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Silence amidst chaos – Central Park in Fall

IMG_4131The silence of cold days in Central Park is not the lonely kind. It is the serene and peaceful kind, where you can hear your own cold breath, the distant clip-clop of horse carriages, a brave artist playing the violin or saxophone and the intermittent chatter of other people. If you can weather the winds, it is an excellent refuge from the city’s busyness.

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To be enthralled by some amazing blogging talent, look at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence.

P.S. – Every year, I take a solo walk in Central Park to take pictures of the fall colors in relative peace and quite. Click here for more of my labor of love.

My most memorable photo of 2017

While WordPress’s final photo challenge of 2017 calls for going through the photo archives for all of last year and selecting and showcasing the favorites to bid 2017 a fond goodbye, due to lack of time I am posting the one that comes to mind as the most meaningful:

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It is no surprise that as a mom of a pre-schooler, most of the cherished photos taken include this little girl, and it is very hard to get her to pose. Here, Siena was playing in the lawn at the Battery in Charleston in May 2017. Charleston as a short spring vacation destination was good to us. This photo captures her happy, mischievous and always curious essence.

And if you have stopped by to read this post, wish you a great 2018 full of good health, happiness and new adventures!

For more entries, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ascend

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Dallas, Texas – a patchwork of lights, as the plane ascends.

(WP WPC – Ascend)

Cheeky art in Luxembourg

In spring this year, I chanced upon these cheeky and whimsical sculptures in Luxembourg’s old town.

These carefree revelers clearly stood out for me in the otherwise grand and stately architecture of the city.

For more “cheeky” images, click here.

A peek into winter

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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Bronx Zoo, New York

Would you like to give us at peek at something? Contribute here at WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Peek.

The “stop in your tracks” architecture of Madrid.

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:

This post was inspired by the WordPress weekly photo challenge! See other creative entries here.

Lush green drive in Hawaii

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.

Hope you enjoy these pictures. Click here for more entries for “Dense“.

Venice – A bird’s eye view

These views of Venice and St. Mark’s Square and its tall bell tower greet you from atop the bell tower on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

[Wordpress weekly photo challenge – Atop]

The Mediterranean jewel that is Capri

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. 

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Arriving in Capri by ferry

 

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.   

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The brilliant blue of the sea against Capri’s cliffs

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!

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Capri’s Faraglioni rocks (Stella, Mezzo and Scopolo) as seen from the ferry

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).  

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Looking down from Monte Solaro

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! 

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View of Bay of Naples from Monte Solaro

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. 

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Sun rising in Capri

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The Mediterranean comes to life on our second day in Capri

Roadtrips in Hawaii

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This graceful curve in the road was captured in Maui, Hawaii. For other entries for WordPress WPC – Graceful, click here.

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