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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. One of the oldest national parks in South-east Europe and the largest national park in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka Jezera) National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. The beauty of the park is how different the natural surroundings appear depending on the season. Here we see how nature really is a work of art, as flowing water swirls around rocks covered in moss; serenaded by a landscape bathed in green. Photo by Michel Guntern, TravelNotes.org https://photos.travelnotes.org/ Croatia National Park Plitvice Lakes National Park Travel Travel Photography UNESCO World Heritage Site Beauty In Nature Forest Green Color Landscape Lush Foliage Nature No People Outdoors River Rural Scene Scenics Sunlight Tourism Tranquil Scene Travelpics Tree Water Waterfall WoodLand
Cuba in The Time of Castro. When I visited Havana, Cuba the Soviet Union was still intact and Fidel Castro was a very popular revolutionary figure around the Caribbean's largest island. Sure some people wouldn't talk about politics, even if they wouldn't be heard, but to outlast nine American presidents is no mean feat. Fidel finally passed away at the age of ninety and many would remember him as a global icon. On the northern coast of the island, the port of Havana is situated on one of the safest harbours in the world; less than 100 miles from Key West. Havana's 16th-century Fort Morro is in good condition and affords a wonderful view of the city. Although there were many shortages in Havana, due to the US trade embargo back then, it was still one of the most interesting places to visit in Latin America. Another old fortress, that was built to protect the Havana approach, is Castillo de la Punta; on the western side of the strait. The old city, with its narrow, crooked streets, and historic landmarks is near the inner entrance to the harbour. You can even have a drink in Ernest Hemmingway's favourite bar; if you don't mind sitting shoulder to shoulder with tour groups in straw hats. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception dates from 1656. You should also visit the former palace of the colonial governors; now the City Hall. It was completed in 1792 and is an excellent example of Spanish colonial architecture. The city post office dates from 1575 and was once the Church of San Francisco. The main boulevard is the Paseo de Marti, or Prado, while the Avenida del Puerto extends along the edge of the bay, for cooling breezes on a humid evening. If you can't make it to Cuba, enjoy this wonderful scene. Photo by Michel Guntern, TravelNotes.org https://photos.travelnotes.org/ Couple Cuba El Morro Havana Havanna, Cuba Lighthouse Loving Reflecting Pool Travel Travel Photography Adult Blue Blue Sky Caribbean Castillo Clear Sky Colonial Cuban Cuban Flag Day Fort In Love Outdoors People Sky
Us Navy Off Pattaya US Navy anchors off Pattaya for some well deserved rest and recuperation in the leisure capital of Thailand. During the day Pattaya looks like just any other beach, but at night the another activity cranks into over-drive along Pattaya's Beach Road. Pattaya is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok. Photo by Michel Guntern, TravelNotes.org https://photos.travelnotes.org/ ASIA Paragliding Pattaya Phatthaya Relaxing Thai Thailand Travel Travel Photography US Navy Vacations Beach Beach Chairs Beach Scene  Blue Group Of People Leisure Activity Navy Ocean Parasol Sailing Sand Sea Sea And Sky Vertical
Autumn In Baden Baden. Driving through Baden-Baden, a spa town in south-western Germany's Black Forest region, in the early hours of Halloween, the morning mist gently lifts as the sun picks out the autumnal colours of the leaves decorating the trees in the famous Kurgarten. Nature presented the perfect photo opportunity in the spa garden before the crowds of morning shoppers arrived. If you're looking for colourful reminder of Autumn for your wall this could be the ideal image for you. https://photos.travelnotes.org/ Baden-Baden Baden-Württemberg  Colours Golden Horizontal Kurgarten Nature Autumn Autumnal Beauty In Nature Colour Day Forest Ladscape Leaf Leaves Nature No People Outdoor Outdoors Park Scenics Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree
Ganvie lake dwellings near Cotonou, Benin - West Africa. The most accessible attraction from Cotonou is the lake dwellings at Ganvie. Share-taxis to the landing stage at Abomey-Calavi leave from the Dan Topka market at the end of Boulevard Saint Michel, in Cotonou. http://pics.travelnotes.org Abomey African Benin Business Stories Michel Guntern Nokoue Teamwork Tourist Attraction  Travel West Africa Working Africa Blue Headwear Lake Lake Dwellings Men On The Lake Outdoors Paddle People Real People Rear View Travelpics Water
Upper Barrakka Saluting Battery. Entering from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta's Saluting Battery (Batterija tas-Salut) overlooks Fort St. Angelo and the rest of the Grand Harbour. Once used for firing ceremonial gun salutes, as well as signalling time to the islanders and passing ships, history is brought to life at noon and 4pm daily. The firing of the gun has become one of Malta's most popular visitor attractions. Gun Harbour Salute Saluting Battery Travel Travel Photography Upper Barrakka Gardens Architecture Building Exterior Built Structure Canon Day Fort Gardens Grand Harbour High Angle View Nature Noon Gun Outdoors Sea Ships Sky Travel Destinations Valletta Water
