In one of my earlier posts I compared photographing landscapes to cityscapes and which one I preferred, if any. I enjoy photographing the places I travel to and sharing those images with people is also part of why I take these pictures. I recently entered one of my photographs to The Guardian and they used it in one of their articles about Cityscapes from around the world.

Cityscapes Around the World

If you enjoy sharing you photographs with others then I recommend adding some photographs to The Guardian Witness project.


Rice Paddies of Vietnam

The mountains in Northern Vietnam are like nothing I have ever seen before. This natural beauty that has been crafted by man over the years to use the landscape to their advantage. Farming can’t be easy in a region like this and it must have take them years to sculpture the landscape. The rice paddies follow the contours of the mountain perfectly leaving a symmetry that nature doesn’t have.


Hostel Life

I can take absolutely no credit for the following poem. I once read it in the book Kiwi Tracks and it has been with me ever since. Cathy does an excellent job of summarising the best and worst parts of staying in a hostel in a humorous way. I am sure some of you travellers out there will be able to associate with this poem in the same way I did.

Well, I have roamed the world, over many a day,
And a hostel’s the place I generally stay
Now there’s some things about them that’s always the same,
It’s a world-wide conspiracy, that’s what I claim.
‘Cause there’s always one who stays out till three,
Then turns on the lights ‘cause he cannot see.
He smells like a pub, and he’s usually drunk,
And he steps on your arm when he climbs in his bunk.
And there’s the one who leaves pots in the sink,
And when they run out, it’s your milk they drink.
They sprawl on the sofas so there’s nowhere to sit.
Consideration? Hell, they don’t give a … !
And the worst of all, they’re really a drag,
Keep every item in a different plastic bag.
Now I’ve spoken with the others, and they all feel the same,
We’re all considerate and we are not to blame.
So who is this group which disrupts hostel life?
Who stirs us from dreams and causes such strife?
Now I’m not paranoid, but it’s a thought that I’ve had,
They’re all on the payroll of our mums and dads.
They follow is around wherever we roam,
Making life miserable so we all go home,
But the last laugh’s on our  loved ones,
And that is for sure,
Because as for the travel bug,
There is no real cure.
They can torment us and tease us,
But when all’s said and done,
In spite of it all, we’re still having fun

Cathy ‘90
BC, Canada

Do you have any other travel poems or stories that you have read or heard during your travels that you would like to share?


Family Travels

Every summer we would squeeze into the family car, hook up the trailer and drive to Scotland, Wales,, The Lake District or the South West. We would spend hours in the car to reach our destination but it was never like this.

Family Travel
Hoi An, Vietnam


The Soviet Union

There was a varying degree of architecture in Saint Petersburg from a range of different periods. It was the ferry port that caught my eye. The strong sharp lines of the concrete building with the Russian lettering on top reminded me of the Soviet Union and architecture that was popular at that time.

Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Klis Fortress

Klis Fortress is located  13km northeast of the town Split in Croatia. Due to its location on a pass that separates two mountains the fortress has help defend the region on many occasions throughout history.

One of the reasons I had heard about Klis Fortress was because of Game of Thrones. Croatia had become a key destinations for many of the scenes in the series and some of those locations are located around Split. As the demand for visiting these areas has increased so have the prices of the tours available, I wasn’t willing to pay for a tour and chose to make my own way to Klis Fortress.

Looking online and using the guide-book there was little concrete information, with many sources contradicting each other. I hope this post can be used by people traveling to Croatia and looking to visit Klis Fortress. After an hour of research I thought it best to head to an area where the busses seemed to be leaving from and try my luck.

Getting to Klis Fortress

I was able to find out that bus 22 left from the Croatian National Theatre but wasn’t sure where that was. I found the stop opposite what was apparently the National Theatre, here is a map and the times:

Klis Fortress
Map of Split

7:00, 8:50, 10:20, 11:45, 13:00, 14:30, 15:50, 17:20, 18:50, 20:20, 21:50

Even though the times were stated clearly on the bus stop the bus arrived over 30 minutes late, not sure if this is a regular occurrence or not. There were many people waiting for the bus and all of them seemed to be locals. It didn’t seem like this method was a popular choice or it could just be too difficult to find information on getting to Klis Fortress.

Bus to Klis Fortress 30 Kuna

The bus journey takes around 30 minutes. Once you leave the highway you are twisting and turning up into the mountains. Klis Fortress is really in a unique spot between two even larger mountain ridges. Klis is the last stop but you will already know that as the fortress dominates over the town below.

The entrance to Klis Fortress is just a few minutes up hill from the bus stop. I was there before lunch but there was little people around town and no one headed up to the fortress. Even though it had been featured in Game of Thrones it didn’t seem to have overcrowded the area nor affected the entrance cost.

Entrance to Klis Fortress 20 Kuna

Klis Fortress
Klis Fortress

There were very little people inside the fortress and I was able to walk around exploring all corners of the stonework uninterrupted. The Fortress is in very good condition considering its age and it wasn’t difficult to see how it was an excellent location for Game of Thrones.

Klis Fortress
View of Split from the fortress

The views over Split and the Dalmatia were unbelievable and just another reason to make the trip up to Klis Fortress. I think it may be more popular to visit Klis Fortress in the afternoon and watch the sunset as I imagine it would be amazing.

There are great small cafes, bars and restaurants below the fortress within eye sight of the bus stop, so I would recommend, as I did, sit back and enjoy a cold Karlovačko until your bus arrives to take you down the mountain and back into Split.

Klis Fortress
Klis Fortress

Further Reading:

Klis Fortress
Klis Fortress
Film Tourism

The Lost Landmarks
The Lost Landmarks

Klis Fortress
Nature Tourism

Inspiration to Travel

Everyone loves to travel in some way or another, whether it is in our home country or aboard a large amount of us do it. It helps us grow as people, understand why we are here and how the world works. We learn through our adventures.

“It’s no use to go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
– Lewis Carroll

It’s not just the places we visit when we travel that affects us or inspires us, its everything that comes along with it. I can be inspired by something I hear, read, taste or see. They all define the trip that I have made and more importantly these experiences define the person I have become. Everything I have done in the past affects the decisions that I will make in the future.

We open our minds when we travel. Try things that we would never have tried before. We go further to have new experiences and seek out the unknown. Each day traveling can be worth a thousands days at home within our routines, and most of us count down those days until we can escape it again.

“Let the dreams of today determine the opportunities of tomorrow.”
– Unknown

These experiences in their whole lead me towards a future so far unspecified. And that is what this blog is about. What inspires us to travel, visit new places and experience something completely different.

What inspires you to travel?

Bac Ha, Vietnam
Bac Ha, Vietnam

Our Shadows Will Remain

“If you are about to read this, don’t bother!” – Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

I read Choke while I was travelling in Australia and even though in the first pages I saw this quote from the author I continued to read on. Now Palahniuk is one of my favourite authors and Choke is one of my top reads. The quote does exactly the opposite of what it suggests. Tell the reader not to read on only encourages them to do so.

I would like to start off my blog in the same way. If you are about to read this, don’t bother.

Will it be the best travel blog you have read? Probably not. Will the photographs be the best you have seen? Unlikely. But it may inspire and encourage in some way or another.

If you have made it this far maybe I should explain what this blog will actually be about.

Whenever I travel I have always kept notes. These can come in many forms from a journal, a quote or even a song lyrics. This has created a scrapbook of my experiences. Everything that has influenced me since the day I had left home. Along with my camera I hope to create a virtual account of my travels for others to enjoy.

Because our shadows will remain even after we are gone.

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