My Photos of AmaZing Places – Reflections of #AtoZchallenge

another adventure

Thanks for traveling to AmaZing places with me. I had loads of fun sharing my photos. Hope you enjoyed it too. Here are links to all the posts should you want more. My reflections on the challenge are just below this travel photo summary: My reflections of this years A to Z challenge: As always, […]

Zig Zag Bridges in China ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Zig Zag Bridge in Suzhou, China. The bends stop the evil spirits from following.

Zig zag bridges are common in China, not because they are beautiful (although I think they are), but rather to keep away evil spirits who can only travel in a straight line.  They often lead to serene islands, symbolically taking followers from the chaos and bustle of a city to a peaceful spot. Possibly the […]

Yelapa, A Hidden Paradise in Mexico ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Yelapa Mexico

Yelapa is a hidden paradise easily accessible by boat from Puerto Vallarta. Located in the state of Jalisco in Mexico this small fishing village has also been a peaceful retreat for the rich and famous including Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Dennis Hopper. Although none of them were there the day we visited, […]

eXpert Craftsman in Morocco ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Coppersmiths Hammer Pots and Other Wares in Seffarine Square in the Old Medina of Fez, Morocco

It seemed that everywhere we went in Morocco we met talented craftsman, many creating things by hand which are so frequently mass produced in the Western world that we often forget the expert craftsmanship required to create these things. We spent a bit over a month in Morocco in 2012, and I can’t wait to […]

Windmills of Mykonos, Greece ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Windmills of Mykonos, Greece

When I think of windmills, I used to think about the Netherlands. However, it is windmills of Mykonos that captured my heart. I have only been to a few of the Greek Islands, but Mykonos is my favorite: The stark white against the blue sky wasn’t only found on the windmills.  We saw it all […]

Venice or Vegas ~ Does the Venetian Hotel Look Like the Real Thing?

Venice in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel on the Strip

Venice or Vegas – can you tell them apart? Of course you can. Venice is a city in northeastern Italy most noted for its canals which separate and link its 118 small islands.  Las Vegas is a city in Nevada, USA famous for its “strip” of gambling casinos, nightlife and resort lifestyle. Neither of the […]

Underground Saltmines, Tunnels, Caves and Fun ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Normally we travel above ground, but every once in a while the most interesting thing around is underground.  Here are a few of our favorites:   Have you been underground? Are you participating in the AtoZ Challenge 2014? My 2014 theme: My Photos of AmaZing Places. This “underground” post submitted for the letter U: Click […]

Towers That Shape the Skyline of their City ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

Photos from a few of the interesting and record holding towers we have been lucky enough to visit: We visited these towers from 2012 to 2014.  We have been up to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tower and the Auckland Sky Tower. The Washington Monument was closed or renovations.  You can see […]

Spice Markets: Colorful and Fragrant ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

spice markets in Dubai

Nothing challenges our imagination quite like visiting some of unusual markets around the world.  We often find vendors are selling things we cannot begin to identify side by side with colorful and aromatic spices, shoes, clothing or other things we know.  I have hundreds of market photos, and many of my favorites come from spice […]

Ruins of The Old Abbeys of England ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire, England

I don’t know why, but I am fascinated by the ruins of the old abbeys of England dotted along the countryside.  I couldn’t get enough, although I think the girls and hubby reached their limit.  Here are a few of my favorite shots: Have you seen the ruins of the old abbeys of England? Which […]

A Royal Palace: Photos of the Homes of Queens and Kings


Q is for Queen, but today’s photos are about their homes and the gates that surround their Palace.  Each of these structures is unique and different. Masterpieces of their time. Literally, fit for a king. We saw many palaces as we traveled around the world, nearly all from the exterior. Only in Scotland were we premitted inside a […]

Platypus, Panda and a Pink Elephant ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Platypus in the Wild

Patience is the secret to seeing a platypus in the wild, mixed in with a bit of luck.  Plus some guidance from a local. Two hours later and we got our reward:   Panda were much easier for us to spot as they are not wild. Travel to the Panda Research Center in Chengdu China […]

Opera Houses Built to Stand Out ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Sydney Opera House

