Travel Destinations & Photography
London Bridge Havasu City Arizona - Digital paint by Tatiana Travelways

London Bridge Lake Havasu, Arizona

London Bridge Lake Havasu, Arizona

London Bridge - City of London sign

As many of you know, the London Bridge that was once crossing the River Thames in London, England, is now crossing Havasu Lake in Arizona, USA.

London Bridge in Arizona

Dating back to the 1830s, the London Bridge was disassembled in 1967 and transported piece by piece to the new location. The newly built bridge has a reinforced structure, but all the original elements are there.

london Bridge Kavasu Lake Arizona, details

What is interesting to know, is that every single piece has been numbered in order to be relocated. If you look very attentively you can still see the numbers.

London Bridge numbered pieces

I found them and photographed them, because this is not something you can see every day… In this photo below, the numbers can be seen under the swallow nests, painted white ๐Ÿ™‚

London Bridge numbered pieces

The whole history of this construction is very interesting and you can find many exciting details in the Lake Havasu City official website

The bridge is the main attraction of the town (called Lake Havasu City), but the beautiful lake Havasu itself and the riparian area also attracts many tourists all year long. The place is always busy with lots of resorts, restaurants, beaches, villas and there is even a Mall

I took this picture in June, 2016

London Bridge ove Kavasu Lake, Arizona

… and here is a digital paint version of the famous bridge, available as art print at Fine Art America. Click on it for details about sizes and prices:

London Bridge Kavasu City, Arizona - Digital Art print by Tatiana Travelways

London Bridge digital watercolor-framed

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Photo of the week 8: Bridges

Word of the day: Riparian

Belize City Harbor Digital Paint

Belize City

Belize City Harbor and Marina, a busy interesting place

Belize City Harbor is a busy picturesque place and gate to Ambergris Caye and other Belize tropical islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Click on the photos to see them in a larger format, along with more pictures I took of Belize City.

Belize City Harbor by Tatiana Travelways

After taking a jungle tour to visit the Lamanai Mayan ruins, we couldnโ€™t miss Belize City โ€“ the largest city of the country, and explore it for about three days.

I have a lot of photos to show, but I think that the harbor deserves special attention, and here are some pictures that I found to be interesting:

Belize City Harbor by Tatiana Travelways

Hundreds of boats, of all kinds and sizes are carrying merchandise and people through the three canals that connect the core of the city to the Ocean and further to the islands.

Marina in Belize City

All sorts of tourists from all over the world of every budget and interest are blending in to the already very interesting mix of population, cultures and lifestyles of the city.

Belize City Harbor bridge

Tourists coming to Belize City
Tourists coming to Belize City

Due to the poverty level of people living here, Belize City Harbor is not a very safe place, especially after the sun goes down. However, it itโ€™s a travel destination you should not ignore on your way down through Central America.

Mix of buildings in Belize City Harbor

This is a picture of the Belize City Harbor at dusk, coming back from a Caribbean Island boat trip we took:

Belize City Harbor at dusk by Tatiana Travelways

Oh, BTW: I also made a digital paint of this harbor scene for my art prints galleries โ€“ click on it to see it in a larger format:

Belize City Harbor Digital Paint by Tatiana Travelways

Stay safe and enjoy your Belize travel! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tuesday Photo Challenge โ€“ Scene

Turquoise water of Cancun

The turquoise water of Cancun, Mexico

Cancun has the most turquoise water I’ve ever seen. A friend told me about this before, but it’s not the same as seeing it with your own eyes… Indeed, when my husband and I had the chance to visit this place for the first time, I just couldn’t believe it… Click on the photos to see them in larger versions

** No, that’s not me – I was the one behind the camera ๐Ÿ™‚

Turquise water on Cancun Beaches

The tones of blue, turquoise, teal and aqua vary with the depth of the water and the light, and mix with each-other in a beautiful harmony.

