Welcome to 2013. Toward the tail end of 2012, I kept reading but found it draining to write reviews after commuting home and on weekends, I spent time with family and friends which led to the ignorance of this blog. Besides after my trip Spain & France, I visited Fiji in November and then Hawaii in December which led to a lot of my focus to be concentrated on vacation planning. So this year, I’ve decided to mainly focus on photographs. But I’m going to share my usual best of 2012 photos before sharing my 1st photo for the collection of 2013 tomorrow.
The Temple of Debod is located in Madrid, Spain. It was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government as a token of their gratitude for Spain’s assistance in saving the temples of Abu Simbel.
This is the last gothic cathedral that was built in Spain. It is located in Segovia and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
This is the view from the rooftop of the Castle of Segovia. The castle used to be a fortress which eventually came to be of use to Queen Isabella I of Castile.
Park Güell is a garden with architectural elements designed by Antoni Gaudi. It is one of the largest architectural works in south Europe.
The Mae West Lips sofa is a surrealist sofa by Salvador Dalí. It is located in The Mae West Room as a display in the Dalí Museum in Figueres, Spain.
The Arc de Triomf is a memorial arch in Barcelona. It was built for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas.
The Parc de la Ciutadella is a park in Ciutat Vella, Barcelona. The park includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums. It is the greenest place you can go to in Barcelona.
This is the exterior of the Ohla hotel. It is extremely eye-catching.
The Palau de la Música Catalana is a a concert hall in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by architect Lluis Domenech I Montaner, it is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated only by natural light during daylight.
Molokini is a half-moon shaped part submerged volcanic crater located near Maui, Hawaii. It is popular for scuba diving, snuba and snorkeling. This was my first photo with a hired underwater camera.
Casa Batlló is an architectural masterpiece designed by Antonio Gaudi. It is located in the middle of the Passeig de Gracia, which was known to be a prestigious and fashionable area. It is locally known as the House of Bones.
Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain formed out of pink conglomerate located near the city of Barcelona. It is famous as the site of the Benedictine abbey, Santa maria de Montserrat. Since the 12th century, pilgrims journey to the mountain to worship the statue of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta).
The Magic Fountain was designed by Carles Buigas who had a history of creating illuminated fountains. It is just below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc hill. Since the 1980s, music has also been incorporated with the fountain and light show.
Wicked Walu is a restaurant located on a private island on the beautiful Coral Coast of Fiji and belongs to the Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa. The seafood here is superb.
Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve is located on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. It is known for its abundance of green sea turtles and parrotfish.
The Halona Blowhole is located on O’ahu, Hawaii. Formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago, the lava tubes run to the ocean and when the surf is right, the blowhole shoots water up to 30 feet in the air.
Iolani Palace, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, is the only royal palace belonging to the United States. The statue is of King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810.
The USS Arizona Memorial, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of thousands of sailors and marines killed during the Pearl Harbour attack on 7 December 1941 by Japanese forces.
Keauhou is a beautiful area in Hawaii’s Big Island. At night, the Keauhou area attracts manta rays that feed on microscopic plankton near the shore. It is even possible to go on a manta ray night dive should you wish to do so.
Kona is a district in the Big Island of Hawaii. The region is famous for producing premium coffee.