weekly photo challenge: yellow

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Show us what “yellow” means to you.

These are the words from the folks at the Daily Post for this week’s photo challenge.

We could hardly pass up the opportunity to share our first ever rubber duck race in Burgos, Spain during our Camino. The river was dotted yellow except for sections where the ducks got a little caught up with one another.

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That was the close up!

And now for the view down the river.

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Enjoy the weekend and week ahead!

Have you ever witnessed a quirky event? Share us your thoughts and comments.

weekly photo challenge: twinkle

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This was a tricky theme but we think we found a picture that twinkled! Don’t look at the sun, look at the reflection off the water :)

We took this in Kusadasi, Turkey. We have used a photo of the same horizon when we first participated in the challenge.  Then an hour later from that photo, this happened.

One of the most incredible sunsets we’ve seen :)

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Enjoy your weekend ahead!

We would love to hear your comments.

 

 

our top 5 travel disappointing sights and what we learnt

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Hmmm… this post may not go down well but heck, we’ll put it out there and see who else agrees or disagrees.

We read this article recently about the most disappointing travel destinations. And we thought it was a little harsh because we tend to try to see a place for more than just the “tourist”-hype and labels that it has been given.

But then it did get us thinking about how we have been underwhelmed at times during our travels. Our disappointments aren’t blanketed to an entire place but more to a few sights.

Our disappointment with buying what we thought was water only to discover it was sparkling water.
Our disappointment with buying what we thought was water only to discover it was sparkling water.

Here are our Top 5 Travel Disappointing Sights. But please read to the end before jumping to conclusions.

5) Pamukkale

Yes, we recently wrote about how we enjoyed our time there but when we first laid our eyes on it. Were we disappointed? Hell yeh! It wasn’t anywhere as inviting as the pictures we have seen of it. The colours were not as romantic (thanks to PhotoShop no doubt). The pictures that sell Pamukkale are WAY better – but it’s not to say that it’s not worth visiting because it certainly is!

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4) The Statue of Liberty

Really? That’s it? We were expecting something taller and bigger and a little more exciting. Maybe we have been brain washed by too many Hollywood flicks where the big scary apocalyptic wave crashes dramatically into the statue. Okay – so that is us being gullible.

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3) Sea Lions on Kangaroo Island

Sorry that we have to drag out a local tourist draw card. Let’s start by saying that the scenery is definitely spectacular and what we experienced was no doubt enjoyable on Kangaroo Island.

One thing, we were really looking forward to seeing were the sea lions, relaxing on the beach and we did but as tiny little specks out by the water’s edge. We can completely understand that we need to keep our distance for the protection of the wildlife as well as humans but the distance was so far, we could barely see a thing without our camera zoom.

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2) The Terracotta Warriors

Not that they weren’t impressive because they are. It’s just the atmosphere and ambience of the place does not exude significance or excitement. It didn’t stir any thrill inside or “pinch me I’m here” feelings. We can’t quite place our fingers on it but we found it a little anticlimactic. Fascinating but anticlimactic.

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And the MOST disappointing sight?

1) Spanish Steps

Hawkers hassling us to buy roses and bubble guns as we stand in front of stairs that are covered in people. So where are the steps? We can’t even see them because of the bodies scattered. All the while being harassed to buy a rose… yeh, it has to be the most over-rated and underwhelming place we have seen. We probably spent a total of 5 minutes there before we were literally chased away by a hawker … to pay for the rose that he threw at us which we didn’t even want!

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And anyway, to be fair and honest, we are to blame! We hype these things up in our heads only to be disappointed and then try to blame the place. Uh-uh *shaking head*…. The problem is ours not the sight itself!

Our solution to avoiding disappointment: Don’t have any expectations.

We have learnt to realise that an experience is more than just an impression. And what we describe above are just impressions. Because overall our experience in all these places were nothing short of unbelievable.

  • We loved Pamukkale… actually we loved very drop of Turkey.
  • We were dazzled by NYC … we want to go back.
  • We love how untainted Kangaroo Island is…. we would stay longer next time.
  • We were enchanted by Rome… we yearn to go back.
  • We were mystified by Xi’an… we remember it fondly.

So it just shows that a “disappointment” of an attraction does not necessarily equate to negative feelings on an entire place. What about the atmosphere, the culture, the people, the food and everything else beyond the well-renowned must-sees?

Go somewhere to experience it, not just to see it! 

Maybe we will need to have a follow up post on our top 5 least disappointing or our top 5 favourite sights :)

So do you agree with any of the places? Or do you have somewhere else you want to include? 

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weekly photo challenge: gone but not forgotten

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is dedicated to the first city in the world to experience a nuclear attack. 

As with all memorials, it serves as a reminder. Although all those lives are gone, they are not forgotten. The war is also gone, but will not be forgotten.

Towards the centre of the park is a monument that holds the names of all the people killed by the bomb.

The monument is aligned in such a way that when we look through the arch, we see the Peace Flame and theHiroshima Peace Memorial (i.e. Genbaku Dome or A-Bomb Dome).

The dome marks where the first atomic bomb exploded on the morning of August 6, 1945.  It is the skeleton of the actual building that was there that day. What we see is what remained and has been preserved.

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See the Weekly Photo Challenge for other bloggers’ interpretation of gone, but not forgotten.

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