Colorful Colombo, Sri Lanka

Pretty in PinkYou may have gleaned from reading my blog or following me on Instagram that I like photographing nature. On a recent visit to Sri Lanka, I had the chance to spend time at the elephant sanctuary but I made a conscious effort to make my trip to Sri Lanka cultural. I spent my time in Colombo, the commercial capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka. I thought visiting the Sri Landa National Museum first would be a good way to know the country. Approaching the museum, I could not escape nature and not focus my camera on the sea of pink in front of me - flower petals that had fallen from a huge tree. I did not know the name of the tree/flower so I showed the photo I took to the museum staff to find out what it was called, but they did not know it either. I found out through the 'image search' app that it was called the "pink powder puff".

Sri Lanka National Museum The National Museum of Colombo also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum is the largest m…

Scenic Musandam, Oman

Musandam is the Northernmost part of Oman that borders the straits of Hormuz, which is the entrance to the Arabian Gulf and one of the most important waterways in the world. At their narrowest, the straits are approximately 30 kilometers separating Oman and Iran. Most visitors arrive in Khasab, Musandam's capital city, by ferry from Muscat or by cruise ship.

The Musandam Peninsula is a great place for nature lovers. You can take the traditional Omani Dhow boat and sail towards Masandam longest fjord with calm turquoise water that contrasts with the creamy white limestone cliffs and enjoy the breathtaking view of mountains rising from a distance or you can enjoy the same breathtaking scenery from the beach.

Take a short trip from Khasab to Bhuka and experience one of the most dramatic coastal roads in Oman. It's pretty amazing. You will skirt through the narrow road between the mountains and the sea. Massive rock formations seemingly growing out of the waters with all sorts of g…

Abu Dhabi, the Capital of United Arab Emirates

I visited Abu-Dhabi in early December when the weather was mild, not too hot nor too cold.  The first thing I did was skipped the city and went to the Al Khatim Desert for an off-road adventure (here's the link to my VLOG on this adventure  

However, there are so many things to see and do in Abu Dhabi.  You can shop 'til you drop at the Marina Mall Shopping Center or at the Souq. Your kids or the kid in you can enjoy the Ferrari World, an indoor amusement park. And if you're a photo enthusiast, you can drive around the city to photograph Abu Dhabi’s intriguing cityscape – a contrast of traditional palaces and modern buildings such as the Capital Gate, the leaning Capital Building (Hyatt), the Eithad Towers, and the pineapple building.
Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueOne of the most spectacular tourist sites in Abu Dhabi is undoubtedly the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It was commissioned by Sheik Zayed and took 11 years to construct at the…

Holiday Greetings from Goa, India

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier" -- Mother TeresaGoa has something to offer both those seeking cultural experience and a relaxing stay. But since it’s so spread out and if your time is limited you can choose either to spend your time in the North or South Goa. In North Goa is where you’ll find religious history, a blend of Portuguese and Indian culture. Two of the most fascinating cities are the Old Goa (Velha Goa) and Panjim. 

Old Goa is the original walled Portuguese city where you’ll find two historically important churches: the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the first church in India to be elevated to the status of a minor basilica and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed in 1605, the church houses the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa. Covered with marble and inlaid with precious stone, it is considered the best example of baroque architecture in India. 

I found a posting of Mother Teresa quotes …

Off-Road Adventure in Abu Dhabi, UAE

My off-road desert adventure in the Al Khatim Desert was the greatest holiday gift to myself this year.  We traversed the sand dunes that rose to heights of more than 930 feet, the world tallest.  Along the way, I was treated to a caravan of camels. It was not part of the excursion, but it was a very pleasant surprise and I caught the spectacle on camera. The rush is hard to describe, so I just wanted to share this VLOG.  Press play to join me on this amazing journey.


NOTE:  All photos by the author

Transylvania, Romania: The Land of Dracula

When we hear the place Transylvania, we almost always think about Dracula, the bloody vampire, that always makes a good Halloween story. So, when I visited Transylvania early this year, it's hard not to associate the places, like the Bran Castle to the famous novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. 

It’s said that Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the Dracula was a historical character Vlad Tepes or Vlad III, the ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century. During Stoker’s research on the region of Transylvania, he came across the brutal accounts of the atrocities committed by Vlad III, also known as Vlad Dracul, aka Vlad the Impaler. He was known for committing brutal acts of war and was under constant threat of attack from the Ottoman and Hungarian forces. During his infamous retreat from the Ottoman forces, Vlad the Impaler had the bodies of his enemies and his people alike impaled on large spikes in the field surrounding his county.  

The inspiration for the made-up character may have …