Travel Photo Challenge Recap…plus Bonus Features!

I recently took part in the 10 Day Travel Photo Challenge. It was great fun to roam through my photos, revisiting old and recent memories and seeing places which I can only hope it won’t be too long before I can visit again! Thank you for nominating me Image Earth Travel, this was one challenge I could really get on board with!

The idea of the challenge was to post one photo each day with no explanations….BUT!!

The Travel Architect also took part in the challenge (check out her fabulous photos f you haven’t already!) and posted a recap post once she had finished the challenge. It was interesting to find out the locations of her photos and the stories behind them.

So, breaking with the rules (and why not!) I am stealing The Travel Architect’s idea and doing a recap post of my own with a few additional extras…

DAY ONE – Luang Prabang, Laos

The main drag through Luang Prabang’s old town is very pretty, lined with restaurants and cafes. We visited a few years ago and had a fantastic time exploring and falling in love with Laos! It was our first trip to the country and it definitely whetted our appetite for more. Luang Prabang was the perfect first destination, with plenty to keep us busy, from climbing Mount Phousi in the centre of town to watch the sun set or exploring further afield to cool off under Kuang-Si Falls.

DAY TWO – Newcastle, Australia

Nobby’s Beach, with Nobby’s Lighthouse in the distance in Newcastle! It’s a view I’m now very familiar with (and love!) because of our annual visits to Australia (and oh how I’m missing it at the moment!). For those not familiar with this town, Newcastle is a large city north of Sydney (and Australia’s second oldest city apparently), often overlooked on the tourist trail I think it’s very much worth checking out (but then I may be biased!).

DAY THREE – whitehaven beach, Australia

Aaah, the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, also in Australia! This was taken whilst I was on my round the world trip I did many years ago (as evidenced by the date stamp…digital cameras were in their infancy then!). We didn’t have the best weather, as you can see, but it didn’t detract from how beautiful this place was. I couldn’t get over that it looked EXACTLY like it had in all the photos I’d seen of it.

On this trip up the East coast of Australia we also took in Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. You can see we had similar weather, but the colours of this beautiful water continue (I have no idea why the date stamp on this says 2002, it was definitely 2004!!)…

DAY FOUR – Kas, Turkey

Kas (pronounced Kash) is a little town which overlooks the Mediterranean on the Turkish coast. We visited for the day whilst we were staying in Kalkan which is located nearby. The town was SO pretty, there were many more examples of bars and restaurants looking as gorgeous as this particular place and we had a lovely day wandering its streets. Turkey exceeded our expectations and I would love to return to explore more one day.

DAY FIVE – WIN SEIN TAW YA, Myanmar

This is apparently the largest reclining buddha in the world. Although I cannot either confirm or deny this fact, I can confirm it is HUGE! We were spending a month travelling around Myanmar back in 2015 and we visited this site as part of a VERY long day trip from Mawlamyine, a town in the south of the country. I have to admit it was very spectacular and at the time they were even starting to construct a mirror image of it on the opposite hill, which you can see below. We were able to wander inside where there was room after room of displays showcasing Buddha’s teachings. It was…a unique experience!

DAY SIX – Luang Prabang, Laos

Ah, Laos again! My first trip to Laos and I was hooked. This was taken from the bottom of some steps which took you down to the edge of the famous Mekong River. The sunsets in Laos were utterly gorgeous and as I do love a sunset I was in my element. As part of our trip we explored Luang Prabang, but also stayed at the Elephant Conservation Centre, which I can’t recommend highly enough. An amazing place doing everything they can to look after the elephants of the region, the staff there are absolute superstars. And the sunsets out the centre? Just wow…

DAY SEVEN – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Ok, this one definitely isn’t pretty! Sihanoukville is a town on the south coast of Cambodia. It is the jumping off point for the most beautiful islands, so we have had to travel through it on the few times we have visited them. It was once one of those places that would have been described as a pretty, sleepy backpacker haunt, with guesthouses lining the beaches and a chilled out vibe. However, in recent years an immense amount of foreign investment moved in and changed the town forever. The changes we saw on our few visits were just phenomenal. In March 2020, we were shocked with what we saw. We understand that due to the change in some gambling laws investment has disappeared and what has been left are shells of half finished buildings which now fill the town and streets like this. I hope that something is done and that the town can recover from this decimation.

DAY EIGHT – Dalaman, Turkey

We only stayed in Dalaman for one night during out trip to Turkey and that was because our flight home was delayed by 24 hours. We were all ready to board, when the captain came out to explain they’d had an engine issue on the way over and he wasn’t prepared to fly it back without it being checked out. What??!! That is news I do NOT want to hear, but I was in full agreement about not getting on that plane until it had had a full examination!! Anyway, the upshot was that we were put up in a hotel nearby for the night and got home a day late…but better that then never eh!

DAY NINE – Istanbul, Turkey

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul! An absolute must if you visit the city!! It’s fun to explore (and try not to get lost!) and haggle over some souvenirs to take home with you. Also a must is the Spice Bazaar (pictured below) which we visited on the same day, to stock up on delicious tea and spices.

DAY TEN – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Last but not least, one of my favourite places on the planet – Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I have been lucky enough to visit this temple many times now and every single time it blows me away. The first time was in 2003, when my friend and I took a detour into Cambodia as we spent a couple of months travelling through SE Asia. At the time there was no entry fee, no roped off areas, no-one around. We were able to scramble up and around the temples as much as we wanted. The last time I visited was in 2019 where we did some extensive exploring of the area and took in other temple complexes (Preah Vihear and Koh Ker) to the north of Siem Reap.

AND FINALLY…

ONE MORE BONUS FEATURE – Bahrain

I was looking through a box of old photos recently and came across a photo album (remember them??!) which contained some very old photos, taken by my parents, of general views around Bahrain. I lived there in the 70’s/80’s when I was a kid and these views were commonplace to me back then. My backyard with the sand and sun as its backdrop.

They’re not the best photos in the world, but I like them because when I look at them I’m taken right back and can remember the sights and sounds and the feel of that glaring sun on my skin! They are a bit rough round the edges, just as life was back then out there.

18 thoughts on “Travel Photo Challenge Recap…plus Bonus Features!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, it was a surprise to come across them again after quite a while, but lovely to revisit my memories of our time out there πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment πŸ™‚

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  1. I love this!!! Travel truly becomes a part of us, creating so many moments of inspiration, creativity, laughter, joy… and frustration, too! Frustration usually a result of some airport incident, layover or delay!!! πŸ€ͺ

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    1. Thank you! They were particularly lovely in Laos…it could have been something to do with the haziness caused by the annual burning that goes on out there, but they were still stunning! I love a sunset, I have so many photos of them I could probably start another blog just devoted to them haha!!

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    1. My pleasure, thank for the idea πŸ™‚ Thank you, it was really fun to put together. I know, I still can’t get over the changes I see everytime I return to Siem Reap. It’s come a long way since my first visit when I arrived in the middle of the night on a clapped out old minibus after a whole day journey from Bangkok!! I still can’t believe that we were able to just clamber up the steps in the middle of Angkor Wat…now you have to queue for about half an hour!

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  2. What a great idea to do a recap and so nice to learn more about the photos.
    Hmmm, maybe I’m going to steal this idea, we’ll see πŸ˜‰

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