Posted by: Waheeda Harris | September 1, 2014

Happy happy joy joy!

As a teacher’s daughter, this day has significant meaning – it meant summer was over, school was soon back in session and new things on the horizon.

Happy feet

As I remember floating in the Pacific Ocean after snorkeling around an island off the coast of Ixtapa, I also remember wandering the streets of Pingyao, China:

China - Pingyao South street

And I remember the quiet elegance of St. Barthelemy:

St. Barth - main street

Or the fun of learning about the history of the circus in Sarasota, Florida:

Sarasota - circus collage

For each trip, assignment and opportunity, I’m grateful. And cheers to five years of travelling, blogging and being able to share it with you!

Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 30, 2014

Travel soundbite – John Lubbock

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

~John Lubbock

Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 29, 2014

Cheers to the last weekend of summer….

To the endless fruit in season, warm days, visits by friends, outdoor music festivals and obsessions with sunrises and sunsets….

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

Savour Stratford  - grapes & peaches

 

Toronto - summer fruit

 

Toronto - TURF style c

Toronto - TURF style d

Toronto - bye bye summer

Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 28, 2014

Fave shot: finding LOVE in San Antonio TX USA

I do have a devotion for Robert Indiana’s sculpture, especially his LOVE series:

San Antonio - LOVE

After having seen the original in Indianapolis, I’ve seen versions in a few places: New York City, Philadelphia, Scottsdale and New Orleans – and a few months ago I added another – San Antonio at the McNay Museum of Art.

The distinct difference was that this was the first version I had seen that was gold and red. Marion Koogler McNay bequeathed her fortune, art collection and 24 room Spanish Revival mansion to establish this museum, and in its front courtyard is home to the Indiana sculpture.

Always glad to see Indiana’s sculpture and to get a dose of LOVE.

Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 27, 2014

Project 14 – remembering my time in Inner Mongolia

Visiting Inner Mongolia was not somewhere I had ever thought I would see, but my trip to China brought me to its open grasslands:

China - Inner Mongolia horses

China - Inner Mongolia farmer

China - Inner Mongolia grasslands

 

Although these nomadic people are now farmers and don’t roam the wilds as they used to do, they still have a love for horses:

China - Inner Mongolia pony

China - Mongolian horses

And still love the traditional decoration:

China - Mongolian local family

These gracious people and I spent only a few hours together, but their gracious hospitality showed me the reason to have travelled so far to another part of the planet.

Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 26, 2014

Project 14 – remembering my first views of Beijing

On my second trip to China, I landed in its second largest city, camera-ready for the onslaught of Beijing:

China - Beijing Dashilan St a

China - Beijing shopping st

 

China - Beijing street musician

I arrived in the late afternoon, and by the time I stepped outside my hotel door, the sun had set. But the streets were filled with people, and lucky me, I was staying near the Dashilan District. Lots of locals were out for the night, to dine, shop and wander below the neon lights.

Beijing - neon lights

And like the locals, me and my group wandered the streets and then shared our first meal together:

Beijing - first feast

I was happily on my way to kicking off my second trip to China, and excited to experience this overwhelming big city and so much more of northern China.

When you’re busy travelling, you’re always looking forward, planning and plotting what will happen. But I always remind myself to look back and remember the past, even if its recent.

In the month of May I had two very different travel experiences – the first trip was a return to the Dominican Republic to write about a new area of a resort, the Melia Caribe Tropical The Level Adults Only:

Dominican Republic - Melia

Dominican Republic - MC pool

Dominican Republic - stylish Melia

Dominican Republic - Melia Level adult

Dominican Republic - Punta Cana morning walk

Four days steps from the sea, under the palm trees, daily swims, plenty of cold drinks and hopefully encouraging travellers who want an effortless holiday to consider coming here.

Tomorrow – my second excursion in May, which took me to the opposite direction on the planet and to travel without luxury….

 

Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 23, 2014

Travel soundbite – Regina Brett

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.

~ Regina Brett

Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 22, 2014

It’s almost the weekend…

If you live in the northern hemisphere, there’s precious few days left of the summer season….so its a perfect time to explore your city during the summer festival season…

Toronto - Buskerfest performerIn Toronto its Buskerfest this weekend, so its time to get out into precious sunshine and watch, laugh, and celebrate with your fellow neighbours. Enjoy!

Toronto - Buskerfest

 

Toronto - Buskerfest on Yonge

 

Posted by: Waheeda Harris | August 21, 2014

Fave shot: The Baths National Park, Virgin Gorda BVI

I’ve often said to myself – remember this view when you’re having a bad day or feeling the burden of work and life:

BVI - Devil's Bay Virgin Gorda

When I visited the British Virgin Islands for the first time, I took a trip to Virgin Gorda, and went to explore The Baths National Park. A hike downhill to the beach was rewarded with a view of the massive granite boulders that dominated the sightlines.

And although it was tough to initially leave the beach – the waves were pretty fierce – once you passed the enormous rocks, the sea was incredibly calm. With my trusty waterproof Olympus Tough camera,  took lots of photos – many of which were as per usual, not very good.

But this one, with the water spot in the middle made me a little happy – because of the rainbow also spotted in the centre. And it does make me smile, remembering the crystal clear turquoise waters, warm sun and unique beauty of this island. Lucky me to have seen it and experience its unique beauty.

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