Turquoise water in Cancun early in the morning

Early in the morning everything looks different…

Turquise Caribbean Sea water in Cancun in the evening

I took this one also during the early morning hours, and the clouds above gave the Caribbean Sea water a different nuance of blue-green color

Caribbean sea at sunrise in Cancun

… and at sunrise the colors of the Caribbean get really dramatic.

Blue, turquoise, green and gold; sunrise, seawater, and walking on the beach… what a beautiful life!…

In the day time the turquoise water looks totally different ๐Ÿ™‚

Pool and beach resort in Cancun, Mexico

In Cancun, the pools water at the beach resorts have the same color as the sea – you almost don’t really know where one ends and the other starts ๐Ÿ˜‰

Turquoise waterin the Cancun pools

I really like to photograph waves and surf, and some days the water gets a little rough – that’s the best time to get the sea-foam, over the sand and rocks of the beach…

I uploaded some of these photos to my Fine Art America: Cancun gallery and they are available as prints – click on them for more info:

Cancun Beach At Sunrise by Tatiana Travelways
Atlantic Ocean In Cancun by Tatiana Travelways

Cancun Beach by Tatiana Travelways
Morning Walk On The Beach by Tatiana Travelways

… and here is a bonus for you: I photographed these cuties in the Caribbean turquoise water near Cancun, at Xcaret ecological park ๐Ÿ™‚

Swimming Turtle by Tatiana Travelways
Swimming Cutie by Tatiana Travelways

I hope you liked my turquoise water photos in Cancun, Mexico… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ceeโ€™s Fun Foto Challenge: Teal, Aqua, Seafoam or Turquoise

Sunday Stills: Water

A Photo a Week: Water

Power lines

Power lines photography can be beautiful!

Power lines are not the most desirable elements we want to have in a picture… in fact, photographers are trying hard to avoid them, by taking different angles or even alter their shots in post processing.

However, we have to admit that they are part of our daily life… ubiquitous – so to say, and depending on the photography, sometimes we have to accept them…

Main Street In Magog Quebec by Tatiana Travelways

Main Street In Magog, Quebec

As a casual documentary (amateur) photographer, I often leave them there.

But sometimes I actually like them and take them in purpose:

In the winter, when covered with frost and shining in the sun, they can be even artistic.

 Winter Beautiful - Black And White Photograph by Tatiana Travelways

Small town in Ontario, Canada at wintertime

I also like to see and photograph birds on power lines they look to me like musical notes… ๐Ÿ™‚

I took this photo in a gray winter day in Ontario and this scene brighten my mood ๐Ÿ™‚

Birds on power lines in Ontario

Power lines can create interesting patterns, too.

Here is a more colorful image I took in Arizona – these pigeons where so nicely aligned on the power lines, popping against the blue background sky of the Mohave desert…

Birds on power lines in Arizona

Next is a print from my Fine Art America’s galleries:

Bed Time - birds on power lines by Tatiana Travelways

I took it while traveling Quebec in the golden light of the evening, and called it ” Bed Time” – I really liked the picturesque image of the power lines with the swallows aligned on them, over the french style barn.

But the power lines can hold many other things…, like old discarded shoes, for example ๐Ÿ™‚

Discarded shoes hanging on a power line

While the shoes are quite common, here is something you don’t see everyday…

Thistles Art Print featuring the photograph Seen But Not Noticed by Tatiana Travelways

These are Bromeliads plants growing naturally on power lines in Mexico and other tropical areas – aren’t they cute?

I have many pictures featuring power lines but this will be the last one for the post:

Technology Vs. Nature by Tatiana Travelways

I called it “Technology vs. Nature” and I took it in the desert, near Death Valley, California. I just liked the contrast of the elements ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted in my Photo Blog gallery for:

Ceeโ€™s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 4 Photo โ€“ black and white, power lines

World of the day: Ubiquitous
Lighthouse in Gabarus, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Lighthouses

Nova Scotia Lighthouses

As a long island like peninsula in Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia’s coasts have been protected for centuries by several faithful lighthouses. In fact these historic buildings are now landmarks of the touristic Lighthouse Route, a trip to not be missed when visiting this region.

