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January 25, 2009

PhotoHunt: chipped

This will be my first photohunt .I think it is a lot of fun going through photos looking for a theme.
I had a little hard time with this one, so I decided on this photo taken in Venice,a building with the chipped paint.

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January 31, 2009

PhotoHunt: furry

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I enjoyed searching my pictures for this week's photohunt : furry.
My first photo is of an American Indian dressed up in traditional costume during a Pow Wow in Albuquerque,NM, he is wearing feathers on the shoulders and fur on the head. What is that? A furry fox or a furry wolf? Either way, it is furry.


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My second furry photo was taken in Positano, Italy. While walking around, we saw this pretty and furry cat yawning and stretching in the shade, we call this photo: cat in a boot.


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February 7, 2009

PhotoHunt: bridge(s)

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When I saw the theme for this week's photohunt, bridges, I immediately thought of Venice, and the many bridges photos we have. But then browsing my photos, I thought I'll go with something less famous, and more understated.: Bump Bridge in Campton, New Hampshire.

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February 14, 2009

PhotoHunt: nautical

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The theme for this week's photohunt is nautical. I must admit, it took me a while hunting through my photos to find something I can/want to go with.
I settled for the photo we have taken of a five-masted schooner in the Mediterranean while we visited Positano last summer.

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February 21, 2009

PhotoHunt: warm

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The theme for this week's photohunt is warm.
Since I have recently posted a photo of a Maui sunrise, I am going with a photo of a beautiful, warm Maui sunset.

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February 28, 2009

PhotoHunt:thankful

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The theme for this week's photohunt is thankful.

As I sit here on a beautiful day,looking out at the Pacific, watching whale splashing, feeling the ocean breezes, and listening to the waves rolling over the rocky beaches, I can think of trillion things that I am thankful for.

Then thinking of the rough economic times our country is facing, and the high percentage of people loosing their jobs and homes, I can add another trillion things I am thankful for to my first list.

So, how can I sum it all up in one photo and one word?
Life.

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March 6, 2009

PhotoHunt: space

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The theme for this week's photohunt is space.

To start with, I thought this should be an easy topic ,right? It is so open, I could just choose a space. My favorite space, perhaps? Then I got to thinking about it, and I realized, I love the ocean, the mountains, the ruins, and I often talk about these wonderful spaces.

I realized, however, that I haven't mentioned the desert. I love the desert plains, the deep earth colors, the small green shrubs, and the cactus. I loose myself and my imagination runs wild in the desert open spaces.

Below are couple photos taken while visiting Acoma Pueblo(Sky City), NM.

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March 13, 2009

PhotoHunt:four

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The theme for this week's photohunt is four.
Browsing through my photos, a photo of San Marco's Basilica in Venice caught my attention.

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Resource: Wikipedia.

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March 20, 2009

PhotoHunt: yellow.

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The theme for this week's photohunt is yellow.

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Golden yellow Aspen trees in the the White Mountains, Colorado last fall.


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March 27, 2009

PhotoHunt:hands

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The theme for this week's photohunt is hands.

It took me a while, going through my photos to find a hand representation I like.First I was going to go with some sculptures from the Vatican Museum, then I decided to stay closer to home and go with Hula Hands.

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The hula is a dance that was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians. It is performed by men and women, and is accompanied by a chant or a song(mele). Hula tells the story of the chant with swaying hips and beautiful hand gestures.

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Every movement in hula has a specific meaning, and every expression of the dancer's hands has great significance. The movements of a dancer's body might represent certain plants, animals, and even war. For example, in imitating a shark or waving palm tree, the true hula dancer believes he or she becomes the shark or palm.

It is a very beautiful and gracious dance. I took the above photos in a Luau we went to couple years ago in Lahaina. Here is an example of ancient hula on Youtube.

Beautiful hula hands.


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April 4, 2009

PhotoHunt: stripes

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The theme for this week's photohunt is stripes.

I decided to show off one of my unfinished/I hope I will ever finish, quilt projects.

