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Postcard – Temples of Tikal

Posted by on March 22nd, 2013 in Central America, Feature, Guatemala, HDR, Photos, Postcards | 1 comment

It did require catching a bus at 4am, but getting to Tikal before the sunset and, more importantly, before the crowds was worth it. Watching a sun rise from an ancient temple almost all by yourself is an experience worth waking up at 4m. Some of the temples here go back over 2000 years, that is old by any standards. In my opinion, Tikal is the best temple to visit in Central America, way better than Chichen Itza, which I found a bit disappointing, despite it being the famous one. What’s your favorite...

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Postcard – Rice Fields of Thailand

Posted by on November 2nd, 2012 in Asia, HDR, Postcards | 10 comments

When I was driving around Thailand on my motorbike, I saw a lot of rice fields. And I quite like rice fields. They just always seem so serene. Just views that make you want to go and sit down and just look at it. This photo I took on my road trip to Pai. When I saw this, I just knew I had to stop for a photo, which did happen quite a few times on that road trip if I’m honest. And this photo will also start a new series on my blog I’m calling Friday postcard! Which is pretty much what it  says on the tin. Something to hopefully cheer up your Friday and make your mind wander…   Which country has the most beautiful rice fields in your...

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Stirling Castle

Posted by on December 30th, 2010 in Europe, HDR, Photos, Scotland, Stirling | Comments Off on Stirling Castle

Although one might argue that there really isn’t anything more important to see in Scotland than all the distilleries (and I would agree with that argument), we did go see Stirling Castle on our way back towards England last summer. You have to include some history in your tour of Scotland if you spend over a week driving around; well then again the distilleries do have a lot of history, so I wouldn’t hold it against anyone if they focused just on them. [Not a valid template] Stirling Castle is set on top of a steep hill; the placement obviously been given a lot of thought, making the fortress easily defensible. The key location has helped to make it the most important castle in the Scottish history; and with stormy clouds gathering over it, it was an impressive sight....

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West Lake (西湖) in Hangzhou (杭州)

Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 in Asia, China, Hangzhou, HDR, Photos | Comments Off on West Lake (西湖) in Hangzhou (杭州)

West Lake is arguably the most famous lake in China; not because it’s very big or because it is very deep, but simply because it is so breathtakingly beautiful. And after visiting the lake this summer, I understand why it has been such a famous location for over a millennium. [Not a valid template] It takes the whole day to explore the lake at a leisure pace. While it is indeed  possible to walk around the lake, I would recommend hiring a bike, as it’s not too expensive in Hangzhou and the traffic around West Lake is pretty nice as you don’t have to compete with cars. Or alternatively you can hop on one of the electric vehicles that constantly circle the lake transporting tired tourists onwards to the next view. Like I said walking is doable, but you...

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Laphroaig Distillery

Posted by on November 21st, 2010 in Europe, HDR, Islay, Photos, Scotland | Comments Off on Laphroaig Distillery

In my last post I promised to talk about my favorite distillery on Islay [Not a valid template] Which of course is Laphroaig; the most peatiest of all whiskies on Islay. The day started in our guest house in Port Ellen. We were feeling a little rough after a whisky soaked night in Ardview inn in Port Ellen, but thankfully a good hearty Scottish breakfast is one of the best cures for that. We contemplated hiring bikes to get to the three distilleries nearby, but since they weren’t that far (just a few miles) and the weather was quite nice, we decided to walk. Which was all fine and good, but we as we headed off from the village, we realized we would get thirsty soon, so we quickly decided to hitch a ride from one of the locals...

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Water of Life

Posted by on October 31st, 2010 in Europe, HDR, Islay, Photos, Scotland | Comments Off on Water of Life

This summer I went on a road trip to Scotland with a friend. Scotland really has some of the most amazing driving roads, it’s no wonder Top Gear often films there. Thou the roads can be quite narrow. We made our way to the west coast and to Kennacraig; now if you’ve never heard of Kennacraig, that’s fine, there really is only one thing in Kennacraig (I’m not kidding) and that is the port from which a ferry goes to Islay. So we left our car in Kennacraig, which really was for the best, and boarded the ferry. Few hours later we arrived, not in Port Ellen on Islay which was the original plan, but to Port Askaig. Apparently the the captain of the ferry to Port Ellen had figured he had some other places to go to. Now,...

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