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Symmetry and Balance
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"If measure and symmetry are absent from any composition in any degree, ruin awaits both the ingredients and the composition... Measure and symmetry are beauty and virtue the world over." - Socrates
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A formal display at Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Gardens with over 50 acres of land and over 7,500 plant species from all over the world.
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But much of the garden is informal, with many pathways among the plants.  Depending on the season, different varieties will be in bloom and of course there is a large variety of deciduous and evergreen trees.
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VanDusen Gardens is approximately 20 minutes or 7 km by car from downtown Vancouver.
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Symmetry and Balance . "If measure and symmetry are absent from any composition in any degree, ruin awaits both the ingredients and the composition... Measure and symmetry are beauty and virtue the world over." - Socrates . A formal display at Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Gardens with over 50 acres of land and over 7,500 plant species from all over the world. . But much of the garden is informal, with many pathways among the plants.  Depending on the season, different varieties will be in bloom and of course there is a large variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. . VanDusen Gardens is approximately 20 minutes or 7 km by car from downtown Vancouver. . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles2018  #vancouver  #yvr  #vandusengardens  #tourismvancouver 
Canada Place
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If you are staying in downtown Vancouver or catching your cruise to Alaska here, you'll want to visit Canada Place, a world-class, multi-use convention facility owned by the Port of Vancouver.
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At any one time, up to three cruise ships can dock at Canada Place.  Check-in to any of the three cruise ships is through the gates on the main floor.
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A walk down the west side called the Canadian Trail and you will get close-up and personal with any cruise ship happened to be in port that day.  At the end of the walk, looking back, you will see the Canada Place against Vancouver's skyline.
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The Pan Pacific Hotel is also integrated with Canada Place. At one time, Cafe Pacifica offered an awesome Sunday brunch (and a lot of clients were not hotel guests); but that restaurant has since closed and is replaced by Ocean 999 Restaurant which offers a similar menu but I have not yet tried it.
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You'll recognize Canada Place by its five white sails which has been Vancouver's icon since 1996.  The white sails went through a restoration in 2010.
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Did you know that the some of the replaced sail fabric was donated to "Architecture for Humanity" projects and one such project was using the fabric as building material for a school in Tanzania, Africa?
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #hankles2018 #vancouver #yvr #canadaplace #tourismvancouver
Canada Place . If you are staying in downtown Vancouver or catching your cruise to Alaska here, you'll want to visit Canada Place, a world-class, multi-use convention facility owned by the Port of Vancouver. . At any one time, up to three cruise ships can dock at Canada Place.  Check-in to any of the three cruise ships is through the gates on the main floor. . A walk down the west side called the Canadian Trail and you will get close-up and personal with any cruise ship happened to be in port that day.  At the end of the walk, looking back, you will see the Canada Place against Vancouver's skyline. . The Pan Pacific Hotel is also integrated with Canada Place. At one time, Cafe Pacifica offered an awesome Sunday brunch (and a lot of clients were not hotel guests); but that restaurant has since closed and is replaced by Ocean 999 Restaurant which offers a similar menu but I have not yet tried it. . You'll recognize Canada Place by its five white sails which has been Vancouver's icon since 1996.  The white sails went through a restoration in 2010. . Did you know that the some of the replaced sail fabric was donated to "Architecture for Humanity" projects and one such project was using the fabric as building material for a school in Tanzania, Africa? . . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles2018  #vancouver  #yvr  #canadaplace  #tourismvancouver 
Goodbye, Calgary.
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It's been a great three weeks!
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The Airbus A320 lifts off from a runway at #YYC and offers a great view of the #Calgary Airport below.
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An airplane takes off by accelerating at high speed which in turn makes air flow rapidly over the wings and forcing air down to the ground.  This generates an upward force on the wings and pushes the plane upwards.
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Furthermore, the pilot rotates the plane at an angle upwards to ascend as quickly as possible.  The more incline (called the "angle of attack") the pilot gives the plane, the more lift it gets.
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However, too much of an angle and the plane will hit a condition call "wing stall" (determined by wind tunnel tests) and the plane will lose altitude.  Acrobat planes use this stall condition to dramatically cause the plane to tailspin downwards during airshow demonstrations.
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So much for Aerodynamics 300. .
Have a great Sunday!
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #airplane #hankles2018
Goodbye, Calgary. . It's been a great three weeks! . The Airbus A320 lifts off from a runway at #YYC  and offers a great view of the #Calgary  Airport below. . An airplane takes off by accelerating at high speed which in turn makes air flow rapidly over the wings and forcing air down to the ground.  This generates an upward force on the wings and pushes the plane upwards. . Furthermore, the pilot rotates the plane at an angle upwards to ascend as quickly as possible.  The more incline (called the "angle of attack") the pilot gives the plane, the more lift it gets. . However, too much of an angle and the plane will hit a condition call "wing stall" (determined by wind tunnel tests) and the plane will lose altitude.  Acrobat planes use this stall condition to dramatically cause the plane to tailspin downwards during airshow demonstrations. . So much for Aerodynamics 300. . Have a great Sunday! . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #airplane  #hankles2018 
The Musician, the Conductor and the Audience!
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Everything in downtown Calgary from Saturday to Wednesday, except for restaurants and a movie theatre, pretty much shuts down after 6 PM.
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Fortunately if you are staying downtown, there’s the 20 hectares of Prince’s Island Park and Bow River Parkway to relax or take a stroll after dinner.  This highly used urban green space is family oriented with picnic areas and is connected by three pedestrian bridges above the Bow River.
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The pathways are shared by pedestrians, cyclists, roller-bladers and the occasional goose families.  Watch out if you get too close or too low down…father goose will let you know!  But all in all, everybody gets along really well here.
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Music festivals and other formal events are held here but on any evening you will find lone buskers like the one shown here entertaining you.
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I haven’t witnessed it yet, but I am told in winter, people can cross-country ski on the pathways.  That is great use of this urban oasis year round!
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #hankles2018 #calgary #yyc
The Musician, the Conductor and the Audience! . Everything in downtown Calgary from Saturday to Wednesday, except for restaurants and a movie theatre, pretty much shuts down after 6 PM. . Fortunately if you are staying downtown, there’s the 20 hectares of Prince’s Island Park and Bow River Parkway to relax or take a stroll after dinner.  This highly used urban green space is family oriented with picnic areas and is connected by three pedestrian bridges above the Bow River. . The pathways are shared by pedestrians, cyclists, roller-bladers and the occasional goose families.  Watch out if you get too close or too low down…father goose will let you know!  But all in all, everybody gets along really well here. . Music festivals and other formal events are held here but on any evening you will find lone buskers like the one shown here entertaining you. . I haven’t witnessed it yet, but I am told in winter, people can cross-country ski on the pathways.  That is great use of this urban oasis year round! . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles2018  #calgary  #yyc 
World Environment Day
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June 5 is World Environment Day, hosted by India this year.
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Above all, it is a day for each and every one of us to enable an action whether singlarly or with a group to do something to take care of the earth.
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Flying over the Gulf Islands here on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, I see pristine waterways for miles. .
Orca killer whales, dolphins and seal lions frequent these channels.  It would be sad to see pollution of any kind destroy the ecosystem and wildlife that inhabits it.
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What might you do to leave the Earth a better place for tomorrow where you are?
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#worldenvironmentday #beatplasticpollution #hankles2018 #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #vancouver #yvr #tour #vacation
World Environment Day . June 5 is World Environment Day, hosted by India this year. . Above all, it is a day for each and every one of us to enable an action whether singlarly or with a group to do something to take care of the earth. . Flying over the Gulf Islands here on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, I see pristine waterways for miles. . Orca killer whales, dolphins and seal lions frequent these channels.  It would be sad to see pollution of any kind destroy the ecosystem and wildlife that inhabits it. . What might you do to leave the Earth a better place for tomorrow where you are? . . . . . . . . #worldenvironmentday  #beatplasticpollution  #hankles2018  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #vancouver  #yvr  #tour  #vacation 
Fast Food
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“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci
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So now, you’ve landed in Calgary and you’re looking for a quick bite to eat.
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If you are downtown, the CORE Shopping Centre in downtown Calgary is an enclosed complex comprising of 160 retail stores spread over 3 floors and a large food court on the 4th floor beneath a dome glass ceiling.
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Look up through the glass and you will see that you are surrounded by skyscrapers.
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You can enjoy your lunch in the Devonian Gardens adjacent to the food court.  This spacious indoor garden opened in 1977 has plenty of tables, a kid’s playground, water fountains and meandering pathways lined with tropical plants.  It’s a refuge for the lunchtime crowd for an hour’s getaway from the office!
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Most Calgarians don’t live downtown or stay after office hours so this Centre closes quite early except for Thursdays and Fridays until 8 PM.  But not to worry for the hotel crowd, there are plenty of restaurants right next door outside to spend the evening.
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#calgary #alberta #hankles2018 #tour #vacation #traqtravel #traveling #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Fast Food . “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci . So now, you’ve landed in Calgary and you’re looking for a quick bite to eat. . If you are downtown, the CORE Shopping Centre in downtown Calgary is an enclosed complex comprising of 160 retail stores spread over 3 floors and a large food court on the 4th floor beneath a dome glass ceiling. . Look up through the glass and you will see that you are surrounded by skyscrapers. . You can enjoy your lunch in the Devonian Gardens adjacent to the food court.  This spacious indoor garden opened in 1977 has plenty of tables, a kid’s playground, water fountains and meandering pathways lined with tropical plants.  It’s a refuge for the lunchtime crowd for an hour’s getaway from the office! . Most Calgarians don’t live downtown or stay after office hours so this Centre closes quite early except for Thursdays and Fridays until 8 PM.  But not to worry for the hotel crowd, there are plenty of restaurants right next door outside to spend the evening. . . . . . . . . . . #calgary  #alberta  #hankles2018  #tour  #vacation  #traqtravel  #traveling  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Under a Prairie Sky
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"Some claim you can see your dog running away for three days in this 'big sky' country .... But if you think it’s boring, you haven’t been paying attention. It’s rich with life: the scent of sage wafts from underfoot on a hike, and wildflowers from crocuses to black-eyed Susans, prairie lilies and cacti bloom exuberantly; hawks and sometimes eagles circle above." - Jayne Macaulay ("Falling in Love with the Canadian Prairies")
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The prairies between Calgary, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, comprise of 18 percent of Canada's land mast.  South of the border, the prairies extend down almost to the Gulf of Mexico. .
This is the western edge just outside of Banff as the Airbus 319 lands in Calgary today.
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Have you traveled to any parts of the prairies in Canada or the United States?
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#prairie #calgary #hankles2018 #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Under a Prairie Sky . "Some claim you can see your dog running away for three days in this 'big sky' country .... But if you think it’s boring, you haven’t been paying attention. It’s rich with life: the scent of sage wafts from underfoot on a hike, and wildflowers from crocuses to black-eyed Susans, prairie lilies and cacti bloom exuberantly; hawks and sometimes eagles circle above." - Jayne Macaulay ("Falling in Love with the Canadian Prairies") . The prairies between Calgary, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, comprise of 18 percent of Canada's land mast.  South of the border, the prairies extend down almost to the Gulf of Mexico. . This is the western edge just outside of Banff as the Airbus 319 lands in Calgary today. . Have you traveled to any parts of the prairies in Canada or the United States? . . . . . . . . . #prairie  #calgary  #hankles2018  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Golden Princess
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Two cruise ships in the Port of Vancouver this weekend.
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The Golden Princess is moored on the left and you can just see the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam on the right.
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We are right in the thick of the Vancouver/Alaskan run this year.
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Are you thinking of an Alaskan cruise sometime in the future?
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #cruise #vancouver #yvr #hankles2018
Golden Princess . Two cruise ships in the Port of Vancouver this weekend. . The Golden Princess is moored on the left and you can just see the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam on the right. . We are right in the thick of the Vancouver/Alaskan run this year. . Are you thinking of an Alaskan cruise sometime in the future? . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #cruise  #vancouver  #yvr  #hankles2018 
Coastal Mountain Range
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Heading westward over British Columbia, Canada, on an Airbus 320, and about to land in #YVR.