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This pattern for a wall hanging is called Ribbons, by Carol Doak. Lining up equal triangles of the same color horizontally makes a stripe, and rotating the many stripes makes ribbons.

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I am a very beginner quilter, I do machine work(new to that too), rather than hand work, and that takes me long enough. I admire all hand quilters for their patience and determination. I don't think I'll ever be one. I seem to only quilt in the winter. I've worked on a few small projects, and enjoyed being able to finish them. I started this one in January, and I really want to finish it, not now though, there is plenty of sunshine outside:)

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April 10, 2009

PhotoHunt: triangle(s)

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The theme for this week's photohunt is triangle(s).

I am sharing a photo of one of the many beautiful and awe inspiring churches in my favorite city in the world, Rome.

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Santa Maria di Perpetuo Soccorso was built in 1855-1858 and restored in 1958.
I love the facade of this church,and there are many triangles.

Many of you have heard about the tragedy that hit L'Aquila, in the Abruzzo region in Italy on Monday. The earthquake has left many homeless, injured and killed, plus a lot of destruction to the town.It will take a long time for the affected people to recover from this disaster. If you would like to help, NIAF/Abruzzo Relief Fund is accepting donations.And lets remember to keep the victims and their families in our prayers.

Happy weekend and holidays to all.


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April 17, 2009

PhotoHunt: purple

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The theme for this week's photohunt is purple.

I love the color purple, it is one of my favorite colors. I struggled,however, trying to find a photo to post for purple. I couldn't think of any photos that I have taken that had purple in them, and I was thinking that I had to browse some of my flowers/gardens photos to find something.

Bu while t I was standing on my lanai, enjoying the gorgeous day, I noticed(for the very first time,) our neighbors' purple orchids(I think they are orchids) hanging from their lanai.

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I love these flowers, and the way they are extending from the lanai.

Have a great weekend everyone, and happy photo-hunting.

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April 24, 2009

PhotoHunt:protect(ion)

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The theme for week's photohunt is protect(ion).

I really had hard time with this and had to think outside the box to come up with something. Annie suggested using the Japanese fishing shrine from my previous post, and I wish I've saved that for the theme, but since I've posted about it already, I'll go with something different here:

Castle Sant Angelo in Rome,one of Rome's main visitors' attractions.

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Located on the Tiber river, and close to the Vatican, Castle Sant' Angelo now serves as a national museum .Exhibits range from Renaissance paintings to antique military weapons. One can also go up to the terrace and admire the magnificent views of Rome.

It was originally a mausoleum, begun by Hadrian, and completed in 193 AD, to provide a final resting place for the Emperor and his successors. When Rome was later endangered,however, and due to its strategic location, Hadrianeum, as it was called, became the strongest fortress in Rome, and was converted into a castle to defend Rome, and provide protection to the city.

Castle Sant' Angelo had also served as a Papal residence and it is connected to the Vatican by an underground passage.

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It is a beautiful and unique building that is worth the visit.

Happy weekend everyone!

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May 1, 2009

PhotoHunt: walking

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The theme for this week's photohunt is walking.

I do a lot of walking and hiking, so my choices are endless. I decided to go with walking on the Appian Way in Rome; my favorite city.

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The Appian Way, or Via Appia, is the oldest Roman road, running from Rome to Campania and southern Italy.It was named after the censor Appius Claudius Caecus, who began working on it in 312 BC. To start with, Via Appia ran only 212 km(132 miles) from Rome south-southeastward to ancient Capua in Campania, but by about 244 BC it had been extended another 370 km (230 miles) southeastward to reach the port of Brundisium (Brindisi), situated in the “heel” of Italy and lying along the Adriatic Sea.

My original plan was to rent a bicycle and bike along, but seeing the cobblestones, I thought walking would be "smoother".The road was made mainly of large stones and a softer gravel that was compacted between the rocks cemented it.

