Showing posts from January, 2020

Colorful Colombo, Sri Lanka

Pretty in Pink You 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 larg

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

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 Mosque One 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 year