Photo du Jour: The Greek Sun-Bathing Dog

 

Early mornings on Santorini, Greece belong to the villages’ canines.

Out of their villas’ twisted iron gates they trot, in search of the perfect whitewashed surface on which to soak up the sunshine.

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Photo du Jour: The Meteora Rock Climber – Greece

 

“It’s not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.” Gustav Mahler

Look carefully at the top of the dramatic, finger-like rock formation, and you’ll see a tiny human silhouette.

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Photo du Jour: A Greek Orthodox Icon – Kastraki, Greece

A Greek Orthodox icon is drenched in sunlight in the Greek village of Kastraki, not far from the famous Meteora monasteries. Spring is in full swing in this beautiful part of southeastern Europe, with a bounty of roses, mint, mulberries, and (almost-ripe) cherries awaiting a picker. In the image, you’ll also note representations of the flags of Greece and the Byzantine Empire.

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Photo du Jour: St. John Orthodox Church at Sunset – Ohrid, Macedonia

A boat glides smoothly across the golden, shimmering surface of Lake Ohrid on the eve of Orthodox Easter. A silhouetted version of Saint John at Kaneo stands guard in the background. Archaeologists think that the church was built before the rise of the Ottoman Empire, perhaps in the 13th century. Frescoes adorn Saint John’s dome; they were discovered in the 1960s.

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Photo du Jour: Commuting by Horse-Drawn Cart – Shkoder, Albania

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Transitioning from Montenegro, we’ve arrived in Shkoder, Albania, following a two-hour bus ride from Kotor to border-town Ulcinj, Montenegro, and one final ride from Ulcinj to Shkoder.

It is fascinating to watch the pace of life here in the semi-rural neighborhood where our guesthouse is located. Humble, vintage cars as well as luxury ones whiz by horse-drawn carts. Each morning and late afternoon, we can hear the clip clop of horses’ hooves on the road just outside our homestay’s courtyard, as a farmer sets off for home or work.

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Photo du Jour: The Flight of a Bumble Bee – Perast, Montenegro

In the sleepy town of Perast, Montenegro, we were drawn to a canopy of wisteria, intoxicated by its delicate perfume and enchanting, lavender hue. The symphony of hundreds of bees at work enhanced the moment.

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Photo du Jour: The Rector’s Palace by Night – Dubrovnik

 

To celebrate our arrival in Dubrovnik earlier this week, we strolled along its glimmering stone streets by night. Many of the city’s visitors had taken to the cruise ships, and we had the city’s streets much to ourselves (well, certainly much more so than on a bustling summer evening).

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Photo du Jour: Spring Blooms – Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands

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In celebration of spring’s return here in Croatia, (and hopefully soon for those of you in chillier climes), I share this image from my photo archives, and the famous and magnificently-beautiful Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.

When I’ve visited Holland during the spring months, I couldn’t decide which I preferred  – the perfectly-manicured gardens of Keukenhof, or the fields of tulips, awaiting harvest, that resemble vibrant carpets of red, yellow, or purple.

Enjoy the day!

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