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Entry Gate, Chengdu, China

Entry Gate, Chengdu, China

Conques (Concas in occitan) is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France, in the Midi-Pyrénées region.
Wikipedia Excerpt: The village is located at the confluence of the Dourdou and Ouche rivers. It is built on a hillside and has classic narrow Medieval streets. As a result, large vehicles (such as buses) cannot enter the historic town centre but must park outside. Consequently, most day visitors enter on foot and, as at least one overnight visitor has observed, the majority of the tourists depart in the late afternoon, leaving the town much less crowded. The town was largely passed by in the nineteenth century, and was saved from oblivion by the efforts of a small number of dedicated people. As a result, the historic core of the town has very little construction dating from between 1800 and 1950, leaving the medieval structures remarkably intact. The roads have been paved, and modern-day utility lines are buried.

Conques (Concas in occitan) is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France, in the Midi-Pyrénées region.

Wikipedia Excerpt: The village is located at the confluence of the Dourdou and Ouche rivers. It is built on a hillside and has classic narrow Medieval streets. As a result, large vehicles (such as buses) cannot enter the historic town centre but must park outside. Consequently, most day visitors enter on foot and, as at least one overnight visitor has observed, the majority of the tourists depart in the late afternoon, leaving the town much less crowded. The town was largely passed by in the nineteenth century, and was saved from oblivion by the efforts of a small number of dedicated people. As a result, the historic core of the town has very little construction dating from between 1800 and 1950, leaving the medieval structures remarkably intact. The roads have been paved, and modern-day utility lines are buried.

The Selman Marrakech. ~ Photo by Grégoire Gardette  
THE SELMAN MARRAKECH HOTEL OPENS IN MOROCCO

The Selman Marrakech. ~ Photo by Grégoire Gardette  

THE SELMAN MARRAKECH HOTEL OPENS IN MOROCCO

Offshore of Maldives - ( photo by lbsmsp @ Flickr)

Offshore of Maldives - ( photo by lbsmsp @ Flickr)

Sightseeing by Swiss Train 

Sightseeing by Swiss Train 

The resort “Jade Mountain” is located in the eastern Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.

The resort “Jade Mountain” is located in the eastern Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.

Airstream Rally

I remember waiting for the school bus when I was a small child and seeing the caravans of Airstreams filled with retirees and expatriots headed to Mexican beaches.  The retirees’ dollars went further and it was an exotic escape from the years of watching the clock waiting for their quitting time.  It was a trip into “freedom”.  

It happened every autumn.  

I don’t remember seeing the long trains headed back, probably because they each picked their own time of when to return to their “regular” lives, when they needed to see the grandkids, when they needed to head back for their other tribal groups such as Elks, Moose, and Mason meets.

It was exciting to think of being on the open road, in a self-contained unit, in a caravan with other escapees from the mundane grind of daily life.



Laguna Colorada

This eerie lake in Bolivia has blood red water and is dotted with strange white islands made of borax, the same stuff used in many detergents.
 
The color of the water comes from tinted sediment and a large amount of red algae, which thrive here. Even more striking, pink flamingos often wade in its waters, adding to the contrasts of this otherworldly landscape.

Photo: Noemi Galera/Flickr
 

Andean Flamingos (Phoenicopterus andinus), Lag...

Laguna Colorada

This eerie lake in Bolivia has blood red water and is dotted with strange white islands made of borax, the same stuff used in many detergents.
 
The color of the water comes from tinted sediment and a large amount of red algae, which thrive here. Even more striking, pink flamingos often wade in its waters, adding to the contrasts of this otherworldly landscape.
Photo: Noemi Galera/Flickr
 
Palawan Starfish - Photo/Laine Trees

Palawan Starfish - Photo/Laine Trees

Fuerteventura is the closest Spain comes to the African Coast—only 60 miles from the coast of Morocco. The second largest of the Canary Islands has been enjoying a renaissance of tourism over the last several years.

Fuerteventura is the closest Spain comes to the African Coast—only 60 miles from the coast of Morocco. The second largest of the Canary Islands has been enjoying a renaissance of tourism over the last several years.

London at Nightfall

London at Nightfall

Night Life in a Village in Turkey

Night Life in a Village in Turkey

The Sarojin Hotel, Thailand  (Night View)

The Sarojin Hotel, Thailand  (Night View)

The Sarojin Hotel, Thailand 

The Sarojin Hotel, Thailand