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Share your travel stories!

Are you getting ready to travel in the upcoming months? With the middle of the year coming up, many of you may be traveling alone or with your family and friends. Whether you are going somewhere for business or pleasure, share your photos and experiences on G+ with the hashtag #mytravelstory.

We loved hearing about all of your trips last year, and we are excited to be bringing back this popular hashtag. Share your travel moments, photographs, and favorite destinations by posting on your profile or collections and using #mytravelstory.

We will be promoting some of these posts over the next few months, so remember to to share your travels with us! Selected posts will also be added to the Google+ My Travel Story collection. Take a look at some of last year's posts for inspiration: https://plus.google.com/collection/YNFWHE
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Kirkjufell and Northern Lights by +Darren Huski

Share your travel stories, photographs, and favorite moments using the hashtag #mytravelstory. We want to know about the friends you made, the sights you saw, and the local cuisines you ate. Tell us your best travel tips and suggestions!
Kirkjufell and Northern Lights

The iconic mountain Kirkjufell and its famous waterfall Kirkjufellfoss with the aurora. One of the highlights of my Iceland trip was seeing the northern lights above Kirkjufell. I stayed three nights in the area and saw the aurora on two of those nights. The display I witnessed was amazing and I photographed them for over three hours. Here I set up by the waterfall and caught the amazing green glow over the falls and mountains.

When planning my trip to Iceland it was all built around certain photography destinations-this being one of them. I timed the trip for early September to be after the worst of the tourist crunch and also to have a little bit of darkness to see the aurora. We had roughly a 3.5 hour window of darkness every night 11:30pm until 3 am when we could see it. I camped nearby and by staying three nights hoped I would be able to have a clear night to see the lights. I was lucky enough to have two nights here to see the aurora.

I said "Wow!" a lot here. :-)

Also, to help you understand words in Icelandic: Kirk is church; Fell is mountain; foss is waterfall. So this is Church Mountain and Church Mountain Falls when translated.

One of the highlghts of my trip.

Sony A7R3 and Voigtlander 15mm lens

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If you've never been to Frankfurt, Germany, you have to check out +Thomas Deckert's Frankfult - nightshots collection. Imagine yourself standing in front of Main Station under the beautiful night sky in a bustling city with stunning images like this one!
https://plus.google.com/collection/QEdtb

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+Lais Castro traveled to Patagonia, the southernmost tip of South America to see the edge of the world. In the collection Patagonia she presents images from her trip to this beautiful location shared by Argentina and Chile. Check it out.
https://plus.google.com/u/3/collection/w3EYoB

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Imagine sharing this delicious meal with +TheGreatSpots KangChrisKorea. Look out into the beautiful Busan City with its view of the South Sea of Korea and the Gwangan Bridge.

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좋은아침, Good morning
Here I served a breakfast table for you. You can enjoy south sea of Korea and Gwangan bridge. This is that I took last month when I visited Busan city. I thought that I needed to share this amazing experience with you. This is only photo but I hope you can start happy day with this fantastic meal. If you already have a cup of coffee, then let's enjoy it together.

Photo @Busan city, Korea
April 2018

#Busan #breakfast #southsea #haeundae #Korea #mytravelstory
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Promising to someday return, +Sara Ohara looks back on the trip to France that she took with her daughter. Along the way, Sara photographed cafes, pastries, and small streets.

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Good Sunday Morn - Au Revoir France, I’m so going to miss your Cafes where people actually talk, Art that is EVERYWHERE, Small Streets, The Canal where you picnic, Ice Cream, Separated Bike Lanes, Unique Architecture, Spontaneous Music, Yummy Pastries and maybe most of all – time with my daughter Mira Coburn ... I shall return! #mytravelstory
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Designer +Valeria Bressan traveled to the United Arab Emirates and was struck by the beautiful architecture. Her favorite was the Grand Mosque Sheikd Zayed, with its unbelievable engineering, innovation, and opulence.

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A symphony of colors, shades and finishes …

This was my first time in the UAE, and honestly I wasn’t expecting to find such a fascinating culture, and magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture.

Here, many different cultures and religions happily live and co-exist alongside one another. In a square meter, you can find four, five, and even sometimes six people from around the world. Obviously, the country is a true multicultural hub with lots to offer.

You feel welcome right away and people are extremely friendly. You weren’t expecting that, were you? I didn’t but realized it is a great destination, and it’s not all about luxury spas, restaurants, shopping, private beaches either. There is something for everyone, but I think the ones who love art and architecture will enjoy the UAE the most.

In the UAE, modern architecture is dominated by tall skyscrapers and innovative structures that pushes the limits of architectural imagination like never before. Impossible means nothing here. If you can dream it and design it; they can make it happen.

You look around and easily can see tons of complex and exquisite structures in Arabic style mixing traditional and modern elements. This is the kind of place that takes your breath away.

My favorite: the Grand Mosque – Sheikd Zayed. It is an unbelievable feat of engineering, architecture, design, innovation and opulence. If you find yourself in Abu Dhabi, you must visit the Grand Mosque – Sheikd Zayed.

