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Everything in Istanbul is just so beautiful. On our third day there we, of course, started our morning at an adorable café. I think cafes are always my favorite when traveling abroad. In a city like Houston, we just don’t have the luxury of great outdoor cafes. Between the humidity and the fast paced lifestyle, it’s so hard to just sit and enjoy life and all its beauty. After our coffee we began our fabulous rainbow stair descent towards Istanbul’s Modern Art Museum where we wandered for a while before heading to the Spice Bazaar.
Nice shot, sounds like a great trip! :)
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Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and portrait artist in her thirties from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.
About this photo: “This is from a series on fear and uncertainty. Fear seems to be a recurring theme in my life, no matter how hard I fight it. Fear of abandonment, of not being noticed, of my mental illness consuming me, of what people will think if they see the real me, of losing my creativity and worst, of getting to the end of my life without having let all of the wonderful things inside me come out. This image is about the battle against fear. I think most of us recognize that internal war with something. Whether it’s fear or not, no matter how long you’ve been fighting it, there are times when the battle is fierce and for me, it’s usually when I am trying to grow. The ego doesn’t like change.”
Awesome image! :)
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Assos has a rich and diverse history. In the 700s BCE colonists left Lesbos and settled in Assos. Aristotle visited and fell in love with the King’s daughter, Pythia. Because he was forbidden to marry Pythia, Aristotle taught in Assos for three years so he could be close to her. On the acropolis (which means “top of the hill” in Greek) the Greeks constructed a temple to Athena and surrounded the entire city with walls. In the 14th century after leaving Bursa the Ottomans inhabited Assos, strengthened the city walls, and added a mosque. Today the slopes of Assos are home to locals who make thyme oil and olive soap. So far I would have to say that Assos is the most beautiful place we have visited. Because the elevation is so high compared to the surrounding land you can see across the entire Aegean sea. We were the only group at the site so we were able to explore the ruins and sit on the cliffs while watching the water. When you stand on the acropolis you can see why this spot was so desirable, not only because it is beautiful but because of its strategic position and proximity to the harbor.
Awesome shot, one of the all time great toemails! :)
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Santorini, Rhodes, Dubai, Zanzibar, Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, London, Glasgow and now back to the small paradise, back to Nevis. It was a great summer with so many trips and beautiful adventures! I have many photos, tips, adventures, recipes and books to share!
Nice shot! :)
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I took this photo at the Dallas Arboretum.
My country never ceased to amaze me with its beauty.
Taken: La Union and Ilocos, April 2014
Great shots! :)
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No this is not the desert. It’s Wisconsin!
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A hot hot summer in Athens. Take some notes: 1. Do not visit Athens in summer ! (in fact do not visit the Acropolis in summer :p)
Note 2: Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Bernard Tschumi’s museum of Acropolis. The restaurant on the top of it is just great!
“lt is made of three concepts: light, movement, and a tectonic and programmatic element. Together these characteristics turn the constraints of the site into an architectural opportunity, offering a simple and precise museum with the mathematical and conceptual clarity of ancient Greek buildings.”
Note 3: You can actually take photos with five cores! These are original ones! The sixth is in British. No need to hide from museum stuff and to be embarrassed when they cry out “No photos please!”
Great post! :)
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