Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Casablanca in Photos | Morocco Photo Tour

A modern city, a mythical kingdom, Casablanca is not as evocative as other cities in the country; still, for someone like me visiting the nation for the first time, it’s an essential place to explore. I was here as the co-leader of the 2017 Digital Photo Mentor Morocco Photo Tour; as such, I wanted to be here […]


Udaipur in Photos | India

Known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces, the city of Udaipur really amazes. It’s a totally different scene from the other cities I’ve been visiting in India. Surrounded by lakes and secluded palaces, it feels rich and prosperous. The palaces are incredible. The old town is full of small alleyways and […]


Morocco in Photos | Highlights and Photo Tour

First, the honest truth, I’d never thought about visiting Morocco, and I’m not sure why. I mean, I covet a big list of “must do” or “I’d love to see” places, and Morocco was on none of those. It wasn’t until I received a call from Darlene Hildebrandt of Digital Photo Mentor with an invitation […]


Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Photos

While taking photos in Dubai last January, I made a day trip to Abu Dhabi. Although the city deserves a visit on its own, the main reason I went was to see and try to photograph the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Wanting to establish a structure that would unite cultural diversity along with historical and […]


Pushkar and the Camel Fair in Photos | India

It’s the dawn of a new day; it feels cold and is still dark. I can hear chatter and laughter in the distance. As I get closer I can see some bonfires, perhaps to put off the cold. Around them camel herders are gathering for rounds of masala chai and smoke, getting ready for the day; […]


Wandering in the City of Dreams | Dubai in Photos

With plenty of architectural marvels, innovation, and cultural diversity, it is difficult not to feel blown away in Dubai, especially for the first-time visitor. That’s exactly what happened to me and how I felt on my first visit there. The place was on my bucket list for a long time, and when Emirates started a […]


Palaces and Landmarks in Jaipur | Photos

The perfectly aligned, symmetric honeycomb windows of the five-story palace flood their light over the bazaar across the street, as if gazing over the darkened buildings. This is the Hawa Mahal, better known as the Palace of the Winds, one of the many architectural marvels in Jaipur. I just got here a couple of hours ago […]


Machu Picchu in Photos | Peru

Getting to the iconic Machu Picchu proved to be daunting, mainly because a regional protest around the archeological sites against privatization of the parks stranded me in Ollantaytambo for a couple of days. Parks were closed around the Sacred Valley, and the main way to get to Aguas Calientes, today renamed as Ciudad Machu Picchu, […]


New Delhi in Photos | India

Smells of powder and smoke invade the air, and firecrackers are exploding everywhere. Today is one of India’s biggest celebrations – Diwali. It’s nighttime and I am walking the streets of Delhi trying to find a place to witness and photograph some this tradition. I finally settle on a temple near to the hotel in […]


Varanasi in Photos | India

Five dips is all it takes. Just five dips in sacred water and the sins of a lifetime are just washed away. I am on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, glancing at a millenary Hindu ritual, one of the oldest religions in the world. This is my first time in India and I […]


Scottish Outer Islands and the Callanish Stones in Photos

It’s often been said that astrophotography is at its best when captured during a new moon and as far as possible from urban settings to avoid light pollution. Knowing I wanted to do some night photography, the trip to Skye in Scotland was originally planned around the new moon. It’s about eight in the morning, […]


Faces of the Sacred Valley in Photos | Peru

The region of the Sacred Valley is truly amazing. There are so many things to do and see, but besides the wonderful vistas and landscapes, this is a place with incredibly warm and welcoming people, diverse and rich in cultural traditions. Over the few days I spent wandering the area I not only photographed the […]


Sacred Valley in Photos, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo | Peru

The sun is just about to break. It’s almost five in the morning and the night bus from Puno is pulling into the Cusco terminal. It was a long ride but I can’t wait to start this leg of the trip. I am here on my way to Ollantaytambo to catch the train for Ciudad […]


Skye in Photos | Scotland

Rugged—that’s the first word that comes to my mind while gazing through the window of the hired car running the swerving single-lane track along the ridge. All of a sudden the auto slows down. From the front another vehicle stops and the driver waves his hand; it means we can go. The pavement is so […]


A Night in Taquile, Lake Titicaca | Peru

I am sitting on the open stern of a touristy motorboat navigating the highest lake in the world. Just observing the immense blue sky reflecting in the water with the Andes as a backdrop is an exhilarating experience. This is Lake Titicaca and I am really grateful to be back. This is my second time […]


Cinque Terre in Photos | Italy

I am coming from a few days in Tuscany. I just left the rented car in La Spezia and boarded the train to Cinque Terre. This is my last stop for my long-overdue and first trip to Italy. I’m still marveling at what I’ve just experienced in a region dotted with medieval hill towns and […]


Peru with the Fuji X-T1

I am back from an almost three-week-long journey to Peru. While this was not my first time traveling and shooting the Fujifilm X system, this trip kind of served to show that I am embracing it more than ever. Although I started shooting Fuji about two years ago and I made the full switch just […]


Lucca in Photos | Italy

Tuscany is blessed in many different ways. Beyond being the birthplace of the Renaissance, the land is dotted with incredible villages, vineyard-soaked rolling hills, and medieval hilltop towns that truly make you never want to leave. Behind the intact Renaissance-era city’s walls lays Lucca, another Tuscan gem founded by the Etruscans way before the Common […]


Tuscany’s Landscape in Photos | Italy

Away from Tuscany’s historic capital and palaces, there is a land that seems to be blessed by the creator. Never mind that the central region of the Apennine Peninsula hosts a myriad of World Heritage Sites; never mind that it was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Think about a land dotted with villas surrounded by […]


Venice in Photos | Italy

I am peeking over the window of the public water bus. “The Vaporetto” connects Marco Polo Airport with the city centre; the ride to my stop is about forty minutes and I can’t wait to be there. The Venetian Lagoon is vast, but the boat navigates at a very fair speed, almost jumping the waves […]


Iceland in Photos – 29 Images of My Adventures Around the Ring

If you travel to Iceland for the first time and you do some research beforehand, you expect to see greatness and amazing landscapes, but in all honesty, there are no words to describe its magic allure once you arrive. As we left Keflavik, a small town about fifty kilometers from Reykjavik that hosts the international […]


Sapa in Photos | Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of wonders, and yet there is a magical place of breathtaking beauty and incredible people that surpassed all my expectations during this photo trip. A typical Red Dao home nestled in the middle of the northern mountains, close to Sapa town in the small village of Ta Phin, is where we […]


Halong Bay in Photos | Vietnam

A refreshing breeze coming from the Gulf of Tokin is the perfect accompaniment to the breathtaking beauty of the over two thousand limestone islands emerging from its emerald waters. This is Halong Bay and I am relaxing and enjoying myself on the top deck of a typical junk boat exploring this mythical place. Halong is […]


Cesis in Photos | Latvia

A medieval town nestled amid a pine forest and the Gauja National Park, less than two hours away from Riga, was more than enough reason for me to make a day trip. Getting there was fairly easy. Buses and trains run almost hourly, with several options from Riga.  This place is just wonderful: yes, widely […]