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Travel theme: flavour

I have been lucky enough to travel to lots of interesting places and have tasted some wonderful (and not so wonderful) food.

a roadside food vendor in India

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food catering on an industrial scale for the many pilgrims visiting the golden temple of Amritsar

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freshly squeezed orange juice on sale in India

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snake gourds in Sri Lanka

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my birthday cake, Thai style

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the “strained through an old sock” method of making fresh coffee in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Get your taste buds salivating courtesy of Ailsa’s post on the subject of flavour

travel theme: hills

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Does this count as a hill or a mountain? Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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tea plantations in the hill country around Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Sagaing hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar. The entire hillside is covered with Buddhist temples and gilded stupas

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early morning in Provence

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shafts of sunlight pouring down the hills in Northern Cyprus

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view from St Hilarion castle, Northern Cyprus

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view of Kyrenia/Girne harbour with hills behind, Northern Cyprus

Ailsa’s inspirational “hill”s are here, along with links to many others.

travel theme: refreshing

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water buffalo taking a refreshing dip in the sea

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the elephants at the Pinnewala sanctuary in Sri Lanka get a daily dip too

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a walk on the beach will blow a few cobwebs away

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iced coffee on the beach

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maybe you’d prefer a hot cup of Java

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Luang Prabang

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the sight of a field of red poppies is always uplifting

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as is watching the dancers at a local folk festival

What refreshes you? Is it the sight/sound of water in some form? Is it a drink? a change of scenery?

sharing Ailsa’s travel theme

travel theme: masks

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Venetian carnival masks for sale in Strasbourg’s Christmas market

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Balinese mask

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mask maker at the Ambalangoda mask museum, Sri Lanka

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Eastern European masks used in festivals

theatre masks

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this is a neutral mask

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a mask without a face behind it

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a mask with a face behind it

sharing “masks” with Ailsa and others.

Travel theme: move

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the geese are more interested in moving than the swans which are only interested in hanging around because it’s nearly feeding time – Abbotsbury, UK

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the dance of fire

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on the move in Sri Lanka

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old-fashioned train travel, also in Sri Lanka

sharing with Ailsa

Travel theme: hats

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Hats in Luxembourg’s Street Art Animation festival

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hat made out of a water lily leaf in Sri Lanka

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girl making a “poem” hat in Hue, Vietnam. Called “poem” hats because when they are held up to the light you can see a picture in the hat

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these very young boys and girls are about to undergo the initiation ceremony to become monks and nuns at Ananda Paya, Bagan, Myanmar

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woman in tribal headgear, Myanmar

Sharing with other hat lovers and Ailsa

Daily Post: achievement in Sri Lanka

One of the sites that I really wanted to visit when we went to Sri Lanka was Sigiyria, home of the famous cloud maiden frescoes.

Appropriately enough, this is the home of the Cloud Maidens

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The approach is innocent enough
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but then you have to climb the cliff
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don’t look down
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better still, don’t look up either because this is what you are climbing up
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so far so good, here are the cloud maidens but you haven’t reached the summit yet
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a rare photo of the two of us

you have to go down a section of rickety-looking staircase to get to the next section
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past the mirror wall
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with the rock face towering above you
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then out on to the plateau of the lions paws
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before the final ascent
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with spectacular views, albeit a bit misty, from the top
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it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived at the top and had to carry all their supplies up
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I have to say that the climb was daunting – not for the faint-hearted or the infirm and my husband declined to accompany me all the way to the top. However, I’m glad I made it.

What form did your achievement take?