Alan Axelrod

Lifelong travel and adventure | 71 countries and counting | Old dog; new tricks | Eclectic 🔜 Buenos Aires 💃/ Antarctica 🐋/ NYC / Melbourne 🇦🇺/ Miami 🌴

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I am about to venture forth to new destinations next week. My travelling companion calls it the TOAT - the trip of all trips. We could also call it the TOAL - the trip of a lifetime but we will only know that after we return. I’ve been to a lot of places but this next adventure is going to be just plain epic. Stay tuned. In the meantime, another shot from my recent trip to central #Mexico and its historic #colonial towns where the word #colorful” is an understatement.

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Iceland is known for its incredible #waterfalls and #Gullfoss is no exception even if it is relatively easy to get to off the #GoldenCircle. It was so cold and windy this day it nearly knocked me over. But what a sight!

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“Everything is blooming recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” Rainer Maria Rilke

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#Guanajuato is a colorful hill town in Central #Mexico known for its silver mining history and beautifully restored colonial architecture. It is designated a UNESCO #WorldHeritage site and deservedly so. Its narrow winding streets, alleyways and tunnels make it a wonderful place to just wander and explore. That’s the point, no?

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Hitting the right rooftop bar at sundown sure helps. Here @2straws is taking advantage of the light and capturing San Miguel de Allende’s famed #Parroquia from the Luna Bar at the Rosewood San Miguel.

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#Seattle had a “#WhiteChristmas”, the first since 2008 and only the 7th in the last 121 years. #perfecttiming Beautiful but dangerous in this city.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! Happy Holidays!

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Down in sunny Mexico this week. New pics coming soon. In the meantime, one last recent shot of my favorite (and hometown) U.S. city. This is the #Seattle #skyline from #WestSeattle across #ElliottBay.

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I am often drawn to taking shots of colorful things generally in #patterns. Here are four examples: 1) festival goers at a #Tshechu in #Bhutan; 2) golden onion #domes in the #Kremlin; 3) #candles posing as #fruit in #Gourdon, #France; and 4) funny #magnets in a gift shop in #Springdale, #Utah (Abe Lincoln’s quote just about sums it all up!)

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"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antione De Saint-Exupery. Here, one of the magnificent buildings (the Guest House) of sandstone and marble that faces the #TajMahal.

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Of course, if you don’t want to walk through the front gate (see previous post) you can arrive via local transport as well. #AmberFortPalace #Jaipur #Rajasthan #India #elephants

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The main gateway into the 16th century Amber Palace near #Jaipur, #Rajasthan, #India, a #UNESCO World Heritage site.

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It’s snowing big time in the #PNW mountains now but it won’t match this epic dump which literally buried #WhistlerBlackcomb awhile back. It was hard just to get out the door. #WinterWonderland to the max. #ThinkSnow!

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Nepalese women knitting in a backstreet in #Bhaktapur just before the 2015 devastating earthquake that walloped this beautiful and historic #UNESCO World Heritage town.

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No boardwalk here. No fences. No park rangers. No signs warning you not to be stupid. But watch your step! There are 80 geysers and fumaroles spouting here ready to scald your feet or worse. The 14,200' El Tatio (the "oven") #geyser field in northern #Chile is among the highest-altitude in the world and is spectacular at dawn.

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Hiking the main amphitheater on the Navajo Loop - Queens Garden Trail: a brief moment of solitude with no other hikers around. What a unique, special place.

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Dawn before the crowds at the Taj Mahal.

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Overlooking the southern approach to #Thimphu, the capital of #Bhutan, sits the Great Buddha Dordenma. This big bad buddha is 169’ tall (equivalent to a 15 story building!), and was built to commemorate the centennial of the #Bhutanese monarchy.
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The #Buddha is sitting in the Bhumisparsa pose - “calling the earth to witness the truth.” It is always depicted with the right hand over the knee and the left hand in the lap. #Bhumisparsa is said to be Buddha’s hand gesture when he achieved enlightenment.

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Looking back over an expansive 7200’ high plateau in central Utah right after the first snow of the season ... in September. “Give me land, lots of land under starry skies above. Don’t fence me in!”

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Hiking the fertile #Kathmandu Valley on the way to #Nagarkot, a small farming village perched on a ridge with phenomenal views of the #Himalayas, we passed many small farms always being worked by #Nepalese women and children.

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I’ve been supporting #SavetheConfluence for the past five years in their efforts to stop the Grand Canyon Escalade project, an ill-conceived developer’s fantasy that was an insult to the heritage of the #Navajo, #Hopi and #Zuni people and all the rest of us. The plan, a tram from the East Rim of the canyon down to the #confluence of the Little Colorado River and main Colorado River, along with restaurant, gift shop, boardwalk and other tacky tourist treats, would have brought thousands of people a day down to one of the most spiritual, remote and pristine places left.
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Last week the Navajo Nation Main Council met and in a final vote did a thumbs down on the project in a stunning 16-2 rebuke. And in a show of true cultural sensitivity, the developer flipped the Council the bird on his way out the door. Good riddance. You wanna get to this spot you go by boat or by foot. .
Pic 1: running the river in dories; Pic 2:
Mud baths at the confluence.

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A pretty and quiet #sidestreet in #Bergen #Norway. Such a charming city!

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We chartered a boat to circumnavigate the #IsleofCapri. Here are 2 pics from that great afternoon: 1) the #Faraglioni, the famous #seastacks on the island’s southern coast and 2) yours truly having a great time living #ladolcevita. #travelsitaly

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A late afternoon stroll around #GreenLake on a near perfect fall day in #Seattle.

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A little smog adds a colorful touch to this #Seattle sunset and #MountRainier.

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In #BryceCanyon National Park looking down from #SunsetPoint on the #NavajoLoop Trail and the drop into famed #WallStreet, an amazing narrow and steep slot canyon on the trail.

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The rain is back with a vengeance. But before it showed up recently (with 5000 miles of rain backed up to China behind it #TheBigDark), beautiful sunrises and sunsets ruled the day. On this morning, a combo #sunrise and #moonset in the west over the #OlympicMountains caught my attention. Great morning!

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This is the Colorado River at Lions Park in Moab, UT just above the confluence with the Green River in Canyonlands National Park. Considered to be Moab’s prettiest park, I am on the pedestrian bridge over the river that connects to a foot and bike trail into Arches National Park.

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I “T-boned” a cow on the road down in Mexico a few years ago. Since then passing through open grazing areas puts me on high alert. (It actually freaks me out.) Heading north on scenic Hwy 12 in Central Utah ascending and descending Boulder Mountain at 9000’+, we drove through a foggy snowstorm. As if slick roads and poor visibility weren’t bad enough, there were cows everywhere! The black cows, yellow aspen and fresh snow of this pre-winter scene were actually quite lovely but I was thrilled to get out of the clouds and back into the sunshine.

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