motodraconis: (Lick)
Impossible to work while the Alarm Bods are drilling and clomping (and setting off the alarm!) Luckily, I'm on schedule in spite of all the upheavals of the past couple of days. In the meantime, have some Ohrid, it's painfully cute, both Lake Ohrid and the Old Town itself are UNESCO sites of natural and cultural heritage.

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Albania!

Aug. 22nd, 2016 01:57 pm
motodraconis: (Sweets)
So, being so close to Albania, how about another day trip? A bit of prior rummaging on Google indicated that there was a ferry to Albania from Ohrid.

Albania

Unfortunately...

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motodraconis: (Full Face)
Despite a catalogue of disasters, and the only working camera nearly being destroyed... WE MADE IT TO VERSAILLES!

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Most of the photos by Suzanne, with some of my photos at the end of the singers and guide.

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motodraconis: (European)
Catch up! A delayed picture review of Chişinău in Moldova. Moldova, Europe's least visited country!

St. Theodor Tiron Convent (no information available! Or indeed directions, as it was not marked on the local map I was given. Verily, tourism isn't a thing in Moldova.

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motodraconis: (Cup of Tea)
Transnistria, also known as Trans-Dniestr or to give it its full name, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.

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Kiev!

Nov. 8th, 2015 10:09 pm
motodraconis: (Cup of Tea)
Russia and Ukraine side by side. But which one is Ukraine?

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"Probably the half-naked one" (Lovely O who met up with us for a drink on the last night - she's Ukrainian, from the contested region as it happens.)

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motodraconis: (What?)
You are 5 years old, you have 2 hours to pack... so choose your toys carefully because you can't take them all.

bunny

Looks like bunny didn't make the grade.

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motodraconis: (European)
Back to Budapest. I'm on a quest to visit every country in Europe, but Budapest is one place I have no objection to visiting again and again - I love the place!

Bunnies

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motodraconis: (Midsummer Ball)
Our yearly pilgrimage to Gala Nocturna. Our gang gets bigger every year!

The United Kingdom

This year the theme was Swan Princess, and held for the first time in Brussels. Swans, both black and white, and multi coloured. Expect feathers!

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motodraconis: (European)
It's Spring in Luxembourg City!

geese

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motodraconis: (Beer)
Another funky Belgian beer. Horny!

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motodraconis: (Temple Dino)
One does not simply walk into Jordan just to see Petra.

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Petra!

Jan. 1st, 2015 07:32 pm
motodraconis: (Temple Dino)
Ahhh, Petra! The Rose City, the ancient (312 BC) capital of the Nabateans. The full nature of these people, who left no surviving literature, is somewhat mysterious. Petra itself was forgotten and lost to the Western world until 1812, when a Swiss Explorer learned Arabic and disguised himself as a Bedouin to infiltrate the city. Which at that time was a secret place inhabited by Bedouin, who had woven their own stories about the place and it's origins - not to mention rumoured hoards of "Egyptian" gold and treasure.

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motodraconis: (European)
It's Vienna, and what better way to sightsee than topless on the back of a dinosaur?

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Warning, mahoosive post. )

Copenhagen

Apr. 27th, 2014 08:02 pm
motodraconis: (European)
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The famous Mermaid of Copenhagen... the poor girl has been decapitated twice, had an arm forcibly amputated, her throat's been cut, she's been drenched with paint several times, dressed in a burqua or two, made to brandish a dildo and even blown up and cast into the harbour. Not bad for such an iconic statue. Seeing the mermaid was another strike from my childhood bucket list of things around the world I wanted to see but never thought I would.

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motodraconis: (Cake or Death?)
Mini coffee ceremony!

Mini Coffee Ceremony

Warning, some dire and none too appetizing photos under the cut - taking photos in dim light with a mobile is not the greatest way to record foodage. However, if you're vaguely interested in what Ethiopian food and beverages entail, read on!

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motodraconis: (Globe)
"I'm on the phone!" Ladies in the churchyard of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.

Holy Trinity Cathedral - Addis Ababa

Addis was our last stop of the trip, but before we got there, we spent a day or so in Bahir Dar and an opportunity to see the Blue Nile Falls.

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motodraconis: (What?)
Moving house Ethiopian style!

Moving House - near Lalibela

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motodraconis: (Monster)
Our local guide in the Simien Mountains had come to this conclusion based on the many tourists he had guided over the years...

"The Americans and British just want to see the birds, the Italians just want a discount, and the Japanese just want to take a quick snap and jump straight back on the bus."

Arf! Never a truer word spoken, but many people do come to Africa specifically for the wildlife, and while I had come to Ethiopia for the architecture (and food) many in our party were looking forward to the Simien Mountains and a spot of twitching,...

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Hooded Vulture

And indeed, the land was very rich in birdlife. In fact, literally within minutes of arriving at out first hotel in Gondar I spotted an interesting specimen...and whipped out my camera to snap it...

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Each photo has been given a number, as I can only identify (or mis-identify) a few of the creatures photographed, the numbers are there if anyone wants to identify the culprits. The first person to correctly identify all of them, (and I will check using the power of google,) or names more than anyone else, will be sent a souvenir brought back from Ethiopia! (Don't get your hopes up.)

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