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Chemainus
Chemainus

Chemainus – World Famous Mural Town

Posted In: Canada
The quaint town of Chemainus is found on the Chemainus River Valley on the east coast of Vancouver Island in Canada.  We didn't know of the town but found it as we headed from Victoria to catch the ferry to Vancouver.  Because we had some spare time before ferry left, we spent a few hours exploring the town.  If you are visiting Vancouver Island, add Chemainus to your itinerary.  Spend at least a few hours exploring the town, finding the murals and doing some shopping. HistoryThe Hul'gumi'num firs[...]
Look for the Detail

Take Better Travel Photos: Look for the Detail

Posted In: Travel Photography
We all take quick snaps when we travel, but spending a little bit of extra time to "look for the detail" can add extra meaning to our travel photos. Let's look at some examples. select one object from many In this example, we were walking along the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris or as it is known, the "lock bridge".  The photo below shows how many locks have been added to the bridge (and this is only a small section) but it really does not evoke any emotion.  It really is just lots of locks, most of which are the s[...]
Driving in Iceland
Iceland

11 Tips for Driving in Iceland

Posted In: Iceland
Iceland is truly a beautiful country and a great way to see it is to hire a car and take a road trip.  There are no trains and unless you are on a guided bus tour, there are limited buses. So, we spent 18 days exploring Iceland by car.  From that experience, here are our 11 tips for driving in Iceland. Iceland is a relatively easy country to explore by car as it is quite small at 103,000 square kms (approximately 40,000 square miles). Iceland compared to the UK (Source: https://thetruesize.com) Also, by[...]
Moulin Rouge
Paris

Moulin Rouge – A Photo Gallery

Posted In: France
The Moulin Rouge in an iconic Paris show. We booked for the show only and not the dinner. It was still daylight when we arrived but it’s not until after dark that the building lights up with the neon lights.  You cannot take photos of the show. The show itself was a good show with the exception of it using animals. I am very anti the use of animals for shows. They brought out miniature horses for one part and they have a pool with pythons which a women is “thrown” into. The pythons were not moving and the woman[...]
Egypt
Egypt

10 Must see Sites in Egypt

Posted In: Egypt
Egypt has so many amazing historical sites that it is impossible to include them all in a list (well it would be an extremely long list!).   Therefore, I have prepared a list of my 10 must see sites in Egypt to include in planning for your adventure there.  1 – Abu Simbel The Abu Simbel temple complex is located at Abu Simbel which is a village in Nubia, just north of the border with Sudan.  It is part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site which stretches from Abu Simbel to Philae.[...]
10 Must Visit Churches in Iceland
Iceland

10 Must Visit Churches in Iceland

Posted In: Iceland
We spent an amazing 18 days exploring Iceland.  The churches in this beautiful country are unique and usually are accompanied by stunning scenery.  The churches on this list are in order of us visiting them as we drove clockwise around Iceland. If you are considering doing a road trip in Iceland, read my 11 Tips for Driving in Iceland. 1 – Reykholt Church There are two churches on this site, with this church being the oldest, dating back to 1896.  The church sits behind its new counterpart and amongst an[...]
Tessellated Pavement
Eaglehawk Neck

Tessellated Pavement – A Photo Gallery

Posted In: Australia
The Tessellated Pavement is a state reserve at Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania.  It is about 25 minutes from this historic Port Arthur and about 90 minutes from Hobart.It is located on a narrow isthmus connecting mainland Tasmania to the Tasman Peninsula.  Apart from Port Arthur, the Tasman Peninsula is home to stunning natural formations such as the Devil's Kitchen, Tasman Arch and the Tasman Blow Hole.We stayed at Eaglehawk Neck overnight which allowed us to take the short drive to Port Arthur to be t[...]
10 ways to be in your travel photos

10 Ways to be in Your Travel Photos When You Hate Having Your Photo Taken

Posted In: Travel Photography
If you are like me, you arrive home from an adventure somewhere to find that you have very few, if any travel photos of me on those adventures.  While I really do not like having my photo taken, it is nice to be in some photos to show you actually did go to those amazing places.So, as a person who hates being in photos, here are my ten ways to include yourself in your travel photos.1 - Be a Small Part of the Overall PhotoBy being a small part of overall travel photos, you do not become the main focus of the photos.  In the[...]
Colossi of Memnon
Luxor

Colossi of Memnon

Posted In: Egypt
The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues, standing 20 metres tall, of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.  Since 1350BC (over 3,400 years), when Amenhotep III ruled Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII, the statues have stood in the Theban Necroplolis, west of what is now Luxor and the Nile River. The Colossi of Memnon was built during the pharaoh’s lifetime.  Its original function was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple.  Here he was worshipped as a god both before and after his dea[...]
Beautiful buildings
Albano

Albano, Italy – A Photo Gallery

Posted In: Italy
Albano Laziale is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Rome, on the Alban Hills, in Latium, central Italy.  It is 25 kilometres outside of Rome.  It is a beautiful town with stunning old buildings.The town dates back to the first millennium BC with the first recorded evidence of human settlement.  For this reasons, the area is steeped in history with stunning historical buildings, beautiful religious buildings and gardens. Albano is a great place to spend time wandering the streets, exploring and[...]