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Walking along Via Appia, one is surrounded by ancient buildings, tombs and walls; evidences of existence of the ancient republic. Parts of the road are still in use today, and some sites and tombs can be visited. It is one of the major attractions for visitors and a favorite destination for Romans on weekends.

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For more information, one can visit this website.

Thanks for visiting, and have a great weekend!

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May 8, 2009

PhotoHunt: in memory

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The theme for this week's photohunt is in memory..

I have recently written a post about visiting USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii, a memorial built to honor the dead in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in 1941.That would have been perfect for the in memory theme, if I had only reviewed the themes ahead of time, but alas, I need to come up with something else.

And again this week, I am going to my favorite city in the world: Rome, and present to you Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II.

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The monument is also known as Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), and it was built in memory of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy.

Designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1895, the monument was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1935. The construction of the monument was controversial,since a large area of the Capitoline Hill with a Medieval neighborhood was destroyed for its sake.The monument was built of pure marble and was/is criticized for being "glaringly white" amid the brownish buildings surrounding it,which earned the monument its nickname of "the false teeth" among the Romans. Other nicknames include "English soup" and "the wedding cake".

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The National Monument of Vittorio Emmanuel features majestic stairways, tall columns, fountains, a huge equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel, and two statues of goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas(chariots drawn by four horses). The monument is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Rome.

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The monument is open to visitors, who can climb up to the terrace for breathtaking views of ancient Rome. And despite its controversy, I think it is a beautiful landmark that is worth visiting.

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For visitor information, one can check this website.

Happy weekend everyone, and thanks for stopping by.

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May 15, 2009

PhotoHunt: painted

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The theme for this week's photohunt is painted.

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the theme this week was art paintings, so I browsed some of the art photos I have, and decided to highlight this painting by Wenzel Peter:

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Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Wenzel Peter

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, is a painting of oil on canvas,measures 336 x 247 centimeter, and is displayed in Pinacoteca section of the Vatican Museum. It is very vivid in colors, and attention to details is mesmerizing. I remember standing in front of this painting for a while last year.

Wenzel Peter(Karlsbad 1745 - Rome 1829), is an Austrian artist, who specialized in painting animals. Here is how the Vatican Museum Online describes Peter and his Garden of Eden painting:

The large canvas represents the climax of Wenzel Peter's career. He was an animalist painter, that is to say specialized in a very unique type of painting, and this led him to reproducing with extraordinary naturalism animals of the most varied species, as it were "photographed" in both standing and fighting positions. The Garden of Eden is the proof of the highest virtuosity, since the artist gathers around the figures of Adam and Eve those of over two hundred animals from all over the world, reproduced not only with pictorial ability, but also with a detailed knowledge and scientific precision. In 1831 Gregory XVI (pontiff from 1831 to 1846) purchased twenty works of the Austrian painter Wenzel Peter to furnish the Room of the Consistory in the Papal State Apartment.

Here is another piece of Peter's work that I really like, and shows his great ability as an animalist.

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The Battle of a Zebra against a Leopard, by Wenzel Peter

Isn't it great to specialize in painting animals? I wish I had such a talent, but alas, I can barely sketch stick figures:)

Happy weekend all and thanks for visiting.

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June 5, 2009

PhotoHunt:advertisement

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The theme for this week's photohunt is advertisement.

After a fantastic two week vacation in beautiful Thailand, I was hoping my first photohunt back will give me a chance to post one of the 1200+ photos we took there. Alas, my brain is having hard time working it, and I will(again) go to my beloved Italy for this week's photo.

Every year, couple weeks before Ash Wednesday, Venice is flooded with people from all over the world to participate in Carnevale di Venezia, The Carnival of Venice, where artistically decorated masks are the central feature.These masks can be found in many shops in Venice. How does a maskmaker distinguish his/her shop for others?

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Smart advertisement!

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One year, I would like to make it to Carnevale di Venezia, and maybe I'll buy my mask from the shop that made masks for the movie Eyes Wide Shut. :)

Happy weekend everyone!

