Animal Eyes

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“animals eyes have the power to speak a great language” – Martin Buber – Kalathas Beach – Crete – Greece ❤ June 2013  ❤ Gouverneto Monastery – Akrotiri – Crete – Greece ❤ June 2013  ❤ Exo-Gonia – Santorini – Cyclades – Greece … Continue reading

Setting Sun

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 “the biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset”  – Catherine Opie – Zorba – Stavros – Crete – Greece ❤ June 2013 ❤ Stavros Peninsula – Crete – Greece ❤ June 2013 ❤ Santorini Caldera – Cyclades – Greece ❤ July 2013 ❤ Nafplio Forest Fire – Peloponnese … Continue reading

TRAVEL TREASURE #4 – Dream Dinner in The Desert

This weeks travel treasure left me with a serious case of wanderlust and made it to my bucket list! Will you be adding it to yours?

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 Dream Dinner in The Desert

by Kiwi and Koala

Dream Dinner in The Desert

You can eat dinner or you can dine. Dinner in a desert, next to one of the most recognizable natural wonders of the world, Uluru (commonly known as Ayer’s Rock) and the dinner is called “The Sounds of Silence“.

The Adventure begins as the bus pulls up out front of in the Hotel about one hour before sunset and it only takes a few minutes to to a large sand dune not too far from Uluru. You stroll up to the top where you are served Champagne and hors d’oeuvres and listen to stories from a local, as the sun gets lower, and the giant red monolith changes color’s of red. A magical start to the evening, listening to the sounds of the didgeridoo reverberating through the desert, you feel very small and yet connected to this magical place.

As the sun dips behind Uluru, you walk to the dining area. A series of white table cloth table’s literally set up in the desert, with an unobstructed view of Uluru disappearing into the darkness. In the darkness you can feel the presence of this incredible monolith, let your eyes adjust you can see the silhouette against the starlight. You get to feast on a BBQ buffet of Australian delicacies, barramundi, kangaroo and crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts, complemented by Australian wines or beers.

The food was as wonderful, and as dinner moves along, the millions of stars come out to join you. Until you have seen the stars in the desert, you haven’t seen stars! Utterly breathtaking… After dinner a startalker, takes you on a tour of the spectacular southern night sky, telling stories of the Aboriginal dreamtime. The evening was about four hours long and has given magical memories for a lifetime.

Kiwi and Koala live in Monteray (California), they can be found; tasting wine, eating food, travelling and writing about it all at Wine Walkabout.

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TRAVEL TREASURE #3 – Dodging Death in Death Valley

It’s an entry by yours truly this week and the third in our wonderful collection travel treasures – so be inspired and share your treasure too.

 Dodging Death in Death Valley

by Mostly Victoria

Listening to the rattle snakes in the distances, I couldn't help wonder how safe these girls were... probably no less safe than me!

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Drive out of Las Vegas in a north westerly direction for around four hours and you’ll probably find yourself pretty darn close, if not slap bang in the middle of Death Valley National Park. It’s the northernmost part of the Mojave Desert, it’s hot and it’s dry – no surprise there; it’s the lowest point in North America. It’s got salt flats & sand dunes, badlands, moving rocks and hot springs, all entrapped by the mountain ranges that surround the valley.

I often puzzle over what it was about Death Valley that got so far under my skin. Here’s what I have figured…

If you’ve never been, the name of the park is, in itself, enough to set you on edge, with a fairly equal balance of curiosity and caution. The questions of ‘What deathly dangers await?’ and ‘Will I come out alive?’ are melodramatic and you know it, but they persist, and try as you might, you can’t quite silence them.

So you’re alert and ready, you’re braced, you’re on guard and dammit you’re prepared!  You have your water, your first aid kit and you have every kind of emergency supply known to man – (not to mention a truck load of candy).

But you’re not prepared at all. And you don’t even know it.  Sure – it’s definitely peppered with genuine dangers, but Death Valley is also a place of gobsmacking beauty, it’s like a karate chop coming at you from your blind spot.

As prepared as I thought I was, the last thing I expected was to be enamoured by the incredible natural beauty of the painted rocks and their contrasting colours that change by the millisecond at sunset, or for my breath taken away as I watched the salt crystals of bad water basin twinkling like diamonds in the midday sun.

I may have dodged death, but there’s absolutely no doubt about it – Death Valley definitely got me!

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TRAVEL TREASURE #1 – Perito Moreno Glacier

How exciting! The first entry in our Travel Treasure Collection just landed at Mostly Victoria thanks to Dani & Jess of Globetrottergirls – be inspired and share your travel treasure too…

Perito Moreno Glacier by Globetrottergirls

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Patagonia…it is just a region on a map with a beginning and an end, but when you actually set out to drive southward through it, there are days upon days where you feel that the rocky, barren landscape might never end. And then suddenly you reach a beautiful area that takes your breath away and is unlike anything you have seen before.

