Dallas, Texas – a patchwork of lights, as the plane ascends.
(WP WPC – Ascend)
After tentatively skirting at the edges, winter is now finally here in New York, and making its presence felt! And the leaves, which were steadfast in their greenery are rapidly turning into warmer hues and heaping into the ground in delightful piles of yellow and orange.
Even though winter gets tiring at the tail end of its long stretch, presently I am looking forward to the warm coffee mugs, cozy mittens, spiced cider and twinkling lights on bare trees.
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Is there something that always makes you stop on your tracks and take notice? It could be a stylish shoe, a perfectly tailored shirt or a bouquet of verdant flowers. What is it that makes you instantly say gleefully – Ooh, Shiny!
For me, it’s grand architecture – not necessarily grand in stature but in the intricacy of work that was painstakingly put ages ago into the museums or palaces or cathedrals or fountains. And so it’s no surprise that I was enthralled by the architecture in sunny Madrid.
Here are some of the pictures from the European capital city that are making me nostalgic about that “ooh shiny” feeling:
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Normally when I see the theme for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, I post the first picture that comes to my mind.
When I thought about “dense”, I immediately thought of the our drive from Kahului to Hana in the island of Maui, Hawaii.
The Hana highway passes through dense vegetation made up of many different plants, flowers and trees, and you get a distinct feeling that you are driving through a very exotic arboretum. Every once in a while, the winding road dips or rises to reveal the mountains or the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
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What can I say about Capri? The two days spent in Capri, an island off Amalfi Coast in Italy stand out among all my travel memories like a clear teacher’s pet that the teacher keep’s comparing every other student to for decades.
The island of Capri, located in the Bay of Naples, is half an hour by ferry from Sorrento and about an hour by ferry from Naples.
The day after we drove the length of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento to Ravello and back, we took an early morning ferry from Sorrento’s Marina Piccola (the small Marina) to Capri. As the ferry sailed towards Capri, I could not help but notice that the sky was grey, brooding and overcast and it was depressing to think that we would spend another day next to a pale blue Mediterranean (see my post on our day spent on the aAmalfi Coast).
However, by the time we reached Capri and boarded a funicular for Anacapri, the sun was shining cheerfully upon us and we caught a glimpse of the glittering blue Mediterranean that was going to give us company for the rest of our time in Capri, ever-present in the horizon and peaking through the rugged cliffs, villas and lemon groves.
Without wasting too much time, we traded the big ferry that had brought us to Capri for a smaller ferry for a cruise around the island. The cruise boat neatly skirted the cliffs on waters that seemed to turn blue to green to blue again. Seeing Capri’s landmark Faraglioni rocks rising tall and majestic above the sea, and sailing right through one of them was particularly exciting. These famous rocks in the Bay of Naples, even have names – (from the left in the picture below) Stella, Mezzo and Scopolo!
The clear highlight of the day was taking a chairlift up from the piazza in Anacapri to Monte Solaro, the highest point in Capri (I must confess – I am partial towards points of high altitudes such as mountains, buildings, towers and campaniles, which through elevators, funiculars, cable cars and the like are easy to scale).
Once we reached the top which is spotted with cobbled-stone steps and shaded gazebos and looked down below at the perfect blue sea and the Faraglioni rock formations, I realized that this was the view I had been waiting for all those days that I had been planning this trip to Italy. It’s hard to say which spot provided the best view of the beautiful cliffs plunging below into the sea, because in all honesty, there was no such thing there as a bad view!
The next morning was a whirlwind of activity – checking out of the beautiful hotel San Michele in Anacapri, taking an open air taxi down to the Marina (an adventure in itself), boarding the ferry to Sorrento, retrieving our suitcases from our Sorrento hotel, and beginning the drive to Tuscany.
But the day’s adventures had just begun, as I would realize later.
With its very facinating history of almost not being built to a very shaky foundation that gave it its famous tilt to being declared “healthy” after a long restoration project, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, Italy has beaten all odds and is expected to stand crooked-proud for another 200 years!
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Half the fun of travelling to a new countryis the anticipation.
Here we are entering Switzerland from Italy by road. Since this road trip that started from Rome and ended in Zurich took 5 months to plan, it would be an understatement to say that I was full of anticipation for how Switzerland might be and if it would live upto our expectations. And it most certainly did.
Here are more entries for WordPress’s weekly photo challenge – Anticipation.