7 Super Shots
Madhu nominated me for the Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots. Viewing her impeccable photos, reading her eloquent writing, and touring her world travel experience always leave me with an immense “urge to wander” as her blog title describes. After a long and debating with myself, I made final choices.
It took a couple of days to get to the town and almost a day-long hiking to locate this 5 million years old Earth of Pyramid in Dolomite, Italy.
–A photo that makes me smile
This photo was taken in Hawaii. The scenery of the white wave, deep blue sea, and long stretched beach made me dream.
– A photo that makes me dream
New York City offers lots of international cuisines and fun eating experiences, but this duck dish was prepared to its perfection:
– A photo that makes me mouth water
On our last day in Rome, we decided to re-visit Vatican in the afternoon. When we were wandering in St. Peter’s Basilica, suddenly, security guards were everywhere, they guided us to the side of the hallway, and we had no idea what to expect. A few minutes later, a long line of the Monsignors, Bishops, and Cardinals walked in the Basilica, then Pope John Paul walked slowly through the hallway. I wasn’t sure we were allowed to take pictures of Pope John Paul in the Basilica, and I saw everyone seemed to be numbed there. I nervously and quickly hold my camera and took this precious photo.
On Saturday, April 2, 2005, at about 15:30 CEST, John Paul II spoke his final words,”Let me depart to the house of the Father”. The Mass of Requiem was on April 8, estimated over four million mourners gathering in Rome and between 250,000 and 300,000 watched the event from within the Vatican walls.
–This is a photo that tells the story of Pope John Paul
“If I were not King of France,” declared Henry III in 1574, “I would choose to be a citizen of Venice.”
Emperor Charles V would have his portrait painted by none but by the Venetian master Titian.
Napoleon described St. Mark Piazza as “the most elegant drawing-room in Europe.”
– A photo that makes me think about the glorious history of Venice
Archangel Michael reassured the bishop, “If you build it…they will come”. Today, 3.5 million visitors come to Mont Saint-Michel each year. The original church structure was completed in 1144, and other buildings were added in the 13th century.
Opening the window of our hotel room in the early morning, I saw this beautiful scene, sun was right above the water, the sky was awaking, and the winding river… :
– A photo that makes me most proud
And, I said to myself, “the world is a book….” (Saint Augustine).
Take a special tour of Madhu’s “7 Best Shots” and enjoy the urge to wander.
Five nominees (no special order):