Winter wonders: frost flowers

Winter is here again, and the only way to enjoy it is to embrace it! What a better way than exploring the surrounding countryside, where every unexpected corner can offer many surprises; this time the rare and stunning frost flowers.

Frost flowers
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The best photos of the year: 2022

After two years of pandemic, 2022 came at a slow pace. We decided it is time to enjoy life, and travel more than in the previous years. Therefore, at the beginning of the year we answered quickly to our friends invite to stay with them in Fort Myers.

City of Palms was a nice surprise, our sweet get away from the cold Canada, where the winter lingers for.. too much😊

Nature eventually revived after a long winter, and new life emerged in the spring, but no traveling plans have been made yet, which was unusual for us, especially after 2 years of restrictions.

After a tiresome trip back home in Romania to tie some loose ends, I was all so eager to make some vacation plans. The second part of the year found us on the road, exploring the New York State; Finger Lakes region was a new discovery and a delight, only few hours driving from GTA.

Suddenly, our priorities changed, and my little free time got completely devoted to planning new trips and hikes. A couple of amazing months of short trips in Nova Scotia, Canada, and Provence, France soon followed. Unfortunately, I had to put blogging, and other activities on hold, as nothing can beat the excitement of a new trip!

The fall is my favourite season in Canada, and we couldn’t miss the amazing colours, but soon after the autumnal foliage was gone, we found a nice place to relax in Cayo Las Brujas, Cuba.

With many opportunities to explore the nature, we collected beautiful memories from two continents, hiking along two of the most amazing canyons Letchworth and Verdon Gorge; enjoying countless waterfalls, learning bits of history in new places along the road.

Unable to keep up with the blogging in 2022, I’ll try to gather some of my best photos throughout the year. A wonderful one overall, very grateful for all the travels we have had, and everything else.

Wherever you are, wherever you go, happy travels to all of you, and have a Wonderful New Year!

xx

Rainbow falls, Watkins Glen state park
Rainbow falls, Watkins Glen state park
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The best photos of the year: 2021

Despite 2021 being a tough year, with many ups and downs, and hopes for a normal life, we still had our little joys, witnessing the life emerging in the spring, or watching the sunny skies during the summer time! We were happy to be able to learn a bit of Canadian history in Thunder Bay, and considered lucky to be able to hit the road again, having not one, but two road trips, one in Northern Ontario, along Lake Superior, and one in Quebec, around the Gaspé Peninsula (known as Gaspésie).

Even though some wildfires altered the nature in certain areas and then the rain came to wash out the barren earth, we still had our amazing autumn, when the Mother Nature put up the most exquisite golden dress!

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Photo Challenge – Week # 4

Thank you Nilla (from ImageEarthTravel) for initiating a new Weekly Photo Challenge for the month of August and beyond, for everyone who would like to participate. And thank you for the nomination!

Feel free to join this photo challenge, everyone is welcome!

If you accept, the challenge sees you posting a favourite photo each week for a month, that was taken at any time. So now is the time to start digging through all your treasure boxes, or post a recent one if you have something new to share with us. The fun is to guess where the photo was taken, as we suppose to post a photo without any explanation.

Today, I nominate Jyothi, from TravelExploreEnjoy for this challenge. Jyothi, you can post whenever you wish, you can accept the challenge for this coming month, or else later on, if you are too busy now. If you are not interested, then it’s ok, feel free to share this challenge.

Hope this is an easy guess😊 – Have beautiful sunny weekend, wherever you are!!

If you want to take a peek on the last year 10-day travel challenge, you can check here.

Photo Challenge – Week # 3

Enjoying so much the last year 10-day travel challenge, Nilla from ImageEarthTravel has kindly initiated a new Photo Challenge for the month of August and beyond, for everyone who would like to participate. Thank you Nilla for the nomination!

This challenge sees you posting a favourite photo each week for the month of August, and could be taken at any time. So now is the time to start digging through all your treasure boxes, or post a recent one if you have something new to share with us.

The fun is to guess where the photo was taken, as we suppose to post a photo without any explanation. Any comments are actually welcome!

Today, I nominate Allan, from PictureThis for this challenge. Allan, you can post whenever you wish, you can accept the challenge for this month, or else for the next one if you are too busy now. If you are not interested, then it’s ok, feel free to share this challenge.

If you want to take a peek on the last year 10-day travel challenge, you can check here.

Photo Challenge – Week#2

Enjoying so much the last year 10-day travel challenge, Nilla from ImageEarthTravel has kindly initiated a new Photo Challenge for the month of August and beyond, for everyone who would like to participate. Thank you Nilla for the nomination!

This challenge sees you posting a favourite photo each week for the month of August, and could be taken at any time. So now is the time to start digging through all your treasure boxes, or post a recent one if you have something new to share with us.

The fun is to guess where the photo was taken, as we suppose to post a photo without any explanation. Any comments are actually welcome!

Today, I nominate Maggie and Richard, from MonkeysTale for this challenge, as they have so many beautiful photos from around the world. Maggie, you can post whenever you wish, you can accept the challenge for this month, or else for the next one if you are too busy now. If you are not interested, then it’s ok, feel free to share this challenge.

If you want to take a peek on the last year 10-day travel challenge, you can check here.

A PORTAIT JOURNAL

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

What are you interested in, when you visit new places? Is it the food, the landscape, or the climate that motivates you to chose a certain destination? Cities, or remote areas? Museums, or parks? Mountains, or oceans? People, or places?

Peru has everything a tourist or a photographer is wishing for. I saw and photographed many locals in all areas we visited during our trip to Peru, in 2019. Not necessarily the people (as I didn’t want to intrude into their personal life), but especially their traditional costumes, which are truly eye-catching, with their unique motifs and vivid colours.

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