Nova Scotia Lighthouse Route

I visited a few if not all of them and here they are – Click on them for a larger format:

#1. Sandy Point lighthouse at low tide in the fog, Shelburne, Nova Scotia (South East of the peninsula)

Nova Scotia Lighthouses: Sandy Point, Lighthouse In The Fog by Tatiana Travelways

#2. Pubnico, Yarmouth area

Red And White Lighthouse Pubnico by Tatiana Travelways

#3, Digby on the Bay of Fundy was the place where we took a small Ferry to go East, so the only light house I’ve seen was this one that was transformed into a restaurant

Shoreline Restaurant Lighthouse Digby - Bay of Fundy by Tatiana Travelways

#4. Briar Island a small beautiful island North-West of Digby on the Bay of Fundy, with a red and white striped lighthouse

Striped Lighthouse - Briar Island by Tatiana Travelways

… and here is another lighthouse on Briar Island, Nova Scotia, overlooking Fundy Bay

Briar Island Lighthouse by Tatiana Travelways

#5. Cape Breton is a big island on the East side of Nova Scotia, with many places to visit and things to see

#5a. The lighthouse of Louisburg, on the South-East part of Cape Breton has helped the sea navigation to the Fortress of Louisbourg, and has been destroyed and restored several times during the battles between French and English during 1730 and 1758 – more on this later…

Louisburg Nova Scotia Art Print featuring the photograph Louisburg Nova Scotia Lighthouse by Tatiana Travelways

#5b. The lighthouse at Gabarus, Cape Breton, a small fishing village South-East of the island

Lighthouse in Gabarus, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Lighthouse In Gabarus, Nova Scotia by Tatiana Travelways

I really liked this one, so I made an enhanced version of it:

Lighthouse Art Print featuring the photograph Lighthouse Nova Scotia by Tatiana Travelways

#5c. Regatta time in front of the lighthouse in Baddeck, Cape Breton, on Bras D’or Lake. * Bras d’Or is the largest inland sea in Canada and it’s 1/3 of the Cape Breton island area.

Regatta Time In Baddeck, Nova Scotia by Tatiana Travelways

#6. Peggy’s Cove Lighthouseย  that you can see in my other post

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse by Tatiana Travelways

All this photos are available as art prints in my FAA gallery of Nova Scotia

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La Quebrada cliff divers Acapulco postcard

La Quebrada Cliff Divers in Acapulco

La Quebrada is the cliff rising out of the ocean, where courageous and well-trained divers perform every day in Acapulco, Mexico with brio.

They dive from a 115 ft (35 meters) high cliff into the turbulent water of a narrow gorge not wider than 48 ft (14.6 meters) – Wow! – Click on the photos for a larger view.

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Acapulco became famous after the 1963 American musical comedy movie “Fun in Acapulco” starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress. – Elvis was one of the cliff divers at La Quebrada –

At that time in my life I was impressed and delighted by the movie, but never ever thought that one day I would be able to see this place with my own eyes!!! I’m grateful to my husband for this!

La Quebrada Art Print featuring the photograph La Quebrada by Tatiana Travelways

The cliff was already well-known because of these performances, but after the movie it became an iconic landmark. La Quebrada cliff divers are still performing everyday here to the amazement of the tourists.

I made a collage as a poster or postcard with some sequences of this incredible performance:

La Quebrada Cliff Divers Art Print featuring the photograph La Quebrada Cliff Divers Collage Poster by Tatiana Travelways

At the time of the movie and after, the beauty of Acapulco beaches and the surroundings attracted many rich and famous people, including many Hollywood stars.

One of the places where the stars used to hang out was the Los Flamingos hotel – a must to visit place. Here you can see photos and memorabilia related to these old movie titans. Elvis stayed there during the production of the movie too.