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. One of the oldest national parks in South-east Europe and the largest national park in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka Jezera) National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. Sometimes a black and white image just looks better on the wall. Photo by Michel Guntern, TravelNotes.org https://photos.travelnotes.org/ Black & White Croatia Jezerce National Park Plitvice Lakes National Park Beauty In Nature Black And White Branch Day Forest Growth Nature No People Outdoors Plitvice River Scenics The Way Forward Tourism Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree Tree Trunk Water Waterfall
Girls Just Wanna Have Sun. Sun-tanned woman in thong strolling along the sandy shoreline, just enjoying life on the beach while surfers try to catch a few waves. Tans from luxury destinations may fade, but the memories will last forever. http://pics.travelnotes.org Hikkaduwa Michel Guntern Travel Vacations Woman Beach Blue Blue Sky Clear Sky Full Length Horizon Over Water Ocean One Person Outdoors Real People Sand Sea Sunny Day Surfers Thong Travel Pics Vacations Walking Water Waves
Songkran In Vientiane, Laos. Children playing with water at the Songkran water splashing festival in Vientiane, Laos. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ ASIA Children Horizontal Kids Playing Songkran Songkran Festival Travel Travel Photography Trees Vientiane Asian Girl Candid Cycling Cyclists Day Laos Outdoors People Playing Real People Road Splashing Street Photography Transportation Water
Which walk to take; The Valley or Key Point? In early summer, the Valley route offers great views of the herb fields. The track includes swing bridges that look scary to some people but are fun for others. If you do start the Valley hike, be sure to complete it. If you find it too challenging, Kea Point is an easier walk; with views of the Mueller Glacier. Either way, the walks through grass lands feel so close to the towering, snow-covered mountain peaks. If you like it steeper, try Red Tarns. Or just hang a large, framed picture on your wall and enjoy the view; while seated in your favourite chair. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Couple Kea Point Rear View Travel Photography Beauty In Nature Day Full Length Grass Hiking Landscape Lifestyles Mountain Mountain Range Nature Outdoors People Real People Rear View Scenics Sky Snow Togetherness Travel Pics Two People Walking
Hedwig Fountain - Lindenhof, Zurich. Hedwig Fountain, with a statue commemorating the 1291 defense of the town by the women of Zurich against Albert I of Germany. Once the site of a Roman fort, and later a palace of Charlemagne's grandson, Lindenhof is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Fountain Houses Shade Travel Travel Photography Trees View Zürich Architecture Bare Tree Building Exterior Built Structure City Clear Day Day Lindenhof Lindenhof Zürich Outdoors Shadow Sky Still Townhouses Travel Pics Trees And Sky Wide Angle
Paradeplatz - Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich. Located in the middle of Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse, between the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) and Zurichsee (Lake Zurich), Paradeplatz is an important tram junction connecting the north, east, south and west of 'Switzerland's Little Big City'. Zurich Transport (ZVV) tram maps and free copies of the latest Zurich in Your Pocket travel guide are available at Paradeplatz to help tourists make the most of their visit to Zurich. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Bahnhofstrasse Casual City Façade Going To Work Modern Life Paradeplatz Tourists Tram Stop Transportation Travel Travel Photography UBS Bank Waiting Zürich Buildings Candid Clear Day Daily Life People Real People Street Scene Switzerland Trams Travel Pics
Grossmunster, Wasserkirche and Munsterbrucke - Zurich. Wasserkirche and Helmhaus museum - with Grossmunster to the left - as seen from Stadthausquai and Munsterbrucke. The Wasserkirche (Water Church) was originally built on a small island where, according to legend, the city's martyrs Felix and Regula were executed by the Romans. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Church Cityscape Travel Travel Photography Zürich Arches Architecture Bridge Bridge - Man Made Structure Building Exterior Churches City Day Grossmünster Münsterbrücke Outdoors Place Of Worship Religion Spirituality Switzerland Tourist Attractions Travel Destinations Travel Pics Wasserkirche Water
Wasserkirche - Limmatquai, Zurich. The Zurich Wasserkirche (Water Church) is located at Limmatquai 31, on the corner of Munsterbrucke. Trams 4 and 15 stop right outside (Helmhaus tram stop). In front of the Wasserkirche church stands a statue of Ulrich (Huldrych) Zwingli (1 Jan 1484 - 11 Oct 1531). The Swiss Reformer is described as an Humanist, Bible translator, and Head of the Zurich Church. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Church Kirche Little Big City Michel Guntern Street View Tourist Attraction  Tram Travel Photography Zürich Architecture Blue Sky Building Exterior Clear Sky Daily Life Day Outdoors Place Of Worship Religion Street Photography Swiss Tourism Switzerland Tourism Tram Lines Travel Pics Wasserkirche
