As I reflect on 2010, I must admit it was definitely a wonderful year to remember. I bid farewell to another year having visited marvelous places, met inspiring people and each day of my journey brings new wonders to thrill and amaze. Those are such memorable days and I'm glad I'm able to capture each significant moment here. I still have tons of travel photos to share, so stay tuned for more stories and pictures.
Here, in no particular order, are some of my most memorable adventures of 2010 I intend to remember for a long time.
Exquisite waterfall with Diving Statues at the Dubai Mall. Having seen many waterfalls and fountains, I think this was certainly the most amazing waterfalls I've ever encountered.
Most beautiful metro in Moscow
The subway in Moscow is one of the best I've ever seen. Aside from being the largest metro system in the world, it is super efficient, inexpensive and fast. I also like the beautifully designed tiles, astonishing marble walls and intricate mosaics.
We have been on many cruises but the bosphorus cruise was among the best because of the excellent service and the panoramic views of the straight, sea, and surrounding hills are fantastic. It really gives a good picture of greater Istanbul, as well as a nice feeling for the water and the views. The fact that the cruise wasn't a tourist trap was an added plus too. I really enjoyed this experience.
How I love this. The day I visited St. Basil's was truly one magical day. The colourful, twisting domes are just so beautiful and the facts of the cathedral are astounding and amazing. I was very grateful that I had that opportunity.
Santorini is probably one of the most beautiful islands I have ever been to. Before this, I knew nothing about this place and had low expectations of it. I'm extremely glad we made this decision as it is a fabulous island full of natural beauties. The architecture and environment is completely different from anything that we see in other parts of Europe.
Eggs galore in Salzburg throughout the year.
While walking through the streets one evening, I came across the most wonderful window displays of thousands of decorative eggs. Christmas eggs, halloween eggs, birthday eggs, easter eggs and they are beautifully hand blown and crafted. If only we could have egg stores like this back home.
Vienna's famous market, the bustling Naschmarkt.
All that travelling gives me the opportunity to do some of my favourite things, sampling exotic food cultures. Whenever I travel to a new city, I always visit the produce market and see what they grow and eat.
The Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey are truly out of this world. The unusual rock formations so-called fairy chimneys are the result of a volcanic eruption and thousands of years of wind, water and lava forming them into different shapes through the valleys. It's truly amazing that nature's forces that created such a rich fascinating history. I will never forget this magical place.
The natural wonders of the Alps has always intrigued me. Innsbruck in Austria is extremely photogenic and I enjoy the crisp fresh air, the beautiful snow-capped mountains with an abundance of natural greenery. No matter which angle you look, the magnificent views just blows you away. It would be awesome to wake up to such beautiful landscape every morning.
It has always been my dream to visit the Vatican City and glad I was able to visit it. I climbed hundreds of steps just to get to the top of the cupola. It was a strenuous climb of 311 steps to the top, but it was worth it. We managed to observe the whole Vatican, the city of ancient Rome, the entire St. Peter's Square, it was incredibly magnificent. The shot was not as good as I would have liked, but I was glad I had a chance to experience the best view and proudly say I was at the top of St. Peter's.
All in all, a remarkable year and here's to a great 2011.
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PEACE ON EARTH AND GOODWILL TO ALL