01 February 2010

iheartfaces – Week # 5 : Places I Love



It wasn’t until I was more than halfway through this post that I’d realized that the “Places I Love” theme this week on iheartfaces has the emphasis on “love.” Makes sense, with Valentine’s Day coming up and all. My original take on the theme had a broader interpretation, but the photos work just as perfectly for the “romantic” theme, too, because the places featured here are all places that Chris and I had been to –without the kids, places that we’d love to go visit again… but maybe with the kids, too, next time.

1) Antibes Juan-les-Pins. It is a most beautiful seaside Mediterranean town between Nice and Cannes. I’d dearly love to visit again and this time, I will definitely remember to bring spare batteries with me or at least remember to charge up my batteries before I go into town clicking away! I could easily lose myself in the beauty of this place. The water, the colors, the cafes...JLP - Orange umbrellas and a rooftop hammock1


2) Paris. When I think of Paris, the first thing that comes to mind is not the Eiffel Tower, not the Louvre, but the bridges along the Seine. I think more than anything in Paris, I love leisurely walks by the Seine --crossing the bridges above, while the bateaus chug their way through the waters below.P - Another bridge1


3) The beach. Especially ones with seemingly endless stretches of soft, powdery-white sand. This photo was from our honeymoon in Mexico. The water was much too cold for a swim (December!), but the weather was just perfect for a nice stroll. Beach1


4) The Ritz-Carlton (now Bvlgari) in Bali. I could easily laze around by the pool side for hours, reading a book or dreaming about the divine couple’s spa treatment booked for the afternoon.DSC00987-1


5) If you are into scuba-diving, diving in a cenote is a most unique experience. During our honeymoon in Mexico, we had the opportunity to dive in this sinkhole. Basically, we were diving in fresh water, inside a cave. The part that you see here is the surface, above ground, where people could snorkel. We eventually made our way into the recesses of the cave, underground. It was a bit claustrophobic, but at the same time, it was surreal. Cenote


6) The photo below was taken when we were in Sipadan-Mabul, when I was three months pregnant with Josh. While I didn’t get to scuba with the rest, I got to hear all about their sightings of hammerhead sharks, rays, etc. and lived vicariously through those tales when they came back from their dives.DSC01529-1


If you haven’t already noticed by now, all the places that we love to visit are places with ‘water.’ There is something about water that gives me a perfect sense of my place in the world. There is something about water that is so calming, humbling, and in some cases, simply awe-inspiring.

Head on over to iheartfaces for more “Places I Love” photos.

29 COMMENTS:

inmyperspective said...

Wow, looks amazing!

American in Norway said...

Your photos are always so amazing... Beautiful!

Caroline said...

Amazing photography of some Awesome places :D

Life with Kaishon said...

I loved visiting all these places with you today : ) What a fun post! I did the same thing as you. I had my favorite places all ready to go but they were not romantic at all! Yours are madly romantic! I hope you get to be around some pretty water soon! XO

blueviolet said...

You are incredibly lucky to have been able to see such beauty in person!!!

Mom2Isabel said...

Wow! That first shot is just amazing. The shape of the hammock (repeated in inverse on the umbrellas) is stunning and so organic. Love it.

I have to agree with you about Paris. The bridges on the Seine are exquisite.

Lindy said...

Gorgeous photographs. I like the water too, but I'm a bigger fan of sitting next to it with a good book rather than getting IN it. :)

shopannies said...

lovely place

jen@odbt said...

You have been to such amazing places. The dive in the cave sounds like a great experience. Isn't the beach the best place? I don't think I've found any place like it that makes me feel so at peace besides my own home.

Jennifer Juniper said...

I photographed many bridges and doors in Paris. It's the only place on your list I've visited! But now, I have more to add to my list :)

Jessie said...

Wow, you have been to so many beautiful places. Those shots are gorgeous! Have a great week!

Dandy said...

You are so well traveled! That cave looked amazing. Scuba diving would terrify me. I get nervous in the water... which is weird growing up in Huntington Beach.

I just know I'll be going back thru these pictures later today :)

LPC said...

I am SO craving a beach to lie on right about now.

Kasie said...

awesome photos. especially love the paris shot. so beautiful & it looks very romantic.

Nezzy said...

All the pics were absolutely beautiful by the cave pic just blew me away! I too am a water gal and soooo not a snowbunny!

Have a blessed day!!!

Lena said...

I too love the hammock shot. What I wouldn't give to relax in one right now!
Beautiful photos. =)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I can see why you love this place. It is beautiful.

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Oh I've always wanted to go to Bali. Jealous:-) Beautiful photos!

Alicia said...

Those are such beautiful places!!

Seizing My Day said...

Nice is on my list of places to visit one day! I too LOVE water and beaches... always a must for my traveling spirit (of course funds don't let me go far often!) ;) I have been to Paris in December... I LOVED it there... and will go one summer!! one day! These beautiful pics encourage me to keep dreaming about future travel! Thanks for stopping by today!
Jenn

Kimberly said...

I feel refreshed just having looked through your photos! Breathtaking!

Becca said...

oh my word I am so jealous of your fantastic vacations! I want to go to Bali so badly!!! :-) Not exactly in the full-time ministry budget though haha

Elle Bee said...

You have been to such beautiful destinations! Oh my goodness! You take amazing photos.

Crystal Rae said...

HOLY MONKEY. you have been to alot of different places. I so want to travel to places such as these. AMAzing... really! I'm definitely jealous of the traveling you have done. Enjoy your week.

Michelle said...

The pictures are breathtaking but I could easily lounge around in Bali.Thank you for your sweet comment.Nice to come here and visit.

Becky said...

Wow, amazing!!

Kerry said...

Lovely photos!

Run DMT said...

Gorgeous photos! I totally agree with you about the water. That's why I love living in Florida.

4 Lettre Words said...

These are ALL so amazing, but that last one...WOW! Love it.

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