Some snapshots from Ortigia in Siracusa & Taormina located on the island of Sicily in Italy north of Malta.
We went to Sicily for a week, to get away from it all. Here we rented a villa, Villa Cristina, located in a rural area, but not too far from Siracusa. Simple yet cozy accommodation. The garden was huge and there were orange and olive trees, banana plants, grapes, tomatoes, chili peppers, herbs and much more. I love basil!Sweet tomatoes! I can eat Cherry tomatoes like candies!These bananas were not edible but the flowering herb was both decorative and exotic.
Did you know that banana plants are the world’s largest herb!
Above you see some images from the garden where we could pick and eat whatever we liked. There’s more to find in the garden and we did some trips with our car to a few towns and secluded beaches. More to come from Sicily in Italy!
It was a long time since I felt as relaxed as during our stay in Sicily. Away from it all, away from the outside world. Perhaps something we all need from time to time, completely without any internet access.
My favorite place is where I live my daily life on the small island of Malta. But after almost eighteen years in this country, another favorite place is my former hometown of Stockholm in Sweden. It´s exiting to be like a tourist and explore what’s new and to visit old favorite places from where I have so many memories.Riddarholmen is an island in Mälaren and a district in central Stockholm, belonging to Södermalm’s district. The island, together with the Old Town, constitutes Stockholm’s historic center.It´s not easy to choose but The Old Town, Gamla Stan, is a favorite place I always try to visit.
Here the alleys are long, many and narrow. It has happened that I’ve almost got lost.A visit to one of Stockholm’s food markets is a must. This is from Östermalmshallarna.At Södermalm you´ll find many old well-preserved houses. You almost get a feeling of being moved to the countryside, though you are in the middle of the city.
The only time of year I try to avoid visiting Sweden is during the winter. But when you see these, you know that spring has arrived! The best time of the year to visit Sweden is in the summer.…and when you see this, you get another proof of Spring, or at least almost. As soon as there are degrees above zero and a blue sky, you’ll have to sit outside if you’re in Sweden, even if it’s only 10 degrees.
I love Italy and from Malta to Sicily it only takes 90 minutes by ferry. You can take a day trip or stay over the weekend. We went to Taormina, a city with a lovely Italian atmosphere, wonderful food and so nice people. And the best part is that you can take your little puppy with you…
Click on an image to enlarge.
Growth in nature provides nutrition to fruits and vegetables. We use leftovers as decorations.
There was a wedding that took place here high above the clouds. No greenery without growth. Growth among clouds and mountains high above Kota Kinabalu town. Growth puts people at work who provide food for themselves and the people.
At the market in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Sabah, also known as “Land of the Wind”, which comes from the author of Agnes Keith’s first book in 1939. A kind of growth, in the history…
To celebrate the end of the year, this week we share the most meaningful photo we’ve taken in 2017.
Wild Proboscis are only found in Borneo and Indonesia. With a threatening extinction it´s amazing to get the chance to meet this unique species in their natural environment. Moments I`ll never forget.A favorite picture I took in Permai Rainforest in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia in April 2017.
Last but not least. After four years of waiting, I finally got my beloved four-legged little puppy home to Malta. A long-awaited new family member, an amazing dog that will bring a lot of joy for many years to come.
An island, covered by thick tropical vegetation on its topside and ringed by an endless pure white sandy beach and crystal clear water. This jewel-like tiny island in the Sulu Sea is a real beauty and a place for serenity.
Lankayan Island in Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.
Riverbank Suite, Hilton, Sarawak State Legislative Assembly and Kuching City Mosque. Not exactly in that order 😉
Goodbye to all the amazing people we meet in the market and on the streets.
Symbols, Culture and traditions.Kuching, a city in harmony, as written.
I almost forgot the amazing animals! Proboscis and OrangUtans are only found in Borneo, and there are lots of different kinds of birds. The rainforest in Sarawak is unique, these pics are from my last visit in Borneo.Hopefully our flowers look the same as when we left Malta five weeks ago.I’m not worried I just hope everything will go well. I’m looking forward to come back home to Malta. Then, after a week fly to Sweden and pick up our new family member Fanny, it will be fun and quite exiting!
There are always something going on here in Kuching. This is from the Open Food Market in China town. Carpenter Street was closed for traffic and instead of cars there were hustle and bustle of a completely different kind. As usual you must click on the pics in the gallery to see them in larger format.Here you can buy cotton candy and get a smile for free.
I felt it quite difficult to take pictures in the twilight mixed with fluorescent lamps so the images are not the best but still I want to share at least a part of this event and hope you enjoy.
A pedestrian on the new bridge here in Kuching. It’s not open to the public yet, what we see as a silhouette is a worker. I don’t think the bridge will open before we leave and fly back home to Malta. Just over a week left.
Pedestrians in another part of the world. An early morning walk in the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. I always try to spend some time in this part of Stockholm when I visit my hometown. Soon I’ll be there.
It lights up in different colors at night, is very curvy, which makes it much longer to walk from one end to the other and the pillars are shaped like a Hornbill. Kuching is located in Sarawak and is called “Land of the Hornbills”. I really do looking forward to be a pedestrian on that bridge when it´s completed.
