The first time I saw pictures of Dubai, I thought they were altered with Photoshop. When I arrived in Dubai, I felt like I walked right into a movie set on the backlot of Universal Studios. Everything around me looked surreal. I wasn’t sure if I had time traveled to the past or the future, soon it became clear, I was in both.
In capturing the essence of this bizarre place, I took a few painted liberties with my photos to show the diversity, beauty & craziness of this intriguing city.
I stood in awe looking across a man-made lake bordered by high-rise buildings sprouting like weeds out of the desert. Continue reading
“Farming is simply gambling with dirt”, or so says Mark Twain and most farmers. So to hear a bet placed in my childhood farming household was common. The conversation went like this; Dad: “If I’m right, you have to bake me a home-made blueberry pie”. Mom: “If I am right, you have to take me on a trip around the world”.
Unfortunately, dad would end up with a blueberry crisp (a crime for a pie-lover) and mom would end up with a trip somewhere in the world, not around it. The job of making blueberry pie fell to me; I happily obliged, and through making pies I grew to love them. Thanks, Dad. Continue reading
Travel Tuesday takes us to the dazzling yet quaint lakeside town of Guatapé, which is less than two hours outside of Medellín, Colombia.
Our first introduction to the area was El Peñon de Guatapé, commonly referred to as La Piedra (The Stone). You can’t miss it as it towers over this region dominated by lakes.
This summit of this massive rock can be reached via 740 steps, a trip that takes about 30 minutes. There, you’ll discover a snack bar, gift shop and an understanding of how out of shape you are. This is quite a difference from the first time the rock was climbed, in 1954, when it took five days to make the trip. Continue reading
I am starting a new section on my blog called Travel Tuesdays. It will feature amazing places I have traveled. I hope you enjoy this new addition. First stop is a small mystical island in Russia.
I am delighted when I find a place so magical that it makes me believe I am in fairy tale. That is what happened on Kizhi Island in Russia. Even the locals consider this to be a sacred space.
The Church of the Transfiguration was built completely of wood without a single nail in the early 18th century. Continue reading
Only two hours northwest from the Chilean capital of Santiago sits the eccentric port city of Valparaíso. Some consider it the San Francisco of South America. Valpo, as the locals like to call it, has all the charms of a hillside town overlooking the sea.
Parts of the city looks elegant, refined, and very old, like Europe. Other parts are a mishmash of architecture typical to many South American cities, with neighborhoods climbing up the sides of the city’s 48 hills, surrounding the bay.