Travel Photo Thursday

Travel Photo Thursday — 24/7/14 — Penang’s Street Cats

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Destinations, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 20 comments

Here we are for week 186 of  Travel Photo Thursday, welcome! I’m pretty much settled here in Penang, adjusting to the tropical heat, and enjoying the sights and sounds of the island. This week I want to share with you a couple of shots of Penang’s street cats. Have a look!

 

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Probably not what you are expecting…:)

 

 

Penang Street Art

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This one has a very Japanese “feel”, to me. I think it’s the little figures surrounding the cat. Would love to get a shot without the motorcycles. Hopefully I’ll get back that way again before I leave.

 

 

Penang Cat

 

 

That’s my trishaw driver in the first shot. He loved posing with the murals, and was fantastic model. Hiring a trishaw is a great way to explore Georgetown, and visit the colorful murals scattered throughout. An hour will cost you only 40 Malaysian ringgits (approx. $12.00US).

You’ll find these two “street cats” on  Lebuh Armenian, one of Georgetown’s more popular streets.

Have you explored Georgetown in a trishaw? What did you think?

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Travel Photo Thursday — 7/17/14 — Georgetown Glimpses

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Destinations, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Welcome to week 186 of Travel Photo Thursday. Arriving bleary eyed after almost 24 hours of no sleep, I managed to find my hotel and literally fell into bed. The hotel was a quick stop. At noon I was picked up by my Airbnb host and whisked off to the condominium that will be my home away from home for the next 5 weeks. More sleep, and by yesterday I was ready to venture out to find the bus and head to Georgetown. Having been here previously, I am familiar with some of the sites, but as how to get from here to there, not so much. It was a fun day wandering around with my camera, and here are a few shots of the day.

 

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My day started with a delicious bowl of Hokkein Mei, from a local street vendor. A must try dish in Penang, and very flavorful. The vendor was kind enough to put the spice in the spoon, which was promptly added to the bowl, and added just the right amount of heat! Don’t you love the blue cutlery?

 

 

Hokkein Mee

 

 

Penang has become known for its street art. Love this one on Georgetown’s Queen Street.

 

 

Bad Hay Day in Penang

 

 

These two sisters were off somewhere with their big bags.  I’m assuming they were off to sell at the market. They enjoyed having their photos taken, but were a little shy to talk.

 

Younger Sister, Penang

Penang Girl

 

 

Finally, the “Treat Man”…no need to walk to the store, he comes to you.

 

The Treat Man

 
Lots more to come from Penang, over the coming weeks. Have you been to Penang? What was your favorite thing to do here?

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Travel Photo Thursday — 07/10/14 — Marathon Travel –Three Countries, 15 Hours

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Hong Kong, Penang, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Welcome to the 185th week of Travel Photo Thursday. After a marathon of marking tomorrow evening, and a final class on Friday, I will  be finished with this albatross that’s been hanging around my neck for the past three weeks. Next comes a marathon weekend of packing and cleaning. I’ll be out the door at 2:30 am to catch my bus to the airport. By 9:00 am I should be sipping champagne in Asiana Business Class on my way to Penang. However, before that happens I’ll be touching down for a few hours in Hong Kong (duty free, here I come!). In Hong Kong I change planes and head to Bangkok in Thai Air Business Class. A few hours in Bangkok airport and another Thai Air flight will finally whisk me to Penang, my third country and final destination. Total travel time will be 15 hours, and I actually spend almost equal amounts of time between the air and ground. I’m sure someone must be saying…WHY? Well, when I started researching my flight I realized very quickly that the only airline that flies direct from Korea is Malaysian Air, and they are not a Star Alliance member. Then, I decided to use my Star Alliance Frequent Flier Points, and not one Star Alliance airline flies directly to Penang from Seoul. On the bright side, I am traveling business class for a measly $360.00 (US). I don’t think it gets much better than that!

 

Hong Kong and Bangkok are two of my favorite cities, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite shots taken during past visits…

 

On the waterfront…”Hong Kong Avenue of Stars”…

 

 

Lights, Camera, Action in Hong Kong

 

 

A dwarfed Star Cruises vessel…

 

 

Hong Kong

 

 

I want to live in the red one with what looks like a  tennis court. That shot was taken from Victoria Peak.

