Tuesday, 29 November 2011

New York

I've spent about 14 hours hanging out around this fantastic city, and I haven't even seen half of it!  Just a few snaps from the last day and a half here, starting from the Times Square.


I've found squirrels in the Central Park!  And just loved walking around the park.  I didn't get much of a chance to look.  It started rain...


I made a dash cross the road to stay dry and have happily found the Natural History Museum.  I indulged in one of my happiest childhood memories -- watching a short film in the planetarium.  I loooooove astronomy!  Oh, it's a fantastic museum.  I was there for 4 hours, and had to drag myself out.


I quite like New York :)

Friday, 25 November 2011

Mallorca

I'm back in Spain visiting a friend in Mallorca, who has very kindly taken me on a grand tour of the island.  It is commonly known as beach holiday destination for its white sandy beaches with spectacular coastlines and water so clear that you can see through waves.  But I didn't expect to see was beautiful forests, old villages up on the mountains and maze-like streets in the old city centre.  

The little lambs made my day :)  

Only a few more days before I head to the US, and I can't believe it's been almost 3 months!



Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Florence

I've spent a week in Florence for a reunion with my Italian family on the Camino.  It was so good to see everyone.

Florence is beautiful -- full of manicured gardens, and grand old buildings, narrow cobbled-stoned pathways and the signature Tuscan sky.  I loved wandering up and down the streets in this city.  It was a so peaceful after chaotic Morocco.


Currently back in Spain, on the resort island of Mallorca.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Morocco: Atlas Mountains

My words, nor my photographs can describe how beautiful and amazingly varied the Atlas Mountains are.

I want to go back there one day.


Saturday, 19 November 2011

Morocco: Fes


Most of these pictures were taken in the Fes medina, one of the oldest and largest medina in Morocco.  It was unusually quiet due to the start of Eid: one of the two Muslim holidays in Morocco, where most of the town shuts down and everyone heads home to spend time wit the family.  Every family, no matter rich or poor with sacrifice a sheep, which is then hung and eaten over the next few days.  If a family cannot afford a sheep, then his neighbour would buy one for them.  It was common to see people in the street carting a sheep, and in some cases, ride the motorbike with a live sheep, cuddled in the front.  

Despite the quietness, Fes was still quite busy.  I much prefer the mountain, and the desert...

Friday, 18 November 2011

Morocco: Essaouira


The last place we had an extended stay in Morocco was Essaouira.  It was a port city but has since turned into a relaxed fishing town with a slightly seedy reputation.  It was great to see the water again, after spending days in the mountain and desert.

More out of sequence/backlog of photos of Morocco to come.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Morocco: Sahara desert

One sunset and one sunrise.  Dunes after dunes stretched to the horizon; we were in the desert, alright.  Warm sand between my toes.  Silhouettes against the dying light.  Campfire and the smell of smoke.  Tagine and sugary tea.  Sleeping under the stars and almost full moon.  These things gives me peace, and I crave for the quietness out there.


Unforgettable.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Morocco: orangery

We stayed in an riad with its own orangery after camping a night in the Sahara dessert (photos to come once I have processed them!)

I took a few snaps the next morning.  I could have easily stayed there for a few more days...


I love Morocco, and will definitely have to come back again.  It is a beautiful, beautiful country.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Monaco

Some lost images that I forgot to post of the aquarium in Monaco.


Heading up the Atlas mountains today.  Woohoo!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Portugal

Rainy Lisbon:


Seafarer's monument:


Welcome drinks at sunset, on the deck at Pension Bicuar (run by the loveliest couple from Queesland!)


Boat trip to an island off Olhão and went for a long walk to the lighthouse:


But it was over all too soon.  I could have stayed there for a few more days.

We took a bus back to Spain for a quick sherry tasting at Gonzales Byass before making our way to Morocco.  Currently in the hills of Chefchouen.