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June 12, 2009

PhotoHunt: lock

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The theme for this week'sphotohunt is lock.

I had hard time with this one, and had to think and search a lot to be able to come up with something close enough to the theme.Finally, I settled on this photo we took at one of the temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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An important tradition in the Thai culture, and it comes from Buddhism, is making merits, which is basically doing good. Buddhists believe that by making merits, they will have happiness, success and a good life in return. Making merit is accomplished in many ways; bringing food to the monks, donating money to temples and praying, are examples of ways Thai people make merit. All of the above actions seem to be logical and not strange to other religions as well. A more unusual way to make merit in Thailand, is buying a cage that has bird or birds in it, and releasing the bird in front of the temple. Their merit is setting the locked bird free.

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June 19, 2009

PhotoHunt:creamy

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The theme for this week's photohunt is creamy.

Last evening I decided to reproduce one of the desserts we learned to make in the cooking school we took in Chiang Mai couple weeks ago, and it turned out very well. So when I looked up the theme for this week's hunt, I knew that I am going to share the delicious, sweet and very creamy Thai dessert;bananas in coconut cream.

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It is very easy to make with very few ingredients.Here is the recipe:

Bananas in coconut cream
adapted from a recipe by Siam Rice Cooking School

~1 can(or two cups) of unsweetened coconut milk
~1 cup of coconut cream
~2-3 bananas (depending on the size),sliced into 1inch pieces.
~1 teaspoon salt
~1-2 tablespoon sugar

Start by heating the coconut milk at medium heat until it starts boiling,add the sugar and salt and continue boiling for two more minutes, add the banana slices and cook for couple minutes, finally add the coconut cream and mix well, heat for another minute or so. Can be served hot or cool.

The original recipe calls for 3-4 tablespoons of sugar, but after adding the one tablespoon it was sweet enough for me, and then adding the second made it really sweet. I think the difference in brands of coconut milk and cream make a difference. Also I think bananas in the US are sweeter than Thai bananas.

Enjoy!

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June 26, 2009

PhotoHunt: flags

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The theme for this week's photohunt is flags.

Browsing my photos, I realized that I have many photos of flags from many places we have visited and lived. Flags fly high above government buildings, historic monuments, and many other structures. While we were in Thailand, we have noticed that Buddha temples display two different flags; one of them we recognized as the Kingdom of Thailand flag, the other was a yellow with a red wheel. When we asked around, we learned that the yellow flag is the Buddhism flag and every Buddhist temple is marked with one.

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Here is an example of Wat Pon On in Chiang Mai, with both flags soaring high.

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Wat Pon On was a temple that we just happened to stumble upon walking around the city of Chiang Mai. We thought it was really beautiful. Here are some more photos we took of the temple.

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Off the topic note:It was such a sad day yesterday, Farrah Fawcett lost her courageous battle with cancer, and the world lost the King of Pop; Michael Jackson. Let their souls rest in peace.

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July 3, 2009

PhotoHunt:pink

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The theme for this week's photohunt is pink.

I love the color pink, and I have many items of pink clothing. In an attempt to resist posting a photo of myself, I chose three photos from three different parts of the world.

Different shades of pink houses in the beautiful town of Vernazza, Cinque Terre in Italy.

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Pink eggs at the market in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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And finally, a pink Mercedez parked in front of the post office in Makawao town, Maui in Hawaii.

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Happy fourth of July for those celebrating it and happy weekend all.

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July 10, 2009

PhotoHunt:garbage

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The theme for this week's photohunt is garbage.

This is a very interesting theme, I am curious to see what others would come up with.

I couldn't choose between couple photos, so I decided to post them both. The first one is of a Venetian woman sweeping the road in the alley in front of her place,garbage bags are waiting to be picked up. Picking up the garbage in Venice is a hard task, as there are no cars or trucks, just people ,going door to door, pushing their carts that they load up with the garbage.