 

 

Hong Kong from the Peak

 

 

Harbour view…

 

Hong Kong

 

 

One of my favorite temples in HK, Tin Hau Temple at Causeway Bay. I fell in love with all of the intricate details.

 

 

Tin Hau Temple, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 

 

Then comes Bangkok…

Temple of the Emerald Buddha…not to be missed when you visit Bangkok.

 

 

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

 

I love this shot, even if I can’t remember the Bangkok temple!

 

Be a Light Within Yourself.....Buddha

 

 

Rose offerings at the shrine in front of Central World…

 

Roses, Shrine at Central World Bangkok

 

 

Finally, a moment stopping sunset on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River…

 

Bangkok Sunset

 

 

At the end of the “rainbow” we have Penang, Malaysia, where I will hang my sandals for the next five weeks!

Penang’s Kuan Yin Temple…

 

Lanterns, Kuan Yin Temple, Penang

 

 

Getting to Penang is going to be a bit of a marathon, so I am grateful for those frequent flier miles and the upcoming business class service.
Do you ever use points to fly business class?

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Travel Photo Thursday — 7/03/14 — Windows on Europe

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Budapest, Czech - Prague, Destinations, Hungary, Karlovy Vary, Travel Photo Thursday | 34 comments

Welcome to the 184th week of Travel Photo Thursday! I’m finishing my second week of summer school teaching, a 15 week course crammed into 3 weeks. Trust me, it’s brutal. I’m teaching a required basic English course that is designed to be fail proof! I do have a few students who are wonderful (not sure how they ended up here), but most of them would not react to a fire lit directly under their butts! I had originally planned to be in Europe this summer, but this summer school session put a damper on those plans. As thrilled as I am to be heading off to Penang in just over a week, there remains some wistful thinking directed at Europe. I love photographing windows and doors, and this week I bring you a few of my favorite windows from Hungary’s Budapest and Czech’s Karlovary.

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My favorites from Budapest. Windows always set my imagination on fire…

I love the carving at the top. He looks more than a little ferocious! 

 

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So peaceful looking… A far cry from her “brother’ in the shot above:)

 

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Mellow yellow in Budapest. Love how the light is striking the blind…

 

Mellow Yellow in Budapest

 

Colorful and detailed in Budapest. I am not a big lover of the color orange, but it definitely works with this window!

 

 

Colorful Detail in Budapest

 

And to end this window on Europe, two of my favorite window shots from Czech’s picturesque Karlovy Vary…

 

Karlovy Vary Window, Czech

 

 

What a blast of color from the shutters, and the blast of fuchsia…

 

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Do you photograph windows and doors when you travel?
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Travel Photo Thursday — 6/26/14 — Shopping Nova Scotia Style

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Canada, Destinations, Featured, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 29 comments

Welcome to the 183rd edition of Travel Photo Thursday. My regular semester is over. However, I’ve been given the dubious honor of teaching a summer class. What that means exactly is teaching a 15 week credit course over a 3 week period. Today we are officially at the 1 month mark. This gives an entirely new meaning to “time flies”. Today I am going to take you on a little unexpected shopping trip that I ended up doing the last time I was home in Nova Scotia.

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The picturesque hamlet of  Nova Scotia’s Blue Rocks was made famous by Canadian photographer Sherman Hines, who took a liking to photographing outhouses. He has published a number of outhouse pictorial books featuring many of Blue Rock’s outhouses, and I believe he continues to publish an annual calendar entitled “Outhouses”.

 

One of those famous Outhouses….

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

Blue Rocks is a six minute drive from the UNESCO fishing town Lunenburg (just follow the signs), and when you make the left hand turn you’ll see houses (and outhouses) on the left, and drop dead gorgeous scenery on the right. The shopping is on the left, all two shops. One is big, beautiful, and kind of flashy. The second one looks like it could have been a kids playhouse at one time. This was the one I was interested in, and wanted to meander around after I finished taking oodles of photos.

 

Can you think of a prettier spot to start your kayaking adventure?

