My favorite pictures around the Globe!

Exactly a week ago, the world was celebrating Photo day. Where millions of pictures are uploaded every minute, World Photo Day inspired thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

In this new Social Era, it is fascinating how an app such as Instagram can make the smallest of us feel like a photographer, including me. Although I don’t consider myself one, I have joined this group of people and shared this picture on my Instagram page.

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Truth to be told, a big part of becoming a travel blogger is finding the right words to describe the world as I see it and I have filled you with a lot of them over the past months. However, this time around I will show it to you through both Erwin’s and my lense.

Do move forward with caution. You might seriously be infected with the wanderlust bug.

1-LebanonThis picture was taken by Erwin. It clearly shows his perception of Lebanon. It is very well framed, almost seems like a window to someone’s old soul. Click here to see and read more about Lebanon. Intrigued? Click here and then here

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Beiteddine

2-Chile- Valparaiso: One of Chile’s most unusual cities and one the best art streets in Latin America. Valparaiso is mostly famous for it’s tangled sharp serpentine streets, alleys and stairways piled high with crumbling houses. Pablo Neruda, one of my favorite poets, said it best about this chaotic city: “Valparaíso, how absurd you are…you haven’t combed your hair, you’ve never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you”. There is no better best place to celebrate such a fascinating messy place.  No wonder I am utterly a fan! My home away from home.

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Valparaiso: The Valley of Paradise

3-The Netherlands-Keukenhof Park: Doesn’t it look like a river of tulip flowing into the lake? Click here to read all about the Keukenhof Park.

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Keukenhof Park

4-Argentina-Ushuaia: Looking beyond the End of the World,  the best thing about Ushuaia is the dramatic setting and isolation from the rest of the continent. Its inhabitants have ranged from indigenous tribes and Anglican missionaries to Argentine prisoners and labour immigrants with moving houses and its most recent population boom is connected with the increase in tourism. Click here to read all about Ushuaia.

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Ushuaia=The end of the World

5-Belgium- BrugesGoing to Bruges is like going back in time to the Medieval Era. No other city is more authentically medieval than Bruges. They can’t be more fairy tale like Bruges, or glamorous but anyway Bruges will forever be a city of the Middle Age. 

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6-Czech Republic-Prague: It is so good to finally get a picture in Prague without many people in it. I just love hidden corners!

Love bridge-Praha

7-Turkey-Istanbul: Nothing is bluer than a June sky in Istanbul not even it’s famous Blue Mosque, but nothing is more beautiful than the tower of a house of prayer trying to pierce the heavens.

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Istanblue as my friend Rana likes to call it!

8-Greece-Mykonos: The artistry typical streets of Mykonos. What makes it so beautiful are exactly these colorful-with a white and blue dominance-narrow streets. 

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Mykonos

9-Switzerland- GenevaThe true power of the water Jet.  Such a paradox with the well composed Geneva. 

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Geneva Jet d’eau

10-France-Annecy: That’s the kind of fairy tale city I like. Need I say more?

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11-England-London-Notting Hill: There is something quite enchanted in Notting Hill especially the Portobello Road on a Saturday, when hundreds of antique and specialist shops alongside some talented and bizarre street performers are brought together in one street. Definitely not to miss!

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Notting Hill-Alice who the fuck is Alice?

12-Portugal-Obidos: Obidos is one of the most feminine little towns. It was first given to Queen Isabel by King D. Dinis in the 13th century as a wedding present. During 600 years, Obidos belonged to the queens, to the House of the Queens. With its narrow, labyrinthine streets, ancient white houses, painted blue, red and yellow,  the town is famous for its balconies decorated with flowers; it has even already won several flower competitions!

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Obidos-Flowered Windows

13-Uruguay-Punta del Este: Known as the Saint Tropez of South America. Nothing outlines the nautical side of Punta del Este more than this lighthouse and those palm trees. Great shot Erwin my love!

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Faro de Punta del Este

14-Emirates-Dubai: There is something so authentic bedouin about this part of the Emirati  Desert. The oriental colours of the Emirates in the midst of a skyscraper modern city. 

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Bab El Shames Resort Dubai

15-Italy- Venice: Oh Venice…***sigh***. I left a piece of my heart in Venice. So please be gentle and respectful when you visit my beloved. Click here to read more about Venice.

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Venice

16-Germany-Cologne: Maybe it is just me, but I love city Cathedrals as landmarks, especially Gothic style ones.

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Cologne Cathedral

17- Spain-Barcelona: Barcelona is well known for having a Gaudi’s park and la Sagrada Familia. And I am sure you have seen so many amazing pictures of both. Except I like this almost forgotten gothic feature of Barcelona, an aspect that had such an impact on Gaudi the Master! 

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Barcelona’s Gothic center

18Poland-Krakow: My soft spots are always fairy tale like pictures and sceneries! Krakow was our honeymoon destination. It can’t get any more romantic than that!

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Krakow

19Malta-Valletta Waterfront: Have you ever been somewhere you enjoyed so much yet you forgot to take pictures of it? Malta is that place for me. This magnificent old city is so impressive that it would leave anyone speechless. The fascinating history of  Malta make it sound like the Camelot kingdom.  Let’s just say this picture of the waterfront is just a miniature of how fascinating this city is. The good news, I am coming back very soon and this time I am well camera prepared…I hope!   

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Valletta Waterfront

20-South Africa: Did you know that penguins mate for life? Did you know that the male penguin searches the entire beach for the perfect pebble when he has found the One he wants to waddle through life with. And after he spots the perfect pebble, he picks it up and totters over to his beloved, placing the pebble at her feet. True story: when Erwin proposed, he made me a penguin’s proposal. He searched for the perfect pebble at a penguin resort in US, got down on two knees and asked me to be his penguin for life. He did get down on one knee a few days later with a different kind of rock.

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My husband is my favorite photographer!

Did it work? Was I able to infect you with our extreme wanderlust bug? Which was your favorite picture? Where will you go next?