Truly one of the most beautiful sights to experience, i even forgot I was cold….
I blame my papa’ for my early solo travel, don’t remember the full conversation but my reply was “that’s ok, I’ll travel when Im 60”, Maddie will be 20, he said “oh yeah you won’t be able to climb hills by then (Italian accent)” so i thought shit he might be right, i better get going then hahahahahaha, love ya dad, thanks for the courage I needed, well not courage, just the blessing of my girls to go for it.
Perito Moreno Glacier Boat Tour, 10-12 hours, picked up from my hostel, half hour drive or so to Punto Bandera, a light lunch provided and an incredible up close and personal encounter with the Glaciers’, Lago Argentino……..
Happy New Year!
This morning I got up a little later than usual, I kissed my girls while they were still asleep and whispered happy new year my love…..I picked up my eldest daughter from a friends so that we could all be together for the beginning of the year. One went off to work….Family is everything.
I called my best friend in Adelaide and she was the one I wanted to say hi to first for 2019, express my love and gratitude for our friendship over the years.
I put on a load of washing, hung, healthy breakfast for lunch, a little tidy up and now time for me, a goal that I intend to keep this year, time to take care of me, what I love and acknowledge who I love.
I hope to share with you at least one professional image per day from my travels, some yet to be edited and some of my favourites from my past adventures, this year the aim is to find a little more balance and a closer relationship focusing on the VIP’s in my life, keeping it simple and real, still loving the minimalist life that I have embraced over the last few years, less truly is more in every respect.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of your support, likes and comments, it’s very much appreciated.
For my “me’ time hour today I will be editing my favourite images from Jökulsárlón Glacia Lagoon, Iceland, Sharing the first image that I love from that incredible time I spent with my eldest daughter on our trip to Iceland. Enjoy.
From Vik to Reykjavik .
Sometime life throws a few surprises your way which can restores your faith just like that!
I got up that morning thinking come on God, you gotta bring something, 6 hours is a long time in a town of 800 as pretty as it is, bring that adventure, and so he did.
It’s been a lot of downs in the last 6 months although some quite welcomed like coming down the mountain after a tough walk up against the elements. I thank God this planned trip come up when it did, nature is my favourite therapy.
So I’m not going to go into why I didn’t hire a car, lets just say I travel differently when I have my daughter/s with me.
After a great few days in Vik it was time to checkout out at 10am no buses back to Reykjavik until 4pm so I thought i would ask if anyone was going back, well the first girl I asked didn’t speak English that well but said, “wait for my friend”, so I did, how good is that 2 lovely German girls said Yes! So I rushed upstairs with a smile on my face, feeling great, I said “Charlotte get your shit together, Mumma’s got us a ride”, her face! lol I reassured her it was ok and then added, ‘This is how I roll”, well if i have too, usually very self sufficient. Iceland is not like most places I have visited, public transport is few and far between.
The Girls asked if we were in a rush, “nope” so off we went, they had a few places on their list to visit and I let them in on a few more that we had planned to visit that we would of missed out on had it not been for these generous woman. The day was spent stopping at some amazing locations, good laugh and chat with our new friends.
Come on you know I’m not a taker, I’m usually the giver, so of course, we invited them to crash at our apartment as they had an early flight the next day. A the world is once again balanced.
What a blessing, thank you lovely ladies for a great day.
I read a few articles about people being killed here, so if you ever visit, please be careful as the waves come out of nowhere, safety first peeps.
With the days shorter during winter in The Faroe Islands most days we would set out long before dawn to make the most of the day.
Still adjusting to the time difference, in a dream state, Anticipating the new landscape to be explored.
On the bus on the way to Klaksvík from Torshavn, a sudden burst of light out of the darkness, this pretty little town appeared across the water out of nowhere, My eyes widened and my heart lit up, it danced for only a short time, the clouds rolled over the sun and it was suddenly hidden again, my smile remained as I knew it was still there.
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Salar De Uyuni a rather large mirror I have ever seen, incredible reflections on the salt flats, apparently the largest in the world, Heck of a journey to get here although well worth the trip. The Perfect way to end the day of a 3 day tours, A magical sunset. A 3 day tour is approximately 100 USD, including accommodation, some meals, sharing with 6 people in a 4wd, nothing flash although a great way to get around on a budget. You can purchase this image and more here. Bolivia, Nikon D810
Los Cuernos, The Horns of Patagonia.
Just before dawn I set out on my first trek, fresh, windy although not freezing or maybe I had just the right about of layers on. It was so windy at times I had to stop and sit, the wind picking up water from the near by lake was like little stings to my face, how good it is to be alive and a witness to this magical place. How wonderful it was to have the track all to myself, the clouds were low and quit thick and most of the times hidden…I still felt the magic, singing fav tunes to myself along the way…….
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Ollantaytambo, Peru, The last Fortress of The Incas. Personal Journey
At the far end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas hides a precious gem only a few tourists to Peru have on their radar including myself until I was given the heads up. Nice to just go with the flow….
The ancient Inca fortress was built around the middle of the 15th century and is the second most well-preserved ruin in Peru. Ollantaytambo is separated into 4 distinct areas: The ancient town, the temple hill, the ceremonial area and the agricultural sector. While there are other things to do in Ollantaytambo, I opted for an easier day, after a walk up to the top, chilling and enjoying the view, a nice cold drink at a local cafe and watched daily life and entertaining ordinary moments. It was nice to slow down the last week of my South America journey.
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Wow direct flights to Santiago, Chile!!!!
Cerro Santa Lucia.
An early morning walk, the streets were quiet and my journey had begun……………. Well worth climb to the top, the views were spectacular, a lovely introduction to the city of Santiago and a little training for treks to follow.
Spectacular Panoramic View of Santiago
Walk up for about 45 minutes or take the cable cart to the top, a great introduction to Santiago city, a bit foggy so the Andes were not as clear as I would have liked, i heard after the rain is the best time for better visibility, next time maybe?? FYI
Llama at first site.
What a great site after coming down the hill, super soft, super cute, the owner was saying it’s ok squeeze him tight, all i could hear in my mind was my eldest daughter saying, “careful he might spit on you”, nope he was just as sweet as can be, a great way to start my travels through South America.
Along the way so many may cross your paths, some noticed and some un noticed, I absolutely enjoyed encountering this living creative full of confidence. Ha, an amazing place suspending in time and definitely it’s own charm. Want to checkout more of my work?
What can one say about Bhutan, it’s peaceful, quiet, stunning landscape, the light breeze and the sound of prayer flags, I laid down as close to the edge, listen to the sounds and watched those flags, dance in the wind. No other sounds, it was magical. You can purchase this image here and many others.