I’ve taken thousands of photos in really amazing places, but this one is my absolute favorite. I realized this as I was going through some of my photos and came to this one. As soon as I saw it, I filled with joy and pride and I could remember the exact moment that I took it.
Dave and I were on a trip with his parents in Kyoto. We split up with them for a bit because I wanted to head to Gion to see the geisha and maiko. We spotted this gorgeous maiko in an alley just behind the old famous geisha school in Gion. We had been perched there for ages, waiting patiently, as if we were stalking our prey. We spotted her from a ways back and tried to contain our excitement so that we could get a photo before the other tourists could block our shot. She walked expressionless and looked into my camera as I took her photo. Out of all of the places I have been, this moment and this photo is by far my favorite.
I got so inspired after seeing this photo that I decided to ask my blogger friends what their favorite travel photo is. Here are the results…
This photo was taken in St. Mark’s Square in Venice and is a snapshot of everything I love about traveling with kids. Here we are, in this iconic square, surrounded by inky, black canals and golden sunlight, but the most beautiful thing for miles is the joy on the faces of my children as they fully experience the joy of feeding the pigeons. This picture is perhaps even more poignant because, shortly after we visited, feeding the pigeons was outlawed in St. Marks square. This picture reminds me to live every moment to the fullest, for you never know if you will get another chance.
Agness is a Polish vagabond who, after graduation, left her comfort zone and set off for a journey of her lifetime to China in 2011. She has been constantly travelling the world since then (slowly, but surely as she says), living like a local for less than $25 a day. Follow Agness on her blog, eTramping, on twitter and Facebook.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!”
You can follow her journey on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram also.
The Further Adventures of Bennett
Bennett has spent over 21 months living and working in China and is ready for her next leap into the unknown in New Zealand.
You can also find Bennet on twitter and Facebook.
Piha Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
I took this photo on 29th December 2012. It overlooks Piha beach, before the road meanders down the hillside to the beach.
To me it sums up my time there over Christmas 2012, the waves, the beach and the too-hot-to-walk-on sand and especially the red Pohutekawa flower which only flowers around Christmas. I love this scenery and can’t wait to get back there in September!
“Life is an odyssey and I want to get lost as much as I can.” – Planet Lew
While snorkeling in the waters of Maui, we swam with this Honu (Hawaiian for sea turtle). Every time I see this picture it puts me back in the water, doing something I love in one of my favorite places in the world. It’s complete peace.
My husband loves to photograph sunsets, so while we were in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (The Grand Teton’s National Park) I decided I’d come along for the sunset adventure. We parked the car and walked through the forest (dodging deer and buffalo) for a good mile or so before we reached this AMAZING spot to watch the sunset over the Teton Mountain range, along the snake river!
Do you have a favorite travel photo? I’d love to see it! Leave a link in the comments or email it to me.