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Photography isn’t my strong suit. I have a friend who is an amazingly talented photographer, she whips out her 3.5 million megapixel, state-of-the-art fabulon 4,000 digital SLR while I struggle to unlock my iPhone and remember how the zoom works. Stupid zoom.
That said, I still manage to take far too many photos when we travel and it’s always hard to narrow it down to a reasonably sized album. Album selection is a tough sport!
There are the photos which are your personal favourites, those which are great scenery shots, the ‘vibe’ setters and of course the photos which are really of nothing but you look smoking hot in them. Before you know it, your humble album has grown to over 200 images in size! Yowzers!
I have painstakingly chosen a few of my very favourite travel photos to share with you. These are the creme de la creme, so if you hate them this is going to be really awkward…. cos they’re the best I’ve got.
Jimbaran Bay – Bali – Indonesia
For those of you lucky enough to have spent time in Bali and visited Jimbaran Bay you will of course remember the very famous sun set. Visiting Jimbaran is one of those ‘this is living’ moments. You can choose a seafood restaurant, sit at tables set up on along the beach and eat like a King while you watch the sun go down. You cannot tell me that doesn’t sound good.
These little kids were ripping through the surf on skim boards and having so much fun! Every time I see this photo I can smell the beach and remember everything that was happening at that exact moment.
Istanbul – Turkey
There are times where, before you visit a foreign country, a friend says to you ‘try the coffee… it’s amazing’. So you get to your destination and you order a coffee only to be bitterly disappointed. Going to Turkey, I definitely didn’t have this experience. If the coffee wasn’t delicious on its own then these fantastic cups are cool enough to make it good all on their own.
The cups really sum up the way Turkey looked and felt to me, they’re something you recognise immediately as being a coffee cup but they’ve got this incredible middle eastern feel to them, they’re almost other-worldly.
In the middle of Morocco, not far from the desert there is a huge market at Rissani. It is impossible to describe for you properly, but it is teaming with life. There are people everywhere with spices, livestock, fruit and vegetables piled high and no way of knowing which way is out.
This particular photo is taken in an area where livestock are traded. The men are quarreling over the price of goats, sheep, cows and donkeys and it is entirely surreal to stand there in the middle of their life and watch them do business. Absolutely amazing and one of my favourite photos.
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
We arrived in Eindhoven not really knowing what to expect and decided to walk around the city ourselves as it was so small. The Van Abbemuseum is just outside the main area of the city but you cannot miss it given its unusual shapes.
I absolutely love that someone within the museum has stuck this sticker on the steps leading up to it and I imagine that it’s someone very artistic who has put it there with the intention of this very photo being taken countless times.
Munich – Germany
Taken in the heart of Munich on Christmas Eve, this is a man-made wave in the middle of the city. It’s amazing that the need for this even exists and that this very determined man has woken up, donned his full wet-suit and is surfing right in the middle of Munich.
I adore this photo because it shows a different side to Munich as a city and its people, not just beer-halls and bratwurst.
ANZAC Cove – Turkey
This spot will hold a lot of significance to all Australian’s and New Zealander’s because of what happened here but for me this photo really captured exactly how the day looked and felt to me. To know that our solider’s have been laid to rest in such a beautiful, peaceful spot after everything they endured puts your whole mind and body at ease, you make peace with yourself.
London – England
Young expats quite often think of London as our gateway to the rest of Europe and for me this picture captures that idea perfectly. The typical English houses lining the streets, a cloudy sky with a cheeky spot of blue peeking through and a big plane taking off, whisking travelers away to a new location.
Sintra – Portugal
Abstract photos like this one aren’t everybody’s cup of tea but it really does reflect my experience in Portugal. The people were so bright, friendly and happy and the cities and towns were a mix of new, artistic and inspiring ideas teamed with tradition, history and heritage.
Amsterdam – The Netherlands
There is a bit of stereotype when it comes to Amsterdam and I like that this photo beats that. When you walk through the city it’s easy to get caught up in the cliché of coffee shops, canals and red-lit windows. This photo shows Matt on the left walking through the streets and gives a completely new perspective on the city, which I just love.
Kuta – Bali – Indonesia
This photo requires little explanation… it’s a man… selling the worlds most delicious corn covered in a lemongrass, chilli and garlic butter. Yes, that’s right and it really is that good especially for the bargain price of around 20 cents.
London – England
Another photo which really shows the essence of autumn/fall in London, it is absolutely beautiful to see the common littered with red, orange and yellow leaves especially in this photo set against the iconic red buses.
Atlas Mountains – Morocco
I honestly had no idea that Morocco had such a vast and different landscape, in my mind it was all sand and markets. But as this photo shows the mountains are devastating and beautiful. If you ever visit the country be sure to get out of the cities and see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Seminyak – Bali – Indonesia
By this stage you’re probably seeing a sunset related theme when it comes to Bali, but honestly you cannot even begin to imagine how perfect things feel when you’re sitting on a beach in Bali with a cold drink after being in the warm sun all day and watching it set over the ocean. It is bliss.
Lisbon – Portugal
Naturally I have to end with this photo of the world’s most smug little dog. Of course there is a part of me that doesn’t agree with training a dog to do this and use it to beg for money but it did look very happy, healthy and well-loved.
This photo always makes me laugh when I see the content little look on its face and it reminds me of the fun I had in Lisbon and also the entire time we have been living abroad.
If you have any amazing travel photos that you’d like to share I would love to see them!