The image above shows a group of curious boys peering in our window. We had stopped in a remote rural village for directions while lost between Agra and Jaipur, India.
I travel to learn and grow, enlarge my focus, and to make meaningful connections with new cultures and people. My travel memories are a library of hundreds of stacked volumes, some dusty and others well worn. Editing images to share is a difficult task but let me show a few which I love.
Walking through a tiny lane in Shanghai we spotted a young boy studying. A few minutes earlier we saw his mother scream at him to put down a comic book. He began to read his lessons in earnest, seemingly oblivious to the hundreds of people passing by.
While cycling with a friend in the Ardeche region of France we came upon a beautiful medieval bridge. I wondered about the people who traveled across it, and what their lives were like almost a 1000 years ago.
I was mesmerized by the beauty and grace of these Balinese dancers at the Tegallalang Ogoh Ogoh Festival outside of Ubud. They were quietly elegant in a very frenetic and crazy environment.
On a warm evening we watched competitors train for the “Joust of the Saracen”, or the Giostra del Saracino, in the ancient square of Arezzo, Italy.
The spring fed ponds in Kapoho, on the Big Island, are beautiful and amazing. This image almost puts me in a trance!
We spotted a monk while exploring the Bayon temple at Angkor Thom. The juxtaposition of the temple carving and the monk was amazing.
Commerce takes many innovative forms. This butcher in Hanoi used a motorcycle to get his hogs to market.
One can become totally lost in the labyrinthine souks of Marrakech, but what a wonderful experience!
We felt the Sacred Way near Beijing was almost ours alone.
Lunch becomes art with a delicious Caprese salad and fabulous bruschetta at Fornillo Beach near Positano on the Amalfi Coast.
And sunsets anywhere! The Andaman sea glows with a fantastic sunset in Krabi, Thailand.
May your travels take you to amazing places.
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
All images by Dick Gentry