Friday Five for 1.28.11

It is almost the end of January and 2010 feels like it left us yesterday. Truly it is accurate that time flies faster the older you get. Which by this time next week will be 30. I won’t pretend I haven’t started to freak out just a little bit. My life certainly has not followed the trajectory that I intended it to by the time I reached my 4th decade. Yet, for me 2011 is all about embracing the “it’s never too late” philosophy and with that in mind I embark on my first press trip of 2011 and first of many international jaunts for the year this coming Wednesday. It will be the beginning of a year packed with travel. I’ll be writing Friday Five posts from every major continent at one time or another this year (with the exception of Antarctica). With my international travels at the forefront of my mind, this week, posts from all around the globe….

1) For Greece, Twenty Four Hour View of the Sky – Literally, one image composed of many taken over a period of 30 hours by Chris Kotsiopoulos. This is his article showcasing the image and talking about the process. I stand in awe of Chris and the beauty of 30 hours in Greece that he has captured.

2) For Chile, Sesion Fotografica Vina Emiliana – A photo session by the uber talented Kyle Hepp, for Dalila y Thales at the Emiliana Vineyards. If you’re single, this might make you want to fall in love just to have photographs like this taken. If you’re already married, I venture this might make you want to do it all over – just so you can hire Kyle to take photographs such as this of you. But what do I know.

3) For France, Golden Brown – This photo essay from the talented team at Little Brown Pen just screams Paris to me. I love color, live for color, never feel more inspired than when I am surrounded by colors so bright my eyes hurt. However, I adore a perfect black and white image too and believe sometimes the earthier, more subtle tones like brown can speak just as loudly. Truly that is captured in this post. This is PARIS, in shades of brown – yes, but full of life and intensity still! Merci, Little Brown Pen, Merci for inspiring me and tiding me over until my March 1 departure to the City of Lights!!

4) For Vietnam, Halong Bay: Photo Essay – Asia is one of the few areas in the world that naturally seems to fall to the bottom every time I make a list of places I need to visit. It’s not that I am uninterested in seeing countries like Vietnam, however I feel it has been done and when I say that I mean if I read another post on drinking buckets on a beach in Koh Lanta I might lose my lunch. It’s just become uninteresting to me for lack of depth. However, I say that realizing it’s a judgmental attitude that might discount all the wonder Asia probably does have to offer. So, thank goodness for posts like this photo essay on Vietnam which renew my desire to travel to Asia!

5) For Ireland, A Spectacular Service – I won’t ruin a single bit of this delightful story by trying to preface it but suffice to say it just makes me that much more eager for my October visit to The Emerald Isle!

  • January 28, 2011

    That is some great wedding photography by Kyle Hepp. I must say that I often dislike wedding shots, but these are remarkable.
    I especially like the overlit ones, that’s a great technique!
    Nicolas De Corte recently posted…New image gallery- Lanzarote 2011

  • January 28, 2011

    I completely agree with you about a lot of blogs about Asia. I’ve been traveling in Asia for over a year now and I have had NO buckets or Full Moon parties under my belt. I have, however, had amazing (and some not-so-amazing) experienced there. It really irks me the reputation that Asia has with Western travelers. I have no problem with people going out and having a good time. That’s just their way of travel.

    Asia a beautiful and richly diverse continent to be explored. It’s just really too bad that so many people spend it drunk off their ass that they forget about everything else going on around them.

    I’ve tried to get away from the typical Asian travel experiences with my own blog to highlight the cultural, historical and culinary wonders that Asia has to offer. I only hope that more people will come to experience that for themselves as well.

  • January 28, 2011

    first- happy early birthday sweetie! the thing i loved about hitting 30 was that all of those things i thought i’d do by a certain age (surely before 30! ;)) that i’d formed with an immature mind expired and i didn’t blow up 😉 and i also didn’t create new by-a-certain-age goals. with the year you’ve got ahead of you, 30 sounds like a total rock star year! what an awesome idea to do a rtw friday five. can’t wait to dig into them. p.s. 5 months in asia and i’m on the no-bucket or full moon party list just like connie. so many versions are possible 🙂

  • January 28, 2011

    Thanks for the shout out! You are way too kind!

    And single people need pretty pics too 🙂 who cares if you’re not getting married, there’s always some kind of good excuse for a photo session!

  • January 28, 2011

    Hi again, just checking in to say hi…and that we are going to Halong Bay tomorrow! We’ve been in SE Asia since before Christmas and each country we’ve been to has a new appeal. I know it falls to the bottom of your travel list, but it is cheap, with good food, friendly people and totally new cultural experiences!! And if you like Halong Bay photos, I expect you’d like Phi Phi Island and the surrounding islands too! Hope you are doing well, I keep checking your blog when it comes through on my reader.

  • January 29, 2011

    Although I’ve never been, I think there’s something special in Greece’s sky. All the pictures have seen show that no other place on earth gets you skies that blue or stars that bright. Can’t wait to see the pictures you take!

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