Zambian Children – Weekly Travel Photo

During my time in Zambia, my  understanding of children and what they are capable of fundamentally changed. Not only did the children of rural Zambia awe me with their love of life, constant smiles, and zeal for enjoying every moment – they also showed me how many of the narratives about western children and their abilities are grossly misplaced. The children I met and observed were responsible. They were capable. They worked well together and looked after each other.  It made it clear to me that the way we coddle children in the US, Europe, and other parts of the industrialized world has come with a cost.  On the one hand it means those children get to enjoy their childhood in a carefree fashion which is wonderful and something I wish more of the Zambian kids got to enjoy.

The View From Assisi – Weekly Travel Photo

Assisi - Cathedral and Fields

Situated in the heart of the rich Umbrian countryside the hilltop town of Assisi embodies the aura, charm, and personality of Italian hilltop cities.  The view from the historic city is enchanting and takes in a vista that includes carefully manicured fields, Assisi’s new town, Italian villas, vineyards, and a number of historic buildings including perfectly maintained cathedrals that are several hundred years old.  Despite the grandeur of the view, it is all flavored by the humble ideals and mentality of the Franciscans, who have served as the city’s dominant religious group for hundreds of years.

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The Lion Cub’s Gaze – Weekly Travel Photo

Lion Cubs Playing at Sunset

This magical moment happened in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park while I was on safari.  We had stumbled onto a group of five lion cubs between the ages of 4-6 months just before sunset. Their mothers were off hunting and the cubs were taking a much-needed break after a day full of exploring and childish antics.  This cub in particular was feeling quite relaxed, though he still kept a close eye on us.  He repeatedly lounged around, rolled onto his back, and then stared at us almost as if inviting us to head over and to give him a tummy scratch.  His gaze was incredible and cut right to my core. Hands down some of my favorite moments from the Safari.

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Ducks in Love – Weekly Travel Photo

Young Girl, Ducks in Flight

Situated five minutes walk from the Forum Metro station in Copenhagen there is a gorgeous little oasis.  The small park and botanical garden sits alongside the University of Copenhagen’s campus and is home to a wonderful assortment of green space, vibrant flowers, and even a small pond complete with a sprawling willow at the end of a short causeway. In late June I found myself relaxing in the park, enjoying a sunny day, and the brilliant allure of a rare summer day in Copenhagen.  Families, lovers, and friends could all be found wandering, relaxing, and reclining throughout the park. As I worked my way from Tulip bed to Tulip bed documenting the rich colors and creative patterns crafted by the gardeners a slight commotion caught my attention.

Over the giggle of a small girl who was playfully running circles on the green, the flap of duck wings, and a honk of vexation re-centered my focus on two male Mallard ducks battling for the attentions of a female. While seemingly open to one of the duck’s attentions, she was anything but willing to entertain the proximity of the other.  The result was a game of chase that led the three ducks around the pond, out of the water, into the air, and back again.  As the offending male followed in hot pursuit, flying immediately in front of the little girl, I snapped my camera up to my face and fired off a few photos.  This was the end result.

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A Hungarian Stairway To Heaven – Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo

Inside Saint Stephen's Basilica

I’ll confess, I can be pretty lazy.  On more than one occasion I’ve looked at a long, winding flight of steps…let out an “oof” and sat down with that, “I’ll see you when you get back” look on my face.  I find this to be especially true in places that like to advertise the number of steps.  Things like, “600 steps to the top!” may seem like great inspiration…but they’re really only good for bragging rights and illiciting the ire of pale-faced friends later down the road. That said, after a few minutes to huff and puff I inevitably find myself trudging up whatever large staircase I’ve found before me.  Some spiral in graceful arcs, others are tight tunnel-like staircases that leave you dreading the inevitable traffic jam when you meet someone heading back down on the same stairs.  Yet others, like in Nafplio zig zag up the exterior of a large cliff face.  Of all these different types I often find the graceful spiral stair to be the most beautiful.  Not because of the view out non-existent windows…never that…but rather, because a glimpse back down the stair’s spiral reminds me of of the swirling shape of a beautiful seashell.

The staircase featured in the photo for this post hails from Saint Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary.  The basilica is a beautiful building that offers a commanding view of the surrounding city.  It provides a great opportunity to examine the multi-colored rooftops of nearby buildings, while simultaneously looking across at Buda Castle and the Palatial Hill. Oh, and for those of you who have an even more pronounced hatred of stairs than I do? I’ll confess that there is even an elevator, though I advise you skip it.  The view back down the stairwell is well worth a little added huffing and puffing – besides, it’s good for you…right?

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The Colors of Copenhagen – Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo


As I round out my first year in Copenhagen I can now look back over my time here and reflect on each of the seasons.  The blustery rainstorms and beautiful days of late summer. The gorgeous golden hues of fall.  The stark but enchanting white dusting of snow on frozen lakes in winter.  However, one of my favorite times is late spring and early summer.  The days are finally growing longer, the weather is starting to get warmer, life is everywhere and the flowers are in bloom.

The photo above was taken in the heart of Copenhagen in the city park that surrounds and is connected to the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens.  It embodies the wonderful vibrancy of this city. A city which has a number of canals, a wealth of beautiful parks, and is awash in a surprising amount of color. In addition to Copenhagen’s wonderful parks, most of the buildings have small courtyards in their center.  As I sit here writing this the cherry trees in the middle of mine are in bloom.  Combine these wonderful natural colors with the multi-hued paint used to decorate many of the city’s buildings and you get a surprisingly vibrant and visually appealing city.  Not at all what you might expect from a northern city which spends half the year in quasi-darkness.

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Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – Kjosfossen Falls

Kjosfoss Waterfall - Flam Railway, Norway

Norway is known for its rich landscapes.  The nation’s wealth of stunning waterfalls plays a major role in shaping that reputation and maintaining it.  Located between Oslo and Bergen the Flam Railway connects the main rail line with the small port town of Flam.   A winding, zig-zag path cuts down through the fjord on narrow gauge tracks before reaching the picturesque fjord below.  Visitors lucky enough to enjoy the trip will find that the train stops briefly at Kjosfossen Falls – a hauntingly beautiful waterfall that crashed down towards, and then eventually under the train tracks.

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Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – Sunset Over Antalya

Antalya Near Sunset

This week’s photo was captured along Turkey’s southern coast, also commonly referred to as the Turkish Riviera.  This overlook is located just outside the heart of Antalya near the city’s Archaeology Museum and can be found at the end of the city’s historic tram line.  It had been gently raining all day, then towards the end of the afternoon the sun broke through briefly.   I lucked out and happened to be near a great little cafe.  Eager to soak up the winter sunlight (it was February), I settled in to enjoy a local specialty: freshly squeezed pomegranate mixed with fresh orange juice.   As I relaxed and enjoyed the sun and my drink – I noticed the hazy feel which was created by the clouds colliding with the near by mountains and looked up just in time to see this gentleman pausing to enjoy the view.   Enjoy!

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