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 :-)
This is what we saw while walking uphill towards our hotel overlooking the Dubrovnik beach in Croatia.
It was dark, there were very few cars and people on the road.
The street lamps cast long shadows of everything in their way – bollards, people, houses etc.
It was interesting taking pictures under this sort of dim light with shadows!
The sun was exerting its last rays of sunlight as our cruise of the Bosporus almost ended when approaching Istanbul.
Against the sky was the silhouette of Istanbul in all its beauty.
The spires of the mosques were the most noticeable features in the whole skyline.
The clouds in the sky ensured that the warmth of the day was still there to stay.
Yes, warmth was all around!
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We had a wonderful time on the Hvar Island of Croatia.
It turned out more enjoyable than expected – there was the blue Adriatic Sea, the Spanish Fortress, the friendly people, the good food etc.
What was most enjoyable was having seafood in the restaurants!
We sat in this restaurant not far off from where they grilled the fish.
I was so interested in the way they were cooked.
The warmth radiated from the fire was just so comfortable and soothing.
In the end, I ended up taking quite a few photos of the restaurant, the cooking and the food. The ambiance at the restaurant was just so delightful!
I have always hated cold.
I like sitting by the side of a fireplace (I can accept the modern ones with imitation fire flickering ), reading a book.
This picture was taken at the top of the hill behind Dubrovnik.
We were up there for a meal of the roasted lamb.
See how the fire burns, it radiates heat and fills the place with warmth!