Colorful Seaside Shrine: Travel Photo Contest Friday 19

Update: The winner is Dave! I know you all have been dying to find out where this is.  The picture was taken in Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor) just down the road from where I used to live. While the religion is Catholic, there is an unique blend of Animism that is found throughout the island nation and really comes out in the shrines. Timor-Leste is such a beautiful place with an amazingly diverse group of clans (kind of like small kingdoms) and traditional religions based on spirits.  If you have the chance this is one off the beaten track destinations that should not be missed. Oh, and the tropical beaches and untouched scuba diving helps too Dave doesn’t have a website, but he is sweet enough to put his wife Rebeca’s blog forward: This Must Be the Place Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. If you’re a new friend, each Read full article…

Not Quite the Middle East: Travel Photo Contest Friday 17

Update: The winner is Andy! The picture was taken in the Arab quarter in Singapore. While not technically Arab street I decided to give it to Andy anyway. The funky Haji Lane is just around the corner and is a must visit for those looking for independent clothing stores and cool cafes. I really loved the color, food and vibrancy of this area. It just goes to show you that Singapore can be interesting Please go check out Andy’s website Sharing Travel Experiences. Its a great resource for travelers as well as fun read for anyone spending a day on the couch. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. If you’re a new friend, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country, and Place) will win a link Read full article…

The Faces of Christianity: Travel Photo Contest Friday 16

Update: Sigh, no winner this week. I really hate it when this happens, but don’t worry I’ll let you all know where it is anyway. This is a picture of  Saint Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The statue of St. Blaise above is from the main entrance to the walled old city and greets visitors as they walk across the moat into the city. Dubrovnik is a beautiful medieval city on the southern coast of Croatia. We visited for the day while we were staying in Kotor, Montenegro. Let’s see who can guess next weeks location correctly. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. If you’re a new friend, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country, and good luck with the Place) will win a link back to their Read full article…

The Most Exotic Locale of All: Travel Photo Contest Friday 15

Update: The winner is Claire! You can connect with Claire and read all about her travels on her blog First-Time Travels.  This picture is from the town docks in Jamestown, Rhode Island (yup, we are smaller than Hawaii!). What makes it so special (besides the incredible beauty of the area) is that this is my hometown. My parent’s house is just a 7 minute walk down the street. Jamestown is the town located on Conanicut Island in Narragansett bay. You may have heard of Newport, RI (our slightly bigger neighbor) which is famous for its colonial town feel, nice beaches and enormous mansions (think The Great Gatsby). Jamestown is a quieter version with a lot of charm and a bit more laid back. There are parks, farms, nice restaurants and as you can see, amazing views of the ocean. You may wonder why I would leave such a beautiful place. I’m Read full article…

Fishing with a Crossbow: Travel Photo Contest Friday 15

Is that a fishing pole or a crossbow??? Update: The winner is Corrien! The picture is from Kochin, India and the guys are on Chinese Fishing nets that use large rock counter balances to bring up the nets. I highly recommend Kochin and southern India in general for anyone looking to get away from the crowds. It is strikingly similar to Sri Lanka.  Please check out Corrien’s great blog Reflections Enroute. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. Just in case this is your first time visiting, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country, and explanation of what that thing is and how it’s used) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean and relevant). Leave your Read full article…

Boat Party: Travel Photo Contest Friday 14

Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. Just in case this is your first time visiting, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. No adults, let’s party! Where are these kids? Update: The winner is Gayle! The picture was in Bali on the East Coast at some hole in the wall cafe with a beautiful beach and harbor. Please check out Galye’s great blog Postmark California. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country and place) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean and relevant). Leave your guess and recent post in the comment section below. David won last weeks competition of Buddha statues in Japan. I will also stumble and review the latest post of anyone who leaves a comment even if the Read full article…

Calm, Stern, and Beautiful: Travel Photo Contest Friday 13

Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. Just in case this is your first time visiting, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. Where do these calm, stern and beautiful statues live? Update: The winner is David! The picture was taken in a Buddhist temple in Japan on the island of Shikoku. The island is the smallest of Japan’s 4 main islands and is one of the most remote and traditional areas in Japan. Most tourist usually don’t make it down there, so if you have the chance it is a great way to jump off the normal path. Dave has decided to highlight a nonprofit called CitiNature, dedicated to green urban projects around the world. He’s just getting started, and he has a blog/website at http://www.citinature.org/ so show him some support by visiting. The first person Read full article…

Wind Power: Travel Photo Contest Friday 12

Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. If this is your first time visiting, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country AND place) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean and relevant). Leave your guess and recent post in the comment section below. No one won last weeks competition of Sailing in the Maldives, so good luck this week to all! I will also stumble and review the latest post of anyone who leaves a comment even if the winner has already been picked (up until next Thursday). Yes, the prizes heavily favor the blogging and travel geeks amongst us. If you don’t have a website, then leave your favorite website or better yet a charity that Read full article…

Visual Guide to Istanbul’s Must See Sites

  Ancient mosques, underground churches, bustling markets, crowded modern shopping streets, vibrant spices, KEBAB (yum!), and the boundary between Europe and Asia. Istanbul has it all and so much more. It is impossible to fully describe the vibe of this culturally wealthy city. As you wonder the streets centuries pass in a matter of steps, wheeling sea birds break up a skyline of minarets as the devout are called to prayer, a vast modern public transportation system shuttles shoppers, tourists and workers to the city’s amazingly distinct areas. Hawkers yell in the streets competing for attention and Turkish Lira. Rarely do I fall instantly in love with a place but Istanbul proved the exception. The sites, sounds, smells, people and culture touched something deep inside my chaotic nature. Rather than ruin the magic of the city with my words, I present a photo and video journey through the streets and Read full article…

Boat, Sea and Sky: Travel Photo Contest Friday 11

Update: There were some great guesses this week but alas no clear winner. I could say we are all winners for participating..blah blah blah. Thanks for all of the participation and nice comments about the photo. I took this shot in the Maldives while I was on a live-aboard for a week scuba diving.  It is hard not taking nice pictures when the scenery is so beautiful. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. If this is your first time visiting, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country only this time) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean and relevant). Leave your guess and recent post in the comment section below. Mike won last Read full article…

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