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You get such a close-up view of the Coastal Mountains that it's like an airplane tour of these magnificent mountains.
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This mountain range extends from the Yukon, Canada, down south of Oregon, USA, and is part of the West Coast's "Ring of Fire" extinct volcanoes.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
#hankles2018 #vancouver #yvr
Coastal Mountain Range . Heading westward over British Columbia, Canada, on an Airbus 320, and about to land in #YVR . . You get such a close-up view of the Coastal Mountains that it's like an airplane tour of these magnificent mountains. . This mountain range extends from the Yukon, Canada, down south of Oregon, USA, and is part of the West Coast's "Ring of Fire" extinct volcanoes. . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles2018  #vancouver  #yvr 
Mirror, Mirror!
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Reflection of the Calgary Tower in a sculpture on 9th Avenue SW in downtown Calgary, Alberta.
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You will find interesting sculptures placed all over downtown Calgary.  I've walk along this street so many times but have never seen this one for some reason...perhaps because I am always on the other side of busy 9th Avenue.
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#alberta #calgary #sculpture #hankles2018 #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Mirror, Mirror! . Reflection of the Calgary Tower in a sculpture on 9th Avenue SW in downtown Calgary, Alberta. . You will find interesting sculptures placed all over downtown Calgary. I've walk along this street so many times but have never seen this one for some reason...perhaps because I am always on the other side of busy 9th Avenue. . #alberta  #calgary  #sculpture  #hankles2018  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Up, up and away
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Everytime I travel out of town to work in another part of Canada, I always try to book a window seat looking northwards on the airplane.
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If I am lucky and it's a clear day, I will get a fantastic view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains as the airplane crosses British Columbia over to the next province of Alberta.
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Did you know that the Rocky Mountains extends 3000 miles from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada down to Colorado and New Mexico in the United States?
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#Alberta #BC #airplane #hankle2018 #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Up, up and away . Everytime I travel out of town to work in another part of Canada, I always try to book a window seat looking northwards on the airplane. . If I am lucky and it's a clear day, I will get a fantastic view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains as the airplane crosses British Columbia over to the next province of Alberta. . Did you know that the Rocky Mountains extends 3000 miles from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada down to Colorado and New Mexico in the United States? . . . . . . . . . #Alberta  #BC  #airplane  #hankle2018  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
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Asian countries have consumed rice for centuries.  It's their staple just like potatoes for western civilization.  But when flat land is at a premium, terraces can be developed to grow such crops.
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There are numerous rice fields all over Bali, but most of the terraced ones were carved by hand with simple tools and maintained for generations.
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In my short stay here, I did manage to explore one of the most famous terraced rice field call Tegalalang, approximately 10 km from Ubud center.  But being famous also has a downside - hundreds of tourists; but it is still worth the visit!
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About an hour into the visit, the torrential rain came...I guess that is why the hills are always lush green.  And BTW, lots of steps for the venturesome.
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#bali #indonesia #terraces #ricepaddies #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Tegalalang Rice Terraces . Asian countries have consumed rice for centuries.  It's their staple just like potatoes for western civilization.  But when flat land is at a premium, terraces can be developed to grow such crops. . There are numerous rice fields all over Bali, but most of the terraced ones were carved by hand with simple tools and maintained for generations. . In my short stay here, I did manage to explore one of the most famous terraced rice field call Tegalalang, approximately 10 km from Ubud center.  But being famous also has a downside - hundreds of tourists; but it is still worth the visit! . About an hour into the visit, the torrential rain came...I guess that is why the hills are always lush green.  And BTW, lots of steps for the venturesome. . . . . . . . #bali  #indonesia  #terraces  #ricepaddies  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Steps to ...
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"My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness." - Michelangelo
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One of many beautiful stone staircases found in the 11th century Goa Gajah Temple in Bali, Indonesia.  If you want to explore this entire UNESCO world heritage site, be prepare to walk up and down many of them to get to the different parts of this temple complex.
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I just enjoy climbing everything from the staircase to the top of St. Peter's Bascilica's cupola in Rome or the stoneworks of the ancient Mayan ruins of Coba in Mexico.
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Do you enjoy climbing to reach that view high above everybody?
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#bali #indonesia #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #hankles2018
Steps to ... . "My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness." - Michelangelo . One of many beautiful stone staircases found in the 11th century Goa Gajah Temple in Bali, Indonesia.  If you want to explore this entire UNESCO world heritage site, be prepare to walk up and down many of them to get to the different parts of this temple complex. . I just enjoy climbing everything from the staircase to the top of St. Peter's Bascilica's cupola in Rome or the stoneworks of the ancient Mayan ruins of Coba in Mexico. . Do you enjoy climbing to reach that view high above everybody? . . . . . . . #bali  #indonesia  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles2018 
Goa Gajah Temple
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"If you cannot find a good companion to walk with, walk alone, like an elephant roaming the jungle.  It is better to be alone than to be with those who hinder your progress." - Buddha
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The name Goa Gajah means "Elephant Cave" except you won't find too much related to elephants in this 11th century archaeological site just outside the city of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.
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Shown here is a carved out menacing figure entrance into the cave (possibly representing an elephant). Inside is a small, dark temple for meditation. You will probably have to wait your turn to go inside because everybody wants to take their fotos and selfies outside the entrance.
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#bali #indonesia #hankles2018 #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Goa Gajah Temple . "If you cannot find a good companion to walk with, walk alone, like an elephant roaming the jungle. It is better to be alone than to be with those who hinder your progress." - Buddha . The name Goa Gajah means "Elephant Cave" except you won't find too much related to elephants in this 11th century archaeological site just outside the city of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. . Shown here is a carved out menacing figure entrance into the cave (possibly representing an elephant). Inside is a small, dark temple for meditation. You will probably have to wait your turn to go inside because everybody wants to take their fotos and selfies outside the entrance. . . . . . . . . . . #bali  #indonesia  #hankles2018  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Montee's Python
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He looked at me and motioned me over with his head as if to say "come...try on my pet python for size".
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Yeah, right!  More like the python will try me on for size.
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Luckily, two other dudes were more interested in "trying out the python" so I left it at that.
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I don't know if this fellow was an attraction at Goa Gajah Temple but I wasn't about to find out.
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Goa Gajah Temple is located on the western edge of Bedulu Village, 6 km out of central Ubud in Bali.
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Montee's Python . He looked at me and motioned me over with his head as if to say "come...try on my pet python for size". . Yeah, right!  More like the python will try me on for size. . Luckily, two other dudes were more interested in "trying out the python" so I left it at that. . I don't know if this fellow was an attraction at Goa Gajah Temple but I wasn't about to find out. . Goa Gajah Temple is located on the western edge of Bedulu Village, 6 km out of central Ubud in Bali. . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles2018  #bali  #indonesia 
Balinese Gate
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"Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity" - Khalil Gibran
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Shown is a split gate, known as "candi bentar", which is a classical Javanese and Balinese gate commonly found at the entrance of religious compounds.
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These gates resemble a mountain (Mt. Meru) split in two.  The Balinese believed in the myth that the original Mt. Meru located in India was transported to Bali and split in half.  The two sides represent the concept of duality and the importance of maintaining a balance between dark and light forces.
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This gate is located inside the 9th century Goa Gajah Temple in Ubud; but you will find these gates all over Bali.
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Balinese Gate . "Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity" - Khalil Gibran . Shown is a split gate, known as "candi bentar", which is a classical Javanese and Balinese gate commonly found at the entrance of religious compounds. . These gates resemble a mountain (Mt. Meru) split in two.  The Balinese believed in the myth that the original Mt. Meru located in India was transported to Bali and split in half.  The two sides represent the concept of duality and the importance of maintaining a balance between dark and light forces. . This gate is located inside the 9th century Goa Gajah Temple in Ubud; but you will find these gates all over Bali. . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles2018  #bali  #temple  #gate 
Coral Princess
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The cruise season is in full swing for the Port of Vancouver.  Last weekend, there were two cruise ships in port on Saturday and three on Sunday.
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Most of these ships have re-positioned themselves from other parts of the world and are now making the seasonal Alaska run up and down the British Columbia coastline.
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Each cruise ship visit to the Port of Vancouver is said to inject $3 million into the local economy.
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Are you planning on a cruise anytime soon?
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Coral Princess . The cruise season is in full swing for the Port of Vancouver.  Last weekend, there were two cruise ships in port on Saturday and three on Sunday. . Most of these ships have re-positioned themselves from other parts of the world and are now making the seasonal Alaska run up and down the British Columbia coastline. . Each cruise ship visit to the Port of Vancouver is said to inject $3 million into the local economy. . Are you planning on a cruise anytime soon? . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #cruise  #vancouver  #yvr  #hankles2018 
BirdWorld: Rice Finch
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I love creating Bird PhotoArt; but I thought I would try something different by issuing a block of Bird PhotoStamps called "BirdWorld". Of course these are not real postage stamps!
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This small, beautiful and adorable finch is a popular and an easy-to-care-for cage bird.
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Can you guess what country you would have to travel to in order to find this bird in its native environment?
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Three clues:
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1) The worlds largest island country, according to Wikipedia
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2) Barack Obama went to school here when he was 7 years old
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3) Also known as the Java Finch, after the most populous island in this country
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Too easy, right?
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#travel #bird #hankles2018 #postage #stamp #nature #java
BirdWorld: Rice Finch . I love creating Bird PhotoArt; but I thought I would try something different by issuing a block of Bird PhotoStamps called "BirdWorld". Of course these are not real postage stamps! . This small, beautiful and adorable finch is a popular and an easy-to-care-for cage bird. . Can you guess what country you would have to travel to in order to find this bird in its native environment? . Three clues: . 1) The worlds largest island country, according to Wikipedia . 2) Barack Obama went to school here when he was 7 years old . 3) Also known as the Java Finch, after the most populous island in this country . Too easy, right? . . . . . . . . #travel  #bird  #hankles2018  #postage  #stamp  #nature  #java 
Shipyard Night Market
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The festivities kicked off tonight at 5 PM at Shipbuilders' Square in North Vancouver where you will find rows and rows of food trucks serving unique and delicious food.
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On the Shipbuilders Stage, there is live music showcasing talent from all over British Columbia.
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And naturally there is a beer garden!
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Every Friday night at 5 to 10 PM until September 28.
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Shipyard Night Market . The festivities kicked off tonight at 5 PM at Shipbuilders' Square in North Vancouver where you will find rows and rows of food trucks serving unique and delicious food. . On the Shipbuilders Stage, there is live music showcasing talent from all over British Columbia. . And naturally there is a beer garden! . Every Friday night at 5 to 10 PM until September 28. . . . . . . . #travel  #food  #foodie  #market  #hankles2018  #vancouver  #yvr  #northvancouver 
"May the 4th be with You"
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Space Center Houston
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The Johnson Space Center's tribute display to astronaut, Chris Hadfield, who was the first Canadian to walk in space, operate Canadarm and command the International Space Station.
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Happy Friday, May 4th!
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"May the 4th be with You" . Space Center Houston . The Johnson Space Center's tribute display to astronaut, Chris Hadfield, who was the first Canadian to walk in space, operate Canadarm and command the International Space Station. . Happy Friday, May 4th! . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #10
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Last in a series on just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city.
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#10 Exploring the Embarcadero
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Embarcadero is Spanish for "landing place". San Diego's Embarcadero is the colorful waterfront boardwalk of historic ships, museums, restaurants and shops.  The busiest tourist area is between the Maritime Museum of San Diego to the north and the San Diego Convention Center to the south.
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On this stretch, other major attractions include Hornblower Cruises & Harbor Excursions, USS Midway Museum, Tuna Harbor Park and Seaport Village with plenty of restaurants and shops.
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Tuna Harbor Park is very popular with the "Embracing Peace" statue and the "National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military" Plaza.
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The Embarcadero is a great place to spend an evening and watch the sunset!