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The second one is of an interesting sculpture on the side of the road in front of the MBK center(one of the shopping malls) in Bangkok. It looks like a garbage basket turned over and gems are spilling out; one man's garbage is another man's treasure, perhaps?

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Happy weekend everyone!

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July 17, 2009

PhotoHunt:rock

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The theme for this week's photohunt is rock.

At first I had the idea of posting some of the many photos of the different amazing architecture and ruins of ancient Rome, which I am very much enchanted with. Then I started getting myself confused about the difference between rocks and stones, and I think I've always called them stone ruins, although at this point, I am really not sure of the difference between a stone and a rock, is it just the size?

The Merriam-Webster gives the following as one of the definitions of rock:" a large mass of stone forming a cliff, promontory, or peak". So I decided to go by this exact definition for my hunt this week; the cliffs on top of which Italy's Cinque Terre was built.

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July 25, 2009

PhotoHunt: untensils

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The theme for this week's photohunt is utensils.

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A bamboo cup carved for us by our guide during our trek in Northern Thailand. Bill put it to use immediately.

Happy weekend everyone.

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July 31, 2009

PhotoHunt: entertainment

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The theme for this week's photohunt is entertainment.

A navy band playing beautiful tunes on the Spanish Steps in Rome.

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Piazza Spagna is normally packed with people, but it was even more so for the special entertainment.

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Thanks for visiting, and happy weekend everyone.

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August 7, 2009

PhotoHunt: low

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The theme for this week's photohunt is low.

I am struggling with this one. Many things come to mind when I think low;but the term itself is very subjective, and dependent on the level you are comparing things with. Of course the higher you go,the lower things appear,and that is what I am playing with this week.

When we climbed up to the dome in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, the views of St Peter's Square and Rome in the horizon were spectacular, and the high buildings seemed low, and not to mention small.

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Happy weekend everyone!

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August 14, 2009

PhotoHunt: artificial

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The theme for this week's photohunt is artificial.

I was browsing my photos looking for a shot of artificial plants or flowers, when I stumbled upon our photos from our last Las Vegas trip three years ago, and there I found my idea for the artificial theme. I love Las Vegas, and really think that everyone should experience the magical Vegas strip at least once in their lifetime. And just to make a point here, I am not a gambler, and I never can get myself to spend more than few dollars on nickel slot machines, and normally do so to get a free drink:). But the elegance of the resorts, the chaos of the crowds, the elaborate designs, and ostentatious decorations give me something to gawk at where ever I turn. When I think artificial, I am thinking man-made things created to mimic a natural or already existing objects and scenes, and Las Vegas is just that;artificial beauty, but awesome nonetheless.

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As an example, I am going to share photos of Las Vegas's Venice, as seen in the Venetian:Resort, Hotel and Casino. Opened in 1999, the Venetian is a beautiful representation of the Venice, with a "grand canal", gondolas, singing gondoliers, shops and restaurants. It is mini artificial Venice.

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And here is how it compares to real Venice in case you were wondering:

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August 21, 2009

PhotoHunt:ripples

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The theme for this week's photohunt is ripples.

The ripples of the Thai and Buddhisms flags from the Golden Mount, Bangkok.

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Happy weekend all and thanks for stopping by:)

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August 28, 2009

PhotoHunt: surprise

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The theme for this week's photohunt is surprise.

I struggled a bit with this theme until I started browsing our Italy album from last year, and found photos of a coastal town we visited that, up until now, I had no clue which it was.It's not like I do not obsess over travel planning and details,but a little mishap in the plans gave us a whole day, with a car in the beautiful Tuscany.

It just happened that last year, we were in Siena, and we had plans to go horseback riding in the Tuscany country side, an hour south of Siena. Unfortunately, at the last minute, plans were canceled(not by us). We could have mourned since we were looking forward to galloping in the vineyards, but we decided to look at the bright side; we had a car and a full gorgeous last day in Tuscany, so we decided to set out exploring! Since we needed to be in Rome that night, we decided to head in that direction. With a map, a GPS and a Christopher Columbus attitude, we started heading south and west towards the Mediterranean.