Säntis Transmission Tower. The 123.5 metre high transmission tower, located at the peak of the Säntis in the Appenzell Alps of Switzerland, was commissioned in November 1997. Looking up from below, the design of the tower resembles the nose of a rocket ready to blast-off in to the future. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Appenzell Alps Graphic Modern Säntis Take Off Travel Photography Alps Architecture Blue Blue Sky Building Exterior Built Structure Clear Sky Day Design Mountains No People Outdoors Peak Sky Switzerland Tower Transmission Tower Vertical Windows
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy. A good time to visit the UNESCO listed Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy historical sites would be around the month of April, but not at Easter. Some of the access roads are so narrow that I can imagine it would be horrendous to visit these sacred places when the pilgrim crowds do. The somewhat strenuous uphill walking involved wouldn't be so idyllic in the summer months either Crown Of Thorns Jesus Lombardy Michel Guntern Northern Italy Ossuccio Red Sacri Monti Sacro Monte Di Ossuccio Travel Travel Photography Close-up Eyes Italian Italy Lombardia Piedmont Pilgrimage Religion Religious  Sacred Sculpture Sculptures Statue Travelpics
The Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen (Neuhausen am Rheinfall), in northern Switzerland, is the largest plain waterfall in Europe. Schloss Laufen sits within touching distance of this natural wonder; so close that you can feel the spray on your face. Visitors can walk around the falls or get a close-up feel of the water's force by taking a boat trip. Rhine Falls, Laufen-Uhwiesen, Switzerland. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Michel Guntern Natural Beauty Rheinfall Rhine Falls Sightseeing Tourist Attraction  Tourists Travel Travel Photography Boat Flag Motion Nature Outdoors River Scenics Schaffhausen Spray Swiss Flag Switzerland Tourism Travel Pics Water Waterfall Waterfalls
The Bogenbrucke (arched bridge) in Binn, Valais is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance. The Binntal (Binn valley) is also famous for its rich mineral deposits and is popular with hikers; but then where isn't, in Switzerland. Autumn Binntal Hiking Houses Michel Guntern Minerals Schweiz Suisse  Travel Travel Photography Valais Arch Arched Bridge Binn Blue Sky Bogenbrücke Mountain No People Stone Bridge Swiss Switzerland Travel Pics Village Wallis Wooden
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. One of the oldest national parks in South-east Europe and the largest national park in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka Jezera) National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. http://pics.travelnotes.org Croatia Green Michel Guntern National Park Natural Nature Plitvice Lakes Plitvice Lakes National Park Travel Travel Photography Trees UNESCO World Heritage Site Beauty In Nature Croatian Europe Forest Lakes  No People Outdoors Tourism Tranquil Scene Travel Pics Walkway Water Waterfalls
'Lest We Forget' comes from a poem, Recessional, written by Rudyard Kipling. Kipling also created other iconic memorial wording, including 'Known Unto God'. Many travel companies offer battlefield tours in Belgium and France, but it's easy enough to do it on your own with a quality guidebook, map and brochures from the local tourist office. World War One Highlights 28 Jun, 1914: Franz Ferdinand (Archduke of Austria) is assassinated in Sarajevo. 18 Oct, 1914: The first Battle of Ypres begins. 1 Jul, 1916: The Battle of the Somme begins. 6 Apr, 1917: The United States enter the conflict by declaring war on Germany. 11 Nov, 1918: Germany sign the armistice agreement to officially bring an end to the First World War. http://pics.travelnotes.org Belgium Flanders France Lest We Forget Michel Guntern Travel Photography Trees Unknown Soldier Cemetery Clouds Day Graves Gravestone Memorial Memorials No People Outdoors Overcast Remembrance Serene Sky Text Thoughtful Travel Destinations Word War 1
Armistice Clearing In Compiegne. Fighting on the Western Front ceased at the 11th hour; on the 11th day, of the 11th month after The Armistice was signed in the forest of Compiegne in 1918. The clearing at Compiegne did not exist in 1918 when the German train from Tergnier pulled up alongside the one used by Marshal Foch as his mobile headquarters. The Clairiere de l'Armistice was laid out in 1922, with a museum building now housing a copy of the railway carriage used to sign the 1918 Armistice. Adolf Hitler had the original taken away during World War II. http://pics.travelnotes.org 11th Hour 1918 France French Flags Green Memorial Michel Guntern Travel Travel Photography Trees Western Front Armistice Blue Sky Building Exterior Compiegne  Forest Clearing Museum Outdoors Park - Man Made Space Railway Carriage Railway Siding Sky Travel Pics Tree World War 1