The mosque it is by far the most incredible and gorgeous masterpiece of contemporary design building I have been to. It is worth planning a trip to the UAE just to see it!

This building is not only serve as a place of prayer for Muslims; it is also a place of worship for the country. A place where people come together to understand and see Islam as a religion that has a message of peace, tolerance and diversity.

Unlike many tourist attractions, the Grand Mosque presents special materials and unique elements that came from nearly every corner of the globe. ~ India, Italy, Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand etc.

It is hard to decide what to gaze in awe at. The carpet, the chandelier, the dome, the courtyard surrounded by arcaded galleries, the inlaid decoration and carvings, the floral and vegetal motifs, the mosaics, the semi-precious stones…the list is vast. There are plenty of fine design on the walls, floors, columns waiting for you to see it.

Oh, and before I forget, I have to tell you that the building lights up emulating the phases of the moon each evening. That means the mosque will look slightly different every night depending on the moon cycle. During the full moon night, the mosque will gleam in white color. As the moon moves and converts into different phases, the lights are dimmed to a blue hue. The deepest blue certainly creates a dynamic appearance at Abu Dhabi skyline.

No matter how many people will be inside the mosque, once you step inside you will feel like entering a different world. Immediately a tranquil atmosphere, stillness and calmness will surround you. There would be nothing, but beauty for you to appreciate. It is really hard to explain in words.

So, be warned: you will feel hypnotic towards this architecture work of art.

I guarantee the mosque will captivate not only your eyes, but your heart! ❤️

Enjoy!

Photo Credit: +Valeria Bressan

#mytravelstory #islamicarchitecture #thegrandmosque #sheikdzayed #dubai #abudhabi #valeriabressantravel
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+Nina Trankova picked beautiful flowers when traveling to Mirkovo, Bulgaria. Using a delicate hand to guide the bees away, Nina celebrated nature on a sunny day.

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Roses Abundance and Passion About Nature

We drove to The Rose Valley to Mirkovo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirkovo not too early. Since it's a high valley, 715 m above sea level, the roses can be picked a bit later than the usual early morning hours in other parts of The Rose Valley.

Heavenly adorable
It's such a fulfilling work to do, picking roses! The blossom is easily detached from the stem, the petals are amazingly soft and the fragrance........the fragrance is heavenly adorable!

It was a beautiful day today, not too warm and not cold. The wind was tender and it didn't rain. As if nature was celebrating the early start of this year rose picking season! The roses bring smiles, laughter and singing. That would be a gather together travel event to be envied!

One has to get acquainted to each blossom before picking it though!
Do you know why? Because we are not the only pickers:) The bees are collecting the flowers dust all the time and wouldn't move unless you touch gently the petals.

Passion About Nature is the mission of the local company producer of certified organic products. Meeting one of the founders of the company was the unexpected pleasant surprise we added to our rose picking adventure today. We learned about the latest technology for cold processing of the rose oil and other exotic oils of top world quality, extracted for the pharma industry. http://www.ecomaat.com/about_us

Roses syrup is in preparation right now
https://www.linsfood.com/rose-syrup/

This story is a continuation of my post about "Healing Wellness Roses Fragrance" here
https://plus.google.com/+NinaTrankova/posts/WzhDkQXVo4x
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"Mountain Dream Vacation" is featuring South Tyrol, The Dolomites and 7 mountains in Bulgaria all year round. You'll see me Nina, Anna, and Florian. All photos are mine. For curated photos I give credit.

Check details about the 7 mountains in Bulgaria:
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+Ursula Streit captures the Via Khargush Pass to Yashikul in Tajikistan in her collection Central Asia Travel. On her journey, Ursula experienced high altitudes and was even greeted by some camels.

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Follow +Yaansoon's journey across Eastern Europe #MyTravelStory

Yaansoon's illustrated travel collection boasts intricate drawings and interesting stories from her time spent in each country.

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Illustrated Travel Stories blog series | 9 stories so far & recent updates

A couple of days ago, I tweaked the cover of my Illustrated Travel Stories blog series (see illustration below): https://yaansoon.com/illustrated-travel-stories/

I'm so excited to say the series has 9 stories so far, including the curtain raiser. These travel stories and illustrations are mostly from Italy and the Mediterranean region. In the future I plan to illustrate stories from the 20 countries I have been to, including Morocco, Uzbekistan, UK, Austria, The Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, and Lebanon - so stay tuned! :)

---> The tweaked illustration has better accentuated textures than the one before and a different kind of frame. I treat my blog on https://yaansoon.com/ as a work in progress kind of project. It helps me grow my illustration style while doing the things I love, and that is relating illustrated stories about food and travel.

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#MyTravelStory #europeanfoodtour #illustration #travel #travelillustration #illustratedmap #map #editorialillustration #editorial #illustrator #wanderlust #Wacom #foodtour #culinarytour #culinarytravel #trip #artist #art #gastronomy #drawing #travelblog #travelblogger #foodblog #foodblogger #travelseries

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