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Photo of the Day – Sand Castles of Morocco – Ourzazete, MoroccoThese “Sand Castles” are part of Ait Benhaddou a village located on the original caravan route between the Sahara Desert and Marrakech. The village has been aided by UNESCO, but many of its roots, people and traditions have withstood the test of time.
The structures you see here are massive and make up the homes and village which are still lived in today. I couldn’t help but imagine them as something a jubilant youngster would try to build with sand along the coast.
Photo of the Day – The Colorful Cathedral – St Basils – Moscow, RussiaSt. Basils Cathedral is one of the most iconic Cathedrals in the World. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is one of the most iconic buildings in the World, period.
What makes the Cathedral eye-catching and iconic are its 9 unique and colorful onion domes. These domes represent the 9 chapels within the Cathedral itself. While the exterior is unique and colorfully chaotic, the interior was a bit dull in my eyes. Perhaps it was seeing the outside and then going inside, but how many of you have ever seen a photo of the interior of St. Basils? Now, don’t get me wrong, the interior is interesting in its own way. I find most things that are over 400 years old somewhat fascinating, but it pales in comparison to the exterior.
Photo of the Day – A Chicago River Nightcap – Chicago, USAAlthough often referred to as the second city, there is certainly one thing Chicago can boast above New York City – the epic Chicago River. The Chicago River perfectly slices into Chicago’s mass of high-rises and provides incredible points of view to truly feel the size of some of the World’s best architecture.
This was one of my first ever HDR photos – probably my 3rd ever actually. I think it does a pretty good job of showing off the towering lights that you can be submersed in while wandering the streets of downtown Chicago.
Photo of the Day – Path Through The Sky – Petronas Towers – Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaNothing quite says “wow” like standing below the Petronas Towers at night and looking up through the bright lights at the massive bridge connecting the two steel masterpieces together at the 41st floor. Every time I look at this view I find myself scratching my head, wondering how in the hell the bridge was lifted up and put into place between the two buildings.
Photo of the Day – The Mighty Italian Stadium – Colosseum – Rome, ItalyBefore visiting the Colosseum for the first time, it is an absolute must that you sit down and watch the movie Gladiator. Since today the Colosseum sits in partial ruins, you need the action packed images from the film to really help bring this Roman spectacle to life!
Photo of the Day – Candy Land Castle – Church of Spilt Blood, St. Petersburg, RussiaEvery time I look at this picture I immediately think of Candy Land! You know, the kids game with all of the different types of candy as the “players”. I played this game a lot and to me the Church of Spilled Blood makes me think of a giant real-life castle made out of candy.
The intricate painting of the domes and walls lend itself to M&M’s, Laffy Taffy, Hershey Kisses, Candy Canes and an assortment of other candy that makes my mouth water right now! Or perhaps I have lost it
What do you see?
Photo of the Day – Deserted Ancient Pyramids – Teotihuacan – Mexico CityWe arrived into Mexico City off of a redeye flight from San Francisco back in June. Still recovering from the short night of rest at 30,000 feet, we jumped into a car and headed 30 miles north of Mexico City to the famous Pyramids of Teotihuacan.
When we arrived we were excited to see that our car was the only one in the parking lot next to the entrance. For the next hour we walked around this archaeological masterpiece undisturbed as nobody else, including the large tourist buses, were up that early in the morning.
Crowds definitely have an impact on your experience when you visit ancient ruins. It is much easier for you to create images in your head of what life was like thousands of years ago in these parts when you aren’t distracted with other tourists everywhere you turn. When you have the opportunity, you should always aim to be the very first person to arrive in the morning at whatever site you are looking to explore.
Photo of the Day – Kasbah in the Valley – Ourika Valley, MoroccoThe literal translation for Kasbah is the ‘quarter in which the citadel resides’, but many times today, a Kasbah is a large home. This Kasbah is actually now a hotel, restaurant and shop all in one. We pulled over on our (my Mom and I) way through the Ourika Valley outside of Marrakech.
The Kasbah was re-built and is owned by a French man who has now turned this beautiful old fort into a full-service inn. What you can not see in the photo is the view from the Kasbah. If you were standing on the terrace or staying in one of the rooms with the windows you see here, you would have a fantastic view of the low Atlas mountains the the river that runs down them.
Photo of the Day – Window to Ait Benhaddou – Ourzazete, MoroccoOn a day trip to Ourzazete, we toured the incredible Ait Benhaddou. Ait Benhaddou is a very old kasbah built along the original route from Marrakech to the Sahara. This Berber village is literally something out of a movie as it has been featured in films such as “The Mummy”, “Gladiator”, and “Prince of Persia”.
Climbing around this hillside village was a ton of fun and a place I would like to spend more time exploring. There seemed to be an infinite number of paths, nooks, and small buildings to explore while you work your way to the top. I capture this shot near the top while looking through one of the many archways. What a view.
Photo of the Day – The Backside of Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, CambodiaThe backside of Angkor Wat is often missed due to its iconic front entry including the perfect reflection pool. Yes, the front is incredible, but in some regards the rear of Angkor Wat is even more special. How many people have actually seen the back of Angkor Wat?
If you look closely you’ll see a Buddhist monk, a scooter, and other than that, nothing. And that is the point! It is unreal how few people there were on the backside versus the front. This is a simple reminder to make sure you explore all of these incredibly iconic places from head to toe and front to back.