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Egyptian Technology for #FriFotos

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Destinations, Egypt, Featured | 14 comments

This weeks #FriFotos theme is technology…

While cars and crazy traffic might be the norm in Cairo, the low tech camel still plays an important role in Egyptian transportation. Of course, the best place to find one would be at  Egypt’s Barqash Camel Market!

Egypt's Barqash Camel Market

The world is still wondering what technology was used in building these ancient wonders in Giza…

Egypt's Great Pyramids in Giza

 

 

Contributing to #FriFotos, and Friday Postcards at Walking on Travels.

 

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Travel Photo Thursday — Apr. 10/14 — Flower Blossom Time in Korea

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 74 comments

Welcome to our 172nd week of Travel Photo Thursday. Last week I told you that spring had arrived in Korea. Well, Mother Nature is being fickle. This week the temperatures have taken a dive in the morning and evening. Of course, the afternoons are toasty warm, so impossible to know what to wear on the morning commute to work. However, that hasn’t stopped the cherry blossoms and magnolias from gracing us with their beauty. I wandered with my camera last weekend, and got some nice shots for Travel Photo Thursday.

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Along the river…

 

Cherry Blossoms in Korea 2014

 

The deep pink blossoms are not that common in Daejeon…

 

In the Pink

Looking gorgeous against the blue sky…

Blossoms Overhead

Blossom whimsy…

Blossom Whimsy

 

 

Cherry Blossom Magic in Korea

 

Cherry Blossoms in the Wind

 

Many of the blossoms were starting to fall…

 

Blossoms on the Path

 

Cherry blossoms are not the only blossoms spreading their beauty in Korea. There’s the magnolia, which peaks before the cherry blossoms…

 

Magnolia in Daejeon

 

Lilacs, my favorite, are not that common in Korea. However, I saw quite a few small trees on Saturday. Give it a couple more years and the smell lilac will be wafting through the spring air.

 

Lilacs in Daejeon

 

 

And, the city will soon be blanketed in azalea’s, my all time favorite! 

 

The First Azela Blossoms of Spring

Travelers Tip

You’re probably wondering, when is the best time to see the cherryy blossoms in Korea? Well, that used to be very easy to predict. However, like most of the world, Korea’s weather has changed. This year we started seeing blossoms in mid March, and news sources say that they peaked last Saturday, April 6th (a full week earlier than usual, or so the Korean Herald tells us.)

I would say, (to be on the safe side), that you should be here by the last week in March. Of course, you can always start googling for predictions next February! :)

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Travel Photo Thursday — April 3rd/14 — Halifax’s Titanic Connection

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 36 comments

Welcome to our 171st week of Travel Photo Thursday. Spring has definitely arrived in Korea, and my plan is to get out and get some cherry blossom and magnolia shots before they are all but a beautiful memory. This a far cry from Halifax, where my poor Dad is still suffering through a particularly cold and nasty winter. This week I’m taking you back to Nova Scotia, and to Halifax’s Titanic connection.

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Halifax’s role in the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic is a sad one. Three ships from the city were involved in the grim task of recovering victims from the cold, bleak North Atlantic. Over 100 of the bodies plucked from the sea found there way to Halifax, and are buried in three of the city’s cemeteries. Fairview Lawn Cemetary is the final resting place for one hundred and twenty-one of the Titanic’s casualties; more than any other cemetery in the world.

 

Titantic Grave Site, Fairview Lawn Cemetary

 

 

Most of those buried here are memorialized with small, grey granite markers etched with a name and April 15, 1912; the date the Titanic sank.

 

Titantic Victim - Paulson

 

Of course, not every victim was identified. Nearly a third of  the  headstones contain only the date and a number unique to each body.

 

Unnamed Titantic Grave.jpg

 

Thankfully, not all of the victims remained unidentified,  and some of these families did erect larger headstones in remembrance of their loved ones.

Titanic Victim, Alma Paulson

 

 

Remember Jack Dawson?

J Dawson, Titanic

 

When the movie was released in 1997 fans came to believe that this was indeed Jack Dawson’s final resting place. Movie goers showered the site with flowers and ticket stubs. Alas, dear Jack was not put to rest here. Researchers have discovered that this is the grave of Joseph Dawson, who was employed in the Titanic’s boiler room.

 

Titanic Gravesite

 

One of the better known grave markers, it was erected in honor of “The Unknown Child”, whose body was never claimed. His burial was paid for by sailors from the cable ship that recovered his body from the disaster site, the CS MacKay-Bennett. In 2002 the child was identified as Eino Viljami Panula. However, additional forensic testing proved that identification incorrect, and the child has been identified as Sydney Leslie Goodwin. From England, his entire family perished in the Titanic sinking.

 

The UnKnown Child

 

Titanic Graves, Fairview Lawn Cemetary , Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

 

As you can see from the photos, the Titanic victims have not been forgotten. Fresh flowers, and other gifts are lovingly laid on the headstones. This was one of the most touching…
Remembering

 

Traveler’s Tip

The cemetery is open seven days a week. I would recommend visiting during daylight hours, when there isn’t a lot of snow on the ground. Admission is free, although believe it or not, when it became a popular tourist attraction there was a suggestion that the city starting charging an entrance fee. That suggestion was nipped in the bud!

 

The star marks the location.

The star marks the location.

 

You can also choose a guided tour.

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