Lest We Forget - 1914-1918 To commemorate the centenary of the First World War years (1914-1918), we created a Travel Notes Calendar to remember the fallen; those who served in the military campaigns fighting for our freedom. This photo was used on the cover. Lest We Forget was originally penned in the poem 'Recessional', by Rudyard Kipling; actually dedicated to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897; asking God to spare the British Empire, 'lest we forget' (the sacrifice of Christ). The phrase passed into common usage across the British Commonwealth, after World War I; becoming linked with Remembrance Day, as a plea not to forget past sacrifices. 'Lest We Forget' is often found on war memorials, or used as an epitaph. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ 1914-1918 Belgium Flanders Flanders Fields For The Fallen Lest We Forget Michel Guntern Travel Photography Ypres Calendar Close-up Cover Fields Flanders Poppy No People Poppies  Poppies Field Poppies In Corn Poppy Field Red Reef Remembrance Remembrance Sunday Travel Pics World War One
Holy Cow in India. The cow is sacred in India; and woe betide the driver who doesn't swerve into a field to avoid them. Cows are not penned into fields here, and in the smaller towns and villages they wander wherever they like. An Indian woman, going about her daily life outside her house in Jaisalmer, doesn't notice the cows while she's busy sweeping the front step; nor me, it seems. http://pics.travelnotes.org Double Exposure Green India Looking At Camera Michel Guntern Second Acts Travel Travel Photography Woman Animal Themes Close-up Cows Day Holy Cow Jaisalmer Livestock Outdoors Pair Real People Stare Street Scene Sweeping Step Travel Pics Woman At Work Yellow
2017 French Presidential Candidates on display in the village of Bossee, Indre-et-Loire, France. France 2017 French Presidential Candidates Election 2017 Bossee Village Life Posters People Green Trees Tranquil Scene Portraits EyeEmDiversity Marine Le Pen Politics Politicians Resist If Trees Could Speak
New Five Pound Notes. The Bank of England admitted that the new five pound notes contain animal fat, sparking something of an outrage among vociferous vegans and vegetarians on social media. According to a Bank of England reply to a tweet on 28th November, 2016 the new plastic fivers are made with a trace of tallow (Hi @Jools_Orca there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pallets used in the base substrate of the polymer £5 notes); a substance derived from boiled carcasses of animals and used in the making of many candles and soaps. The main components in rendered animal fats can also be found in thousands of other everyday products, including lipstick, plastic bags, cycle tyres, crayons, and latex condoms. The Royal Mint released the polymer note, featuring a portrait of Winston Churchill, on 13th September, 2016. While serial number AA01 000001 was given to The Queen, some of the other early serial numbers have already been offered online for hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Other eBay auctions have closed with less than the face value being paid. Designed to be cleaner, safer, stronger and flexible the new £5 polymer note is the first of the Bank of England's currency notes not to be printed on paper. For all their flexibility, the new fivers do bend and it is advisable not to fold them, says Bank of England governor Mark Carney, as it could damage the plastic. There was also an uproar when Sir Winston Churchill was chosen to be featured on the rear (replacing 19th-century welfare reformer Elizabeth Fry, one of only two women to appear on British currency not including the Queen of England) which just goes to show that you can't please everyone. I actually like the note and the printed Winston quote: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat'. Polymer tenners are scheduled to be introduced in 2017, featuring Jane Austen (with the quote: 'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading'); and plastic twenties could be in circulation by 2020. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Animal Fat Bank Notes Bank Of England Blue British Currency Enjoy The New Normal Five Pound Note Five Pound Notes Flexible London Money My Year My View New New Money Notes Plastic Polymer Portrait Queen's Head Royal Mint Tallow The Queen Winston Churchill £5
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Independence Day USA On November 8th, 2016 the American people went to the polls and voted for change; ditching the political elite, for a self-made billionaire who promised to make America great again. The American people voted for change in large enough numbers to get the required electoral college votes for Donald J. Trump to become the next President of the Divided States of America; with the job of unifying them again, after a tough campaign battle. Not a campaign, but a movement; Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs voted for a government to serve the people and serve the people it would. As President Elect, the life-long businessman pledged to look at the business of fixing inner cities and rebuild the crumbling U.S infrastructure; putting millions of people to work, while pledging to take good care of the veterans. On a path of national growth and renewal, Mr Trump, as 45th President of the United States of America, vowed to settle for nothing less than the best; dreaming big, and bold, and daring. America voted for a change of course without a Bush or Clinton at the helm. While making it clear that he would put America's interest first, the newly elected President would continue to seek common ground, not hostility and partnership, not conflict when working with the world community. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi so admired the United States Constitution that he chose to inscribe JULY IV MDCCLXXVI on the tablet in the left hand of his statue; associating the date of the country's Declaration of Independence with the concept of liberty. Millions may be worried but whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, a large print of the Statue of Liberty on your wall will show that you believe in the coming together on the voyage ahead, and in the healing power of the American people. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ America American Blue Clear Sky Close-up Divided States Independence Day Neighborhood Map Landmarks Liberty Liberty Island Looking Up Michel Guntern New York No People Statue Statue Of Liberty Travel Travel Destinations Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics UNESCO World Heritage Site United States USA
Pattaya Bar Girls. With the US Navy in town during Songkran, business was good for the Bar Girls in Pattaya, Thailand. Always Be Cozy ASIA Bar Bar Girls Chat Up Dating Group Of People Looking For A Date Men Michel Guntern Pattaya People Pick-up Snap a Stranger Social Gathering Socializing Songkran Street View Thailand Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics US Navy Young Women
Waiting For Business. Cycle rickshaw driver relaxes at the side of the road and puts his feet up with a book, while waiting for customers. It's tiring work cycling overweight passengers around in the Indian heat, so it's not uncommon to see a young man kick off his shoes and put his feet up. The cycle rickshaw was built in the 1880s and first became popular in Singapore. By the 1930s, cycle rickshaws outnumbered pulled rickshaws and would eventually spread to every south and east Asian country by 1950. Transport yourself to India with this picture on your wall. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ ASIA Authentic Bare Feet Bicycle Cycle Rickshaw Cyclo Feet Up India Indian If Trees Could Speak Lazy Local Local Transport Live For The Story Michel Guntern One Person Reading Relaxing Rickshaw Rider Transportation Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Let’s Go. Together.
Vegetable Market in Kota Bharu, Malaysia. Vegetable markets are a great place for colourful pictures of local life. What could be more traditional that the morning ritual of shopping for fresh produce to put on the table. Here at this indoor market in Malaysia, local farmers spread out their produce on the floor. Potential customers then crouch to select their ingredients and discuss the price; oblivious of the travel photographer behind them. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Adults Only ASIA Authentic Crouching Daily Life Food Fresh Produce Kota Bharu Local Malaysia Market Market Vendor Markets Michel Guntern On The Floor Real People Red Peppers Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Two People Snap a Stranger Vegetable Market Neighborhood Map
Mahjong In Guangzhou Old People in Mao Suits Playing Mahjong in Guangzhou, China. Commonly played by four players, Mahjong originated in China during the Qing dynasty. The game is played with a set of 144 tiles, based on Chinese characters and symbols. Each player is given 13 tiles at the start, taking it in turns to draw and discard a fourteenth tile to try and make a winning hand of four melds (three identical tiles) and an eye (a pair of identical tiles). Of course, Mahjong is a little more complicated than that, but it was interesting to watch these Chinese players continue an age-old tradition; when on a photo walkabout in Guangzhou, China. Open-air games often attract a little crowd of onlookers, and the occasional foreign tourist posing as a travel photographer. What made this picture special for me was the captivating look on these old Chinese faces; and their clothing. These dark blue tunics were originally known as the Zhongshan suit, after Sun Yat-sen (also called Sun Zhongshan) helped revolutionise China and overthrow the the Qing (or Manchu) dynasty in the early 20th century. Sometimes called the 'father of modern China', Zhongshan is credited with giving the suit its symbolisms. The four pockets on the front represent the Four Virtues: politeness, justice, honesty, and a sense of shame. The five buttons on the front then represent the five branches of government in the constitution of the Republic of China. The three buttons on the cuff represent Sun's Three Principles of the People: nationalism, democracy, and people's livelihood. The 'blue look' was later made famous by Mao Zedong and the tunic subsequently became known as a 'Mao suit'. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ ASIA Authentic Blue Caps China Green Guangzhou Landscape Local Mahjong Mao Suits Maximum Closeness Michel Guntern Old Lady Old Men People People Watching Real People Riverside Table Games Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Let’s Go. Together.