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#travelling #travelphotography #hankles2018 #sandiego #vacation #tour #history #museum
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #10  . Last in a series on just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city. . #10  Exploring the Embarcadero . Embarcadero is Spanish for "landing place". San Diego's Embarcadero is the colorful waterfront boardwalk of historic ships, museums, restaurants and shops.  The busiest tourist area is between the Maritime Museum of San Diego to the north and the San Diego Convention Center to the south. . On this stretch, other major attractions include Hornblower Cruises & Harbor Excursions, USS Midway Museum, Tuna Harbor Park and Seaport Village with plenty of restaurants and shops. . Tuna Harbor Park is very popular with the "Embracing Peace" statue and the "National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military" Plaza. . The Embarcadero is a great place to spend an evening and watch the sunset! . . . . . . . . #travelling  #travelphotography  #hankles2018  #sandiego  #vacation  #tour  #history  #museum 
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #7
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Just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city.
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#7 Little Italy
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Little did I know when I booked one of the Sheraton Hotels in this city that it would be right next to the Little Italy District.  This lively neighborhood is filled with patio cafes, packed restaurants, art galleries and beer and wine stops and really comes to life in the evening.
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And every Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM, year round, there is the Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market where you can buy farm fresh produces, eggs, fish, poultry, meat and everything else that an outdoor market offers.
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Several blocks on West Cedar Street are closed off to traffic so visitors can leisurely walk around, enjoy a lunch and listen to live street entertainment.  It's one of San Diego's largest Farmers' Markets with over 150 booths, so expect big crowds.
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Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #7  . Just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city. . #7  Little Italy . Little did I know when I booked one of the Sheraton Hotels in this city that it would be right next to the Little Italy District.  This lively neighborhood is filled with patio cafes, packed restaurants, art galleries and beer and wine stops and really comes to life in the evening. . And every Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM, year round, there is the Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market where you can buy farm fresh produces, eggs, fish, poultry, meat and everything else that an outdoor market offers. . Several blocks on West Cedar Street are closed off to traffic so visitors can leisurely walk around, enjoy a lunch and listen to live street entertainment.  It's one of San Diego's largest Farmers' Markets with over 150 booths, so expect big crowds. . Do you enjoy these types of outdoor markets? . . . . . . #travelling  #travelphotography  #hankles2018  #sandiego  #vacation  #tour 
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #6
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Just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city.
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#6 Horton Plaza Park
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Located right in the heart of downtown San Diego, Horton Plaza Park may not be a premiere tourist attraction (yet) but it's a great place to sit down and enjoy an ice cream or coffee after exploring the many shops at nearby Westfield Horton Mall.  The plaza has a large outdoor amphitheater and plenty of seating and features year-round concerts and live entertainment.
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Standing in the midde of the plaza is the Broadway Fountain completed in 1910 and restored in 1985.  This historical city landmark is modeled after the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece.  In the background is the iconic US 
Grant Hotel which opened the same year as the fountain's completion.
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Also adjacent to the plaza is the historica Balboa Theatre which was an elegant vaudeville and movie palace in 1924.  After a $26 million renovation and restoration, the Balboa re-opened its doors in 2008 as a transformed comtemporary performing arts venue for the city.
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Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #6  . Just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city. . #6  Horton Plaza Park . Located right in the heart of downtown San Diego, Horton Plaza Park may not be a premiere tourist attraction (yet) but it's a great place to sit down and enjoy an ice cream or coffee after exploring the many shops at nearby Westfield Horton Mall.  The plaza has a large outdoor amphitheater and plenty of seating and features year-round concerts and live entertainment. . Standing in the midde of the plaza is the Broadway Fountain completed in 1910 and restored in 1985.  This historical city landmark is modeled after the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece.  In the background is the iconic US  Grant Hotel which opened the same year as the fountain's completion. . Also adjacent to the plaza is the historica Balboa Theatre which was an elegant vaudeville and movie palace in 1924. After a $26 million renovation and restoration, the Balboa re-opened its doors in 2008 as a transformed comtemporary performing arts venue for the city. . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #sandiego  #california  #hankles2018 
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #5
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Just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city.
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#5 USS Midway
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There are currently five US Navy aircraft carrier museums in the United States.  Four are "Essex Class" vessels while the fifth  is a "Midway Class" vessel.  All five were commissioned during World War II in the 1940's.  The "Essex Class" carriers were first commissioned in 1942 with 24 ships in the fleet; but these vessels soon evolved into three "Midway Class" carriers in 1945, outfitted with armored flight decks and ability to carry more aircrafts.
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The USS Midway is now an aircraft museum in San Diego, California.  In addition to some 30 restored fighter planes and helicopters on deck for the history buffs, there are numerous flight simulators for kids of all ages to test their skills.  Many veterans are on board to tell their stories and answer questions.  I especially enjoyed one video presentation where a  veteran was lecturing on how to land an aircraft in daylight and at night.  Amazing skill required!
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Definitely a top family attraction in San Diego.
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#travelling #travelphotography #storybookoftravels #sandiego #vacation #tour #ussmidway
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #5  . Just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city. . #5  USS Midway . There are currently five US Navy aircraft carrier museums in the United States.  Four are "Essex Class" vessels while the fifth  is a "Midway Class" vessel.  All five were commissioned during World War II in the 1940's.  The "Essex Class" carriers were first commissioned in 1942 with 24 ships in the fleet; but these vessels soon evolved into three "Midway Class" carriers in 1945, outfitted with armored flight decks and ability to carry more aircrafts. . The USS Midway is now an aircraft museum in San Diego, California.  In addition to some 30 restored fighter planes and helicopters on deck for the history buffs, there are numerous flight simulators for kids of all ages to test their skills.  Many veterans are on board to tell their stories and answer questions.  I especially enjoyed one video presentation where a  veteran was lecturing on how to land an aircraft in daylight and at night.  Amazing skill required! . Definitely a top family attraction in San Diego. . . . . . #travelling  #travelphotography  #storybookoftravels  #sandiego  #vacation  #tour  #ussmidway 
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #4
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Just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city.
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#4 Rent a Bike
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Although there are still the traditional brick & mortar places to rent you bicycles and helmets, there is a new trend that started in January 2018 in San Diego.
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I'm talking about those bright orange Mobikes and lime green Lime-S bikes and scooters found all over town.  It's a new world of cashless and station-free sharing platform to solve the short distance transportation gap in an urban environment.  Oh...and those scooters are electric as well.
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To rent a Lime-S bike or scooter, you need to download an app on your phone and follow instructions from there.  It cost $1 to rent and 15 cents a minute thereafter.  Just locate a free bike or scooter anywhere, scan the code with your phone and enjoy the ride.  Once you are finished, just leave the it anywhere and walk away.
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It's an interesting and innovative concept.
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While adults over the age of 18 are not required to wear approved bicycle helmets in San Diego, I believe they should be worn for safety while enjoying the ride!
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Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #4  . Just some ideas if you have three to four days in the city. . #4  Rent a Bike . Although there are still the traditional brick & mortar places to rent you bicycles and helmets, there is a new trend that started in January 2018 in San Diego. . I'm talking about those bright orange Mobikes and lime green Lime-S bikes and scooters found all over town.  It's a new world of cashless and station-free sharing platform to solve the short distance transportation gap in an urban environment.  Oh...and those scooters are electric as well. . To rent a Lime-S bike or scooter, you need to download an app on your phone and follow instructions from there.  It cost $1 to rent and 15 cents a minute thereafter.  Just locate a free bike or scooter anywhere, scan the code with your phone and enjoy the ride.  Once you are finished, just leave the it anywhere and walk away. . It's an interesting and innovative concept. . While adults over the age of 18 are not required to wear approved bicycle helmets in San Diego, I believe they should be worn for safety while enjoying the ride! . . . . . . . #travelling  #travelphotography  #storybookoftravels  #sandiego  #bicycle  #bike  #scooter  #vacation  #tour 
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #3
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Just my recommendations if you have three to four days in the city.
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#3 Ride the Ferry or Take a Boat Cruise
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Since San Diego is right by the Pacific Ocean, taking in a harbor cruise or even just riding the ferry is a great way to see the city skyline and take in some ocean air.
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I chose the less formal option of riding on the ferry boat called the Cabrillo (second foto) from Coronado Island back to the city.  It's a fifteen minute ride and cost $4.75 one way.  There are two ferry routes servicing Coronado: one from Broadway Pier and the other from the San Diego Convention Center.  From May 27 to Labor Day, there is a free shuttle bus from the Coronado Ferry Landing to the Hotel del Coronado.  And for early risers, the Ferry is free for commuters before 9:00 AM.
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Shown above is a ship from Hornblower Cruises which offers more formal one to two hours sightseeing tours of San Diego harbor.
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#travelling #travelphotography #storybookoftravels #sandiego #ferry #boat #vacation #tour
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #3  . Just my recommendations if you have three to four days in the city. . #3  Ride the Ferry or Take a Boat Cruise . Since San Diego is right by the Pacific Ocean, taking in a harbor cruise or even just riding the ferry is a great way to see the city skyline and take in some ocean air. . I chose the less formal option of riding on the ferry boat called the Cabrillo (second foto) from Coronado Island back to the city.  It's a fifteen minute ride and cost $4.75 one way.  There are two ferry routes servicing Coronado: one from Broadway Pier and the other from the San Diego Convention Center.  From May 27 to Labor Day, there is a free shuttle bus from the Coronado Ferry Landing to the Hotel del Coronado.  And for early risers, the Ferry is free for commuters before 9:00 AM. . Shown above is a ship from Hornblower Cruises which offers more formal one to two hours sightseeing tours of San Diego harbor. . Do you enjoy harbor cruises? . . . . . . . #travelling  #travelphotography  #storybookoftravels  #sandiego  #ferry  #boat  #vacation  #tour 
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #1
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Just my recommendations if you have three to four days in the city.
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#1 Balboa Park
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You will need a whole day if you want to see everything in this 1200 acre urban cultural park and I am not including the famous San Diego Zoo adjacent to this green space.
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There are over 15 museums here.  Shown here is the Museum of Man which was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The architecture is something to marvel at.
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Occasionally you will see a bunch of men in yellow T's running in unison through the outer building corridors.  These are Naval Cadets doing there daily training excercise.
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My two favorite spots in the park are the Botanical Building and the Spanish Village with those multicolored tiles on the ground.
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#travel #tour #vacation #sandiego #hankles2018
Ten Ways to Enjoy San Diego #1  . Just my recommendations if you have three to four days in the city. . #1  Balboa Park . You will need a whole day if you want to see everything in this 1200 acre urban cultural park and I am not including the famous San Diego Zoo adjacent to this green space. . There are over 15 museums here. Shown here is the Museum of Man which was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The architecture is something to marvel at. . Occasionally you will see a bunch of men in yellow T's running in unison through the outer building corridors. These are Naval Cadets doing there daily training excercise. . My two favorite spots in the park are the Botanical Building and the Spanish Village with those multicolored tiles on the ground. . . . . . . #travel  #tour  #vacation  #sandiego  #hankles2018 
Happy Vaisakhi 2018
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This is the third consecutive year that I have attended the Vancouver Vaisakhi Festival.
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It's a celebration of the Punjab New Year and takes place in April each year and honestly I don't know of any other festival that features more men and women in beautiful clothing on the streets at one time.
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Oh, yes...the food is out of this world.  Currie rice, samosas, pakoras and of course ice cream, chips, cotton candy and soft drinks.  And you know what?  It's all free!  It's kinda like Halloween give aways in North America.
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Oops...gotta go!  These youngers are up next doing their traditional dance to music on the free stage!
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#vaisakhi #vancouverscene #yvr #vancouver
Happy Vaisakhi 2018 . This is the third consecutive year that I have attended the Vancouver Vaisakhi Festival. . It's a celebration of the Punjab New Year and takes place in April each year and honestly I don't know of any other festival that features more men and women in beautiful clothing on the streets at one time. . Oh, yes...the food is out of this world. Currie rice, samosas, pakoras and of course ice cream, chips, cotton candy and soft drinks. And you know what? It's all free! It's kinda like Halloween give aways in North America. . Oops...gotta go! These youngers are up next doing their traditional dance to music on the free stage! . . . . . . #vaisakhi  #vancouverscene  #yvr  #vancouver 
Not all "Golden Arches" Serve Meals!
