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Photo of the Day – Israeli Mediterranean Sunset – Tel Aviv, IsraelIsrael is often forgotten as a mediterranean sea sitting country. In fact, most people I have talked to didn’t even realize Israel had beaches. The truth is, Israel has some great beaches on both its Western Mediterranean Sea shore and its Southern Red Sea. It of ours has a 3rd Sea Shore, the Dead Sea, but I wouldn’t exactly call these beaches.
Regardless, we had a great view from our hotel (thanks Dor!) of this wonderful sunset in Tel Aviv. The water was calmly cruising into meet the Tel Aviv sand and then sun slowly disappeared deep into the Mediterranean Sea.
Photo of the Day – Trailing into a Pacific Sunset – San Francisco, USAI took this picture just 8 days ago in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In the dozens of times I have been to San Francisco, I had never been to this part of Marin County (North of San Francisco … across the GGB) … which makes me mad now! This place is absolutely unbelievable and is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge along with the San Francisco Bay area in general. I know what you’re thinking through … where is the Golden Gate Bridge!?
Well, my girlfriend Anne and I went up here on a chilly afternoon just in time to catch the Sunset and let’s just say that this might be one of the more boring pictures I captured. I am facing almost 180 degrees opposite of the Golden Gate Bridge. Almost dead-West for those of you that are not directionally challenged. If that doesn’t give you a feel for how incredible this place is … then I’m not sure what will!
Regardless, I love the little trail here as it leads you along the cliff and right into an amazing sunset.
Photo of the Day – Red Thai Sunset – Near Ko Pha Ngan, ThailandSome sunsets really blow you away and I distinctly remember this one for that reason. Brad and I were on the last stretch from Phuket, Thailand to Koh Pha Ngan on a boat while the sun slipped past the horizon and illuminated the sky with an incredible series of yellows, oranges and reds.
Not only was the sunset unexpected, but what also made it interesting was that because we were on a boat our perspective was forever changing. It was almost like seeing a bunch of sunsets all in one hour.
Photo of the Day – Tower Deck Sunset at Tower 23 – Pacific Beach, California, USASome of the best sunsets happen when you least expect them. I can’t say that I wasn’t expecting to see some badass sunsets while I was visiting San Diego for the first time, but I can say that this one surprised me. For many months now, I am either staring off into a sunset with no intention or even thought of photographing the sunset or the only reason I’m looking at the sunset is to photograph it.
On this particular night, I was getting ready for dinner with my girlfriend Anne and we decided to peak outside our room for the sunset and what awaited was something magical. It was magical enough to make me pull out my camera even though I originally had no intention of using it. In fact, Anne almost insisted that I capture these amazing colors and clearly I am glad she did.
Photo of the Day – Nile River Sunset – Nile River, EgyptI love this picture, but I was hesitant to post it because there isn’t really anything in this picture that offers any clue as to where it was taken. I guess I love it mainly because I took it at a place that is so far away from my home, I grew up assuming I would never set my eyes on it.
There is this feeling that I get when I am on the road exploring places that are far away from where I call home. Whenever I am experiencing a place for the first time that I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be able to visit, for a brief few minutes I get an endorphin rush to my brain stronger than any drug could ever deliver. I almost have to pinch myself to really find out – “am I actually here?”
Watching the sunset over the ancient Egyptian landscape from a boat floating north up the Nile River towards the Great Pyramids gave me one of those moments. How did all of the calculated, as well as random and unexpected turns in my life lead me down a path to this Nile River sunset?
This feeling that I get while exploring new places is one of the primary motives for the continued priority I place on traveling. There is nothing else in the world that I have found that can deliver the same explosive rush through every nerve in my body. Travel is my drug.
Photo of the Day – Upon the City at Dusk – Twin Peaks, San Francisco, USAI love this sky. From Twin Peaks, you can see all that the Peninsula of San Francisco has to offer. What makes this particularly interesting at sunset is that the city falls under a shadow while the sky remains lit up. On this particular night, I got lucky with some wonderful clouds and some fairly clear skies.
The other part that I love about this view is the road below. Each time I look back at it I think it’s a luge course. How awesome would it be to ice this road up and luge on down!?
Photo of the Day – Pyramids Laser Show at Dusk – Pyramids of Giza – Cairo, EgyptIt is sad, but eventually the endless Photos of the Day related to Russia and Dubai would have to come to an end! But, keep your eyes open, there will certainly be many more from our fantastic trip.
As I was thinking through a photo to share with everyone today, I was of course reflecting on our trip and thought about us flying through Cairo on our return flight from Dubai. Unfortunately with only a 2 hour lay-over, we were unable to dart out to get a glimpse of the pyramids. And although we craned our necks as far as the airplane windows would let us, they were no where in sight on either of our flights.
But alas, it was with great joy that I flipped through our photos of the Pyramids from a couple years back and found an excellent snap to share. This particular photo was taken during the Laser and Light show offered directly in front of the sphinx, but primarily cast upon the 3 major Pyramids of Giza. We certainly recommend this show and although it would have been amazing to see the pyramids again, viewing this photo certainly takes me back in time.
What travel destinations do you enjoy thinking back about?
Photo of the Day – Sea to Sky Highway Sunset – Between Vancouver an Whistler, CanadaI took a trip in late 2011 up to Vancouver with my good friend Dan. From Vancouver, we headed North to Whistler. Although Whistler was beautiful and we did some canoeing on a incredible lake, what stole the show for me was the drive. The drive from Vancouver up to Whistler takes you along the coast on the ‘Sea to Sky Highway’ which is dotted with islands and mountains making for some spectacular scenery.
What I particularly love about this sunset snap is the “whispiness” of the clouds. I’m pretty sure that is not a word, but I’m also pretty sure you know what I’m talking about!
Photo of the Day – Bali Hai Sunset from Tunnels Beach – Kauai, Hawaii, USAMakana Point, also often referred to as Bali Hai (from the movie “South Pacific”), makes for a wonderful sunset back-drop on the island of Kauai. To enjoy this sunset view, hop out on to Tunnels Beach about an hour prior to sunset, bring your favorite beverage, some snacks, and a beach blanket.
Photo of the Day – Eiffel Tower Sunset View of Paris – Paris, FranceHere is another photo from the solo trip that I took to Paris for a weekend back in December. Paris could easily be the easiest place in the world to take beautiful photos. You can see the other five POTD pictures I already have posted here, here, here, here and here. Of course the Eiffel tower was an Absolute Must Visit on this trip!
This trip was really my first experience at traveling alone. It’s actually not all that bad, but it can get lonely at times, especially when traveling in a country where you can’t speak the language.
The wait to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower is often over an hour and on this particularly sunny winter day the line was LONG. I was really not in the mood to stand in silence for the two hours waiting to get to the top so I came up with a plan to avoid the misery.
I stood near the end of the line pretending to take photos and waited for two English speaking Americans to get in line. I very casually (and very calculated) stepped in line right behind them and joked “Do you have any idea how long this takes”? Of course the English connection led to us instantly becoming friends, which meant I had friends to keep me company for the next two hours!
In this photo you can see the River Seine cutting through the heart of Paris. Look even closer and you can see the Eiffel Tower’s shadow extending right through the middle of the photo.