Navigating the Grand Canal of China in Suzhou. Although many tourists come to Suzhou to visit its numerous canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and intricately designed gardens, it's hard not to be equally impressed by the amount of traffic on the city's main waterway. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is the world's longest canal, at some 1,776 kilometres long. From the Tang to Qing dynasties, the Grand Canal served as the main artery between northern and southern China and was essential for the transport of grain to Beijing. Starting at Beijing, sections of the canal pass through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou; linking the Hai River, Yellow River, Huai River, Yangzi River, and Qiantang River on its way south. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the canal has been used primarily to transport vast amounts of bulk goods such as bricks, gravel, sand, diesel and coal. River Traffic in China. China has 110,000 kilometres of navigable waterways; more than any country in the world. The main navigable rivers are the Heilong Jiang; Yangtze River; Xiang River, a short branch of the Yangtze; Pearl River; Huangpu River; Lijiang River; and Xi Jiang. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ ASIA Boats Busy China Chinese Evening Light Golden Glow Grand Canal Landscape Format Michel Guntern River River Transport Suzhou Tourist Attractions Transportation Travel Travel Destinations Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics UNESCO World Heritage Site Water Waterfront Waterways Let’s Go. Together.
Air Berlin Over Switzerland. View from the aeroplane window during an Air Berlin flight over Switzerland, on the approach to Zurich Kloten airport, with another aircraft flying beneath the German passenger plane. The red and white airberlin logo graces the tip of the wing. Visibility is good, with very light cloud in the sky; allowing us to see the shapes and contours of the brown and green ground below; in relatively sharp focus. If you're really interested, you could even find this exact location on Google Earth by tracing the roads and settlements. Some people find this more exciting than train spotting. Others may be surprised that there are no snow-covered mountains in the scene. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Aerial View Aeroplane Aeroplane Window Air Berlin Airline Travel Airlines Clear Sky Clear Visibility Earth Final Approach Flight Path Flying In Flight In The Air Landing Switzerland Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Two Planes Window Seat Window View Wing Tip Let’s Go. Together.
Hanoi Street Barber. Although many Western-style hair salons have opened their doors in Vietnam, it is still possible to cut corners on the streets of Hanoi; for a quick short back and sides, an ear-clean, and even a little eyebrow pluck. Just sit in an empty chair on the pavement (sidewalk), motion to what you need done with the excess growth on your head, then look in the mirror to watch the world pass by behind you. When I had my hair cut in Vietnam, I found the passers-by were actually looking at me. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ ASIA Authentic Barber Barber Shop Candid Dark Hair Hair Cut Haircut Hanoi Local Maximum Closeness Michel Guntern Mirror Pavement People Personal Real People Reflection Neighborhood Map Street Scene Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Vietnam
Outside the Russian Kremlin in Moscow. It is a sunny day in late winter. There is no longer snow on the ground but it is still very cold and spring feels a long way off. The lack of foliage on the trees allows us to see through to the golden onions of the Russian Kremlin Churches - the Assumption and Annunciation Cathedrals (left) and Archangel's Cathedral (centre). The Ivan the Great Bell Tower - said to mark the exact centre of Moscow - is the tall golden dome on the right. In Russia, the word Kremlin implies a medieval, inner-city fortress. In earlier times it would have probably meant a fortified town, or town surrounded by a wall. There are therefore a number of kremlins in Russia; although when we talk about The Kremlin, we usually mean where the workings of power take place in the Russian capital, Moscow. As well as being the official working residence of the Russian President, the Moscow Kremlin also houses Russia's main museum. The outer red brick wall of the Moscow Kremlin was built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries; replacing the earlier fire hazard, made of wood. The tower on the left is The Secret (Tainitskaya) Tower and to the left of that is The Grand Kremlin Palace. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Architecture Blue Sky Cathedrals  Fortress Ivan The Great Bell Tower Kremlin Kremlin Palace Late Winter Michel Guntern Moscow No Leaves No People Palace Red Brick Wall Russia Russian Russian Kremlin Street Scene Neighborhood MapThe Kremlin Tourist Attraction  Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics