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Good Saturday morning!
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A golden sunrise moment on the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in San Diego for early morning joggers and commuters.
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Spanning over 500 feet, this futuristic pedestrian pathway is the longest self-anchored bridge in the world, connecting the Bayfront Hilton Hotel and San Diego Convention Center to East Village, Gaslamp Quarter and the famous Petco Park baseball stadium, home of the MLB Padres.
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#travel #vacation #tour #hankles2018 #sandiego #hilton #bridge #sunrise #petcopark
Not all "Golden Arches" Serve Meals! . Good Saturday morning! . A golden sunrise moment on the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in San Diego for early morning joggers and commuters. . Spanning over 500 feet, this futuristic pedestrian pathway is the longest self-anchored bridge in the world, connecting the Bayfront Hilton Hotel and San Diego Convention Center to East Village, Gaslamp Quarter and the famous Petco Park baseball stadium, home of the MLB Padres. . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #hankles2018  #sandiego  #hilton  #bridge  #sunrise  #petcopark 
Shooter!
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According to Lloyds in London, working on the deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world due to the noise created by jet engines and helicopter rotors.  Communication among the people on the flight deck relies on hand signals.
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The "shooter" in a yellow jacket on the flight deck is the lone person on the runway to give the "okay" signal for the safe launch of an aircraft from the carrier.
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On the USS Midway, now an aircraft museum, there is a permanent scupture call "Shooter" in the middle of the runway gving that famous pose, left hand horizontal in front of body, pointed in the direction of aircraft take-off and left thumb extended into the palm of the hand.
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On the first day of my public visit to the Midway, it was a cloudy day and crowded with the public.  On the second visit which was a private event, what do I do?  Be the first one to run up to the flight deck, crouch down low and take the shot with the control tower or "island" in the background.  Perfect, sunset lighting and nobody is up on deck...yet!
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For all you modern history buffs, visit the USS Midway Museum.
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#travel #vacation #tour #midway #ussmidway #sandiego #hankles2018
Shooter! . According to Lloyds in London, working on the deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world due to the noise created by jet engines and helicopter rotors.  Communication among the people on the flight deck relies on hand signals. . The "shooter" in a yellow jacket on the flight deck is the lone person on the runway to give the "okay" signal for the safe launch of an aircraft from the carrier. . On the USS Midway, now an aircraft museum, there is a permanent scupture call "Shooter" in the middle of the runway gving that famous pose, left hand horizontal in front of body, pointed in the direction of aircraft take-off and left thumb extended into the palm of the hand. . On the first day of my public visit to the Midway, it was a cloudy day and crowded with the public.  On the second visit which was a private event, what do I do?  Be the first one to run up to the flight deck, crouch down low and take the shot with the control tower or "island" in the background.  Perfect, sunset lighting and nobody is up on deck...yet! . For all you modern history buffs, visit the USS Midway Museum. . . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #midway  #ussmidway  #sandiego  #hankles2018 
Spanish Village Art Center
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A little colorful hideaway in San Diego's Balboa Park - this quaint village was built in 1935 for the California-Pacific International Exposition.
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Over 200 local artists present their talent and the love of all things art.
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It's a little hidden treasure tucked between two of San Diego's main attractions: the Natural History Museum and the Zoo.
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Even the colorful concrete tiles are a work of art!
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#travel #vacation #tour #hankles2018 #sandiego #spanish #colors
Spanish Village Art Center . A little colorful hideaway in San Diego's Balboa Park - this quaint village was built in 1935 for the California-Pacific International Exposition. . Over 200 local artists present their talent and the love of all things art. . It's a little hidden treasure tucked between two of San Diego's main attractions: the Natural History Museum and the Zoo. . Even the colorful concrete tiles are a work of art! . . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #hankles2018  #sandiego  #spanish  #colors 
Hilton Bayfront
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It was just one of those sunrise moments that caught my eyes early one morning outside of the hotel lobby.
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Leading lines to the San Diego Convention Center and the Marriott in the background.
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Hilton Bayfront . It was just one of those sunrise moments that caught my eyes early one morning outside of the hotel lobby. . Leading lines to the San Diego Convention Center and the Marriott in the background. . . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #hankles2018  #sandiego  #hilton  #marriott 
Balboa Botanical Building
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Nestled in the heart of San Diego is amazing Balboa Park.
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Shown here is the Botantical Building and Lily Pond, reputed to be one of the most photographed scenes in the park.
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The Botanical Building is home to over 2,100 permanent plants including orchids, cicada, ferns and many other tropical plants.
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The Lily pond was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition to celebrate the opening of the Panamal Canal and to showcase San Diego as the first US port of call after ships transit westward through the canal. .
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Balboa Botanical Building . Nestled in the heart of San Diego is amazing Balboa Park. . Shown here is the Botantical Building and Lily Pond, reputed to be one of the most photographed scenes in the park. . The Botanical Building is home to over 2,100 permanent plants including orchids, cicada, ferns and many other tropical plants. . The Lily pond was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition to celebrate the opening of the Panamal Canal and to showcase San Diego as the first US port of call after ships transit westward through the canal. . . . . #vacation  #travel  #tour  #hankles2018  #sandiego 
Life is a Beach!
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What a great way to spend the long weekend at the beach.
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A dad and child enjoying the sand and surf on Coronado Island, San Diego.
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Happy weekend and April 1st, everybody!
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Life is a Beach! . What a great way to spend the long weekend at the beach. . A dad and child enjoying the sand and surf on Coronado Island, San Diego. . Happy weekend and April 1st, everybody! . . . . . . #vacation  #travel  #tour  #hankles2018  #coronado  #sandiego 
WAVES
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OK, I am not sure if these three ladies dressed in period costumes on the deck of the aircraft museum USS Midway represented military or entertainment of the past.
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But during World War II, there was a branch of the US Navy created for Women's military service or better known as WAVES, an acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
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This group allowed women to serve their country with opportunities in fields previously held by men, such as aviation machinists, radio personnel, doctors and engineers.
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Today, women are admitted to serve in active duty in many military branches in many countries.
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Shot with Samsung S7 and processed wirh Color EFEX Pro in Film EFEX Vintage.
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WAVES . OK, I am not sure if these three ladies dressed in period costumes on the deck of the aircraft museum USS Midway represented military or entertainment of the past. . But during World War II, there was a branch of the US Navy created for Women's military service or better known as WAVES, an acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. . This group allowed women to serve their country with opportunities in fields previously held by men, such as aviation machinists, radio personnel, doctors and engineers. . Today, women are admitted to serve in active duty in many military branches in many countries. . Shot with Samsung S7 and processed wirh Color EFEX Pro in Film EFEX Vintage. . . . . . . #vacation  #travel  #tour  #hankles2018  #midway  #ussmidway  #sandiego 
Sunset on the Midway
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The aircraft carrier USS Midway was the largest ship in the world when it was commissioned in 1945 and later saw action from the Vietnam War in the 70's to the Persian Gulf in the 90's.
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It is now a museum ship permanently docked in San Diego, California.
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I attended an industrial conference in Southern California and the host held a private function on the Midway.  The museum is opened to the public from 10AM to 5PM but when I heard the function was going to be at 6 PM, I knew this was going to be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a sunset on the deck with very few people around.
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There is a lot of history about this ship; but I will always remember a few years back, while traveling with some now US citizens who were once Vietnamese helicopter pilots, the stories of how they flew evacuation mission to the aircraft carrier when Saigon was about to fall. I asked what they did with all the helicopters that landed and they said "we pushed them over the edge into the sea below!"
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I stood alone on the carrier deck for a moment, pondering what that would have been like back in 1975!
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Sunset on the Midway . The aircraft carrier USS Midway was the largest ship in the world when it was commissioned in 1945 and later saw action from the Vietnam War in the 70's to the Persian Gulf in the 90's. . It is now a museum ship permanently docked in San Diego, California. . I attended an industrial conference in Southern California and the host held a private function on the Midway.  The museum is opened to the public from 10AM to 5PM but when I heard the function was going to be at 6 PM, I knew this was going to be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a sunset on the deck with very few people around. . There is a lot of history about this ship; but I will always remember a few years back, while traveling with some now US citizens who were once Vietnamese helicopter pilots, the stories of how they flew evacuation mission to the aircraft carrier when Saigon was about to fall. I asked what they did with all the helicopters that landed and they said "we pushed them over the edge into the sea below!" . I stood alone on the carrier deck for a moment, pondering what that would have been like back in 1975! . . . . . #travel  #tour  #vacation  #hankles2018  #midway  #ussmidway  #sandiego  #california 
Remembrance
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This monument is dedicated to the men of the Light Cruiser, USS San Diego.
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34 enemy engagements and never lost a man to enemy action.
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The inscription on the wall reads: "Hundreds of thousands of sailors went to sea and fought in World War II, perhaps the most singular unifying event in the history of the United States.  These young Americans set aside their individual hopes and aspirations, left families, homes and jobs in a collective sacrifice to defend their country and their common ideals."
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I think every country has their own stories about heroism and sacrifice.  This is just one of them in America.
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Remembrance . This monument is dedicated to the men of the Light Cruiser, USS San Diego. . 34 enemy engagements and never lost a man to enemy action. . The inscription on the wall reads: "Hundreds of thousands of sailors went to sea and fought in World War II, perhaps the most singular unifying event in the history of the United States. These young Americans set aside their individual hopes and aspirations, left families, homes and jobs in a collective sacrifice to defend their country and their common ideals." . I think every country has their own stories about heroism and sacrifice. This is just one of them in America. . . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #sandiego  #museum  #hankles2018 
Welcome to the "Hotel California"!
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Actually it's the iconic Hotel del Coronado, established 1888, on Coronado Island, San Diego, in the background.
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And in the foreground is a sand castle, circa March 2018.  The fella told me it took him seven hours to make it.
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You can get to Coronado Island from San Diego side by car over the impressive Coronado Bridge. But the more scenic way to do it is take the 901 bus directly to the Hotel and then work your way back to the other side by a scenic 15 minute ferry ride.
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Welcome to the "Hotel California"! . Actually it's the iconic Hotel del Coronado, established 1888, on Coronado Island, San Diego, in the background. . And in the foreground is a sand castle, circa March 2018. The fella told me it took him seven hours to make it. . You can get to Coronado Island from San Diego side by car over the impressive Coronado Bridge. But the more scenic way to do it is take the 901 bus directly to the Hotel and then work your way back to the other side by a scenic 15 minute ferry ride. . . . . . #vacation  #tour  #travel  #sandiego  #coronado  #hankles2018 
"Embracing Peace"
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I'm spending a few days in the beautiful Southern California city of San Diego.  One of the big attraction in this naval-based city is the USS Midway Museum on the waterfront.  In the park across from the museum is a giant sculpture by Seward Johnson.
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Quote from the plaque: "This sculpture depicts one of the most famous and iconic moments in the history of the United States, reflecting the joy of the American people upon learning World War II has ended.  It is inspired by the spontaneous celebration in New York City's Time Square in August 1945".
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"Embracing Peace" . I'm spending a few days in the beautiful Southern California city of San Diego. One of the big attraction in this naval-based city is the USS Midway Museum on the waterfront. In the park across from the museum is a giant sculpture by Seward Johnson. . Quote from the plaque: "This sculpture depicts one of the most famous and iconic moments in the history of the United States, reflecting the joy of the American people upon learning World War II has ended. It is inspired by the spontaneous celebration in New York City's Time Square in August 1945". . . . . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #sandiego  #museum  #ussmidway 
Eat, Pray & Love It
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If you are a fan of Julia Roberts and saw her in the film "Eat, Pray, Love", then you will know that she found love in Bali, Indonesia.
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The scene in which Ms. Roberts enjoyed a leisurely bike ride was filmed near the Tegallalang Rice Terrace, about half and hour from Ubud, and is one of the most famous and picturesque rice terraces in Bali.