We went to Australia to celebrate my 50th birthday, as a visit to the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge were on my bucket list.  Then, a year later I saw the magnificent Opera House in Muscat, Oman.  Sydney’s Opera House is built in expressionist style, while Muscat chose a combination of Islamic and Italianate architecture. […]

Night Shots of Cities on Five Continents ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Night Shots of Moscow

Night lights bring out beautiful colors in a city.  As we traveled around the world I was often glad I carried a small tripod. In the past two years I have been lucky enough to visit five continents.  Here are some of my favorite night shots from each. Click on the image for more details. Asia […]

Memorial at Ground Zero in New York ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

The Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City

Our family visit to New York City was a mix of emotions.  For hubby, it was returning the city where he grew up, for me it was a first visit as a tourist having been only once before as a student mostly confined to a conference, and for the girls it was a new adventure.  […]

Larger Than Life Statues Around the World ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Larger than life statues in Singapore

Once again I am spoiled for choice.  Larger than life sculptures are everywhere.  Here are a few of my favorites, including a funny one at the end (click on any image for more details): Have you seen any of these larger than life statues? Which is your favorite? Are you participating in the AtoZ Challenge 2014? […]

Juneau and Other Alaska Highlights ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Hiking Savage River Trail in Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

Two weeks is not enough time to spend in Alaska in the summer time, but that was all we had.  We traveled by train, car and boat. Juneau is the capital city of Alaska, and accessible from the air or sea. Here are some of my favorite shots from one of the most beautiful areas […]

Island Paradise – Relaxing in the Tropics in Fiji ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Snorkeling off Malolo Island in Fiji's Mamanuca Islands

We do stop and rest, and my favorite spot is any island paradise in the tropics.  Fiji is always a popular destination from New Zealand, as it is relatively close, affordable and when we leave the mainland we can always find an island paradise.   We visited Fiji in 2004 and 2011. You can read […]

Hoover Dam, An Engineering Wonder ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Water Intake for Power Generation at Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is a huge concrete arch-gravity dam on the Colorado River at the border between Arizona and Nevada in the USA. It gave 1000’s of people work during the great depression. Construction starting in 1931.  The Dam was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. We missed the tour as we […]

Great Wall of China – A Walking Adventure ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Great Wall of China

We walked on the Great Wall of China! We chose the Mutianyu section as it’s a bit steeper and much less crowded than the more popular Badaling section. Have you walked on the Great Wall of China? Have you been to China? Are you participating in the AtoZ Challenge 2014? This post also submitted for […]

I Drank from the Fountain of Youth ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

fountain of youth

The fountain of youth – myth or reality? According to folklore and our extremely youthful looking Norwegian guide, Tvindefossen Falls is it. Located somewhere between Flaam and Voss in Norway, we stopped, climbed and drank, using our hands to cup the water. Did it work? Maybe yes, maybe it’s just silly, but either way, it […]

España – Our Long Term Home Exchange in Palamós Spain ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

A street in Palamos Spain

It took us only a week from first contact to agree upon a long term home exchange in España (Spain),  swapping our New Zealand home for a 17th century stone house in an old neighborhood in Palamós, in the Catalan region of Spain.  Trading the Hauraki Gulf for the Mediterranean Sea, how could we pass it up? […]

Desert Floods in Oman ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Desert floods in Oman

The desert floods in Oman evoked an interesting reaction. We witnessed the wonderment of children who rarely see swimmable wadis (a ravine that is dry except in the rainy season), and the bewilderment of the adults that looked on. Sadly, six people drowned that day in the Arabian desert as the dry ground was incapable of absorbing […]

Chapel of Bones in Evora: A Freakish Ossuary in Portugal ~ #AtoZ

A close up of the skulls embedded in the wall of the Chapel of Bones in Evora Portugal. Photo ©Sarah Albom

We have been to some eerie places, no question about it.  The Chapel of Bones in Evora, Portugal tops our freakish list. Entering the macabre world of this ossuary is like crossing into the Twilight Zone. The invitation over the door: “Nós ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos,” loosely translated: “We bones that are […]

Berlin Wall – A Piece of History Remains as a Memorial ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall enclosed West Berlin from August 13, 1961 to November 9, 1989, cutting a line through the entire city center and separating the East Berliners and citizens of East Germany, from the freedom of the West.  The wall came down in 1989, but a piece remains, protected, as a memorial and stark reminder. […]