Cape Town's Table Mountain is recognisable around the world by its distinct, flat-top shape. The level plateau is around three kilometres from side to side; flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and Lion's Head to the west. The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau, at 1,086 metres above sea level. For excellent views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island and the Atlantic seaboard, the Table Mountain Cableway transports passengers up to the plateau from Tafelberg Road. Visitors can use the free MyCiTi shuttle service from Lower Tafelberg Road, just off Kloof Nek Road, to the Upper Tafelberg Road stop at the Lower Cable station. Tourists can also arrive on the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour buses that leave Cape Town every twenty minutes. The 90-minute round trip starts at the Two Oceans Aquarium, passing the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The bus then heads up Adderley Street, stopping at City Sightseeing's Long Street tour office. From there the bus continues directly to the Cableway. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Tafelberg Blue Sky Cable Car Cableway Clear Sky Landmarks Michel Guntern Mountain Top Not Afraid Of Heights Passengers Sightseeing South Africa Table Mountain Tourist Attractions Tourists Transportation Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics
Drum horses are a traditional part of the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade; to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday, on the second Saturday in June. After the ceremony, those without tickets can catch a glimpse of the Household cavalry and Band of the Life Guards as they accompany The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family back down The Mall to Buckingham Palace. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Blurred Background British Ceremonial Snap A StrangerEngland Focus Focus On Foreground Life Guards London London Lifestyle Men Michel Guntern Official Birthday Period Costume Queen Elizabeth  Reflections Selective Focus The Mall Travel Travel Destinations Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Trooping The Colour Uniform
Prince Charles as a young man playing Polo on Smith's Lawn in Windsor Great Park. The Prince of Wales became interested in polo as a child, watching his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, play at Windsor. His Royal Highness played in all four positions, but usually at No 4 (back). Although Polo was played in ancient Persia, the modern game of polo is said to come from India, where the game was probably known as Pulu. Two British soldiers in India helped set-up the Calcutta Polo Club, in 1862. Military officers then imported the game to Britain and the British are subsequently credited with spreading polo worldwide in the late 19th and early 20th century. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Archival Blurred Background British Canter competition Country Life England Focus On Foreground Great Park Horseback Riding Horses London Lifestyle People Polo Polo Mallets Prince Charles Prince Of Wales Real People Royal Family Royalty Sport Sports Helmet Sportsmen White Horse Windsor Great Park
Share The Meal. Communal eating, sharing street food in Hanoi, Vietnam. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ World Food Day ASIA Chopsticks Crouching Snap A Stranger Eating Out Group Of People Hanoi Hà Nội Local Food Michel Guntern Noodles People Serving ShareTheMeal Soup Street Food Street Photography Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Vietnam Vietnamese Vietnamese Food Women
Dai Girl Cyclists in Xishuangbanna. White projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. 'Six hours after we left Simao, the muddy Lancangjiang river appeared like a shadow at a lighted window. Another couple of bends and the curtains were flung wide open: Jinghong, the bare lady, lay there on her bed of green'. That's pretty much how I introduce the reader to Xishuangbanna, in Nomadic Gatherings. This area in the deep south of Yunan province, bordering Burma and Laos, is inhabited by a dozen of the minority tribes; namely the Dai, Han, Hanni, Bulang, Lagu, Wa, Yao, Jinuo, Zhuang, Yi, Hui, and Miao. Affected by the monsoon from the Indian Ocean, the region has a climate of high temperature and high rainfall and is mild throughout the year. There are no season distinctions; only wet and dry. The rich forest is said to be roamed by herds of wild elephants, buffaloes, rhinoceroses, tigers, and gibbons. I only had time for a stroll to Chuan Huan Park and the surrounding Dai minority villages. Chickens and pigs roamed freely around the bamboo fenced territories of the raised wooden cottages. The Dai are a colourful and friendly people and the region is celebrated for its annual water-splashing festival in April. I had a tourist meal of shredded pork, fried bananas, and sauteed rice at one of the minority guest house restaurants all for 7 Yuan (60p); and that included the Pi Jiu (beer). http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Authentic Bicycle Calm China Cycling CyclingUnites Cyclists Dai Minorities Enjoy The New Normal Fresh Hats Jinghong Local Michel Guntern People Real People Serene Togetherness Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Tropical Neighborhood Map Let’s Go. Together.