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When I stand at the edge of the rice terrace looking at the beauty of this land, I totally understand it when her character said at the beginning of the movie: "I want to go someplace where I can marvel at something"!
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Eat, Pray & Love It . If you are a fan of Julia Roberts and saw her in the film "Eat, Pray, Love", then you will know that she found love in Bali, Indonesia. . The scene in which Ms. Roberts enjoyed a leisurely bike ride was filmed near the Tegallalang Rice Terrace, about half and hour from Ubud, and is one of the most famous and picturesque rice terraces in Bali. . When I stand at the edge of the rice terrace looking at the beauty of this land, I totally understand it when her character said at the beginning of the movie: "I want to go someplace where I can marvel at something"! . . . . . #vacation  #tour  #travel  #hankles2018  #bali  #indonesia 
Barong Dance, Bali
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The Barong Dance is a cultural experience popular in Bali, Indonesia.  It is a story about the eternal battle between Good and Evil.  The Barong, which represents Good, is a mythical creature in the shape of a Lion and is considered a protector of the Balinese people.  The Evil is represented by Rangda, also known as the Demon Queen, who is set to take over the kingdom.  As the play goes, the two battle each other out and the Barong wins in the end.
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The Balinese dancers in the play express the story through their bodily gestures of hands, fingers, head and eyes.
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This play was performed at Sahadewa Barong Dance Stage located near Ubud and is approximately 30 minute drive north of the Port of Benoa where the MS Volendam was docked.
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Barong Dance, Bali . The Barong Dance is a cultural experience popular in Bali, Indonesia.  It is a story about the eternal battle between Good and Evil.  The Barong, which represents Good, is a mythical creature in the shape of a Lion and is considered a protector of the Balinese people.  The Evil is represented by Rangda, also known as the Demon Queen, who is set to take over the kingdom.  As the play goes, the two battle each other out and the Barong wins in the end. . The Balinese dancers in the play express the story through their bodily gestures of hands, fingers, head and eyes. . This play was performed at Sahadewa Barong Dance Stage located near Ubud and is approximately 30 minute drive north of the Port of Benoa where the MS Volendam was docked. . . . . . #vacation  #travel  #tour  #hankles2018  #indonesia 
Sunrise in Bali
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"It was sunsets that taught me that beauty sometimes only lasts for a couple of moments, and it was sunrises that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again." - a.j. lawless.
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Sunrise in Bali . "It was sunsets that taught me that beauty sometimes only lasts for a couple of moments, and it was sunrises that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again." - a.j. lawless. . . . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #ocean  #water  #hankles2018  #halasia 
Awa Pening Lake
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People live, work and fish on Awa Pening Lake in Ambarawa, Indonesia, a town about an hour's drive south of the port city of Senarang.
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Here is a houseboat sitting on drums and the lady is open for business selling confectionary.  No doubt the living quarters are in a small space behind the counter.
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The boys are trying their luck fishing on the wooden bridge.
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Viewed from the steam train.  A moment of interruption as the noisy train chugged by!
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Awa Pening Lake . People live, work and fish on Awa Pening Lake in Ambarawa, Indonesia, a town about an hour's drive south of the port city of Senarang. . Here is a houseboat sitting on drums and the lady is open for business selling confectionary. No doubt the living quarters are in a small space behind the counter. . The boys are trying their luck fishing on the wooden bridge. . Viewed from the steam train. A moment of interruption as the noisy train chugged by! . . . . . . . #travel  #tour  #hankles2018  #indonesia  #semarang 
MS Volendam
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A Rotterdam class cruise ship belonging to Holland America Line registered in the Netherlands.
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Length: 238 m
Tonnage: 60,906 GT
Capacity: 1432 passengers
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Tender boats are moving passengers to and from Komodo Island.  Do you see me waving on the top deck?  Of course not.  I am taking the foto from one of the tender boats heading back to the ship.😁
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Did you know that Holland America Line is owned by Carnival Cruise?
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MS Volendam . A Rotterdam class cruise ship belonging to Holland America Line registered in the Netherlands. . Length: 238 m Tonnage: 60,906 GT Capacity: 1432 passengers Crew: 647 . Tender boats are moving passengers to and from Komodo Island. Do you see me waving on the top deck? Of course not. I am taking the foto from one of the tender boats heading back to the ship.😁 . Did you know that Holland America Line is owned by Carnival Cruise? . . . . #vacation  #travel  #tour  #hankles2018  #indonesia  #komodo  #komodoisland  #halasia 
Hong Kong Airport HKG . 
Been to HKG four times in the last five months.
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The ceiling area at the gates have the most interesting geometry patterns!
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Hong Kong Airport HKG . Been to HKG four times in the last five months. . The ceiling area at the gates have the most interesting geometry patterns! . . . #vacation  #tour  #travel  #hankles2018  #hongkong 
Jurong Bird Park, Singapore
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It has been a while since posting a bird foto!
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The Roseate Spoonbill, a rather odd looking bird, is a native of South America, mostly east of the Andes, and in the coastal areas of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the United States Gulf Coast.
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This was one in a flock found at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.  The park is the largest bird sanctuary in Asia covering 49 acres on the western slope of Jurong Hill and is home to over 5000 birds across 400 species.
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Although it is worth it, the entrance fee is a rather pricey $29 SGD (Singapore Dollar) but you can get a 15% discount by buying an advance e-ticket online.  To get to Jurong Bird Park, transfer to anywhere on the Singapore MRT green East-West subway and get off at Boon Lay Station.  Then transfer to the #194 bus that will drop you off and pick you up (at the same location) at the entrance to the Park after a 15 min ride.
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Jurong Bird Park, Singapore . It has been a while since posting a bird foto! . The Roseate Spoonbill, a rather odd looking bird, is a native of South America, mostly east of the Andes, and in the coastal areas of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the United States Gulf Coast. . This was one in a flock found at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.  The park is the largest bird sanctuary in Asia covering 49 acres on the western slope of Jurong Hill and is home to over 5000 birds across 400 species. . Although it is worth it, the entrance fee is a rather pricey $29 SGD (Singapore Dollar) but you can get a 15% discount by buying an advance e-ticket online.  To get to Jurong Bird Park, transfer to anywhere on the Singapore MRT green East-West subway and get off at Boon Lay Station.  Then transfer to the #194  bus that will drop you off and pick you up (at the same location) at the entrance to the Park after a 15 min ride. . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #hankles2018  #singpore 
Please Wash My Gym Socks!
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This man was selling durian fruit right on the sidewalk in Probolinggo, Indonesia.  He had a couple of basketfull of them.
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Now the durian fruit, which is native to many South East Asian countries, has this reputation of having an odor not unlike that of old, unwashed gym socks or turpentine.  Once cut open, you will either love or hate the taste.
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The smell is so bad that in Singapore the subways have banned the durians on the trains and from taking the fruit into certain hotel!
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Please Wash My Gym Socks! . This man was selling durian fruit right on the sidewalk in Probolinggo, Indonesia.  He had a couple of basketfull of them. . Now the durian fruit, which is native to many South East Asian countries, has this reputation of having an odor not unlike that of old, unwashed gym socks or turpentine.  Once cut open, you will either love or hate the taste. . The smell is so bad that in Singapore the subways have banned the durians on the trains and from taking the fruit into certain hotel! . . . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #indonesia  #hankles2018 
Komodo Island, Indonesia, is more than a place to search for the elusive dragons in their natural habitat.  There are miles of sandy beaches and plenty of snorkeling or scuba diving in search of manta rays, sea turtles and beautiful coral.
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While waiting for the tender boat ride at the wharf, I found these colorful fishing boats on the beach.
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Komodo Island, Indonesia, is more than a place to search for the elusive dragons in their natural habitat.  There are miles of sandy beaches and plenty of snorkeling or scuba diving in search of manta rays, sea turtles and beautiful coral. . While waiting for the tender boat ride at the wharf, I found these colorful fishing boats on the beach. . . . . . . . . #travel  #vacation  #tour  #hankles2018  #indonesia  #komodo  #komodoisland  #boats  #beach  #fishing 
Ambarawa, Indonesia
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If you land in Semerang, Indonesia, a really nice side trip is an hour's drive to the town of Ambarawa.  Here you will find the train museum (Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa) with a collection of historical train engines and a station with an authentic steam locomotive that will take you from Ambarawa to Tuntang and back (the ride itself is only about half and hour each way).
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If you sit on the side of the train looking south, you will be treated to a fantastic view of Rawa Pening Lake (shown above). This is a calm lake populated with houses on stilts, lone fishermen on boats and misty mountains in the background. The green vegetation on the lake are clumps of floating water hyacinths.
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Rawa Pening literally means "clear swamp" and the lake acts as a source of hydroelectricity with a power station located nearby.
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Ambarawa, Indonesia . If you land in Semerang, Indonesia, a really nice side trip is an hour's drive to the town of Ambarawa.  Here you will find the train museum (Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa) with a collection of historical train engines and a station with an authentic steam locomotive that will take you from Ambarawa to Tuntang and back (the ride itself is only about half and hour each way). . If you sit on the side of the train looking south, you will be treated to a fantastic view of Rawa Pening Lake (shown above). This is a calm lake populated with houses on stilts, lone fishermen on boats and misty mountains in the background. The green vegetation on the lake are clumps of floating water hyacinths. . Rawa Pening literally means "clear swamp" and the lake acts as a source of hydroelectricity with a power station located nearby. . . . . . #travel  #tour  #hankles2018  #indonesia  #halasia 
School's Out!
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Happy school children done for the day in Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia.  Lombok is an island east of Bali and is a short ferry ride away.
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Today was an easy day...just exploring local life in Lembar.  Just so happened that school was finished for the day and all the children were either waiting for transportation or walking home.
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A lot of people go to Lombok to do the four day hike up Mount Rinjani.
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School's Out! . Happy school children done for the day in Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia. Lombok is an island east of Bali and is a short ferry ride away. . Today was an easy day...just exploring local life in Lembar. Just so happened that school was finished for the day and all the children were either waiting for transportation or walking home. . A lot of people go to Lombok to do the four day hike up Mount Rinjani. . . . . . Thank you collectively for your "Likes"! . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #cruise  #ship  #sail  #singapore  #indonesia  #bali  #jakarta  #halasia 
Leaving Komodo Island.
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Well, it wasn't exactly "Jurassic Park" as the tour manager described it, but hiking through dense foilage in 32 Deg C heat and high humidity with a park ranger in search of wildlife and the Komodo Dragon was kind of exciting!
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Soon after arriving on shore by tender boat, a small (6 foot) Komodo Dragon decided to join the crowd.  It was immediately fended off by a ranger wielding a long pole.  They roam freely with no fear of humans and they are dangerous.  The 1100 Komodo Dragons on this island are not "dragons" but members of the monitor lizard and can grow up to 11 feet and 300 lbs.
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Shown above, the MS Volendam sails out of Slawi Bay in Komodo Island.  No sightings of T-Rex or raptor dinosaurs, but it you get a chance to visit Komodo Island, these huge "dragons" are the next closest thing.
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Leaving Komodo Island. . Well, it wasn't exactly "Jurassic Park" as the tour manager described it, but hiking through dense foilage in 32 Deg C heat and high humidity with a park ranger in search of wildlife and the Komodo Dragon was kind of exciting! . Soon after arriving on shore by tender boat, a small (6 foot) Komodo Dragon decided to join the crowd. It was immediately fended off by a ranger wielding a long pole. They roam freely with no fear of humans and they are dangerous. The 1100 Komodo Dragons on this island are not "dragons" but members of the monitor lizard and can grow up to 11 feet and 300 lbs. . Shown above, the MS Volendam sails out of Slawi Bay in Komodo Island. No sightings of T-Rex or raptor dinosaurs, but it you get a chance to visit Komodo Island, these huge "dragons" are the next closest thing. . . . . Thank you for your "Likes"! . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #cruise  #ship  #sail  #singapore  #indonesia  #bali  #jakarta  #halasia 
Monday, February 19, 2018.  The Holland America ship "MS Volendam" left Surabaya yesterday and will take two days to reach the famed Komodo Island in Indonesia.