This was the experience we had about 50 miles outside of El Calafate on our trip out to see the Perito Moreno glacier. We had seen photos of it, but no one could have prepared us for how we would feel when we saw the glacier close up.

This is one of the very few glaciers in the world that is not melting away, but still growing, so you don’t feel that regretful sadness you might feel elsewhere. Here, you just feel how majestic this 35km long, 5k wide wall of ice truly is. The highest points are 60 stories high, and as the sun heats up the front each afternoon, cracking noises thunder through the air before massive pieces of ice bigger than your house crash into the water below.

A boat trip brought us almost right up to the towering walls, and the drop in temperature as you near the glacier is humbling, its power and size is overwhelming. The ice cracks and groans, and feels alive and under its spell we spent an afternoon with hundreds of other people just staring at the massive sheet of ice. When you stand on the many walk ways and paths built in front of it, observing it from different angles and vantage points, it looks like the water was rushing right at you, frozen in time now for millions of years as ice.

There is no way to predict the impact that global warming will have on the glaciers in future decades, even the mighty Perito Moreno, which is why we keep this day close to our hearts as one of our dearest travel treasures.

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About GlobetrotterGirls: Independent travel experts and digital nomads, Dani and Jess are a German-American LGBT couple traveling the world non-stop since 2010. They have lived in and traveled through over 30 countries while running their travel website GlobetrotterGirls.com. Street food junkies, hotel enthusiasts, street art lovers, vegetarians, and passionate housesitters, the GlobetrotterGirls are also authors of the book Break Free – The Ultimate Guide To Housesitting.

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Summer of freedom – week 4 – Fira to Athens – #Greece

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Summer of freedom – week 3 – Heraklion to Fira – Santorini

Week Two: Greece – Heraklion to Fira Watching the blue blob on the map creep slowly but surely toward Fira on a short hop from Heraklion and I felt the excitement building.  It was the first time I had returned since … Continue reading

Summer of freedom – week 2 – Rethymno to Heraklion – Crete

“Travelling”… it sounds glamorous right?? Yet for mid to long term travel it does involve some daily ‘chores’ – unless you have a bottomless pit of cash (alas we have don’t). But we do have a daily budget – its reasonably … Continue reading

Summer of freedom – week 1 – Stavros to Rethymno – Crete

How did we end up here? How is this my reality? Is this really happening? All questions I have been trying to get my head around this week. So far here’s what I have come up with – it starts … Continue reading

#FlashbackFriday 26.04.2013

The enchanting city of Prague and it’s many (18!) bridges, was the perfect tonic… and taught me an important lesson in travel: It was springtime and the final months of planning for a summer wedding were fast slipping away. This … Continue reading

An afternoon with James Neale Photogrpahy: A Norwich walkabout

                   Yesterday, I spent the most lovely afternoon wandering around Norwich with James Neal (of James Neale Photography) and my fellow ‘class-mates’. ©MostlyVictoria – April 2013 – Norwich In the autumn of last year, … Continue reading

#SundaySunset 21.04.2013 – #London

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20130421-004553.jpgThe O2 – Greenwich and The Thames, from the Emirates Airline taken during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

London, UK, August 2012 ©MostlyVictoria

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#FlashbackFriday 19.04.13

Discovering my wanderlust (a little later than most) in Rome for my 21st birthday. This trip kick-started a passion inside me & this photo pretty much captures the moment it all changed… I haven’t looked back since! The Colosseum, Rome, … Continue reading

*NEW FEATURE* #SundaySunset (tweet us your snaps)

Who doesn’t LOVE a beautiful sunset? Wherever I roam, I always try to catch a snap of the sun going down. Sound familiar? To have your sunset photo featured on #SunsetSunday follow & tweet us your pic to @mostlyvictoria – … Continue reading

Blue skies, birdsong… & coffee

A moment of perfection, enjoying a coffee al fresco before 8am, first time this year…
Good morning world!

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How to survive 24 Hours in Death Valley

Rattlesnakes, Scorpions, Black Widow Spiders and Coyote are just a few of the locals waiting to greet you in the aptly named Death Valley and the words “HEAT KILLS” are on roadside signs that *ahem* welcome you along your roadtrip … Continue reading

The BIG skies of Norfolk Broads (UK)

The BIG skies of Norfolk Broads (UK)

As summer 2012 was nearing its end, like I often would, I’d taken a short drive after work to enjoy the last few drops of sun… it began sinking, a little faster than I’d would of liked but the colours … Continue reading