The whole drive was absolutely breathtaking, and after a while, I gave up on the map, and decided to just enjoy the scenery, and the beautiful towns.And this is how it happened, that one of the most amazing memories of the trip was stumbling upon this beautiful portal town that I now realize is Monte Argentario, and more specifically the photos are from the facing north, Porto Santo Stefano.And what do I know, they must have expected our surprise detour, and named the Piazza after me:)

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October 2, 2009

PhotoHunt:words

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The theme for this week's photohunt is words.

After being away from blogging, I am glad to be back in time for this hunt. I love words, and am amazed by the different characters and languages that make up the words.I chose a photo that we took in Chinatown,Bangkok last May.I love these characters, even though I have no clue what the words say.

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Happy weekend all!

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October 9, 2009

PhotoHunt:sports

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The theme for this week's photohunt is sports.

I browsed many of my photos, and finally settled for the obvious.

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We had the chance to watch the Houston Rockets play the Boston Celtics last year, thanks to my lovely in-laws. Watching the game from the floor seats was a lot of fun, seeing the Rockets loose(at home) was not. I will always remember that game for many reasons really, but not the least is that the game was held the evening of the 2008 presidential elections, and on the way back home we listened to McCain give his speech on the radio, and by the time we got home, Obama was on stage giving his speech. A historic evening indeed!

Happy weekend all!

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October 16, 2009

PhotoHunt:free week!

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It is an open theme this week for photohunt!

I browsed my recent albums, and decided to post couple photos from our recent "stop" in Colorado in mid September.

My in laws bought an off-road truck after they bought a house in Colorado(Vail area). On our recent trip there, they took us on a couple of thrill rides. I never thought I could enjoy four-wheeling, but I loved it(both the easy and "moderate" roads)! Crossing the streams(driving that is) was an experience I held my breath through, but enjoyed it a lot. The scenery was amazing. And having the place to ourselves was priceless.

The photos I am sharing were taken on our easy off-road adventure around Kebler Pass and Lost Lake Trail.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend all!

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October 23, 2009

PhotoHunt:tied

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The theme for this week's photohunt is tied.

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These colorful wooden buoys tied to the sides of this lobster restaurant in Bar Harbor, Maine are cute, but they are only a decorative display.In a more practical sense, distinctive buoys are tied to lobster traps by lobstermen to recognize their catch.

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Happy weekend all!

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October 30, 2009

PhotoHunt: bag(s)

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The theme for this week's photohunt is bags.

I almost hit a wall this week, until I found a photo of a horse carriage in Rome, and guess what the horse is wearing? A poop bag!

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The above photo is taken in Piazza della Rotonda in front the of the magnificent Pantheon--Basilica Santa Maria ad Martyers.

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Here is a closer look at a red bag worn by a beautiful gray.

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Happy weekend all!

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November 20, 2009

PhotoHunt: Bird(s)

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After some technical difficulties, the blogging is back! And just in time for this week's photohunt bird(s) theme.

I decided to share the first bird photo I find.

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Birds in Cannon Beach along the serene Oregon Coast taken during our visit in September.

Happy weekend all.

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December 4, 2009

PhotoHunt: curved

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The theme for this week's photohunt is curved.

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Since I am starting blogging about Arches National Park, I thought I'll choose a curved object from our photo collection from the trip to the park. Boy, I had many choices. Arches National Park in Utah has over 2,000 natural arches(which are by definition curved structures), according to the NPS department. None is probably more famous than Delicate Arch; the 52-feet freestanding sandstone arch that is depicted on one of the State of Utah license plates.

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Delicate Arch was once known as "The Chaps" due to its resemblance to these leather leg coverings worn by cowboys. You can take a mile and a half moderately strenuous hike to the arch, but it was raining when we visited (can you tell from the photos?), and we just viewed this natural wonder from the viewpoint. I definitely would love to go back and do this hike.