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Holland America Line (or HAL for short) is one of the few cruise companies that has a sail itinerary to various ports in Indonesia; while most others will only stop in Bali.  This is a great way to sample different parts of a country and decide which areas to come back to perhaps at a later date.
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You can relax by the pool or take in a geography or history lesson or two as the ship will provide enough activities to fill your time on a "sea day".
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For the budget minded, go for a "guaranteed cabin" which means the ship will assign you a stateroom; but you will not know where it is until about a week before sailing.  The downside is you could end up at the back or the front of the ship when most people prefer mid-ship.
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Monday, February 19, 2018. The Holland America ship "MS Volendam" left Surabaya yesterday and will take two days to reach the famed Komodo Island in Indonesia. . Holland America Line (or HAL for short) is one of the few cruise companies that has a sail itinerary to various ports in Indonesia; while most others will only stop in Bali. This is a great way to sample different parts of a country and decide which areas to come back to perhaps at a later date. . You can relax by the pool or take in a geography or history lesson or two as the ship will provide enough activities to fill your time on a "sea day". . For the budget minded, go for a "guaranteed cabin" which means the ship will assign you a stateroom; but you will not know where it is until about a week before sailing. The downside is you could end up at the back or the front of the ship when most people prefer mid-ship. . . . . . . Thank you collectively for your "Likes" and "Comments". . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #cruise  #ship  #sail  #singapore  #indonesia  #bali  #jakarta  #halasia 
Landed in Surabaya, Indonesia, today.  This is East Java' s provincial capital and long been one of the largest and most important seaport in Indonesia.  It is also this nation's second largest city with a population of 3 million people.
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While this is as modern a city as you would find anywhere in SE Asia, there are still some pockets of neighborhoods where people still run little convenient stores or coffee shops the size of a small hut.
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I couldn't understand her but I am sure this lady was telling me that she is removing husk from rice with a large pan (see included video) in front of her store.
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Landed in Surabaya, Indonesia, today. This is East Java' s provincial capital and long been one of the largest and most important seaport in Indonesia. It is also this nation's second largest city with a population of 3 million people. . While this is as modern a city as you would find anywhere in SE Asia, there are still some pockets of neighborhoods where people still run little convenient stores or coffee shops the size of a small hut. . I couldn't understand her but I am sure this lady was telling me that she is removing husk from rice with a large pan (see included video) in front of her store. . . . . . . Thank you collectively for your "Likes" and "Comments". Due to limited internet access, I won't be able to respond to everybody ; but I will try to address any questions. . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #cruise  #ship  #sail  #singapore  #indonesia  #bali  #jakarta  #halasia 
A Lion in Winter
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Actually I am in Semarang, Java, in Indonesia today and technically the season is summer because this city is south of the equator.
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This foto was taken in Sam Poo Kong Temple and shows one of two huge marble lions guarding the entrance of the temple.  The complex was built to honor Chinese emissary Sam Po Thay Jin who landed in Semarang in 1401. The temple presents an interesting combination of Chinese and Muslim cultures.
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Today is Saturday and coming off a National Holiday last Friday to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the temple is quite crowded with families enjoying the stage show while others quietly pray.
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A Lion in Winter . Actually I am in Semarang, Java, in Indonesia today and technically the season is summer because this city is south of the equator. . This foto was taken in Sam Poo Kong Temple and shows one of two huge marble lions guarding the entrance of the temple. The complex was built to honor Chinese emissary Sam Po Thay Jin who landed in Semarang in 1401. The temple presents an interesting combination of Chinese and Muslim cultures. . Today is Saturday and coming off a National Holiday last Friday to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the temple is quite crowded with families enjoying the stage show while others quietly pray. . . . . . . Thank you collectively for your "Likes" and "Comments". Due to limited internet access, I won't be able to respond to everybody ; but I will try to address any questions. . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #cruise  #ship  #sail  #singapore  #indonesia  #bali  #jakarta  #halasia 
Arrived in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, early this morning.  I am thinking what can I post today that can best represent this city in the world's fourth populous nation?
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To get to Jakarta by sea, you have to go through the port of Tanjung Priok, Java.  This is a huge, modern industrial complex with its colorful container cranes and hundreds of cargo ships waiting to load and unload.
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But I chose this foto of a "pinisi" worker in the old spice trading seaport of Sunda Kelapa Harbour where Jakarta's history began.  A pinisi is a majestic wooden schooner used in inter-island transportation and this is the last remaining commercial sailing fleet filled with the romance of a bygone era.
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Arrived in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, early this morning. I am thinking what can I post today that can best represent this city in the world's fourth populous nation? . To get to Jakarta by sea, you have to go through the port of Tanjung Priok, Java. This is a huge, modern industrial complex with its colorful container cranes and hundreds of cargo ships waiting to load and unload. . But I chose this foto of a "pinisi" worker in the old spice trading seaport of Sunda Kelapa Harbour where Jakarta's history began. A pinisi is a majestic wooden schooner used in inter-island transportation and this is the last remaining commercial sailing fleet filled with the romance of a bygone era. . . . Thank you collectively for your "Likes" and "Comments". Due to limited internet access, I won't be able to respond to everybody ; but I will try to address any questions. . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #cruise  #ship  #sail  #singapore  #indonesia  #bali  #jakarta  #halasia 
Year of the Dog 2018
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Chinese New Year is about to be celebrated in a big way in Singapore.  Red lanterns and decorations adorn the streets and alley ways here in Chinatown and in just about every mall in the city.
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The local markets are super busy as people shop for food in preparation for this Thursday evening and Friday.
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Year of the Dog 2018 . Chinese New Year is about to be celebrated in a big way in Singapore. Red lanterns and decorations adorn the streets and alley ways here in Chinatown and in just about every mall in the city. . The local markets are super busy as people shop for food in preparation for this Thursday evening and Friday. . Thank you collectively for your "Likes" and "Comments". Due to limited internet access, I won't be able to respond to everybody ; but I will try to address any questions. . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #cruise  #ship  #sail  #singapore  #indonesia  #bali  #jakarta 
Singapore by Night
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View of Singapore Harbour at night.
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Marina Bay Sands
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One of the more iconic sites in Singapore: the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.  You get a stunning view of the downtown core from the Skypark on top of the hotel; but you have to be a guest to enjoy the infinity pool.
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There's a great food court in the mall area down below!
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Marina Bay Sands . One of the more iconic sites in Singapore: the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. You get a stunning view of the downtown core from the Skypark on top of the hotel; but you have to be a guest to enjoy the infinity pool. . There's a great food court in the mall area down below! . . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #singapore 
Time to say goodbye to Myanmar.
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I leave you with a few images of rural life as I saw it through my lenses.  These were taken in many homes throughout the countryside along the Irrawaddy River between Yangon and Mandalay.
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Time to say goodbye to Myanmar. . I leave you with a few images of rural life as I saw it through my lenses. These were taken in many homes throughout the countryside along the Irrawaddy River between Yangon and Mandalay. . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
U-Bein
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If you take the Road to Mandalay, you must do the sunset boat ride on Lake Taungthaman and watch the people walk across U-Bein Bridge.  The 1.2 km long teak footbridge in Amarapura, Myanmar, is reportedly the oldest and longest in the world.  It was built from reclaimed wood from a former royal palace in the city of Inwa around 1850 and named after the mayor who built it.
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It's 4:30 PM on the road, the sun was setting fast and I'm wondering if we would get to the lake on time.  Got there and long line ups to get out to the lake.  But being in a tour group does have its advantages...like going to the head of the line to secure a boat (and I didn't even have to pull out my AMEX card...LOL).
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Okay, now this small boat was manned by someone who looks no older than a fifteen year old.  Thin wood construction, not very stable, small cracks on the hull and I am wondering where's the life jacket...but there was none.  We paddled slowly and quietly out to middle of the lake to take up a strategic location for fotos.
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As soon as the sun started to sink into the horizon, the bridge became somewhat magical as silhouette figures moved slowly across a brilliant sky!
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U-Bein . If you take the Road to Mandalay, you must do the sunset boat ride on Lake Taungthaman and watch the people walk across U-Bein Bridge.  The 1.2 km long teak footbridge in Amarapura, Myanmar, is reportedly the oldest and longest in the world.  It was built from reclaimed wood from a former royal palace in the city of Inwa around 1850 and named after the mayor who built it. . It's 4:30 PM on the road, the sun was setting fast and I'm wondering if we would get to the lake on time.  Got there and long line ups to get out to the lake. But being in a tour group does have its advantages...like going to the head of the line to secure a boat (and I didn't even have to pull out my AMEX card...LOL). . Okay, now this small boat was manned by someone who looks no older than a fifteen year old.  Thin wood construction, not very stable, small cracks on the hull and I am wondering where's the life jacket...but there was none.  We paddled slowly and quietly out to middle of the lake to take up a strategic location for fotos. . As soon as the sun started to sink into the horizon, the bridge became somewhat magical as silhouette figures moved slowly across a brilliant sky! . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
All That Gold!
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One of the most revered image of Buddha in Myanmar can be found in Mahamuni Pagoda.  This important pilgrimage site was built in 1785 and today, the temple ground museum tells the history of Buddhism.
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To pay respect to the Buddha image, male devotees climb upstairs to a platform about 6 feet above ground and apply gold leaves to the image.  The image is now covered in over 15 cm of gold and is a very different shape than say a century ago.  I was able to climb upstairs and watch these men, one by one, place the gold leaves and perform their rituals.
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Only men are allow near the Buddha image but ladies can watch the men on television screens nearby (second foto).
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The third foto and video show the creation of the gold leaves in a workshop.  It is a very physical (6 pound hammer) and time consuming (half an hour of beating) effort to create the razor thin gold leaves.  Listen to the pounding sound.  Thousands of hammer swings in high heat and humidity and no air conditioning, and you will appreciate the effort!
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Last foto: These workers deserve a break!
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This is the last week of my Myanmar series.  Time to move on!
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All That Gold! . One of the most revered image of Buddha in Myanmar can be found in Mahamuni Pagoda.  This important pilgrimage site was built in 1785 and today, the temple ground museum tells the history of Buddhism. . To pay respect to the Buddha image, male devotees climb upstairs to a platform about 6 feet above ground and apply gold leaves to the image.  The image is now covered in over 15 cm of gold and is a very different shape than say a century ago.  I was able to climb upstairs and watch these men, one by one, place the gold leaves and perform their rituals. . Only men are allow near the Buddha image but ladies can watch the men on television screens nearby (second foto). . The third foto and video show the creation of the gold leaves in a workshop.  It is a very physical (6 pound hammer) and time consuming (half an hour of beating) effort to create the razor thin gold leaves.  Listen to the pounding sound.  Thousands of hammer swings in high heat and humidity and no air conditioning, and you will appreciate the effort! . Last foto: These workers deserve a break! . This is the last week of my Myanmar series.  Time to move on! . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
We all want to take photographs of monks in their idyllic temple settings.
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I thought I was being smart by walking a few steps behind this Buddhist monk and capturing his movement on video.  As soon as I put my camera down, he turned towards me and greeted me with a "Hello, how are you doing?" in perfect English!  Of course I was curious where he learnt his English from. "The University of Washington near Seattle", he said.
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What?  Does he have some sort of sixth sense that I live about a three hour's drive from Seattle, WA?  We only chatted briefly as the rest of my tour group was somewhere way ahead of me and I needed to catch up.  But first I had to take his foto and then we parted way.
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Ask politely and most likely you will get a foto.
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We all want to take photographs of monks in their idyllic temple settings. . I thought I was being smart by walking a few steps behind this Buddhist monk and capturing his movement on video.  As soon as I put my camera down, he turned towards me and greeted me with a "Hello, how are you doing?" in perfect English!  Of course I was curious where he learnt his English from. "The University of Washington near Seattle", he said. . What? Does he have some sort of sixth sense that I live about a three hour's drive from Seattle, WA? We only chatted briefly as the rest of my tour group was somewhere way ahead of me and I needed to catch up.  But first I had to take his foto and then we parted way. . Ask politely and most likely you will get a foto. . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
Sunrise!
