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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?

Sunday Stills: crowd work

It said that ‘three’s a crowd’ so here are my crowd photos, featuring five or more people or animals, for this weeks Sunday Still’s challenge

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dancers waiting to greet a wedding party arriving at our hotel in Kandy, Sri Lanka

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schoolgirls in Kandy

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elephants at the Pinnewala elephant sanctuary, Sri Lanka

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elephants spotted while on safari in Sri Lanka

DP photo challenge: relic

The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, meaning “remains” or “something left behind” (the same root as relinquish). It has come to mean many things to different people. Relics can be religious, as in the veneration of sacred objects in several religion. Relic is also the term for something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared, but also an object cherished for historical or memorial value (such as a keepsake or heirloom).

“Cultural relic” is a common translation for “Wenwu” (文物), a common Chinese word that usually means “antique” but can be extended to anything, including object and monument, that is of historical and cultural value.

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mosaic at Paphos, southern Cyprus

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relics of a bygone era – ancient figures of horses and riders in the museum of Nicosia, Cyprus

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ruined temple at Aphrodisias, Turkey

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temple of the sacred tooth relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Did you unearth any interesting relics this week?

Daily Post Photo Challenge

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/relic/

Sunday stills: power lines

Ed said “For this challenge either intentionally photograph power lines or maybe you have a great pic that was ruined by power lines. I have both.. ;-)” I do too 🙂

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power lines got in the way of this shot of tea plantations in Sri Lanka

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more power lines in Sr Lanka

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some crazy wiring in Hanoi

Sunday Stills