Never will I forget the good days I have on Hvar Island, Croatia.
It was always sunny. You always see the blue sky and wherever you look, there is the enchanting deep blue Adriatic sea.
On a good day, we hiked up to the Spanish Fortress. There were a lot to see and photograph even before we reached the fortress.
Overlooking from the fortress, there was a panoramic view in front of us.
Gazing downward, the city center on Hvar was just like a toy city. Further out, there was a string of green islands.
It was one of the best views I ever had!
This week’s DP challenge is Under Your Feet.
We had a good time on Hvar Island, Croatia.
Everyday, we walked upon limestone pavement on the seaside promenade.
It is interesting that the pavements are all paved in limestone blocks ( some said it was marble).
Here is a photo showing how the pavement looks, with a little cute puppy resting on it. To add to the otherwise plain background, I have got some pretty flowers.
The one below shows a bigger dog, walking slowly under the sun, by the sea.
The sun was fierce and he was sweating and panting. The picture, however, is a bit monotonic.
One of the most memorable things in Croatia must be the sea at Croatia.
The deep blue Adriatic sea captured my heart when we were there.
The sea was so charming that I spent hours and hours by the sea, watching ships and smaller vessels mainly.
There was good sunshine in the coastal areas of Croatia and the sea was just a reflection of the clear and blue sky.
The first picture was taken in Split. Gazing out from the shore, I saw this cruise liner which seemed to be the only thing which separates the sea from the sky.
We spent a few days on the island of Hvar ( on the second picture) where I felt completely relaxed.
The sea was just everywhere and I like watching yachts and sea gulls flying past.
I think I could stay on the island forever!
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I like the houses at Dubrovnik – all of them having terracotta roofs, quite uniform albeit a bit cluttered together.
In our walk on the walls of Dubrovnik, we came across some old and broken buildings – which presumably were damaged in the Civil War of the last century.
For reasons unknown to me, they were not rebuilt.
I took the opportunity of photographing them, as a reminder of how ugly a civil war can be.
One photo shows the close up view while the other one gives a general idea of the setting.
Please enjoy :-)
Actually, I seldom go to the harbor during nighttime.
The harbor at Hvar Island, Croatia was so beautiful that I decided to stroll down to the harbor front even though it was quite late in the night.
Boats just bobbing up and down in the relatively calm waters of the harbor, while the nearby lights cast colorful reflections in the water.
The sight was so beautiful that I hated to leave the harbor area to return to my hotel that night!
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Some beautiful and touristy places do have great views, some of them are serene too.
There are always places which are less traveled, less visited or secluded which offer a lot of serenity.
The three photos were taken in such quiet places.
The first one was taken in a quiet corner of the Plitvice Lakes park in Croatia. I always like trees reaching out to the water, with the water seems deep and unfathomable.
The second one was taken at a little river in the Ritsurin Garden at Shinkoku, Japan – everything seem very tranquil.
The last one was taken in the Central Park, New York with a masonry arch bridge behind it.
Maybe, you can decipher what are the common elements which contribute to serenity.
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I may be awed by those majestic waterfalls which tumble down with a roaring sound.
However, I feel more peaceful with the smaller ones which sit well with the surrounding.
Here are two photos of waterfalls which I like.
The first one was taken in Jiuzhaigou of China; the trees and foliage provide an attractive frame for the waterfall.
The second one was taken in Plitvice Lakes of Croatia.
I have shown photos of many waterfalls in both places, but these photos which I have not shown, represent serenity to me :-)