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"Everything starts with a sunrise, but it's what we do before it sets that matters." - K. McGraw
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Another beautiful sunrise on the Irradwaddy River as the riverboat heads upstream towards Monywa, Myanmar.
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Life is getting up an hour earlier to live an hour more.  Have a great start to the week, everybody!
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Sunrise! . "Everything starts with a sunrise, but it's what we do before it sets that matters." - K. McGraw . Another beautiful sunrise on the Irradwaddy River as the riverboat heads upstream towards Monywa, Myanmar. . Life is getting up an hour earlier to live an hour more. Have a great start to the week, everybody! . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles  #monywa 
Thanboddhay Pagoda
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You would think after visiting at least one pagoda a day for over a week that one would get a little tire of them.  But then I think the guide was saving the best for last...at least it was one of the best in my mind.  What you are seeing is some of over 500,000 Buddha images inside Thanboddhay Pagoda near the town of Monywa in Myanmar.  If you are traveling by car from Bagan to Monywa, this pagoda is 20 kilometers outside the latter and is worth the visit.
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Step inside Thanboddhay Pagoda and it's like Indiana Jones discovering some long lost treasure...except for the tourists who are already inside, LOL!  The thousands of Buddha statues, large and small, are truly something to see.  Let's not forget that this is a place for worship and there will be people around every corner.
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This temple construction was started in 1939 and is one of the most unique monastery in Myanmar.  During the second world war, thousands of people took refuge on the temple grounds.  The complex was finally completed in 1952.  Two large white elephants guard the entrance to the 37 acre grounds.
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The last image is a video of one corner of the complex.  See the hundreds if little statues on the walls.  Incredible!
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Like I said, if you are in the area...worth the visit!
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Thanboddhay Pagoda . You would think after visiting at least one pagoda a day for over a week that one would get a little tire of them.  But then I think the guide was saving the best for last...at least it was one of the best in my mind.  What you are seeing is some of over 500,000 Buddha images inside Thanboddhay Pagoda near the town of Monywa in Myanmar.  If you are traveling by car from Bagan to Monywa, this pagoda is 20 kilometers outside the latter and is worth the visit. . Step inside Thanboddhay Pagoda and it's like Indiana Jones discovering some long lost treasure...except for the tourists who are already inside, LOL!  The thousands of Buddha statues, large and small, are truly something to see.  Let's not forget that this is a place for worship and there will be people around every corner. . This temple construction was started in 1939 and is one of the most unique monastery in Myanmar.  During the second world war, thousands of people took refuge on the temple grounds.  The complex was finally completed in 1952.  Two large white elephants guard the entrance to the 37 acre grounds. . The last image is a video of one corner of the complex. See the hundreds if little statues on the walls. Incredible! . Like I said, if you are in the area...worth the visit! . . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
My Shadow, My Shadow.
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She was persistent.  She was gregarious.  And above all, she was kinda charming!  She rode her bicycle following the horse cart for over a kilometer over bumps and muddy roads to sell her souvenirs.  I had to give her "A" for effort.
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Second foto: A small motor boat carrying tourists across a river.  Note the size of the engine and how its weight rest on the loop of the frail rope.  He uses one hand to adjust the throttle, the other hand to steer the boat and when the boat comes to rest, he slips the engine out of the rope to raise the propeller into the air.
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Third foto: So these are all the merchants waiting for this boat to land.  What they are doing is tagging which tourist each of them will follow.  Kind of "You take that one;  I'll take this one"!
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Fourth foto:  The driver jumping into the horse cart and the fun chase begins!
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Fifth foto:  This is a video footage of my "shadow" as she rides behind the horse cart. Occasionally she would just hang on to the cart to keep up.
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We have a great conversation on wheels, just about telling me her life story in the process ( I think it was a ploy...but I'm a sucker for sob stories). In the end, I did not buy any souvenirs; but instead gave her $$ donation which she gladly accepted!
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My Shadow, My Shadow. . She was persistent.  She was gregarious.  And above all, she was kinda charming!  She rode her bicycle following the horse cart for over a kilometer over bumps and muddy roads to sell her souvenirs.  I had to give her "A" for effort. . Second foto: A small motor boat carrying tourists across a river.  Note the size of the engine and how its weight rest on the loop of the frail rope.  He uses one hand to adjust the throttle, the other hand to steer the boat and when the boat comes to rest, he slips the engine out of the rope to raise the propeller into the air. . Third foto: So these are all the merchants waiting for this boat to land.  What they are doing is tagging which tourist each of them will follow.  Kind of "You take that one;  I'll take this one"! . Fourth foto:  The driver jumping into the horse cart and the fun chase begins! . Fifth foto:  This is a video footage of my "shadow" as she rides behind the horse cart. Occasionally she would just hang on to the cart to keep up. . We have a great conversation on wheels, just about telling me her life story in the process ( I think it was a ploy...but I'm a sucker for sob stories). In the end, I did not buy any souvenirs; but instead gave her $$ donation which she gladly accepted! . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
Music of the Night
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" Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Turn your face away from cold, unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night." -  Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Watching the sunset over a golden pagoda as the Irrawaddy Explorer Riverboat quietly sails upstream.
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Everybody is anxiously awaiting Karaoke tonight as crew and guest will be showcasing their singing talents.  We were given a menu of songs that we can perform and of course they were classic "Golden Oldies"! Damn it...somebody had already selected my favorite and easy tune: "Take Me Home, Country Roads"; so I had to settle for "Hotel California". Fortunately, somebody else wanted to do this one too, so I don;t feel too bad...a duet.  Great!
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I have never Karaoke before in my life; and you know what?  I was actually pretty...BAD!!!
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So enough said about Karaoke Night.  We all had fun.  Some crew members were quite good.  I will not post any of our Karaoke moments...for fear of losing faithful followers.
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Music of the Night . " Turn your face away from the garish light of day Turn your face away from cold, unfeeling light And listen to the music of the night." -  Andrew Lloyd Webber . Watching the sunset over a golden pagoda as the Irrawaddy Explorer Riverboat quietly sails upstream. . Everybody is anxiously awaiting Karaoke tonight as crew and guest will be showcasing their singing talents.  We were given a menu of songs that we can perform and of course they were classic "Golden Oldies"! Damn it...somebody had already selected my favorite and easy tune: "Take Me Home, Country Roads"; so I had to settle for "Hotel California". Fortunately, somebody else wanted to do this one too, so I don;t feel too bad...a duet.  Great! . I have never Karaoke before in my life; and you know what?  I was actually pretty...BAD!!! . So enough said about Karaoke Night.  We all had fun.  Some crew members were quite good.  I will not post any of our Karaoke moments...for fear of losing faithful followers. . Have a great day! . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
Planet of the Apes.
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Hpowindaung is a Buddhist complex of over 900 caves carved into sandstone outcrops and decorated with statues and paintings dated between the 14th and 18th century.  It is close to the city of Monywa, Myanmar.  It's also home to hundreds of primates.
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What I found interesting before entering the complex is a gauntlet of primates that you have to endure going through a long hallway.  Mothers, fathers and off springs all waiting to spring on the first sign of food.  Hang on to your cellular phones...these little thieves are very quick to grab anything within reach!  One of the larger ones grabbed my leg and wouldn't let go.  Without panicking and hanging on to my camera and phone for dear life, I waited for a few seconds before one of the caretakers came to distract them by offering them food.  I'm okay, Mom!
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First foto: Why such a sad face?
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Second foto: One of the ancient structures.
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Third video: These caretakers distract the primates by offering food and directing them away from the tourists!
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Planet of the Apes. . Hpowindaung is a Buddhist complex of over 900 caves carved into sandstone outcrops and decorated with statues and paintings dated between the 14th and 18th century.  It is close to the city of Monywa, Myanmar. It's also home to hundreds of primates. . What I found interesting before entering the complex is a gauntlet of primates that you have to endure going through a long hallway.  Mothers, fathers and off springs all waiting to spring on the first sign of food.  Hang on to your cellular phones...these little thieves are very quick to grab anything within reach!  One of the larger ones grabbed my leg and wouldn't let go.  Without panicking and hanging on to my camera and phone for dear life, I waited for a few seconds before one of the caretakers came to distract them by offering them food.  I'm okay, Mom! . First foto: Why such a sad face? . Second foto: One of the ancient structures. . Third video: These caretakers distract the primates by offering food and directing them away from the tourists! . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
The Wedding Crashers
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How often do we get to attend a wedding ceremony in a foreign country...without an invitation?
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Well, on the way to Monywa, a city known for its very old Neem trees, the bus just happened to pass by some colorful wedding decorations.  Our guide promptly stop the bus and asked if we wanted to experience a typical wedding celebration in Myanmar.  Like... does our guide know everybody in this country?  Not really, but apparently, Myanmar is receptive to foreigners attending their weddings.  But I would not want to "crash" a party without the blessing of our guide, of course.
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Entering the wedding hall, we were greeted with a small flower, a whole host of curious on-lookers, our own table with food and drinks.  We were greeted by the bride and groom and their close friends and families.  Then they started taking pictures of us!  I have black hair, but if you have blond hair, you are apparently a rock star!
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The first foto is the bride and groom.  Can you believe they are only seventeen years old?
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The second foto shows the little flower girl with the cutest eyes.
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The third foto...must be somebody in the bridal party.
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The fifth is a video as I entered the wedding hall...with a different kind of reservation.
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Did you know that, in Myanmar, if a man and a woman stay in a room over night, they are considered married the next day?
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The Wedding Crashers . How often do we get to attend a wedding ceremony in a foreign country...without an invitation? . Well, on the way to Monywa, a city known for its very old Neem trees, the bus just happened to pass by some colorful wedding decorations.  Our guide promptly stop the bus and asked if we wanted to experience a typical wedding celebration in Myanmar.  Like... does our guide know everybody in this country?  Not really, but apparently, Myanmar is receptive to foreigners attending their weddings.  But I would not want to "crash" a party without the blessing of our guide, of course. . Entering the wedding hall, we were greeted with a small flower, a whole host of curious on-lookers, our own table with food and drinks.  We were greeted by the bride and groom and their close friends and families.  Then they started taking pictures of us!  I have black hair, but if you have blond hair, you are apparently a rock star! . The first foto is the bride and groom.  Can you believe they are only seventeen years old? . The second foto shows the little flower girl with the cutest eyes. . The third foto...must be somebody in the bridal party. . The fifth is a video as I entered the wedding hall...with a different kind of reservation. . Did you know that, in Myanmar, if a man and a woman stay in a room over night, they are considered married the next day? . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
A throwback moment from my recent skip to Tokyo, Japan.
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It is reported that Japan, with a population of 127 million, has 72 million bicycles and that an estimated 14% of all trips are made by bikes in Tokyo.
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Japan has a strong communal culture.  As more people ride bicycles, more people accept the needs of bicycles.  It is not uncommon to find unlocked bikes parked all over the city.
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I noticed a lot of people, young and old, ride bicycles on the sidewalks of Tokyo.  With only about 10 km of bike lanes in the city, riding a bike on a sidewalk is a regular habit.  They always seem to silently sneak up behind you and carefully pass you as you step aside to let them go.
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I think bicycles are the great way to commute.  I will be pumping up the tires on my bike soon and looking forward to better weather.  Do you enjoy biking?
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A throwback moment from my recent skip to Tokyo, Japan. . It is reported that Japan, with a population of 127 million, has 72 million bicycles and that an estimated 14% of all trips are made by bikes in Tokyo. . Japan has a strong communal culture. As more people ride bicycles, more people accept the needs of bicycles. It is not uncommon to find unlocked bikes parked all over the city. . I noticed a lot of people, young and old, ride bicycles on the sidewalks of Tokyo. With only about 10 km of bike lanes in the city, riding a bike on a sidewalk is a regular habit. They always seem to silently sneak up behind you and carefully pass you as you step aside to let them go. . I think bicycles are the great way to commute. I will be pumping up the tires on my bike soon and looking forward to better weather. Do you enjoy biking? . . . . . . . traqtravel #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #japan  #tokyo  #bokeh  #bicycle 
The Kayan Culture.
