The lovely Julika from Sateless Suitcase recently tagged me in Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour Contest 2013, which challenges bloggers to feature 5 photos that best capture the colours of red, green, yellow, blue and white. The cool prizes are motivation enough to participate, but this competition also happily falls on my traveling anniversary. Today marks 2 years since Brent and I first left Canada, so I couldn’t imagine a more fitting time to revisit my old photos, and relive some of the awesome experiences that we’ve had in Europe and Asia.
Biei, Japan: The colour of Aoiike (Blue Pond) in Hokkaido is believed to be caused by the light-reflecting properties of the water’s aluminum hydroxide content. Despite the explanations, there’s a sense of mystery surrounding the unreal turquoise colour of the water, which shifts and changes depending on the angle from which you look at it. There are birch trees growing all around, and even within, the lake and I loved the appearance of the white and brown tree bark against the bright blue water.
Capel Curig, Wales: I don’t think I’ve gushed extensively enough about my love affair with North Wales. It’s one of the wettest places in Britain, and all of that water creates a vibrantly green and alive environment. It was only a short walk from town into the mountains, and into a feeling of being completely lost in beautiful, untamed wilderness.
The Vatican Museum, Italy: I felt a little bit guilty when we visited the Vatican Museum. Actually, I often feel this way in big museums. They’re always full of fascinating pieces, and I only have a few hours to explore, knowing that I can’t possibly give every element the attention it deserves. The ceiling in the Maps Gallery was worth making a little extra time to admire.
Ostuni, Italy: Ostuni is known as La Citta Bianca, or the white town. Being surrounded by almost entirely white architecture made me feel like I was walking in a different world. We visited during the off-season, when the cobblestone streets were virtually deserted, creating a sense that we had this unusual city all to ourselves.
Nara, Japan: One of my favourite things about living in Japan is that there seems to be a festival somewhere every single day. I was visiting Tōdai-ji temple in Nara, when I caught this unexpected festival procession. No matter how many festivals I see, I’m still enchanted by the display of traditional clothing, music and ornate portable shrines.
Now, I’ll pass the coloured-torch forward to 5 of my favourite bloggers: Tammy from Tammy and Chris on the Move, Dan and Vanessa from Sauteed Happy Family, Alex from Memographer, James from The Hairy Chef, and Katie and Geoff from Wandertooth
Lastly, I just want to express an enormous thanks to everyone who has read this blog over the past 2 years. I’m so grateful to have a place to develop my writing, but I’m even more grateful for every single reader who follows along on this journey with me. Thank you!