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Entries in Summer Series 2016 (28)


Summer Series - Sunny, Salty Memories by Olympia Kappou

This is the last post in my Summer Series. It encapsulates what an ideal summer holiday would be for me. If you didn't go on a summer vacation like me, hope you were able to dream of a summer holiday through my posts, or made you think of planning a quick summer getaway soon before the weather changes.


Summer Series - Zanzibar from Above by Mathias Arvedsen

21 days on Zanzibar with unforgettable moments. Stone Town, Jambiani, Paje, Matemwe, Kizimkazi and Makunduchi is some of the places featured in this film. Beautiful nature, delicious fruit and smiling openminded people is three of many reasons to go there.

Did you know the shortest war ever recorded by man is the Anglo-Zanzibar War where the British bombarded the Beit al Hukum Palace and after 38 minutes, a ceasefire was called.


Summer Series - Reverie of Vietnam by Oliver Astrologo

Set off on a 1650Km north to south journey: capturing the best wonders of Vietnam: Hanoi ancient quarter, the breathtaking Halong Bay, the claustrophobic caves in Trang An, the glamorous fabric merchants in Hoi An, the secret temples inside the marble mountain in Da Nang, the historical old capital Hue, the wet and tropical mekong delta and the white sandy beaches at Phu Quoc.

Trip date 29 Mar - 15 Apr 2015.


Summer Series - Watchtowers of Turkey by Leonardo Dalessandri

This video went viral a couple of years ago, but it is always worth revisiting.

Over than 3500 km traveled in 20 days, capturing landscapes from the bluish tones of Pamukkale to the warm ones of Cappadocia, the all passing by a great variation of colors, lights and weathers through six other cities. 

I've crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the turkish tea; and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people.. and got their smiles and their hospitality.

This is Turkey lived by me from north to south, and I hope you enjoy it. 


Summer Series - Sri Lanka

Everyone I know that have been to Sri Lanka say how beautiful it is and how friendly the people are. Considering how close it is to Dubai, I have not yet visited, but hope to do so in the near future.


Summer Series - Sicily 

If I ever go to Sicily, think I will just swim, eat, sleep. Repeat. 


Summer Series - Taiwan: You Can’t Go Home Again

“How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves. So far, so much between, you can never go home again. You can go home, it's good to go home, but you never really get all the way home again in your life. " -Thomas Wolfe


Summer Series - Summer Clouds over Tokyo

I've been to Tokyo twice, but never really experienced the views you see in this video. How nice it must be to stare into the sky and watch the day pass by.


Summer Series - Summer in San Francisco by Michael Winokur

Lots of fog in San Francisco.



Summer Series - Watchtower of Morocco by Leonardo Dalessandri

I've never been to Morocco. 

"Walking through the streets of Marrakech, Essaouira, Fes el Bali and Casablanca.. taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful place. I just wish my camera had shown the true beauty of Morocco."  Leonardo Dalessandri