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This lady is a member of the Kayan Tribe, eastern Burma's society of "long-necked" women.  The Kayan women uses brass coils to "stretch" their necks and in their culture, an elongated neck is a sign of beauty.
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While the brass coils appear to make their neck long, it is really the weight of the metal pushing down the muscle around the collarbone and compressing the rib cage that make their neck appear longer. Women in the tribe are not prohibited from removing the coil. It is considered a form of beauty having a long slender neck.  In early publications, the term "giraffe" women was used.
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This lady is creating beautiful hand-made clothes for sale at this local market in Bagan, Myanmar.
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The Kayan Culture. . This lady is a member of the Kayan Tribe, eastern Burma's society of "long-necked" women. The Kayan women uses brass coils to "stretch" their necks and in their culture, an elongated neck is a sign of beauty. . While the brass coils appear to make their neck long, it is really the weight of the metal pushing down the muscle around the collarbone and compressing the rib cage that make their neck appear longer. Women in the tribe are not prohibited from removing the coil. It is considered a form of beauty having a long slender neck. In early publications, the term "giraffe" women was used. . This lady is creating beautiful hand-made clothes for sale at this local market in Bagan, Myanmar. . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
Another golden moment!
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Now you may say that I posted this image many times before, but the truth is...just about everywhere you go in Myanmar, you will find beautiful golden pagodas like this one!
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This one is called the Shwezigon Pagoda and is one of the oldest and most impressive in Bagan.  In fact, this design has been copied many times all over Myanmar over the centuries.  Many smaller shrines and temple buildings have been installed around the complex since the stupa was constructed in the year 1090.  As the pagoda enshrines a number of sacred Buddhist relics, it is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.
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Many families travel for miles to make it a day at the pagoda.
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There is such a feeling of calm and peace as you slowly stroll around the complex...no hassle, no rush.  For the moment, you just lose all sense of time.
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Another golden moment! . Now you may say that I posted this image many times before, but the truth is...just about everywhere you go in Myanmar, you will find beautiful golden pagodas like this one! . This one is called the Shwezigon Pagoda and is one of the oldest and most impressive in Bagan. In fact, this design has been copied many times all over Myanmar over the centuries. Many smaller shrines and temple buildings have been installed around the complex since the stupa was constructed in the year 1090. As the pagoda enshrines a number of sacred Buddhist relics, it is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. . Many families travel for miles to make it a day at the pagoda. . There is such a feeling of calm and peace as you slowly stroll around the complex...no hassle, no rush. For the moment, you just lose all sense of time. . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
"Travelling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller" - Ibn Battuta
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Exploring the Irrawaddy River by boat has many advantages, one of which is witnessing some pretty nice sunsets.  You see, everyday you're going to move to a different locale...and the backdrop, usually rural, will be a different stage each evening.
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Each night, there will be a bunch of us...eager photographers with Nikons, Canon's, iPhones...all waiting around 6 PM, some with drinks in hand, waiting for that cloud curtain to fall.
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We can say: the only kind of sunsets that we don't like are the ones we missed!
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Oh yes, for those early risers, there's also a "Breakfast Club"...sunrise, coffee and croissant!
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"Travelling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller" - Ibn Battuta . Exploring the Irrawaddy River by boat has many advantages, one of which is witnessing some pretty nice sunsets. You see, everyday you're going to move to a different locale...and the backdrop, usually rural, will be a different stage each evening. . Each night, there will be a bunch of us...eager photographers with Nikons, Canon's, iPhones...all waiting around 6 PM, some with drinks in hand, waiting for that cloud curtain to fall. . We can say: the only kind of sunsets that we don't like are the ones we missed! . Oh yes, for those early risers, there's also a "Breakfast Club"...sunrise, coffee and croissant! . . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
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Lacquer(every)ware
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Although lacquer takes its root in China and then developed all over Southeast Asia, the origin of Myanmar lacquer seems to have originated in Bagan around the 12th century.  The raw material used to manufacture lacquerware is bamboo which is transported from forests in other parts of Myanmar by boat to Bagan.  The bamboo is cut into strips and the craftsmen painstakingly work and shape the cuttings into desirable objects: bowls, dishes, vases both large and small with their hands.  A resin glue base bonds the bamboo strips together and then the product is dried for a week in a moist environment.  The next steps are washing, sanding, polishing and applying seven layers of lacquer, each layer going through its own drying process.  It is only the last layer that receives a coloured coating.
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The final step, decorating or engraving, is done freehand and completely from memory.  Most of the lacquerware makers are families working from generation to generation.

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You will see these young men and ladies painstakingly working the dried lacquerware products to its final state.  One of them offered to paint a little elephant with the word "Bagan" on the top of my camera flash, the place where it serves as a large enough "canvas" for their work of art.  The final image is a short video showing the products of these workers' creations.  I wasn't supposed to video inside; but the lacquerware products were just too beautiful to not show the world!
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. Lacquer(every)ware . Although lacquer takes its root in China and then developed all over Southeast Asia, the origin of Myanmar lacquer seems to have originated in Bagan around the 12th century.  The raw material used to manufacture lacquerware is bamboo which is transported from forests in other parts of Myanmar by boat to Bagan.  The bamboo is cut into strips and the craftsmen painstakingly work and shape the cuttings into desirable objects: bowls, dishes, vases both large and small with their hands.  A resin glue base bonds the bamboo strips together and then the product is dried for a week in a moist environment.  The next steps are washing, sanding, polishing and applying seven layers of lacquer, each layer going through its own drying process.  It is only the last layer that receives a coloured coating. . The final step, decorating or engraving, is done freehand and completely from memory.  Most of the lacquerware makers are families working from generation to generation. This post has multiple images. You will see these young men and ladies painstakingly working the dried lacquerware products to its final state.  One of them offered to paint a little elephant with the word "Bagan" on the top of my camera flash, the place where it serves as a large enough "canvas" for their work of art.  The final image is a short video showing the products of these workers' creations.  I wasn't supposed to video inside; but the lacquerware products were just too beautiful to not show the world! . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
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The Mystical Land of Bagan.
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"It was a kingdom of dreams - a place where things would be just the way I want them to be."
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- Judith McNaught
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You are looking at the mystical plains of Bagan, Myanmar, from atop Shwesandaw Pagoda.  This 328 feet pagoda was built in 1057 by King Anawrahta at the centre of his newly empowered kingdom to enshrine hair relics of the Buddha.  There are five receding terraces accessible by steep flights of steps on all four sides that lead to the base of the stupa.  This is a well know spot for sunrise and sunset viewing.
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I came to this pagoda to catch the sunrise and then returned that evening in an attempt to catch the sunset; but unfortunately there was this small cloud that hid the sun as it fell into the horizon and never got a good photograph.  But it was a good place to just hang out and meet people from all over the world with the same idea of capturing something magical on this day.  I was glad to have at least caught the early morning showing.  If you go to Bagan, then catching either the sunrise or sunset is a must-to-do.
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On a side-note, a few days later on the journey, it was reported that one side of the pagoda collapsed and was closed for repairs.
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. The Mystical Land of Bagan. . "It was a kingdom of dreams - a place where things would be just the way I want them to be." . - Judith McNaught . You are looking at the mystical plains of Bagan, Myanmar, from atop Shwesandaw Pagoda.  This 328 feet pagoda was built in 1057 by King Anawrahta at the centre of his newly empowered kingdom to enshrine hair relics of the Buddha.  There are five receding terraces accessible by steep flights of steps on all four sides that lead to the base of the stupa.  This is a well know spot for sunrise and sunset viewing. . I came to this pagoda to catch the sunrise and then returned that evening in an attempt to catch the sunset; but unfortunately there was this small cloud that hid the sun as it fell into the horizon and never got a good photograph.  But it was a good place to just hang out and meet people from all over the world with the same idea of capturing something magical on this day.  I was glad to have at least caught the early morning showing.  If you go to Bagan, then catching either the sunrise or sunset is a must-to-do. . On a side-note, a few days later on the journey, it was reported that one side of the pagoda collapsed and was closed for repairs. . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
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"Be soft.
Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let the pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
You still believe it to be a beautiful place."
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They live in a small house near the Irrawaddy River.  Her husband is a fisherman and occasionally help dock the riverboats that comes to shore.
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They are curious to see me just as I am fascinated at how simple, yet happily, they live their lives.  It haunts me that this scene could have been 1917, not a hundred years later.
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. "Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, You still believe it to be a beautiful place." . They live in a small house near the Irrawaddy River. Her husband is a fisherman and occasionally help dock the riverboats that comes to shore. . They are curious to see me just as I am fascinated at how simple, yet happily, they live their lives. It haunts me that this scene could have been 1917, not a hundred years later. . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
"A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time... Everything was touched with magic."
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- Margaret Bourke-White
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After watching the sunrise atop a temple in Bagan, Myanmar, make your way to the opposite side to see a stunning view of hundreds of other temples close by.  By now, the morning sun would have painted a golden sheen on all the other temples.
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Most people would be sitting on the ledge taking a selfie or two with this backdrop.
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"A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time... Everything was touched with magic." . - Margaret Bourke-White . After watching the sunrise atop a temple in Bagan, Myanmar, make your way to the opposite side to see a stunning view of hundreds of other temples close by. By now, the morning sun would have painted a golden sheen on all the other temples. . Most people would be sitting on the ledge taking a selfie or two with this backdrop. . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
Fairytale Bagan.
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Bagan, Myanmar, is one of the world's greatest archeological sites rivaling Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat.  A sunrise viewing from atop a temple is as popular as the one in Angkor, Cambodia.
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For the price of about $5, a driver and guide will take you there early in the morning.  Prepare to get ready at 5 AM for pickup, take off your shoes and climb barefeet up a steep temple in darkness only to find hundreds of people already there with the same idea!  Compete with others for a decent spot and then wait for an hour standing up for the moment to capture the beauty and magic of early morning in Bagan.
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If you are lucky, you may see hot air balloons rising in the distant.  Balloon rides were quoted at $350, weather permitting!
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Fairytale Bagan. . Bagan, Myanmar, is one of the world's greatest archeological sites rivaling Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat. A sunrise viewing from atop a temple is as popular as the one in Angkor, Cambodia. . For the price of about $5, a driver and guide will take you there early in the morning. Prepare to get ready at 5 AM for pickup, take off your shoes and climb barefeet up a steep temple in darkness only to find hundreds of people already there with the same idea! Compete with others for a decent spot and then wait for an hour standing up for the moment to capture the beauty and magic of early morning in Bagan. . If you are lucky, you may see hot air balloons rising in the distant. Balloon rides were quoted at $350, weather permitting! . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
James Short Park Clock Tower
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Located in Calgary, Alberta.
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On my way back from dinner one evening, I spotted this ancient clock tower framed by the new glass and steel of The Bow building behind it.
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There is a long history behind this old structure whose cupola dates back to 1905 and clock added in 1990.
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The clock is mechanical and volunteers must climb up a 30-foot ladder twice a week to wind it!
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James Short Park Clock Tower . Located in Calgary, Alberta. . On my way back from dinner one evening, I spotted this ancient clock tower framed by the new glass and steel of The Bow building behind it. . There is a long history behind this old structure whose cupola dates back to 1905 and clock added in 1990. . The clock is mechanical and volunteers must climb up a 30-foot ladder twice a week to wind it! . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #calgary  #alberta 
"I like trains.
I like their rhythm,
And I like the freedom
of being suspended
between two places, all
anxieties of purpose
taken care of:
for this moment I know where I am going." - Anna Funder.
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Tokyo Streetography in 27 hours.
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Urban train system...imposing, complex yet highly efficient.
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Like many other major cities, young people are always reading their mobile devices: I can only conclude that literacy is on the rise (hehe).
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #hankles #tokyo #japan
"I like trains. I like their rhythm, And I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going." - Anna Funder. . Tokyo Streetography in 27 hours. . Urban train system...imposing, complex yet highly efficient. . Like many other major cities, young people are always reading their mobile devices: I can only conclude that literacy is on the rise (hehe). . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  holiday #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #tokyo  #japan