Flatbed, covered heads
Ride on by, spirits are high
Salty like sardines
–Kalaw, Myanmar–Stories in the shack
Men in turbans and slippers
Parted lips, shared tale
—Gulmarg, Kashmir, India–Swinging shepherd´s staff
Never too young to lead herd
Hooves follow footstep
— Kalaw, Myanmar–
Det här inlägget är skapat med Kristallina i åtanke eftersom jag tror mig veta att hon uppskattar kombinationen Fotografi/Hauki väldigt mycket 🙂 🙂 …och jag har ganska så många bilder från utställningen här i Kuching. Förhoppningsvis är det fler som uppskattar kombinationen.
Känns lite ovanligt att fotografera och lägga ut vad någon annan fotograferat, utan att nämna fotografens namn, som jag faktiskt inte lyckats hitta, men de här inläggen blir undantag.
It feels a bit unusual to photograph and post what someone else have photographed, without mentioning the photographers name, which I actually couldn’t find, but these posts are exceptions. Hopefully, you enjoy the combination of Photography & Haiku from the Art & Culture Exhibition, which is now taking place along the Sarawak river here in Kuching.
Yesterday, when I went out for a walk with my camera, I thought about what really gives a city its character. How much can windows and architecture tell about a city. These are all from Kuching in Borneo, Malaysia. Sarawak has it all – diversity, nature and adventure, also called “The Land of Hornbills”.
This is my second entry in this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. You’ll find my last post here.
Here are some more images from the ongoing Photo exhibition along the Sarawak River here in Kuching. Hope you enjoy.
“Mahogany soft – Dark brown eyes, lit from within – She knows a secret“
Tinsukia, India.“Hooded eyes, tanned skin – Wearing a hat and a grin – Camera ready”
Kota Gede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
“Art needles her face – Heritage patterned in inc – A walking vision”
Mrauk – U, Myanmar.“Joy should be simple – Like a dip in the river – Emerging reborn”
Inle Lake, Myanmar.
Yesterday, when I went out for a walk, there was a photo exhibition along the Sarawak River. I became so enthusiastic to photograph the amazing pictures and totally forgot to even think about setting my own camera, it was very close to the sunset. Anyway, I took some pictures that I would like to share.To each picture there was a short text, but I mixed it up. Today when I go out I’ll try to be more organized. These are just a few of many photographs along the river, which shows people from different cultures in Asia. More to come…
Kuching is divided by the Sarawak River where locals often catch fish and shellfish. There are plenty of fish in the river and fishing boats leave the nearby harbor early mornings so you can buy fresh fish in the local market.
The Sarawak River is listed as a location of the Crocodile Removal Zones, whereby the presence of crocodiles in this area pose serious human/crocodile conflicts. In July a 2.5 meter long Sarawak crocodile meet its end. This one was luckily behind bars at a rehabilitation center when I took the picture.Getting from one side to the other is easy with small primitive boats. It takes a few minutes and cost 50 cent. A footbridge will be finished at the end of the year. That´s great for me who love long brisk walks.Sunday stroll. Having a dog as a pet isn’t common here in Kuching because of the Muslims. For some reason, they don’t like dogs. In my thoughts I can see my funny little Fanny horsing around among the dismayed Muslims 😉 ..with all due respect!
When in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, don’t miss the birds!
The bird’s bill is a remarkably adaptable and useful instrument. Click on an image to enlarge.Distracted.In my opinion, the most beautiful one with its amazing feather suit.
You will find Kuala Lumpur Bird Park only 10 min drive away from the hustle and bustle in the city centre of KL. Most of the birds in the park are let free in the bird sanctuary which closely resembles their natural habitat. This free-flight concept allows the birds to breed naturally in this unique environment.
En arkivbild som jag hittade när jag satt och bläddrade bland mina Minnesbilder. Den här är från San Francisco i Kalifornien under vår tre veckor långa Road Trip California år 2014. Fann flera foton som jag helt glömt bort och aldrig använt. Fastande förstås i mina tankar bland alla minnen och hundratals bilder. More to come…
First Generation, Fullerton.
This work by Chong Fah Cheong transports us back to the early days of Singapore where children frolicked by the Singapore River, indulging in tree climbings and river jumpings.
Cornelis Vreeswijk, trubadur, kompositör och poet som med sin personliga utstrålning och sinnrika texter blev en folkkär vissångare. En fjäder i hatten har han inte här men en väldigt fin merit vilket betyder detsamma. Trettio år har gått sedan han gick bort. Statyn finns på Södermalm i Stockholm, i Cornelisparken förstås.
Motsvarigheten ska då vara Gubbe men jag tänker Farbror som känns lite mer släktbetonat 😉
Den mest positiva och absolut finaste definitionen jag någonsin hört om tanter finns bland kommentarerna. “Glöm inte att gamla tanter, är coola Tjejer, som fått leva länge.” Tack Svante!
Eget tema 4 / Tant
Att fotografera är en konst i sig. Att finna motiv, fånga ljus, stämningar och färger. Vi fotograferar, bildbehandlar och lägger ut våra alster till allmänt beskådande för att låta bilden bedömas utifrån andras intryck, vi vill synas. Fotokonst är resultatet av vad vi skapar, oavsett bedömning och där varje bild är unik.
Eget tema 2/Fotokonst