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Happy weekend all!

Note: The image of the license plate was copied from Utah's DMV Department Website.

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December 11, 2009

PhotoHunt: undesirable

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The theme for this week's photohunt is "undesirable".

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This is how it was this time last year in Spokane. These amounts of snow are just undesirable to me.

Happy Weekend all!

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December 18, 2009

PhotoHunt: fast

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The theme for this week's photohunt is fast.

I try not to do anything fast. I really make it a point to slow down. During our road trip from Portland, Oregon to Jacksonville, Florida in September, however, I was tempted more than once to grab my camera and shoot some photos really fast. I should mention that Bill was driving during these times, and I was the happy passenger. Although the quality of these photos may not be great, I love having them in my collection of photos.

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On the road: Bryce Canyon to North Rim

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On the road: The North Rim to Arches

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On the road: The north Rim to Arches(another one)

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On the road: The Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Happy Weekend!

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January 8, 2010

PhotoHunt: bulky

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It is my first 2010 photohunt , and the theme is bulky. Yay!

I decided to go to Thailand for this week's photohunt theme. More specifically, the sweet, gentle, bulky and giant elephants at Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang.

Complying to be ridden:

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Turning into the forest:

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Lying to get the dirt off:

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I miss them..

Happy 2010 photohunting all!

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January 15, 2010

PhotoHunt: jiggly

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The theme for this week's photohunt is jiggly. If I hadn't used the elephant photos for bulky last week, I'd have used them for jiggly today; everything in the elephant jiggles:) But here I am this week, left with no jiggly photos that I can think of, except to take a twist on another photo from Thailand, specifically Wat Thoton in Northern Thailand.

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If anyone had the belly this statue of the happy Buddha shows, I'd imagine it'd be jiggly.

Happy weekend all!


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January 22, 2010

PhotoHunt: balanced

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The theme for this week's photohunt is balanced.

I immediately thought of Arches National Park in Utah. The Park is a mecca for arches and rock formations, many of which seem to be magically balanced.

Interestingly, one of the famous rock formations in the Park is called Balanced Rock for reasons obvious in the photo below.

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Another cluster of rock formations in Arches National Park and a favorite of mine is called the The Three Gossips (also for reasons obvious in the photo below) and these too feature some balanced rocks.

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Happy Weekend All!

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January 29, 2010

PhotoHunt: spotted

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The theme for this week's photohunt is spotted.

I had hard time with this theme. Browsing my photo collection, I realized that I do indeed have some photos that fit the theme, mainly spotted animals photos.

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And although I won't think of a peacock as spotted, it does have spots on its plumes.

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Happy weekend all!

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February 5, 2010

PhotoHunt: average

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The theme for this week's photohunt is average. What a tough theme!

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We took this photo from the top of Rome's famous Spanish Steps on a beautiful summer day in June of 2008. I'd like to think that the crowds do not represent the average number of Rome's daily visitors, but they probably do.

Happy Weekend all!

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February 12, 2010

PhotoHunt: broken

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The theme for this week's photohunt is broken.

I thought I'll continue blogging about our visit to Arches National Park last September (shouldn't I be done already?)Here is a photo of broken tree branches n front of Skyline Arch.

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Skyline Arch (the only one sitting on the skyline and hence the name) is a spectacular arch that can be reached in an easy short hike from the parking lot. A well-defined, pretty flat trail takes you right in front of the awe-inspiring arch, allowing you to experience the arch closely. In 1940, a big chunk of the arch fell and almost doubled the size of the arch opening. Fascinating nature!

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Happy weekend all!

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March 5, 2010

PhotoHunt: foreign

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The theme for this week's photohunt is foreign.

We love traveling, both in our country and to foreign countries. As much as it is exciting to stumble upon home treasures, it is eye-opening, educational and enchanting to view foreign cultures up close and get a personal perspective of them. Bill and I agree that among the foreign countries we had the pleasure of visiting, Thailand wins the prize for the most foreign to us.

