is supported by the ruins of an old bombed building.   7 people like this post. Like Unlike

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In Search of the Land of Milk and Honey.

At war or peace? - Jerusalem

When Moses stood in Jordan on the Mount of Moab and looked across to The Promised Land, I sure hoped it looked a lot different than it does today. Personally I wasn’t seeing the Milk or the Honey….or anywhere it could come from. I stood there for a good 10 minutes, squinting into the distance, looking for what, at the ...

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Jerash – the greatest Roman ruins you’ve never heard of.


Jerash – Jordan’s best kept secret. Overshadowed by the magnificent Petra, the reason most tourists come to Jordan. Yet ironically, Jerash is the second most visited site once tourists arrive in Jordan. An hour from Amman, the city can easily be toured as a day trip. Early morning is best – to avoid the heat. The ancient city is one ...

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Petra – The road to the Holy Grail


…who drinks the water I shall give him, says the Lord, will have a spring inside him welling up for eternal life. Let them bring me to your holy mountain in the place where you dwell. Across the desert and through the mountain to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, to the Temple where the cup that holds the blood ...

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Searching for Lawrence – the Desert Dands of Wadi Rum


  “No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.’ – TE Lawrence ...

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The Slow Boat to Jordan

The old castle at Aqaba

Crossing into Jordan from Egypt requires crossing the Red Sea, from Nuweiba to Aqaba. The trip to Jordan by ferry is not exciting. The best tip I can give is have either lots of reading material, movies or music loaded on your i-pad/pod/phone or prepare to sleep. (Apparently hang-overs from a big last night in Egypt help considerably in this ...

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The Vengabus Part 1


If you’ve read “My Story” you will know that by today’s standards Scott and I started travelling late, and so missed the days of back packer buses and dodgy European hostels… Or so we thought… Croatia has been high on Scott’s “Must See” list. Specifically Plitvice Lakes. However most tours were a day trip from Split. This involves several hours ...

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Sand, Sinai and Snorkels – Unexpected Detours


Sunrise on Mt Sinai and a visit to St Katherine’s monastery were, for us, going to be a highlight and a chance to tick off one of the destinations on our wish list. However, since the fall of Mubarak in Egypt’s Arab Spring, the Sinai has become increasingly lawless, and trouble in the area, in the form of kidnapping of ...

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Amazing Karnak – Monument to the Pharaohs

The sacred lake

Ancient Thebes, the “City of Amun”, surrounded by what is now modern day Luxor. Home of Karnak – arguably one of the most impressive monumental temple sites in Egypt. No small task in such a country. On a tour of Egypt’s more well known temples – Philae, Edfu, Kom Ombo – Karnak is best left for last. All are spectacular, ...

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Blokes, Boats and Beer…a trip down the Nile.

An elegant dance

“He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience”  – William Golding Patience..or a maybe just a felucca full of beer and plenty to read… A highlight of any trip to Egypt would have to be a Nile Cruise. There are a couple of ways you can accomplish this, depending on what you are after. ...

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A Shakespearean Tragedy of Egyptian Proportions

Philae Temple view from the Nile

  “I am Horus, the great Falcon upon the ramparts of the house of him of the hidden name. My flight has reached the horizon. I have passed by the gods of Nut. I have gone further than the gods of old. Even the most ancient bird could not equal my very first flight. I have removed my place beyond ...

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Sometimes Size Does Matter


“IN Egypt's sandy silence, all alone, Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws The only shadow that the Desert knows:— “I am great OZYMANDIAS,” saith the stone, “The King of Kings; this mighty City shows “The wonders of my hand.”— The City's gone,— Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose The site of this forgotten Babylon” – Horace Smith ...

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Far from the Maddening Crowd


“Whenever you were on the Nile, whatever you saw along the banks, the ever-present ridge of the desert loomed beyond the greenery, walling the floodplain on either side, a long chain of hills both east and west, often with pale chutes of sand spilling down them, blown in from the desert beyond.” – Rosemary Mahoney Down The Nile 2007 Alas ...

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Crazy Cairo


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Cairo is a city that seems to try hard to make a good first ...

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