Saturday, May 4: This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is From Above: Change your perspective on something. Share a photo of a subject which you shot from directly above.
Saturday, February 16: Ailsa’s Travel Theme for this week is Mountains: She writes: It’s hard to beat the soaring majesty of mountains. It’s also apparently hard to define exactly what a mountain is. Countries around the globe use factors such as height, elevation, relief and volume in a vain attempt to define them. The Oxford English Dictionary settles for something suitably vague: “a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable.” Merriam-Webster doesn’t do any better: “a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill.” Look up ‘hill’ in the same dictionary and you will find that it is described, helpfully, as “lower than a mountain.”
Some of the world’s tallest mountains are the Himalayas in Nepal. Here is a view of the Annapurna Range taken from Pokhara.
Here are mountains, with monasteries built on top, in Meteora, Greece.
And finally, in Oman, where I have never seen snow-cover, are the mountains of Jebel Akhdar.
For more takes on the theme, see Where’s My Backpack? Travel theme: Mountains.
To see more of my trip to Nepal: catbird in south asia
To see more of my trip to Greece: greek wanderings
Friday, November 16: The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Green. For some of you, in the northern hemisphere, you may not be seeing green for a while. Let’s celebrate all things green!
For a full-sized slide show, click on any image in the gallery below.
Sunday, October 21: Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post challenge for this week is City. He writes: A city is a large center of population organized as a community. The word city is derived from the Latin word civitas, which denotes a community that administers its own affairs. In ancient Greece such an independent community was called a city-state; it consisted of a chief town and its immediate neighborhood.
Here are some cities from different parts of the world.
I love the Meteora monasteries in Greece!
Tuesday, September 11: Today, we visit the Meteora monasteries. The tour is sadly very limited, and today is the day I most regret being on a tour. If I had driven on my own, I would have visited more of the monasteries and stopped for many more photos. However, being stuck on a bus and limited by a timetable, I feel like I only see a small sliver of what there is to see in Meteora.
Though the tour is two days long, we spent all day yesterday driving to Delphi, visiting the archeological site briefly, then driving to Meteora. This morning, we get an early start after a decent buffet breakfast, but we head straightaway to an icon factory, where we are given a demonstration on how icons are made, and then we’re left to browse in the large icon and souvenir shop. Though I admittedly…
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