I thought I'd share our photos from one of the temples in Chiang Mai that I didn't get a chance to write about before: Wat Suan Dok.

Wat Suan Dok is different from many of the other temples in Chiang Mai, or for that matter Thailand, in that not only is the prayer hall large, but it is also open on its sides rather than being totally enclosed.

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March 12, 2010

PhotoHunt: spiral

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The theme for this week's photohunt is spiral. I kind of had a "ha" moment when I checked the themes last night, since I just posted a spiral staircase photo for my "Guess Where" post from yesterday. But when I voiced my "problem" of needing a different spiral photo to post toady out loud, my husband Bill, brilliantly, suggested the Santa Fe's Mysterious Staircase. So to New Mexico we go today, and even though my photos aren't that great, the story is nothing short of amazing.

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Completed in 1878, Santa Fe's beautiful Loretto Chapel had a serious architectural defect in that a staircase to the choir loft--22-feet above the church floor--could not possibly be completed because of the small interior of the church. Carpenters concluded that the only way to get to the loft was to use a ladder. Faced with desperation, the sisters of the chapel prayed for Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, to enlighten the carpenters to see a solution to the chapel's problem. On the ninth and final day of the sisters' novena to St. Joseph, a man with toolbox appeared on a donkey asking for work. The sisters hired him to build a staircase for the loft. The legend goes that months later, a spiral staircase was erected and the man was no where to be found. He left without even collecting his wages or getting his thanks. The sisters believed that it was St. Joseph himself who came answering their prayers.

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The spiral staircase is mysterious not just because of the lack of identity of the man who built it, but because the spiral staircase with two 360-degree turns has no nails or visible means of support. Only wooden pegs hold this spiral staircase in place.

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Happy Weekend All!

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March 19, 2010

PhotoHunt: three

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The theme for this week's photohunt is three. I am going to indulge my passion for mythology and sculpture and use the Laocoon statue, carved by the three Rhodian sculptors Agesander, Polydoros, and Athenodoros (as attributed by Pliny the Edler) in 150 B.C. and seen in the Vatican Museum in Rome.

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The Laocoon group of three figures depicts the tragic death of Laocoon (the bearded figure in the middle) and his two twin sons as they were enfolded by two giant sea serpents. The most known Greek legend of this tragic death--described by Virgil in his epic tale Aeneid--explains that Laocoon was a Trojan priest of Apollo who tried to convince his fellow Trojans not to accept the infamous giant wooden horse gift from the Greeks, and to demonstrate his point, he shot a spear into the flank of the wooden horse thinking they would be able to hear the noise of the weapons inside the horse. No noise was heard and the Trojans made Laocoon offer a sacrifice to the god Poseidon to apologize for shooting the horse. As Laocoon was offering his sacrifice by the sea, two large serpents emerged from the sea and killed him with his two sons. The Trojans took that to be a sign that Laocoon offended the gods, and they in turn accepted the wooden horse gift. A decision they forever regretted, as the wooden horse indeed had two Greek soldiers hiding in it, and as the Trojans brought the horse inside the city walls, the two soldiers came out of their hiding at night and opened Troy's gates to the Greek army.

A less known version of this Greek legend states that Laocoon had offended his god Apollo by breaking his oath not to marry and have kids, and so when he was preparing a sacrifice to the god Poseidon, Apollo sent two large serpents to kill him and his sons.

When the Laocoon Group was found in Rome in 1506, the Pope summoned Michelangelo to rate the piece of art. It is said that Michelangelo greatly admired this Greek sculpture and declared it "portento d'arte". (I was reading about Michelangelo before I checked out the theme for this week so I knew right away what I was going to share with you toady). Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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March 26, 2010

PhotoHunt: fresh

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The theme for this week's photohunt is fresh. I looked up the theme list right before we were heading out to dinner last night, so I grabbed my camera on the way to Akaya Japanese Restaurant and took a shot of our Annunciation Day--which I blogged about last year here--feast.

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Happy weekend!

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