Travel Theme-Gold

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My

Gold

Travel Theme.

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My Gold photos come from the

Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

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Upon walking in the front door and being greeted by staff

guests are confronted with this wonderful sight.

I think even the water in the fountain has a gold tinge to it.

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Up the escalator to another fountain…

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and still more gold.

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We stepped through gold elevators doors for

 a silent elevator ride up to the Sky View Bar.

Our destination.

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Some gold in the Sky View Bar.

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 And floating in our first drink?

What else but gold!

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Where’s My Backpack: Gold

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One of the best frosts we have ever

experienced came…

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shortly after we moved to this address.

frost2206_1801Cold but perhaps not as cold as below.

At breakfast one morning,

nearly twelve months after we moved here…

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the edge of our verandah which has spouting/guttering

all round to cope with such contingencies.

Before I could do anything it stopped.

ice-cold_3008A few days later however, same thing.

Not sure if I grabbed my ladder or my camera first.

But I have never sen a horizontal ice flow

like this, before or since.

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Weekly Weather:Cold


Weekly Weather

Travel Theme-Shimmer

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My

Shimmer

Travel Theme.

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Burj Al Arab,

Dubai

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One of my first shots the foyer of the

Burj Al Arab.

Breath taking.

 

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 As the sun begins to set over the Dubai Palm,

its light makes the ocean shimmer.

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As we finally departed more shots of the foyer…from upstairs.

I could have sat and watched the fountains for ages

so good was its precision.

And as darkness fell lights were shimmering

through each jet of water.

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Where’s My Backpack: Shimmer

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Anticipation

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Anticipation

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Last year for some reason our green Christmas tree

remained in its box…much to the disgust of two sons.

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So this year it has been resurrected again.

It has been a while since we returned

from Europe and Dubai and MGWs purchases

from most of the cities we visited

now adorn our Christmas tree.

A truly international tree?

christmas_london-2016_4020Decorations from…
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London,
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Innsbruck,

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somewhere in Germany,

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Florence,

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Dubai (our last port of call),

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Lucerne,

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Monaco,

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 also the french Riviera’s…

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Nice,

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Paris,

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Salzburg,

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The Vatican,

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Vienna,

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and last but not least, York.

The anticipation of  decorating our 2016 Christmas tree

with decorations purchased overseas is now over.

However, they are now anticipated purchases

on any future holidays.

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Travel Theme-Fiery

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My

Fiery

Travel Theme.

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First some fiery sunsets followed by sunrises.

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The last two being…

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  Corio Bay (Geelong) sunrises

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A real fire.

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Fire dancer in Dubai.

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Where’s My Backpack: Fiery

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Weekly Photo Challenge-New-Horizons

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

New Horizons

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I have taken a fairly literal interpretation

of ‘New Horizons’ this week

as we have seen many in 2016.

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This is the type of horizon I have spent

the greater portion of my life viewing.

Horizons which are miles and miles away

and which may, or may not, be dotted with

a ‘mountain’, which tops out at three to four hundred

metres above sea level.

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So to see boats on the horizon of Laguna Veneta

at Venice, was quite unusual…

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as was this view out of our ferry window.

I have never previously seen this view…

a cruise liner blocking the horizon.

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Then there were shorter horizons at Monaco…

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and at La Turbie’s, Cafe La Terrassa,

about half and hour from Nice.

This horizon was only a few hundred metres from

Cafe La Terrassa.

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Dubai’s horizons we beginning to resemble

that which I am used to seeing.

Although in this case I do not know of anything like

the Dubai Palm in Australia.

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And I confess to thinking that this scenery was for

Lawrence of Arabia type movies.

I have never seen such expanses of sand in Australian deserts,

although I am sure there are similar places.

I have worked on the edged of

the Big Desert, in Victoria

and while there was a sandy soil it was

also covered with foliage of sorts.

Now, having read the WP Challenge I may be a bit off target,

but these were my New Horizons for 2016.

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