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

This driftwood will probably end up in the shop we are going to visit,  momentarily :)

 

Blue Rocks Nova Scotia

 

I pull into the driveway of the “wee” shop, and I’m barely stopped before I have the car door open. As I’m walking up to the door there’s a car coming down the drive. I get a nod and a smile from the driver and his passenger. I return the nod and smile. If you ever visit Nova Scotia, remember your nod and your smile :)

 

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

 

Before I could actually get into the gift shop, which I discovered is called “Artsy Stuff”, I had to get by the sentry…

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

Hand carved and painted, you can take this Nova Scotia fisherman home for forty bucks!

I opened the door, poking my head in, as I said hello. Silence. There’s nobody in the shop. I start to look around, figuring someone will be around momentarily. Then I see this…

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

I realize that the people I nodded and smiled to on the way in were the owners. The store runs on the honor system. You can see the notebook beside the cash box. People record what they buy. Some people were a little short on cash, so they wrote an IOU. Others left a little more. At the end of the day, I have the feeling the cash box balanced perfectly. :)

 

There were so many cool things to buy, and they were all cheap, cheap, cheap.  The owners made it very easy to walk out with a little piece of Nova Scotia. Scallop shells (the real thing) for a buck, fisherman buoys for six bucks. I thought the photo art was a steal.

Love the handmade lighthouses…

 

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

 

I couldn’t resist a photograph mounted on driftwood …$10.00.

 

This is rural Nova Scotia. Folks are trusting, and they give you good value for your money. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, do drop in, and tell them Nancie says “Hi”.

 

Have you ever run across an unmanned souvenir shop in your travels?

 

 

 
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Travel Photo Thursday — 19/6/14 — Foodie Travel Memories

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Canada, China, Destinations, Korea, Nova Scotia, Spain, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 36 comments

Welcome to week 182 of Travel Photo Thursday. The last of the marks saw their way into the computer today. I’d like to say that I am heading out in the next couple of days. Alas, I am knee deep in planning lessons for a summer course that starts on Monday. The saving grace is that it’s only for 3 weeks, and then my Penang adventure begins. When I travel I eat, and I don’t think I’m alone. For many of us, food seems to be a huge draw when we’re gallivanting around the globe. Today I’m sharing with you just a few of the mouth watering dishes that have gotten my attention over the years, and that I would travel for again and again.

 

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Let’s start with my home province, Nova Scotia…

# Lobster…can never get enough. Boiled with a bit of melted butter is the way to go! Simple, but oh, so delicious! (Believe it on not, I found this Nova Scotia lobster on sale in Korea!)

 

A Taste of Nova Scotia in Korea

Nova Scotia fish chowder and fish cakes from the Train Station Inn, Tatmagouche, Nova Scotia (You will here lots of strange native Indian names in Nova Scotia!) Except for the fish cakes and chowder made by very own my mom and dad, these have to be the best fish cakes and chowder that have ever teased my taste buds.

Chowder and Fish Cakes at the Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

Finally, before we leave Nova Scotia, don’t miss the french fries on Halifax’s Spring Garden Road, since 1977…

 

Bud The Spud, Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Peking Duck in China…(Of course, if you want to be politically correct, be sure to order Beijing Duck)…either way, it is out of this world delicious!

Peking Duck (or as it's politically more correct name...Beijing Duck

My food love affair with Thailand will never end…

Yummy moo ping (I am salivating, just looking at this photo!)

Chiang Mai Street Food -- Moo Ping

Som Tom Salad…

The Best Som Tom Salad in Chaing Mai

Pad Thai…

Pad Thai, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand’s signature dish…Khao Soi

Khao Soi at Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai

I would be remiss if I didn’t include one or two of my favorite Korean dishes.

Korean Bul Goki (marinated beef perfectly cooked at your table). Just thinking about how awesome this dish tastes makes my tongue twitch!

Korean Bul Kogki

Korean’s love their noodles, and Kalguksu is one of the best!

Kalguksu with Kimchi

Kalguksu with Kimchi

Finally, let’s head to Spain, the land of olives that are not only fresh and delicious, but huge. Tapas that will just keep you coming back for more, and how can all of this goodness not be savored with a glass or two of Spanish wine. :)

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Wine Chilling -- Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

Which country’s food keeps you going back for more?

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