The British Cemetery and Pozieres Memorial is located on the D929 Albert-Bapaume road, just south of the village of Pozieres; and 6km north-east of Albert. The Pozieres Memorial's 97 panels contain the names of 14,655 UK and 300 South African missing soldiers who presumably lost their lives on the Somme battlefields between March 21st and August, 7th, 1918. The Pozieres British Cemetery contains over 2,700 marked graves within the boundary wall of the Pozieres Memorial. http://pics.travelnotes.org Albert Bapaume Battle Of The Somme Blue Sky British Cemetery Calm Commonwealth Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cross Europe France Gravestones Green Grass Memorial Michel Guntern Missing Soldiers No People Pozieres Pozieres British Cemetery Roses Serenity Somme Battlefields Travel War Graves White Stone
The 1918 Battle of Saint-Mihiel, from September 12th to 15th, was the first independent battle of the American Expeditionary Force in the First World War. Having helped the French at Belleau Wood and in the Second Battle of the Marne, it was agreed that the American First Army should establish its headquarters in the Saint-Mihiel sector and prepare to free the Saint-Mihiel salient. St. Mihiel American Cemetery is located on Route de Verdun, Thiaucourt. http://pics.travelnotes.org American American Cemetery Autumn Battle Of The Marne Burial Grounds Cemetery Cross Fallen Soldiers First World War France Grass Grass Graves Graveyard Green In Loving Memory Landmarks Memories Michel Guntern Place Of Burial Saint Mihiel Thiaucourt Beautifully Organized War Graves White
Rovinj, Croatia. Enjoying Life Travel Photos Michel Guntern Rovinj Croatia Port Ships Travel Pics Travel Travel Photography Coastal Morning Stillness Neighborhood Map
Cycle Touring in Vietnam The foreigner on the road gets a lot of attention from the locals in Vietnam. His friend was at least a mile or two behind, but they wouldn't get lost as there was only one road South. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Adventure ASIA Blue Cycle Touring Cycle-touring Cycling CyclingUnites cyclists Green Local Michel Guntern Mode Of Transport On The Road On The Way People And Places Real Red Transportation Travel Travel In Asia Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Vietnam Vietnamese Let’s Go. Together.
The Trans-Amazonian Highway (BR-230) is known as the Rodovia Transamazonica in Brazil. The third longest highway in Brazil runs through the Brazilian states of Paraiba, Ceara, Piaui, Maranhao, Tocantins, Para and Amazonas; from Saboeiro to Labrea. The section I travelled on, between Itaituba and Santarem, was still unpaved. Because of the muddy mess created by the rains and deforestation, passengers often had to disembark and help push the bus; if they wanted to get to their destination. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Adventure Authentic Moments Brazil Bus Buses Highway Local Michel Guntern Mud On The Road On The Way People And Places Push Real People South America Trans-Amazonian Transportation Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Unique Unusual Up Close Let’s Go. Together.
Alberto Contador of Astana leading the way during the final climb to Verbier on Stage 15 of the Tour de France in 2009. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Alberto Contador Astana Athlete Bike Concentration Cycling CyclingUnites Cyclist Determined Focus Grit Hard At Work Mountain Stage On The Road Outdoors People And Places Sport Sports Stage Winner Sunny Switzerland Tour De France Up Close Uphill Verbier
Cycling fans making their way up towards Verbier (Switzerland) for the final climb of Stage 15 in the 2009 Tour de France race. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Cycling CyclingUnites Day Flags Healthy Lifestyle Medium Group Of People Michel Guntern Mixed Age Range Motion Mountain On The Move People And Places Outdoors Riding Road Sky Swiss Swiss Alps Tour De France Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Verbier Let’s Go. Together.
Andreas Klöden and Lance Armstrong of Astana work together to get up to Verbier; finishing 8th and 9th at the end of Stage 15 of the 2009 Tour de France. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Adrenaline Junkie Astana Bikes Blue Cycling CyclingUnites Cyclists Focus On Foreground Focus Object Lance Armstrong Michel Guntern Open Shirt People And Places Selective Focus Shorts Sports Sports Photography Stage Switzerland Tour De France Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Verbier
Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi, is the largest city in India; in terms of geographical area. If you find it hard to get around in the heat, there's always a friendly taxi driver ready to show the sites and even wait while you take your pictures. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ Architecture Authentic Blue Sky Capital Cities  Delhi India India Gate Indian Local Michel Guntern New Delhi Outdoors People And Places Real People Sikh Snap a Stranger Taxi-driver Tourism Travel Travel Destinations Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics Turban Let’s Go. Together.
Korean cameraman with traditional hat to protect himself from the sun while filming the tennis at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. http://pics.travelnotes.org/ 1988 ASIA Camera CameraMan Close-up Focus Focus ObjectFocus On Foreground Korean Male Man Michel Guntern Olympic Rings Olympics People And Places Seoul South Korea Snap A Stranger Sports Photography Straw Hat Tennis Travel Travel Photography Travel Photos Travel Pics
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