Posts Tagged With: Landscape

Our little slice of Cuban paradise

After spending 5 exciting and busy days in Havana we were ready for something more peaceful. I had booked our next casa in Playa Larga in advance of our trip, so we didn’t have to worry about accommodation.

Our beach oasis

A few days prior to us leaving our Havana casa owner Marie booked us a shared taxi (a colectivo) down to Playa Larga. There was some issue with the number of people who were apparently booked for this trip, but after that was resolved we set off. However, within one hour of this 3 hour trip, our colectivo stopped on the motorway behind another taxi. At first we thought we were picking up the 2 passengers, so we all got ready to squish together; it turned out that we were all transferring to this taxi (a new people carrier with aircon!), as the original vehicle had apparently developed some issues.

So, after an eventful start to the trip down to Playa Larga we arrived with no further issues. The moment we stepped onto the veranda of the casa and saw the view we knew we had found our paradise for this trip!

Every afternoon a storm would come over from this direction

The owners, Tony and Osmara, were fabulous hosts and couldnt’ have done more for us. As Playa Larga is a small town, options for eating out are limited, and our casa offered not just breakfast but also evening meals, which we gladly agreed to (and what a great choice this was – the food was wonderful!).

The view at breakfast and dinner

All our meals were taken on the veranda which looks straight out to the sea.

Playa Larga’s main beach was just a few steps away, as you can see from the photos. However, we used the little cove just across from our room to get in and out of the water. Due to the fact that we were not located immediately on the beach our stay was a very quiet and relaxed one, which was exactly what was needed after the hustle and bustle of Havana.

Our fabulous casa at the end of the beach

Playa Larga’s little, but perfect beach

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The lush landscape of Viñales, Cuba

The Valle de Viñales

Viñales is a 2 1/2 hr car ride west of Havana, and if you haven’t got the time to stay for a night or two, a day trip from Havana is more than achievable. We had our Havana casa owner arrange it all for us; our taxi driver was also our guide for the day.

First thing to note is that Viñales is famous for its tobacco farms and agriculture and has retained its small town charm. However, when we drove through it was busy with tourists from all over the globe and every house we passed was either a casa (B&B) or a restaurant, so be prepared for crowds in town.

The landscape here is markedly different to any we encountered on our Cuba trip. The dome-shaped limestone hills in the Valle de Viñales are known as mogotes, some of which rise as high as 300m.

The limestone hills called mogotes

Other than the tobacco farms Viñales is also known for its caves; we visited the Cueva del Indio which is much smaller than the Cuevas de Santo Tomas, but did not require us to climb and clamber around. The caves were fantastic and the pathway through was lit, at the end of which you take a boat ride through the rest of the caves which then deposits you at the other end and the exit. We loved our visit to these caves and would recommend it, especially if climbing over slippery rocks is not your thing.

Overall, I was just taken with the landscape and if we visit again I would like to stay at least 2 nights to be able to do some horse riding to enjoy more of it.

Viñales

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Summer fields

You know summer is in full swing when the canola fields are in full bloom!

We are lucky that we have plenty of these fields all around us, which always reminds me of my childhood. Our six weeks of summer holidays in Germany were always accompanied by these bright fields. My uncle, who was a part-time beekeeper, would have his hives near the fields and the honey was just the best.

I always find that the yellow fields are looking there best before or just after a storm (of which we get plenty during the summer).

 

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Sunsets are amazing

Another shot from our recent Caribbean vacation, this time a sunset shot. Sunsets, and sunrises, are amazing, no matter where in the world you are! They are always worth sticking around for.

Sunset in Punta Cana

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Sunrise return

It’s been a while since I last posted, which is mainly due to considering if I should continue with my blog.

Is blogging really still relevant in this day of social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, where posts swish by, constantly vying for likes and comments? I have asked myself this question for some time and I am sure I am not the only blogger to do so. My blog is only small and has just over 320 followers, most of which don’t engage at all, and I suspect the majority of them no longer use this platform. That being said, people do still read blogs, otherwise platforms like this would no longer exist. I don’t like to bow to defeat, so have decided to continue this blog. I might change things around a bit in the next little while to freshen things up, but I do like sharing my photos and creations even if only a small number of people read the posts and engage with me (I am not going to let that defeat me!).

So, here is a beautiful sunrise my husband and I got up early to see on our recent vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Sunrise in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Frosty Morning

Working from home has its benefits, especially when you can capture a beautiful sunrise on a frosty cold morning. I wish I could work from home every day, but alas telecommuting is still not a thing where I work.

Frosty Mornings

Frosty Mornings

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More Snow

We were lucky to get quite a lot of snow at Christmas (when this photo was taken) and we had some beautiful blue skies to go along with it once snowfall stopped.

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Greenhouse

This greenhouse supplies some of the plants used in the Herrenhausen Royal Gardens in Hannover, Germany.

Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany

Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany

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Winter in the Mountains

Winter is slowly arriving in the Canadian Rockies…

Canadian Rockies in the Winter

Canadian Rockies in the Winter

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Cee’s B&W Challenge: Two different things

Two different things are required in one photo this week for the B&W Challenge; this one does take some thinking about, but offers the opportunity for some creative interpretation.

Light and Dark

Light and Dark

 

They say opposites attract

They say opposites attract

 

An ancient fossil in the hands of the not so ancient husband

An ancient fossil in the hands of the not so ancient husband

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