Acapulco Art Print featuring the photograph Acapulco Los Flamingos Vintage Poster by Tatiana Travelways

The pictures of the famous La Quebrada cliff divers are available as Art Print for gifts or just souvenirs from Acapulco.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #9:ย Action
Acapulco beaches

Acapulco beaches

Acapulco beaches make one of the nicest places for a vacation in Mexico

My husband and I have been there two times and stayed in different hotels. Almost all of them are on the water around the famous Acapulco bay. Acapulco is the largest beach resort city in Mexico. Hotels around the Acapulco BayAcapulco beaches around Acapulco Bay Acapulco beach

Are the Acapulco beaches safe for swimming?

Well, if you only want to cool of from the heat of the sun, it’s great. At the shore, in front of big hotels, the water is clean and shallow. However, some more adventurous swimmers have reported drop-offs on the seafloor, which can be very dangerous…

Acapulco beachAcapulco beach at Mayan Palace

Many hotels in Acapulco have beautiful swimming pools overlooking the splashing ocean surf. Here you will not get the vendors with mangoes and limes, but you will receive instead the full attention of the hotel personnel ready to serve you with all the goodies in the world ๐Ÿ™‚Hotel pool in AcapulcoHotel swimming pool in Acapulco... and talking about pools, at the Grand Mayan hotel resort you can swim in what is literally the longest swimming pool in the world – it surrounds the whole resort property..View of the Grand Mayan hotel, AcapulcoGrand Mayan hotel pool in AcapulcoGrand Mayan hotel pool in Acapulco

Grand Mayan hotel in Acapulco is a deluxe resort and its beach is the largest and most beautiful of all Acapulco beaches.
Grand Mayan Acapulco beach

But there are many more places to see and things to do in Acapulco… and here is the view of Acapulco and Mexico Bay from one of the surrounding hills, where you can visit the Chapel of Peace (Capilla de la Paz)

View of Acapulco and Mexico Bay

Sculpture at the Chapel of Peace, Acapulco

How safe is Acapulco to visit?

In the last years Acapulco has become a place known for organized crime due to the war on drugs. However the United States Department of State considers that the populated tourist areas are relatively safe. It is a good idea not to adventure out yourself at night on back streets or in bars and casinos situated out of the main touristic places.

Bottom line: you should definitely consider taking a winter or spring vacation this year at one of the Acapulco beaches!

Sunday Stills: Water
Veracruz coffee beans in Ajijik market

Freshly roasted coffee in Ajijic Mexico

Freshly roasted coffee in Ajijic Mexico

Ajijic is a small but very picturesque town on Lake Chapala, state of Jalisco, a mecca for many people coming from the North of the continent for a vacation or to retire.

I will make another post about this beautiful town later. For now, I want to bring to your attention some photos on freshly roasted coffee in Ajijic. (Click on them to see a larger format)

Freshly roasted coffee in Ajijic Mexico

This image is from a downtown coffee shop. As you can see, here they will spoil you with all kinds of coffee from Mexican areas like Oaxaca, Veracruz or Green Mountain (I don’t know where that is…)

The tables are decorated with coffee beans covered by glass,

Table decorated with coffee beans in Ajijic, Mexico

… and on a wall I saw a very informative collage of illustrations on the coffee production process:

Coffee production poster in Ajijic, Mexico

Talking about freshly roasted coffee in Ajijic, what I liked most was that we could buy it for a very low price at the nearby market (mercado). Oh, that market running once a week was a real dream for the long-term visitors ๐Ÿ™‚

Market in Ajijic, Mexico

The freshly roasted coffee at the Ajijic market was a big seller and if you were not there early enough, you were risking going home without…

Freshly roasted coffee in Ajijic Mexico

I think that the (typical) rusted primitive tools for grinding and weighing made the whole experience more exiting – ha, ha… The coffee was very good tasting though.

Grinding, and weighting fresh coffee in Ajijic market, Mexico

… and here is a close-up on the coffee grinder ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffe grinder in Ajijic, Mexico market

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Ceeโ€™s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 5 Photo โ€“ Coffee

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scene